Watercress & chicken stir-fry

Watercress & chicken stir-fry

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Cooking time

Prep: 15 mins Cook: 10 mins

Skill level

Easy

Servings

Serves 4

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

Nutrition and extra info

Additional info

  • Easily halved
Nutrition info

Nutrition per serving

kcalories
323
protein
24g
carbs
15g
fat
19g
saturates
2g
fibre
3g
sugar
10g
salt
1.92g

Ingredients

  • 1 tbsp sunflower oil
  • 2 skinless and boneless chicken breasts, cut into strips
  • 100g cashews
  • 1 red or yellow pepper, deseeded and chopped into large chunks
  • 1 red onion, chopped into large chunks
  • 2 x 75g bags watercress

For the sauce

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

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Method

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.

Recipe from Good Food magazine, April 2006

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ktmellor's picture
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this is our go-to stirfry recipe at home. soooo yummy!

laurabee's picture
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A brilliant mid-week meal! Yummy! :)

libby0's picture
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Delicious!!!

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

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

pockies's picture
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A brilliant recipe, so easy to prepare - my family loved it.

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

elisaponsele's picture
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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?

swojniak's picture
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Simple dish with fantastic flavour

ebrierley's picture
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Love it. Made enough for two, but ate it in one! Will be making it again.

sjtrueman's picture
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This is a lovely meal and a regular in our house. I use spinach instead of watercress but just as nice

cakegirl20's picture
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The best stir fry I have ever made at home. Really tasty and satisfying. I will definitely be cooking this again.

pal_matchett's picture
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Had this for supper last night and it was delicious! The flavours were lovely and the cashews were definitely the stars of the show, giving a lovely crunchy texture. Made it exactly as the recipe except for the watercress which I couldn't get so used rocket leaves and it worked a treat. Served it with basmati rice - gorgeous! I'll definitely be making this again and again.

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