Lemon chicken stir-fry with noodles

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  • Serves: 2

  • Prep time:

    (plus 1 hour marinating time)
  • Cooking time:

  • Costs: Cheap as chips

  • Skill level: Easy peasy

Lemon chicken stir-fry is a really quick and filling choice that you can have dished up on the table in 30 minutes! This stir-fry serves two, but if you wanted to make it for a family, simply double up on your ingredients. You can't beat a good old chicken stir-fry if you're after something super speedy that won't fail to disappoint. If you've got the time, marinate your chicken in the spices for an extra deep flavour - an hour or two would be ideal, but if not, the flavours will still come together in the pan. This is a zingy and flavoursome stir-fry that the whole family will love.

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


  • Finely grated zest and juice of ½ 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 (½ 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 ½oz) 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. To make this chicken breast recipe, combine lemon zest and juice, coriander, half the garlic and the black pepper in a non-metallic dish.
  2. Add chicken; turn to coat. Cover and refrigerate for 1 hour.
  3. In a non-stick wok over a medium-high heat dry-fry sesame seeds until toasted; set aside.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.

Nutritional information per portion

  • Low
  • Med
  • High
  • 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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