5.16.2011

Cashew Chicken



I absolutely love Chinese food and having spent four months living in Beijing I have definitely had my fair share of delicious dumplings and fried rice. This was my first attempt at cashew chicken and it was heavenly. Just enough asian flavor coupled with the perfect amount of cashews, ginger and scallions makes for quite a tasty meal. Serve the chicken over brown rice or mai fun noodles (pictured above) for the perfect chinese dinner at home. Honestly, this dish will be ready in the same amount of time it would take for your Chinese delivery to arrive!


You Will Need:
  • 1 1/2 pounds boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cut into 1-inch pieces
  • 2 tablespoons dry sherry (or cooking wine, or leave out)
  • 2 tsp. minced, peeled, fresh ginger
  • 3 1/2 teaspoons cornstarch
  • coarse salt
  • 1/2 cup chicken broth
  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoons rice vinegar
  • 2 teaspoons sugar
  • 1 tablespoons plus 2 teaspoons vegetable oil
  • 2 garlic cloves, chopped
  • 2/3 cup unsalted cashews, toasted
  • 2 green onions, white and green parts separated and thinly sliced

Here We Go:
  • In a medium bowl, toss chicken with sherry, ginger, and 1 1/2 tsps cornstarch; season with salt
  • Refrigerate 30 minutes
  • In another bowl, combine broth, soy sauce, vinegar, sugar, and 2 teaspoons cornstarch and set sauce aside
  • In a large nonstick skillet, heat 1 Tbsp oil over medium-high heat
  • Add half the chicken and cook until golden and cooked through, about 5 minutes
  • Transfer chicken to a covered plate
  • Add 1 tsp oil to skillet and cook remaining chicken (reduce heat if chicken is over-browning) and transfer to plate
  • To same skillet, add 1 teaspoon oil, garlic, cashews, and green onion whites
  • Cook, stirring constantly, until garlic begins to soften, about 30 seconds
  • Whisk sauce and add to skillet along with chicken
  • Cook until sauce thickens, about 30 seconds
  • Top with green onion greens and serve with rice or noodles.

Serves 4
Happy Feasting!

9 comments:

The Mistress of Spices said...

This looks delicious! I'm vegetarian but would love to try this with seitan, as I love cashews in Chinese dishes!

Sabrina said...

I love this! There is a great thai place close by that serves a wonderful cashew chicken! Thanks for sharing! Now i can make it at home!!!!

RebekahRose said...

Yumm!! I love chinese at home - definitely will have to try this one!

Annie's Dish said...

I love cashew chicken but have never made it at home. Great job!

Three-Cookies said...

Cashew and chicken is a fantastic combination. Its available in Chinese takeaways in every country I visited

Joanna said...

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I love Cashew chicken! Great recipe. Seems simple for a weeknight dinner! Thanks Kate!

The Harried Cook said...

that looks great... i love chicken with cashews! Never tried it at home... Thanks for sharing :)

Katie said...

Yummy! This would certainly save a lot of money on chinese takeout!

CMase said...

Making this tonight! Yaay! Thanks for such great recipes! xoxox