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)

swojniak's picture

Simple dish with fantastic flavour

ebrierley's picture

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

sjtrueman's picture

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

cakegirl20's picture

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

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.

tashab07's picture

I made this last night for me and the other half and it was absolutely delicious! Wouldn't change a thing!! Fab!

sjtrueman's picture

This has been a real hit with the family and a great speedy dinner to make any night of the week.

nikkidowns's picture

Really nice - my husband wasn't looking forward to a week of healthy meals but has changed his mind after this! Easy, tasty and healthy - what's not to like!

bobz78's picture

Dont bother with Chineese takeaways. This is healthier and much tastier! Really quick and easy.
Used same recipe for 2 but with less watercress and cashews (100g watercress and 50g cashews)
Served on top of fresh egg noodles. loved it!

raincloud_'s picture

You have to love a recipe that's so easy and absolutely delicious!! I have to pass this on to every one I know.

josia79's picture

i have cooked this meal tonight and absolutely loved it :)

lovespuds's picture

Great dish, a great healthy winter warmer!

fabcookbr's picture

Loved this recipe! The sauce is great! Husband was very impressed. Will be making it again and again.

flemlin's picture

Hey I followed this but as I don't like onions I substituted them for some chopped up chilli pepper (the big one that isn't too spicy). It worked really well.

The recipe is great though I'd recommend it massively...

lemonychoc's picture

Sorry forgot my stars a five star rating.

lemonychoc's picture

I loved this recipe it was easy and the cashews really gave it crunch. I used half the watercress as I thought the amount was huge and overwhelmed the dish. Give it a try you will love it.

41paty's picture

Used groundnut oil instead of sunflower. Really quick and absolutely gorgeous flavour. Will be cooking again.

ncmsimpson's picture

This was lovely and even went down well with my fussy son!

lizhofmann's picture

Lovely flavours, will certainly make this again.

lozenge's picture

I love this recipe and cook it often - I add sesame seeds instead of oil, great midweek supper and easy on the washing up!


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