Sweet Chicken and Sesame Seed Stir Fry with Soy Salad


Isn’t BBC GoodFood just marvellous? One can just visit the site and type in any ingredient and it’ll give you a list of every recipe in which it is included. It’s simply ideal for those moments where one’s imagination fails and some guidance really is necessary. If you haven’t visited the site I implore you to do so, especially the Americans who read this blog – I can’t imagine you’ve had an awful lot to do with the BBC. This recipe is actually taken from the BBC GoodFood magazine, which my Grandmother receives once a month – she reads it, cuts out the recipes she likes and then passes the magazine onto me. This is fortunate, as my esteemed elder doesn’t really go for the more adventurous dishes, being somewhat traditionalist.

This dish itself is incredibly light and healthy – the chicken provides a good amount of protein, yet very little fat; the sesame seeds are incredibly good for you, containing a number of vitamins and minerals – they also help to reduce levels of blood cholesterol. Anyway, since this isn’t a health blog I shall move on to the flavour. As one can imagine the honey in this dish gives a lovely, natural sweetness to the dish which, when acted upon by the lime juice, produces a rather oxymoronic sharp sweetness. I realise that not everyone enjoys the sesame flavour a great deal, but fear not, the seeds really don’t give a distinct and powerful flavour. Instead, they are rather subtle in their taste and simply add a certain nutty quality to the dish. One thing I should point out it that these noodles really ought to be served with a few sprigs of fresh coriander, I’m afraid we hadn’t any at the time of cooking.

Sweet Chicken and Sesame Seed Stir Fry

Serves 4

Ingredients:

• 4 block of dried egg noodles, or the fresh equivalent

• 2 chicken breasts

• A handful of beansprouts

• 4 tbsp honey

• 2 tbsp soy sauce, extra to serve

• Juice of 2 limes

• 3 tbsp sesame seeds, extra to serving

• Sprigs of fresh coriander to serve

Method:

1. If you can pre-marinate the chicken in the soy sauce, honey and sesame seeds. Boil the noodles as per their instructions. Fry the chicken and marinade in a wok for 5 minutes, this should give it time to cook and caramelize. Add the beansprouts and the juice of 1 lime. When the noodles are cooked add them to the wok and continue to stir fry until all is hot through. Serve in a bowl, sprinkle with extra sesame seeds and a dash more lime juice and soy sauce. Place a few sprigs of coriander on the top.

Soy Salad

Serves 4

Ingredients:

• 1 large red onion, thinly sliced

• 1 large red pepper, thinly sliced

• 1 broccoli, cut into florets

• A good glug of soy sauce

• Oil

• Seasoning

Method:

1. Boil the broccoli in water until almost cooked. Sauté everything together until hot, but not soggy. Serve in a salad bowl.

Cost: The stir fry alone should cost around 80p per portion, although this will be slightly higher if the participants in the meal require more meat. The price for the entire soy salad really should be next to nothing, perhaps no more than £1.10. So, the entire meal works out at only just over £1 per portion. Fantastic, eh?

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44 comments on “Sweet Chicken and Sesame Seed Stir Fry with Soy Salad

  1. countrywoodsmoke
    September 15, 2011 at 4:45 pm

    Nice recipe, would be even cheaper with free range/organic chicken thighs, and even better tasting.
    I always prefer thigh for this sort of recipe….breast is so over-rated 😉
    cheers
    Marcus

    • frugalfeeding
      September 15, 2011 at 4:49 pm

      I totally agree that it would be cheaper, but I disagree that breast is over-rated… It’s just everyone is so scared of raw chicken that they over cook it. I have no such fear and am happy to eat fresh chicken when it is still slightly pink – that is how it is supposed to look.

  2. Prerna
    September 15, 2011 at 4:47 pm

    You are a man after my own heart! I absolutely love the site. It’s esp handy for a quick fix cook and newbie like me. The dish looks great btw. I think I know what I am having for dinner tonight. :)

    • frugalfeeding
      September 15, 2011 at 4:50 pm

      Thanks so much 😀 Really glad you like my blog :)

  3. Annie
    September 15, 2011 at 4:49 pm

    Yum! My daughter would love this. Printing it out for my recipe file.

    • frugalfeeding
      September 15, 2011 at 5:00 pm

      Oh awesome, thanks :D. Hope you enjoy it too!

  4. Shannon
    September 15, 2011 at 5:08 pm

    That looks really good! Thanks for sharing the recipe with us :)

  5. ceciliag
    September 15, 2011 at 5:20 pm

    That looks simple and delicious..lovely.. c

  6. Joanne
    September 15, 2011 at 5:26 pm

    The flavors going on here are some of my absolute favorites. I love sesame!!!

  7. ambrosiana
    September 15, 2011 at 5:48 pm

    Your post made me want to eat oriental! A truly delicious dish!

  8. Clara
    September 15, 2011 at 6:21 pm

    I had no idea BBC Good Food existed, thanks for bringing it to my attention! Also, I love how you share the magazine with your grandmother- so sweet.

    • frugalfeeding
      September 16, 2011 at 11:39 am

      No problem – it is sooo good. Haha, sweet… I guess it is actually.

  9. Allyssa
    September 15, 2011 at 6:25 pm

    This looks amazing! I cannot wait to try this out!

  10. Ivan.
    September 15, 2011 at 8:04 pm

    Another outta bounds dish! good job!

  11. Celia @ Fig Jam and Lime Cordial
    September 15, 2011 at 9:15 pm

    Great recipe! Thanks for the link to the BBC site, and I love that your grandmother gives you the books AFTER she’s cut out the recipes that she wants. :)

    • frugalfeeding
      September 16, 2011 at 11:19 am

      It’s very useful :) she doesn’t take the ones I’d use… I don’t think.

  12. Ange
    September 15, 2011 at 10:36 pm

    This looks great! I used to use BBC GoodFood all the time when we lived in the UK – usually straight after watching all the Saturday morning cooking shows!

  13. ChgoJohn
    September 16, 2011 at 2:10 am

    What has always impressed me about good stir fry is how few ingredients are required. Yours, here, is a perfect example. Great recipe!

    • frugalfeeding
      September 16, 2011 at 11:15 am

      Thanks so much! I totally agree, my stir fry got a lot better when I realised they don’t need many ingredients.

  14. Bridget
    September 16, 2011 at 6:48 am

    Thanks for visiting my blog! We have a similar site here called taste.com.au that compiles recipes from all the major Aussie food magazines… It also lets you search by ingredient – a life saver on those nights when it’s what’s in the pantry or nothing!

  15. thecompletecookbook
    September 16, 2011 at 9:06 am

    Magnificent.
    Have a happy weekend.
    :-) Mandy

  16. E.C.
    September 16, 2011 at 3:42 pm

    This chicken looks mighty tasty. I especially like that it’s good for us too.
    You have some really scrumptious blog posts. It made my tummy growl looking at them.
    Thanks for visiting my blog and leaving me a fun comment. It gave this opportunity to enjoy visiting your blog too.
    :)

    • frugalfeeding
      September 16, 2011 at 9:11 pm

      Thanks so much! I’m really glad you enjoy my blog :)

  17. mamafritz
    September 16, 2011 at 5:28 pm

    mmmm, this looks amazing! i love that something so delicious can be created from so few ingredients. i’ll have to give this a go next week on a busy night after work. (i particularly wish i could grab that broccoli through the screen and eat it…it looks perfectly cooked!)

    • frugalfeeding
      September 16, 2011 at 9:12 pm

      ‘its always best not to over cook veg and it’s hard to undercook. I love stir fry because it can just be done so cheaply – it really showcases flavours too.

  18. dawnmentzer
    September 16, 2011 at 9:44 pm

    I’m hungry! :) Looks delish!

  19. cityhippyfarmgirl
    September 17, 2011 at 4:30 am

    Simple and tasty. Yum!

  20. The Southern Lady
    September 17, 2011 at 3:36 pm

    Looks wonderful. I could eat it right now! Have a great weekend.

  21. ifmylifewasafoodmagazine
    September 18, 2011 at 1:26 pm

    Looks wonderful. Will have to try it soon

  22. Farrah
    September 19, 2011 at 11:30 pm

    That looks amazing! I need to try making that sometime!

  23. elaina
    September 24, 2011 at 11:15 pm

    This sounds amazing! I will have to give it a try…always looking for tasty stir-fry recipes! :)

  24. petitedecadence
    September 27, 2011 at 3:27 am

    This looks delish!!! I’ll surely be making it soon!

  25. Yas
    July 3, 2013 at 3:46 am

    ‘This was a recipe! I let my dinners choose how much soya or honey they wanted after it was cooked, was a huge hit. Thank you :)

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