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I love fuss-free one-tray dinners that can be served straight to the table where people can help themselves. This teriyaki chicken tray bake can be prepared ahead of time and popped in the oven when guests arrive. Then it’s just a case of tossing egg noodles through the sauce in the bottom of the pan and adding a few fresh ingredients and you are ready to rock! 

Serves 6


3 garlic cloves, peeled and finely chopped

1 red chilli, deseeded and finely chopped 

1 lime, zest grated and the fruit cut in half 

5 tablespoons dark soy sauce 

1 tablespoons dark soft brown sugar 

1 tablespoon sunflower oil 

1 tablespoon sesame oil 

6 chicken fillets 

10 1/2 oz egg noodles, cooked 

6 spring onions, trimmed and finely sliced 

Small handful of sesame seeds 

Good handful of coriander leaves, to garnish

1 red chilli, deseeded and fi nely sliced, to garnish


  1. In a large bowl, make a marinade for the chicken. Combine the garlic, chilli, lime zest, soy sauce, brown sugar, sunfl ower oil and sesame oil. Add the chicken and toss to coat. Cover and set aside in the fridge for at least 30 minutes. 

  2. Preheat the oven to 400°F, Gas Mark 6. Pour the chicken and marinade into a roasting tin and place in the oven for 15–20 minutes until the chicken is cooked through, basting with the juices halfway through the cooking time. Cook the noodles as instructed on the packet, then drain them.

  3. Remove the baking tray from the oven and add the noodles, spring onions and a good squeeze of lime juice. Toss thoroughly until everything is coated. Sprinkle over the sesame seeds and garnish with coriander and red chilli. Serve straight away.