Simple Satisfying Stir Fry: Cooking on a student budget

Delicious..this meal will impress your flatmates no end.
Delicious..this meal will impress your flatmates no end.

Come September, us students are so busy unpacking, settling in, meeting new friends, going out, partying, necessary shopping and necessary shopping (we’re talking a total renewal of your wardrobe), that we forget it would be good to eat once in a while. Well, Toma Sukyte has the perfect recipe for cooking healthy meals on a student budget.

Okay, so your rumbling belly reminds you that you should probably grab a bite, what do you choose? A frozen “truly-home-made” beef lasagne? Good old beans on toast three times a day, seven days a week? A cheap (most of the orders must be over a tenner), quick (sometimes delivery takes up to 40 minutes) and healthy (you can see a healthy glow of half a litre oil in a massive box of sweet and sour chicken) takeaway?

Yes, these meal choices are just brilliant but if you don’t want to head into your overdraft to buy a pair of new jeans – the old ones are a bit tight after all those takeaways – by the end of month, then consider cooking at home from scratch at least several times a week. It is cheaper, healthier and tastes better. Oh, and it’ll make your mum proud.

Try this simple yet scrumptious recipe and see it for yourself.

Chicken stir fry with baby corn and bell pepper

Delicious..this meal will impress your flatmates no end.
Delicious..this meal will impress your flatmates no end.

(Serves 2) Prep time: 10 mins Cooking time: 12 mins (It also contains two of your 5-a-day, winning!)


250 g chicken, cut into bite-size chunks

8 baby corn, sliced

1 bell pepper (we used green but any will do), sliced

2 garlic cloves, minced or finely chopped

1/2 onion, sliced

1 tomato, sliced

1 tbsp soy sauce

1 tbsp oyster sauce

4 tbsp water

1/2 tsp ground pepper

1 tbsp oil

Rice (to serve)


Firstly, have all the ingredients prepared – this will make it easier to cook later. You can start boiling rice at this point.

For the stir fry heat oil in the pan and then fry garlic until fragrant, it only takes a minute. Don’t leave it unattended as it burns very quickly.

Add chicken and stir fry for 3-4 minutes on a high heat until it browns a little bit. Add the vegetables and stir everything in the pan with a spatula.

Reduce heat to medium and add soy sauce and oyster sauce. Stir in and fry for another five minutes. Add water if the dish becomes too dry. Add pepper and check the seasoning. You can always splash a little more soy sauce for more saltiness.

Make sure the meat is cooked through and the vegetables are slightly soft but still have a bite to it. Serve the meal over a bowl of rice.

Enjoy! It wasn’t that difficult, was it? Let us know how you get on in the comments below…


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