Lemon chicken and rice stir-fry recipe

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Lemon chicken and rice stir-fry only takes 20 mins and is perfect for making with the kids if you're trying to teach them some new skills in the kitchen

Lemon chicken and rice stir-fry
Lemon infused chicken with peas, sugar snaps, sweetcorn, and spring onions
(Image credit: Future)
  • healthy
Preparation Time10 mins
Cooking Time10 mins
Total Time20 mins plus marinating time
Five A DayOne
Cost RangeCheap
Nutrition Per PortionRDA
Calories216 Kcal11%
Sugar5.5 g6%
Fat6.8 g10%
Saturated Fat1 g5%
Salt0.4 gRow 4 - Cell 2
Protein17.3 g35%
Carbohydrates22.4 g9%
Salt0.4 gRow 7 - Cell 2

This delicious lemon chicken stir-fry swaps noodles for rice and opts for a homemade marinade too. 

Coat each piece of chicken in a homemade marinade. Passata, soy sauce, ginger, garlic, and lemon make the base of the sauce. Marinating the chicken makes it extra tender and flavoursome. Stir-fry with sugar snaps, frozen peas, sweetcorn, spring onions, and rice. This is a filling dinner at just 216 calories per serving.


  • 200g chicken, cut into small strips
  • 1tbsp sunflower oil
  • 200g cooked rice pouch
  • 100g frozen peas
  • 100g sugar snaps
  • 100g sweetcorn or baby corn chopped
  • 1-2 spring onions, chopped
  • 1tbsp sesame seeds

For the marinade:

  • 2tbsp tomato pasta sauce, passata or tomato puree
  • 2tbsp reduced salt soy sauce
  • 1tsp ginger paste
  • 1tsp garlic paste
  • ½ lemon juice (add the zest if you like)




  1. Put all the marinade ingredients into a non-metallic bowl and add the chicken. Leave to marinate, until ready to cook.
  2. Add the oil to a wok or deep frying pan and fry the chicken. Reserve the marinade. Stir-fry for 3-4 mins, then add the veg and stir-fry for a further 2-3 mins.
  3. Add the rice and the reserved marinade, along with 2-3tbsp water and stir-fry until piping hot. Toss the spring onion through the rice and serve sprinkled with the sesame seeds.

Top tips for making lemon chicken and rice stir-fry

This recipe would work just as well with strips of beef or pork. You could even opt for chicken-style Quorn for a vegetarian option.

Our lemon chicken and rice stir-fry recipe is best made and eaten on the same day for the freshest flavour. The marinade can be prepared the day before. Keep the fridge until you need to use it. You could also marinate the chicken in it overnight for added flavour. Add some red chillies chopped to give the marinade a fiery kick of spice.

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Jessica Dady
Food Editor

Jessica Dady is Food Editor at GoodtoKnow and has over 11 years of experience as a digital editor, specialising in all things food, recipes, and SEO. From the must-buy seasonal food hampers and advent calendars for Christmas to the family-friendly air fryers that’ll make dinner time a breeze, Jessica loves trying and testing various food products to find the best of the best for the busy parents among us. Over the years of working with GoodtoKnow, Jessica has had the privilege of working alongside Future’s Test Kitchen to create exclusive videos - as well as writing, testing, and shooting her own recipes. When she’s not embracing the great outdoors with her family at the weekends, Jessica enjoys baking up a storm in the kitchen with her favourite bakes being chocolate chip cookies, cupcakes, and a tray of gooey chocolate brownies