Lemon chicken stir-fry with noodles recipe

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Lemon chicken stir-fry is a really quick and filling stir-fry that you can have dished up on the table in 30 minutes!

Lemon chicken stir-fry with noodles
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  • healthy
Preparation Time20 mins (plus 1 hour marinating time)
Cooking Time10 mins
Total Time30 mins
Cost RangeCheap
Nutrition Per PortionRDA
Calories436 Kcal22%
Sugar9 g10%
Fat14 g20%
Saturated Fat3 g15%
Salt1 gRow 4 - Cell 2
Salt1 gRow 5 - Cell 2

Lemon chicken stir-fry is a really quick and filling choice that you can have dished up on the table in 30 minutes! This stir-fry serves two, but if you wanted to make it for a family, simply double up on your ingredients. You can't beat a good old chicken stir-fry if you're after something super speedy that won't fail to disappoint. If you've got the time, marinate your chicken in the spices for an extra deep flavour - an hour or two would be ideal, but if not, the flavours will still come together in the pan. This is a zingy and flavoursome stir-fry that the whole family will love.


  • Finely grated zest and juice of ½ lemon
  • 1 tbsp chopped fresh coriander
  • 2 small cloves garlic, crushed
  • Freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  • 175g (6oz) skinless, boneless chicken breasts, cut into strips
  • 1 tbsp sesame seeds
  • 2 tsp sesame oil
  • 1 cm (½ in) piece fresh root ginger, peeled and finely chopped
  • 100g (3 1/2oz) dried medium egg noodles
  • 1 carrot, cut into matchsticks
  • 1 small leek. washed and thinly sliced
  • 100g (3 ½oz) mangetout, trimmed
  • 55g (2oz) bean sprouts
  • 2-4 tbsp chicken or vegetable stock
  • 1 tbsp dry sherry or unsweetened apple juice
  • 2-3 tsp reduced-sodium soy sauce, or to taste




  1. To make this chicken breast recipe (opens in new tab), combine lemon zest and juice, coriander, half the garlic and the black pepper in a non-metallic dish.
  2. Add chicken; turn to coat. Cover and refrigerate for 1 hour.
  3. In a non-stick wok over a medium-high heat dry-fry sesame seeds until toasted; set aside.
  4. Add oil to wok; stir-fry ginger and remaining garlic for 30 seconds. Add chicken and marinade; stir-fry for 3-4 minutes. Meanwhile, cook noodles according to packet instructions; drain well and keep hot.
  5. Add carrot and leek to wok; stir-fry for 1-2 minutes. Add remaining vegetables; stir-fry for 2-3 minutes or until chicken is cooked. Add stock. sherry and soy sauce; stir-fry for 1 minute. Add hot noodles and sesame seeds; toss and serve.
Top Tip for making Lemon chicken stir-fry with noodles

Serve the stir-fry with fresh green vegetables for an extra health boost