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Quick Chicken Stir-fry

Quick and Easy Chicken Stir-fry is a great way to eat more veg. Sauces from a jar have some advantages; like if you seriously can't be bothered.

But making your own stir-fry sauce is so quick, plus you can easily change it up to make an endless number of variations to suit your taste.

Chicken Stir-fry in a Teppanyaki-style sauce

Quick and Easy Chicken Stir-fry

I based my sauce on teppanyaki dipping sauce. We're now addicted to this dish and it really is the easiest meal ever.

Next time you cook some rice cook more than you need to be sure you have leftovers.

What is Teppanyaki?

Teppanyaki is a modern style of Japanese cuisine based around an open cooktop, where the food is cooked fast and right in front of the customers.

When we went to Cayo Cocoa (a seriously stunning island off of Cuba), we stayed at The Pullman Hotel and they had an excellent Japanese restaurant.

It was the first time we'd had teppanyaki and it was just the best. The whole experience is turned into quite a performance right there in front of you.

Sadly this is the only photo I can find and the reason the chef's hands are blurred is that they move so fast, adding rice and meat or chicken to the hot grilltop; it was such a brilliant evening and the food was amazing.

Japanese teppanyaki

Storing cooked rice safely to avoid food poisoning

Of course, it's important to store cooked rice correctly to avoid food poisoning, but if you follow some simple rules, storing rice in the fridge for a day or two is perfectly fine.

This is such a simple recipe there really isn't a recipe as such; apart from the sauce of course.

Remember just because I added red pepper flakes to my sauce you don't have to.

If you're making a sauce for kids I'd suggest adding a dollop of tomato ketchup and using a little less mirin and soy sauce perhaps.

Once you've experimented you'll find your very own go-to stir-fry sauce recipe.

homemade stir-fry sauce in a bowl

You don't have to add peanuts, I did because I had just a few left in a packet so decided this was a good way to use them up as it adds a bit of crunch.

Chicken Stir-fry in a Teppanyaki-style sauce

Where can you buy Sake?

Sake is available in any good supermarket but I do know that Sainsbury's sell it.

But don't forget if you don't have any or don't want to buy it, just leave it out.

You can add ketchup if you like but I'd probably only use 1 tablespoon of mirin because mirin is sweet.

Okay folks, on with the recipe!

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Yield: 2
Author: Jan Bennett
Quick Chicken Stir-fry

Quick Chicken Stir-fry

Quick and easy chicken stir-fry is a great way to eat more veg.


For the sauce
  • 1 tablespoon sake
  • 2 tablespoons mirin
  • 2 tablespoons sugar - caster sugar if you have it
  • 3 tablespoons light soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon dark soy sauce
  • 1 knob of ginger - peeled and very finely chopped (you only need ½ teaspoon)
  • 1 clove garlic - peeled and very finely chopped - or use a garlic press
  • 1 teaspoon sesame oil
  • a pinch or two of red pepper flakes
For the chicken and veg
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • a splash of light soy sauce
  • 2 skinless chicken fillets - thinly sliced into strips
  • 300g (2 big handfuls) of shop-bought stir-fry vegetables
  • a mug sized portion of leftover cooked rice
  • 2 eggs - lightly beaten and fried just for a few seconds so they are only half cooked and set aside. 
  • a handful of peanuts
  • 3 spring onions (scallions) trimmed and thinly sliced


  1. Make the sauce and set aside.
  2. Add a splash of soy sauce to a small bowl and add the sliced chicken.
  3. Prepare the spring onions along with the eggs if using.
  4. Add the vegetable oil to your wok and heat up.
  5. Add the chicken to the wok and over high heat, stir-fry until almost cooked.
  6. Remove the chicken and set aside.
  7. In the same wok add the vegetables and rice along with 3 tablespoons of the sauce.
  8. Stir-fry for a couple of minutes then add the chicken back in and cook for another minute or so.
  9. Now add in the half cooked eggs and stir-fry until the dish is fully cooked through adding more or all, of the sauce if you think it needs it.
  10. That's it you're done!
  11. Serve topped with the spring onions and peanuts if using.
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