RECIPE: Chicken stir-fry with baked hake

Social media foodie Chuene Lefala makes a flavourful chicken stir-fry

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Summer days are here. And that calls for fresher and lighter meals. Home cook Chuene Lefala (27) has just the meal for you and makes an easy chicken stir-fry recipe loaded with vegetables alongside a baked hake to fulfil your protein cravings.

If you are looking for a quick and easy dinner, I mean who isn’t? Stir-fry dinners are the best way to go. Protein, vegetables, everrrrything all in one pan. Ooh and who doesn’t love a fresh hake, it’s a national treasure.

READ: ‘Food is the story of life, love and health’ says social media foodie 

Chicken veggie stir-fry served with oven baked hake:

For oven baked hake


° 3 medium-sized fresh and cleaned hake

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° 1.5 tbsp fish spice

° 1 tbsp olive oil

For chicken veggie stir-fry:


° 1-2 large chicken breast cut into strips

° About 150g broccoli

° A handful of uncut green beans

° 1 medium-sized carrot peeled and chopped to your preference

° 1/2 a medium red onion, thinly sliced

° 1/4 of a large red pepper

° 1 tbsp olive for cooking

° Cooked spaghetti (1/2 cup) – optional addition

° 2 tsp chicken spice

° 1 tsp dried oregano

° 1/2 tsp dried basil

° 1 tsp smoked paprika

° 1 tsp Worcestershire sauce

Hake method:

  1. Brush your hake with oil on both sides
  2. Rub in your spice
  3. Place in a greased baking tray or tray lined with baking paper.
  4. Bake in a preheated oven at 100°c for about 30 minutes. Check periodically to make sure nothing burns.

Stir-fry method:

  1. Season your chicken strips with the chicken spice, cover and let it chill for 10 minutes.
  2. Put your stove on medium high. Add oil to your non-stick pan. Put on the stove and let the oil heat up a little bit.
  3. Now add in your chicken and cook till its lightly browned and not fully cooked. Remove from heat and put in a separate bowl.
  4. In the same pan, add onions, your spices and herbs and fry for a minute or until they are translucent.
  5. Add stir-fry veggies and drizzle the Worcestershire sauce.
  6. Braise until veggies are cooked to your liking. NOTE: I like mine a little crisp with a taste of freshness. At this point you can either add salt or chicken spice for extra flavour.
  7. Then add back your chicken pieces along with spaghetti pieces. Mix properly and let it braise on low heat for about 3-5 minutes. Then remove from heat.
  8. Meal is ready. Enjoy!

Cook’s tip: Serve your stir fry with your baked hake. Optional: garnish with sesame seeds and drizzle some garlic ginger sesame flavored soy sauce. Enjoy.

READ: ‘Food is the story of life, love and health’ says social media foodie 


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