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Lemon and Chilli Chicken Stir Fry

Lemon and Chilli chicken stir fry, bursting with flavour and taste, it's one of the easiest and cheapest meals to make and you can knock it up in a flash. 

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1 x chicken breast chopped up
chilli-chopped finely (fresh or dried)
1 x clove of garlic chopped
olive oil
half a lemon
noodles or rice


For: 1
Vegan: No
Vegetarian: No (but you could leave out the chicken or use tofu instead)
Cooking Level: Easy
Time to prepare: 15 mins


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Fill a saucepan 3/4 full of water and put it on the hob to boil.


chop the veg

Chop up all the vegetables into small pieces.

Chop up the chilli, garlic and chicken. If you don't want the stir fry spicy, remove the seeds and the middle lighter strip on the inside of the chilli. (Watch the podcast to see how it's done.)


mix well

Add a drop of olive oil to a bowl and put in the chilli, garlic and chicken. Add a squeeze of lemon. Mix well and leave.

If you've handled the raw chicken OR the chilli, you MUST wash your hands. Getting chilli into a cut or your eyes will seriously hurt, while it's important to not mix raw meat with cooked meat.


Turn the hob on to full whack and pour a drop of olive oil into your frying pan or wok. Turn the pan round so the oil coats all of the surface.


Once your water's boiling, add your rice or noodles. Remember to give them a quick stir so they don't stick to the bottom of the saucepan.



Once the oil is hot, add a few of your vegetables. If the veg starts to sizzle once it hits the pan, you know you've got the oil hot enough. Fry for about 30 seconds, and every so often keep stirring.


add the chicken

Now add your chicken, and keep frying and stirring.

Once the chicken is starting to brown, add the rest of the vegetables a bit at a time. Keep frying and stirring-pretty easy eh?


If you've still got some lemon left, squeeze it generously over the stir fry. It'll add a nice zesty tang to it. (If you've got any, a nice splash of soy sauce would also go nicely here).


check the chicken is cooked

After about 15 minutes, check if the chicken is cooked. Cut open the thickest piece you can find with a knife or your spatula. If the inside is white and fluffy, it's cooked. What you don't want to see are any pink bits. If it's still a little pink, cook for another 5 minutes and check again.

Check to see if your noodles or rice is cooked by tasting it, then drain, shake and serve on a plate.


chicken stir fry

Add the stir fry and hey presto, lemon and chilli chicken stir fry. Quick, cheap, healthy and tasty.

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