Wok-seared chicken and vegetable stir-fry

Wok-seared chicken and vegetable stir-fry

This stir-fry recipe is a great option for busy schedules. While it offers a bit more complexity than some quick meals, it remains simple to prepare and perfect for a satisfying weeknight dinner.

Servings: 4

Prep time: 20 minutes

Cook time: 15 minutes


  • 2 teaspoons coriander seeds
  • 1 teaspoon cumin seeds
  • 1 teaspoon fennel seeds
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground turmeric
  • 1 pound boneless, skinless chicken breasts, trimmed and cut into 1-inch cubes
  • 3 tablespoons canola oil, divided
  • 2 large carrots, cut into 1/4-inch-thick slices
  • 1 large green bell pepper, cut into 1-inch cubes
  • 1 small red onion, cut into 1/2-inch cubes
  • 4 large cloves garlic, thinly sliced
  • 3 dried red chiles, such as Thai, cayenne or chile de arbol, stemmed
  • 1 tablespoon lime juice
  • 1/2 cup firmly packed fresh mint leaves, finely chopped


  1. Grind coriander, cumin and fennel seeds in a spice grinder (such as a clean coffee grinder) or a mortar and pestle until the mixture resembles coarsely ground pepper. 
  2. Transfer to a medium bowl and add cornstarch, salt and turmeric; stir to combine. 
  3. Add chicken and stir until coated with the spice mixture.
  4. Preheat a wok or a well-seasoned cast-iron skillet over high heat. Add 2 tablespoons oil. 
  5. When the oil is shimmering, add carrots, bell pepper, onion, garlic and chiles. Cook, stirring, until the vegetables begin to brown, 4 to 6 minutes. Transfer to a plate.
  6. Reduce heat to medium-high and add the remaining 1 tablespoon oil to the pan. 
  7. Add the chicken and seasonings from the bowl and cook, stirring, until no longer pink in the middle, 5 to 7 minutes. 
  8. Stir in the vegetables, lime juice and mint and cook until heated through, about 30 seconds.

Nutrition information (per serving)

  • Calories: 271
  • Total fat: 14
  • Sodium: 524 mg
  • Total carbohydrate: 13 g
  • Total sugars: 0 g
  • Protein: 25 g

Potassium: 514 mg