Oriental Turkey Stir-fry

  • 1 lb (450 g) skinless and boneless turkey breast
  • 4 oz (110 g) broccoli florets
  • 1 x 100 g pack cashew nuts
  • 1 x 100 g pack shiitake mushrooms
  • 1 heaped tablespoon cornflour
  • ½ level teaspoon five-spice powder
  • 2 dessertspoons Japanese soy sauce
  • 4 spring onions
  • 3 tablespoons groundnut or other flavourless oil
  • 1 small onion, finely chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, crushed
  • 2 level teaspoons fresh ginger, grated
  • 4 tablespoons rice wine or dry sherry, mixed with 2 tablespoons Japanese soy sauce
  • 1 level teaspoon salt

The great thing about stir-fries is speed, and the great thing about turkey stir-fries is that the meat is already trimmed and prepared.

You could ring the changes by replacing the broccoli with sliced sugar snaps, and shiitake mushrooms with any other mushroom. It's also a good idea to have a kitchen timer handy to time all the bits and pieces for the stir-fry.

This recipe first appeared in Sainsbury’s Magazine (Guide to Poultry and Game Cookery)


First you may need to cut the turkey into smaller strips, which should be about ¼ x 2 inches (0.5 x 5 cm). Then place them in a bowl and toss with the cornflour and five-spice powder so that all the strips get an even coating. Next, sprinkle in the soy sauce and give the whole thing a really good toss. Then cover the bowl and leave it aside for 30 minutes while you prepare the other ingredients.

The shiitake mushrooms should be cut into thin slices and the broccoli needs to have the heads cut – also in thin slices – and the stalks cut into very thin diagonal slices. What you do with the spring onions is chop the white part quite small and the green part into very thin shreds.

When you are ready to cook the stir-fry, first heat one tablespoon of oil in the wok and, when it's very hot, fry the cashew nuts for 45-60 seconds until they are a lovely golden brown colour. Keep them on the move all the time, then remove them to a plate using a draining spoon.

Now add another tablespoon of oil, and again, when it becomes really hot, keep the heat high and stir-fry the turkey in two batches, giving each batch 2 minutes, until it turns crisp and golden and is cooked through.

As the turkey cooks, remove it to a plate and keep warm.

Now add the last tablespoon of oil, this time keeping the heat at medium. Stir-fry the chopped onion and garlic and ginger for about 2 minutes. Then turn the heat up to high again, add the broccoli and mushrooms and stir-fry these for a further minute, tossing them around all the time so they come in contact with the heat at all sides.

Return the turkey and cashew nuts to join the rest, season with the salt, then add rice wine and soy mixture. Turn the heat down to medium, add the chopped spring onions, cover with a lid, and let it all cook for just 1 minute.

Serve immediately on a bed of rice noodles or plain steamed rice, with the rest of the finely shredded raw spring onion sprinkled over.

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