Soba (buckwheat) noodles or wholewheat egg noodles
1 tbsp olive or groundnut oil
500g chicken strips or 3 chicken breasts, finely sliced into strips (4 boneless skinless sliced chicken thighs would also work here)
2 heads fresh broccoli, florets roughly sliced and stalks sliced very thinly into matchstick strips (you don’t have to use the stalks but it makes a nice addition)
3 spring onions, finely sliced
3 tbsp sesame seeds
1 red chilli, de-seeded and finely sliced (optional)
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Recipe created for Veg Power by Claire Wright. Food photography by Claire Wright | addsomeveg.com
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This chicken & broccoli stir-fry is really simple and quick to make – an easy family meal with plenty of veg!
Make the sauce by mixing together the soy sauce, sesame oil, grated ginger and garlic in a small bowl. Set aside. Cook the noodles according to packet instructions while you make the stir-fry. Heat the oil in a large frying pan or wok set over medium-high heat. Add the chicken strips and fry for 2-3 mins until cooked through. Add the broccoli and stir-fry for another 2-3 mins, until starting to lose a little of its raw ‘crunch’. Pour over the sauce and cook for another 1-2 mins, then add the drained noodles and toss everything together well. Take off the heat and serve, topped with spring onions, sesame seeds and chilli (if using).
Mix it up: swap the chicken for prawns or steak strips for a different protein. Use rice noodles and serve with hot chicken or vegetable stock ladled over the stir-fry in bowls for more of an Asian broth dinner. Up the veg content by adding baby corn, sugar snap peas and/or halved cherry tomatoes for some added sweetness. You could also always skip the noodles and serve with cooked rice instead.
Kids in the kitchen:
Kids need a lot of supervision around stir-fries as the pan gets very hot, but they can make the sauce while you get the chicken and broccoli cooked. Have them scatter over the spring onions and seeds when you are serving up.
Communications Manager: After leaving Exeter University with a degree in English Literature, Claire worked in various fields ranging from youth work and charities to publishing, before starting up a food-focused website when her first child was born. After being asked to project manage the publication of Veg Power's Crowdfunder book, Claire came on board as a fully-fledged team member in 2018 to take on the role of Communications Manager, looking after Veg Power's website and social media platforms.