- ½ a bunch of fresh coriander
- 3 cloves of garlic
- 5 cm piece of ginger
- 1 bunch of spring onions
- 1 fresh red chilli
- 1 lime (I omitted as didn't have)
- 2 carrots
- 1 head of broccoli (I didnt have, used pak choi instead)
- 2 skinless chicken breasts
- 250 g medium egg noodles
- 50 g unsalted cashew nuts
- vegetable oil
- freshly ground black pepper
- 1-2 tablespoons light soy sauce
- 1 tablespoon fish sauce
Pick the coriander leaves and finely slice the stalks, keeping them separate and keep aside for later.
Peel and finely slice the garlic, then peel and matchstick the ginger.
Trim and finely slice the spring onions, deseed and finely slice the chilli and cut the lime into wedges.
Trim, peel and thinly slice the carrots at an angle.
Cut the broccoli into small florets, then finely shred the stalk, discarding any gnarly bits.
Cut the chicken into 1cm strips.
If uncooked, Cook the noodles according to packet instructions, then drain and refresh under cold water. Drain again, toss in a little oil and put to one side. If already cooked, just add to the pan later to warm through
Lightly toast the cashew nuts in a non-stick frying pan until golden, then tip onto a plate to cool.
Heat 1 tablespoon of vegetable oil in a large frying pan or wok. Season the chicken with a pinch of pepper, then add to the pan and stir-fry for 2 to 3 minutes, or until golden.
Add the coriander stalks, garlic and ginger and cook for a further minute.
Add the spring onions, carrots and broccoli and stir-fry for a further 2 minutes, then add the cooked noodles.
Keep stir-frying until the noodles are warm and the chicken is cooked through.
Stir through the soy and fish sauces, then remove from the heat. Divide between bowls, sprinkle over the nuts, sliced chilli and the reserved coriander leaves, then serve with the lime wedges if you have them for squeezing over.
Anyone who looks at these pages will realise that I like to cook chinese style (I won't say they are all authentic) food. A lot of that is to do with the speed - once your prep is done, the cooking is usually pretty quick and easy and only uses one pan! Also a lot of it is to do with the fact that it gets a lot of veg into the diet and keeps down the amount of fat. Also, if you have a few store cupboard staples like soy sauce, rice wine, sesame oil then you have the building blocks to make many different and tasty meals.
So it is with this, which was a new one. The Boy wanted something with noodles. I had chicken. Mr Google came up with this recipe which is from Jamie. His stuff can be overly fussy, so I probably simplified it a bit but either way this was a deliciously fresh and satisfying meal, quick to the table. Ithink there was too much fresh coriander, so you might want to cut that back. Either way, worth a go.