Watercress & chicken stir-fry

Watercress & chicken stir-fry

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(100 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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21st Jun, 2011
I made this last night for me and the other half and it was absolutely delicious! Wouldn't change a thing!! Fab!
13th Jun, 2011
This has been a real hit with the family and a great speedy dinner to make any night of the week.
31st May, 2011
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!
27th May, 2011
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!
6th Apr, 2011
You have to love a recipe that's so easy and absolutely delicious!! I have to pass this on to every one I know.
26th Jan, 2011
i have cooked this meal tonight and absolutely loved it :)
5th Jan, 2011
Great dish, a great healthy winter warmer!
23rd Jul, 2010
Loved this recipe! The sauce is great! Husband was very impressed. Will be making it again and again.
16th May, 2010
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...
17th Jul, 2009
Sorry forgot my stars a five star rating.


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