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Stir-fries are a great way to use up food in the fridge and are great for a quick lunch or evening meal. Be organised and have all the ingredients ready before you heat the pan, as they will cook very quickly.

This recipe will serve 2 people and will take around 40 minutes to prepare and cook, so let's get started......


* 2 tablespoons of groundnut oil
* 2 skinless free-range chicken breasts (cut in strips)
* 1 garlic clove (crushed)
* 1 teaspoon of grated fresh ginger
* 1 star anise
* 1/2 teaspoon of finely chopped fresh red chilli
* Handful of mangetout
* 2 pak choi (stems separated)
* 4 spring onions (sliced at an angle)
* 100g of mushrooms (trimmed and cut into even sizes)
* 4 tablespoons of soy sauce
* 2 tablespoons of balsamic vinegar
* Handful of fresh parsley
* 1 tablespoon of fresh chopped tarragon
* 1 tablespoon of fresh copped chives

Preparation Method

1. In a large pan or wok, heat the groundnut oil over a medium high heat.
2. Add the chicken strips and cook, lightly tossing, for 3-4 minutes until the chicken turns white and is almost cooked through.
3. Add the ginger, garlic, star anise and chilli, cook for a further 30 seconds.
4. Add the mangetout, pak choi, spring onions and mushrooms. Stir fry for another 3-4 minutes until they are all lightly cooked.
5. Finish with the soy sauce, balsamic vinegar and fresh herbs. Briefly stir together and then serve immediately.

Courtesy of BBC Food and Angela Hartnett.

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