Watercress & chicken stir-fry

Watercress & chicken stir-fry

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Prep: 15 mins Cook: 10 mins


Serves 4
Forget packet sauces, this will give you a real taste of the orient.

Nutrition and extra info

  • Easily halved

Nutrition: per serving

  • kcal323
  • fat19g
  • saturates2g
  • carbs15g
  • sugars10g
  • fibre3g
  • protein24g
  • salt1.92g
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  • 1 tbsp sunflower oil
    Sunflower oil

    Sunflower oil

    A variety of oils can be used for baking. Sunflower is the one we use most often at Good Food as…

  • 2 skinless and boneless chicken breast, cut into strips
  • 100g cashew



    The seeds from the 'Cashew Apple' - a tree which bears bright orange fruit and is native…

  • 1 red or yellow pepper, deseeded and chopped into large chunks
  • 1 red onion, chopped into large chunks
  • 2 x 75g bags watercress



    With deep green leaves, and crisp, paler stems, watercress is related to mustard and is one of…

For the sauce

  • 3 tbsp hoisin sauce
  • 2 tbsp soy sauce
    Soy sauce

    Soy sauce

    soy sor-s

    An Asian condiment and ingredient that comes in a variety of of varieties ranging from light to…

  • 1 large knob of fresh root ginger, peeled and finely grated
  • 2 garlic clove, crushed
  • 1 tbsp sesame oil
  • 2 tbsp rice vinegar or white wine vinegar


  1. To make the sauce, mix all the ingredients together in a small bowl until completely blended. Heat the oil in a frying pan until very hot. Throw in the chicken, cashew nuts, pepper and onion, then stir-fry for about 4-5 mins until the chicken is cooked and the nuts are toasted. Pour over the sauce and simmer with a splash of water. Remove the pan from the heat, then stir through the watercress just before serving with boiled rice.

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Comments (64)

flobbydor201's picture

doubled up on ingredients to feed 6 and it was delicious

cornishshar's picture

Good quick and tasty I added some sweet corn and mange tout, and a chilli

shuttleworth's picture

Easy to cook, but it needs a bit of zing! Next time I will add some chilli and some lemon or lime

ishouldbeeating's picture

good for all the family - even the 2 year old liked this one. Served it with noodles and added mange tout, baby corn and oyster mushrooms. The sauce wasn't as pungent as I was anticipating which was good for the toddler. I'd probably try and make the sauce a bit more flavoursome if it was just for adults.

dutes8080's picture

Only two things to say about this: 1. FAB 2. Treat yourself to it at the earliest!!!

ktmellor's picture

this is our go-to stirfry recipe at home. soooo yummy!

laurabee's picture

A brilliant mid-week meal! Yummy! :)

libby0's picture


"forget packet sauces"???? You still need a packet of hoisin sauce!!!

caroljefferson's picture

hoisin sauce is an INGREDIENT and not a packet sauce, just like soy sauce!!!!

maartjevdm's picture

Simple, healthy and delicious. Cooking for three I added an extra pepper and some green beans, I used the same amount of sauce that is indicated for 4 people and I only added one bag of watercress

aliysahussein's picture

the sauce was delicious! next time might make a little extra...couldn't get watercress on its own so used a mix with rocket and spinach which worked just as well. LOVE cashew nuts in stir fries :)

boistizon's picture

The only reason I tried this recipe was I had a big bag of watercress that needed to be used up, so I searched for recipes using it, what a lucky find, 25 minutes from start of prep to the table and a tasty filling meal, full of lovely textures, who needs a takeaway when you can whip something like this up in minutes!! Will definitely do again and again!!

alexdrew's picture

The nicest Asian style recipe I have tried. Everyone enjoyed it. You won't be disappointed if you make this.

lesleyjoyce's picture

I'm not usually a fan of stir fry's but the flavours are delicious. Have made it many times since!

pockies's picture

A brilliant recipe, so easy to prepare - my family loved it.

narrowlane's picture

Yum Yum! This was REALLY tasty, simple to prepare and quick to cook, much better than a takeaway - whole family were impressed, will certainly be making this again!

winnann's picture

Quick and very tasty. Changed the ingredients a little to fit with what was in the store cupboard - used char siu sauce, carrots, half the watercress. Served with brown rice. Will make this again - with the right sauce!

Foodmonster2's picture

This is so delicious and easy to make. As quick and good as your favourite takeaway!

elisaponsele's picture

Lovely! definitely worth making the sauce properly as it was really nice and it was more filling then we expected. We used chicken thigh fillets which are a bit cheaper and still worked well. We will certainly be making it again.

amb204's picture

Will definitely be trying this :) question on serving size - anyone made it for 2? It seems that 2 chicken breasts wouldn't be enough for 4?


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