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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17th Jul, 2009
Sorry forgot my stars a five star rating.
17th Jul, 2009
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.
22nd Jun, 2009
Used groundnut oil instead of sunflower. Really quick and absolutely gorgeous flavour. Will be cooking again.
16th Jun, 2009
This was lovely and even went down well with my fussy son!
2nd Jun, 2009
Lovely flavours, will certainly make this again.
20th May, 2009
I love this recipe and cook it often - I add sesame seeds instead of oil, great midweek supper and easy on the washing up!
16th Mar, 2009
The family really enjoyed this and it was easy to make. Although I stuck to the recipe I agree that you could add other ingredients such as mushrooms or any other veg.
23rd Feb, 2009
Delicious, perfect for when im home form work late and need somthing quick and healthy! I cut out the oil completley and it still works fine, i just fry in Spray light oil to cut some calories!!! Very very tasty indeed!
17th Jun, 2008
Yummy! I used pork instead of the chicken and added mushrooms and chilli for some heat. You can really make this dish with whatever ingredients you want - the sauce is delicious! I'll be making it again :o)
1st May, 2008
This is delicious and easy to make. I added sugar snap peas and mushrooms. Great for midweek casual dinner with friends.


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