If there’s one thing I can’t stand, it’s leftover food. Firstly, I am unashamedly one of life’s eaters, leftovers are pretty much against my religion. Secondly, I associate leftovers with congealed sausages and soggy salads, what can I say? I blame a childhood of ‘recycled’ meals.
The good news is that in this household there’s rarely food leftover (I refer you to point one), and if there is, I can safely assume that the man of the house will inhale it the following lunchtime, drowned in ketchup. So, I had to fight to keep these ones to make this beautifully fresh and positively virtuously healthy stir fry.
To start with, the original recipe can be found here at BBC Good Food. We have a glut of broccoli in the fridge at the moment due to some confused shopping (never let your husband go unattended ladies… nightmare), so a quick go typing in broccoli recipes and voila! Of course I did have to cook a whole chicken first to get the leftovers but we often have a Sunday roast (anyone for Beer Butt Chicken?!) and it seemed more logical than buying mini chicken fillets like the recipe requests.
It’s also good to point out here that I would definitely deviate from the recipe and make double the amount of sauce. I’ll star the sauce ingredients separately so that you can make your mind up depending on how saucy you feel…
You will need:
- 350g cooked chicken
- 1 heaped teaspoon of chopped garlic (approx 2 cloves)
- 300g broccoli
- 200ml chicken stock * For more sauce, double this
- 1 heaped teaspoon of cornflour *
- 2 heaped teaspoons of caster sugar *
- 1 lemon
- cashew nuts – As many as you fancy, this was about two handfuls as I ate the rest!
- Using oil, lightly cook the chicken until cooked/heated through and then remove from the wok for later
- Fry off the garlic and the broccoli in the wok until the broccoli is nearly tender
- In a separate bowl combine the stock, cornflour and caster sugar
- Pour the liquid mixture into the wok, stirring whilst it thickens
- Add back in the chicken, stirring continuously
- Squeeze in the lemon juice (I used 3/4 of a lemon and this was quite zingy, but adjust for personal taste)
- Add in the cashew nuts and continue to heat for a couple of minutes
- Serve with rice or noodles and a slice of lemon on the side
As ever – tag me if you make it! What are your favourite leftover meals to make?