Chicken with Ginger and Spring Onion

  • 10MINS
  • 20MINS
  • Serves 4
  • 263KCAL

Our version of this Chinese takeaway favourite is so easy! Tender chicken, cooked with ginger, garlic and spring onion – it has so much flavour!

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NutritionPer Serving

  • Calories263
  • Carbs25g
  • Protein33g
  • Fat2g
  • Saturates0.5g
  • Sugars13g

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For the full list of ingredients and comprehensive instructions, please see the recipe card below. Before you scroll, there’s important stuff in the blurb!

Fancy a takeaway for dinner tonight? This Chicken with Ginger and Spring Onion has all the flavour but far fewer calories than its Chinese takeaway counterpart. 

Our recipe builds up flavour with fragrant ginger, garlic and spring onion, cooked with tender, marinated chicken. 

This recipe is a stir-fry at heart, so not only is it fresh and healthy, it’s so quick and easy to make too. 

The only thing to bear in mind is that the chicken needs around half an hour to marinate – and it’s totally worth the wait for all the extra flavour this step adds. 

You can leave it to marinate as long as you like, so you could prep the chicken in the morning and store it, covered in the fridge, ready to cook later in the day. 

Once you’ve tried this, you’ll choose it over the takeaway every time! 

What diets is this Chicken with Ginger and Spring Onion suitable for?

This Chicken with Ginger and Spring Onion recipe is suitable for dairy free diets.

It can be made gluten free as long as you swap out the oyster sauce and dark soy sauce for gluten free alternatives. 

Please make sure to double or triple check all of your ingredients if you’re cooking for people with allergies.

How Weight Watchers friendly is this Chicken with Ginger and Spring Onion recipe?

  • This Chicken with Ginger and Spring Onion recipe is worth 3Points per portion if you’re on WW Green.
  • This Chicken with Ginger and Spring Onion recipe is worth 2 Points per portion if you’re on WW Blue.
  • This Chicken with Ginger and Spring Onion recipe is worth 3 Points per portion if you’re on WW Purple.

Do you need any special ingredients to make Chicken with Ginger and Spring Onion?

You’ll need some Chinese rice wine to make this recipe. It’s also known as Shaoxing wine or Chinese cooking wine and it adds depth and flavour to this dish. 

It can be found in most large supermarkets, Chinese grocery shops and Amazon. If you can’t find it, you could try using dry cooking sherry instead.

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This Chinese rice wine from Amazon is ideal for this recipe. 

A large wok like this one is perfect for other Chinese inspired dishes and stir-fries. 

How many calories are in this Chicken with Ginger and Spring Onion?

There are 263 calories per portion in this Chicken with Ginger and Spring Onion, which means it falls into our Everyday Light category. 

This Chicken with Ginger and Spring Onion is perfect if you’re following a calorie controlled diet, and fits well with any one of the major diet plans such as Weight Watchers. 

As a guide, an average man needs around 2,500kcal (10,500kJ) a day to maintain a healthy body weight. For an average woman, that figure is around 2,000kcal (8,400kJ) a day. Obviously, if your goal is to lose weight then you might want to adjust these slightly! You can read more about these recommendations on the NHS website.

Step 1

To marinade the chicken: Place the chicken in a medium bowl with the cornflour, soy sauce, sweetener, Chinese five spice and salt. Using clean hands, mix thoroughly together until evenly coated. Cover and set aside to marinate for 30 minutes on the work surface.

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Step 2

Place the slices of ginger on a chopping board and lightly bash with a rolling pin. Break up the ginger slightly so that you have ragged looking slices. This will help release the flavour into the dish.

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Step 3

Spray a large frying pan or wok with low calorie cooking spray and place over medium high heat. When the frying pan or wok is really hot, add the bashed ginger slices to the pan and stir-fry for 1 – 2 minutes until turning golden and crisp around the edges.

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Step 4

Add the garlic slices and spring onion and stir-fry for 2 minutes until the garlic is turning golden and crisp around the edges. Take care not to burn the garlic.

 

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Step 5

Increase the heat to high and add the onion. Stir-fry for 3 – 4 minutes, until lightly golden around the edges and still crisp. Transfer the vegetables to a plate and set aside while you cook the chicken.

Step 6

Return the pan to a high heat and spray with more low calorie cooking spray. When the pan is really hot, add the marinated chicken and stir fry for 4 – 5 minutes until lightly golden and sealed on all sides.

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Step 7

Tip the cooked vegetables from the plate into the pan with the chicken. Add the oyster sauce, soy sauce, rice wine and water and stir in. Stir fry for 3 – 4 minutes until the chicken is completely cooked through and no longer pink inside. The sauce in the pan should have thickened slightly. Take care not to overcook the chicken and vegetables, the vegetables should still retain some crispness.

 

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Step 8

Serve at once with Basmati rice and garnish with a few shreds of spring onion if wished.

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What could I serve with this Chicken with Ginger and Spring Onion?

We love to serve this Chicken with Ginger and Spring Onion with Basmati rice. Serving with 125g of cooked Basmati will add 173 calories to this dish, for a total of 436 calories per portion. 

You could also serve with some egg noodles. One nest is 171 calories, so the whole dish would come in at 434 calories. 

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How do you know when Chicken with Ginger and Spring Onion is cooked?

You should cook this Chicken with Ginger and Spring Onion until the chicken is cooked all the way through, with no pinkness left. This will take around 10 minutes. Take care not to cook the vegetables too much – you still want them to have a little crunch. 

To keep your family safe, the advice here in the UK is to cook food until it has reached 70°C and maintained that temperature for 2 minutes.

How long can you keep Chicken with Ginger and Spring Onion in the fridge?

Once you’ve served this recipe, it’s best to eat it within 4 hours.

You can store any leftovers of this Chicken with Ginger and Spring Onion in the fridge for up to 2 days. Make sure that you allow leftovers to cool completely before putting them in a container with a lid and chilling in the refrigerator. 

Can I freeze Chicken with Ginger and Spring Onion?

YES you can freeze this recipe! Please just remember to do the following:

  • Allow it to cool and then freeze as soon as it is cold enough.
  • Place in a container or bag that is suitable for freezing.
  • Add a label with the recipe name and what date you froze it (no one likes mystery meat!)

How do I reheat Chicken with Ginger and Spring Onion?

From chilled: Place in a microwavable container with loosely fitting lid and heat for 4-7 minutes until piping hot.

From frozen: Allow to defrost overnight in the fridge and then reheat following the instructions above. 

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Chicken with Ginger and Spring Onion

Our version of this Chinese takeaway favourite is so easy! Tender chicken, cooked with ginger, garlic and spring onion - it has so much flavour!
  • Prep Time
    10 MINS
  • Cook Time
    20 MINS
  • KCals 263
  • Carbs 25G
  • WW Points:
  • Updating soon

Ingredients

For the stir-fry

  • 4 medium skinless chicken breasts approx 130g each, very thinly sliced
  • 2 medium onions peeled and cut into 2cm pieces
  • 30 g root ginger peeled and cut into thin slices
  • 4 large cloves of garlic peeled and thinly sliced
  • 6 spring onions trimmed and cut into 5cm lengths
  • 2 tbsp oyster sauce
  • 2 tbsp dark soy sauce
  • 50 ml Chinese rice wine
  • 50 ml water

For the marinade

  • 2 tbsp cornflour
  • 2 tbsp dark soy sauce
  • 1 tsp white granulated sweetener
  • a small pinch of Chinese five spice
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • low calorie cooking spray

To garnish

  • a few shreds of spring onion to garnish (optional)

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Instructions

  1. To marinade the chicken: Place the chicken in a medium bowl with the cornflour, soy sauce, sweetener, Chinese five spice powder and salt. Using clean hands, mix thoroughly together until evenly coated. Cover and set aside to marinate for 30 minutes on the work surface.
  2. Place the slices of ginger on a chopping board and lightly bash with a rolling pin. Break up the ginger slightly so that you have ragged looking slices. This will help release the flavour into the dish.
  3. Spray a large frying pan or wok with low calorie cooking spray and place over medium high heat. When the frying pan or wok is really hot, add the bashed ginger slices to the pan and stir-fry for 1 - 2 minutes until turning golden and crisp around the edges.
  4. Add the garlic slices and spring onion and stir-fry for 2 minutes until the garlic is turning golden and crisp around the edges. Take care not to burn the garlic.
  5. Increase the heat to high and add the onion. Stir-fry for 3 - 4 minutes, until lightly golden around the edges and still crisp. Transfer the vegetables to a plate and set aside while you cook the chicken.
  6. Return the pan to a high heat and spray with more low calorie cooking spray. When the pan is really hot, add the marinated chicken and stir fry for 4 - 5 minutes until lightly golden and sealed on all sides.
  7. Tip the cooked vegetables from the plate into the pan with the chicken. Add the oyster sauce, soy sauce, rice wine and water and stir in. Stir fry for 3 - 4 minutes until the chicken is completely cooked through and no longer pink inside. The sauce in the pan should have thickened slightly. Take care not to overcook the chicken and vegetables, the vegetables should still retain some crispness.
  8. Serve at once with Basmati rice and garnish with a few shreds of spring onion if wished.

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Recipe notes

Tip: It's important to be organised and prepare all the ingredients before starting to cook this recipe; otherwise, you may end up overcooking the dish if you're preparing ingredients whilst cooking.
We find it best to place all the prepared ingredients and measured liquids into small bowls, so they are ready to add to the pan.
Tip: This recipe is stir-fried, and the aim is to cook the ingredients quickly over a medium high to high heat to retain some crispness in the vegetables. Make sure to keep moving the ingredients around the pan when stir-frying.
Tip: Cut the chicken as thinly as you can so that it cooks in the time stated in the recipe, and cut the vegetables uniformly for even cooking.
Tip: If you prefer, you can use 1 tsp sugar instead of white granulated sweetener.

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