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The 10-ingredient chicken stir-fry you’ll turn to again and again

Adam Liaw
Adam Liaw

A simple Thai-inspired stir-fry.
A simple Thai-inspired stir-fry.William Meppem

The combination of pepper and garlic is a classic in Thai cooking. This simple stir-fry is about as easy as it gets. Serve with rice.



  • 1 tsp white peppercorns

  • 12 garlic cloves

  • ¼ tsp salt

  • 400g chicken thigh fillets, cut into 3mm-thick slices

  • ¼ tsp baking soda

  • 2 tbsp vegetable oil

  • 1 tbsp oyster sauce

  • 1 tbsp soy sauce

  • ½ tsp sugar

  • 1 small Lebanese cucumber, peeled at intervals and sliced, to serve

  • a few sprigs of coriander, to serve


  1. Step 1

    Place the white peppercorns in a mortar and pound to a coarse powder with a pestle. Add the garlic and salt and pound until the garlic is roughly crushed (you don’t want to pound this so much it becomes a smooth paste). Combine the mixture with the chicken and the baking soda and mix well. Set aside for at least 10 minutes.

  2. Step 2

    Heat a wok or large frying pan over high heat and add the oil. Add the chicken and fry for about 2 minutes, until lightly browned. Add the oyster sauce, soy sauce and sugar and toss to combine. Toss for a further minute or two until the chicken is just cooked through. Transfer to a serving plate and serve with the cucumber and coriander.

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Adam LiawAdam Liaw is a cookbook author and food writer, co-host of Good Food Kitchen and former MasterChef winner.

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