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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29th Jan, 2012
A brilliant recipe, so easy to prepare - my family loved it.
26th Nov, 2011
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!
11th Oct, 2011
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!
6th Oct, 2011
This is so delicious and easy to make. As quick and good as your favourite takeaway!
27th Sep, 2011
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.
26th Sep, 2011
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?
26th Sep, 2011
Simple dish with fantastic flavour
23rd Sep, 2011
Love it. Made enough for two, but ate it in one! Will be making it again.
22nd Sep, 2011
This is a lovely meal and a regular in our house. I use spinach instead of watercress but just as nice
4th Aug, 2011
The best stir fry I have ever made at home. Really tasty and satisfying. I will definitely be cooking this again.


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