Watercress & chicken stir-fry

Watercress & chicken stir-fry

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(105 ratings)

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

    Sunflower oil is made from pressing sunflower seeds and extracting the oil. It's usually…

  • 2 skinless and boneless chicken breasts, 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 cloves, 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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12th Feb, 2013
Forgot to say, added straight to wok noodles after adding sauce but before adding watercress!
12th Feb, 2013
Husband loved this, daughter enjoyed & son moaned a bit but ate it! Added another pepper & used groundnut oil as had no sunflower oil. Used 3 cubes of frozen ginger & 2 cubes of frozen chilli. Would probably just use 1 cube of chilli next time to make teen friendly! Easy, tasty & quick dinner - love it!!
24th Jan, 2013
Quick to make and tasty, particularly with the cashews.
30th Dec, 2012
quick, easy and tasty
19th Nov, 2012
I love this recipe and cook it a lot! I add courgette and yellow pepper, and toast the cashews before I add them. Delicious.
26th Oct, 2012
This was absolutely amazing!
8th Sep, 2012
doubled up on ingredients to feed 6 and it was delicious
23rd Aug, 2012
Good quick and tasty I added some sweet corn and mange tout, and a chilli
13th Aug, 2012
Easy to cook, but it needs a bit of zing! Next time I will add some chilli and some lemon or lime
9th Jul, 2012
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.


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