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Spicy chicken and leek stir-fry recipe

Spicy chicken and leek stir-fry recipe

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A wonderful recipe created by food vloggers the Dumpling Sisters that uses the ingredients for a traditional chicken and leek pie to make a classic stir-fry. Tender chicken thighs meet with deliciously authentic Chinese flavours in this spicy main that can be rustled up in no time, making it the perfect no-frills weeknight meal. See method

  • Serves 4
  • 10 mins to prepare and 20 mins to cook
  • 322 calories / serving
  • Dairy-free


  • 500g (1lb) chicken thigh fillets, cut into 2·5cm (1in) wide strips
  • 3 tbsp vegetable oil
  • 2 garlic cloves, diced 
  • 1 tbsp diced ginger
  • 1 red chilli, seeded and finely diced or 1/2 tsp crushed red chilli flakes
  • 2 large leeks, white parts only (about 400g/13oz), sliced into 3mm (1/8in) lengthways strips and then cut into 5cm (2in) lengths
  • 1 red pepper, seeded and sliced into 3mm (1/8in) wide strips
  • 1/2 tbsp dark soy sauce

For the marinade

  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 2 tsp cornflour
  • ¼ tsp bicarbonate of soda
  • ½ tsp sugar
If you don't have any leeks, try using spring or white onions instead

Each serving contains

  • Energy

  • Fat

    21g 30%
  • Saturates

    4g 22%
  • Sugars

    6g 6%
  • Salt

    1.3g 21%

of the reference intake
Carbohydrate 8.2g Protein 25.2g Fibre 0.9g


  1. Combine the marinade ingredients with 2 tbsp water in a bowl. Add the chicken pieces and stir well. Set aside until needed.
  2. Heat 1 tbsp oil in a wok over a high heat. Add half of the garlic and ginger and fry briefly until fragrant. Add the chicken strips and cook for 6-8 minutes until golden. Remove and set aside.
  3. In the same wok, heat the remaining oil. Fry the rest of the garlic and ginger, along with the chilli. Add the leeks and red pepper. Sprinkle in 1 tbsp water to create some steam and stir-fry for 4-5 minutes until the vegetables have softened.
  4. Return the chicken to the wok and drizzle in the dark soy sauce. Stir-fry until evenly mixed and the chicken is cooked through with no pink meat remaining.
  5. This goes really well with steamed rice.

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For top tips on protecting you and your family when preparing raw meat and poultry, visit Food Safety in the Home.

This delicious recipe was created by food vloggers the Dumpling Sisters and is part of our Tesco Dinner Tonight series, which shows you how to turn kitchen classics into new and inspiring dishes. You can watch the full recipe video here.

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