Chicken & Broccoli Stir Fry

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Chicken & Broccoli Stir Fry

This is one of my all-time favourite stir frys. I just love how the chicken, broccoli and cashews come together to make a super tasty meal in a bowl.

serves: 2
takes: 15 minutes

2 chicken breasts, finely sliced
1 large or 2 small heads broccoli, chopped
3 tablespoons oyster sauce or 2T soy sauce
1 tablespoon lime juice
1 cup cashew nuts (150g / 5oz)

1. Heat a large frying pan or wok on a very high heat.

2. Add a few tablespoons peanut or macadamia oil to the pan and add chicken immediately.

3. Stir fry for a few minutes or until the chicken is no longer pink. Remove chicken from the pan.

4. Add broccoli and cook stirring occasionally until the broccoli is tender and hot.

5. Return the chicken to the pan with the oyster sauce, lime juice & nuts. Stir until hot. Taste, season and serve.

Quantities for Different Serving Sizes

If cooking a larger batch it can be difficult to get the chicken and broccoli cooked without the pan losing heat. Best to cook in batches.

Prepare Ahead?

Stir frys are best made at the last minute. But you can reheat if that’s more convenient.

Variations

carnivore – feel free to try different types of meat such as beef or pork. Tender cuts are the best. Minced chicken (ground) would also be lovely.

fish free – oyster sauce should actually contain some oysters (who knew?) replace the oyster sauce with hoisin sauce or soy sauce.

gluten free – some oyster sauce brands contain gluten thickeners. Replace with gluten-free soy sauce (tamari) or find an oyster sauce that is gluten-free.

vegetarian / vegan – replace the chicken with tofu and cashews. A can of drained beans/chickpeas or tempeh and replace oyster sauce with soy will also be good.

nut-free – replace cashews with 1/2 can drained white or black beans.

carb lovers / more substantial – serve with steamed rice.

more substantial (low carb) – serve with cauliflower rice. Add some Chilli oil.

more veg – add red peppers or zucchini.

Waste Avoidance Strategy

chicken, broccoli – freeze.

oyster sauce – keeps in the fridge for months.

limes – keep in the fridge for months in a plastic bag.

cashew nuts – keep them in the pantry.

Problem Solving Guide

too bland – season with salt & pepper and extra lime juice.

too dry – add a little more oyster sauce.

chicken too dry or tough – next time cut the chicken into finer slices so it cooks more quickly and remains moist and tender. Also it’s better to be sure you don’t overcook the chicken so remove it from the pan as soon as it’s done, cook the broccoli and return the chicken at the end (don’t follow my method in the video of leaving the chicken in the pan with the broccoli).

can’t find limes? – lemon juice or even a little rice wine or other wine vinegar will be a lovely replacement.

still can’t find oyster sauce? – replace with soy sauce or hoisin or other stir fry sauce.

broccoli too crunchy – frozen broccoli tends to be naturally more tender due to the freezing process. If you’re using fresh it will take longer to cook and will benefit from having the lid on while you cook. Add a little water if it starts to burn before it is tender.

Serving Suggestions

Great on its own. If you’re having cravings for rice, serve with breakfast lentils on the side.

Leftover Potential

Will reheat OK. but I prefer it fresh and hot.

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