Lemon chicken stir-fry with noodles

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  • Serves: 2

  • Prep time:

    (plus 1 hour marinating time)
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  • Costs: Cheap as chips

  • Skill level: Easy peasy

You can't beat a good old stir-fry if you're after a quick, no fuss dinner. If you've got the time marinate your chicken in the spices for an extra deep flavour

Serve the stir-fry with fresh green vegetables for an extra health boost


  • Finely grated zest and juice of 1/2 lemon
  • 1 tbsp chopped fresh coriander
  • 2 small cloves garlic, crushed
  • Freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  • 175g (6oz) skinless, boneless chicken breasts, cut into strips
  • 1 tbsp sesame seeds
  • 2 tsp sesame oil
  • 1 cm (1/2 in) piece fresh root ginger, peeled and finely chopped
  • 100g (3 1/2oz) dried medium egg noodles
  • 1 carrot, cut into matchsticks
  • 1 small leek. washed and thinly sliced
  • 100g (3 1/2oz) mangetout, trimmed
  • 55g (2oz) bean sprouts
  • 2-4 tbsp chicken or vegetable stock
  • 1 tbsp dry sherry or unsweetened apple juice
  • 2-3 tsp reduced-sodium soy sauce, or to taste


  1. In a non-metallic dish, combine lemon zest and juice, coriander, half the garlic and the black pepper. Add chicken; turn to coat. Cover and refrigerate for 1 hour.
  2. In a non-stick wok over a medium-high heat dry-fry sesame seeds until toasted; set aside.
  3. Add oil to wok; stir-fry ginger and remaining garlic for 30 seconds. Add chicken and marinade; stir-fry for 3-4 minutes. Meanwhile, cook noodles according to packet instructions; drain well and keep hot.
  4. Add carrot and leek to wok; stir-fry for 1-2 minutes. Add remaining vegetables; stir-fry for 2-3 minutes or until chicken is cooked. Add stock. sherry and soy sauce; stir-fry for 1 minute. Add hot noodles and sesame seeds; toss and serve.
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Nutritional information per portion

  • Low
  • Med
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  • Calories 436(kcal)
  • Fat 14.0g
  • Saturates 3.0g
  • Sugars 9.0g
  • Salt 1.0g

This nutritional information is only a guide and is based on 2,000 calories per day. For more information on eating a healthy diet, please visit the Food Standards Agency website.

Guideline Daily Amount for 2,000 calories per day are: 70g fat, 20g saturated fat, 90g sugar, 6g salt.

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