This Cashew Chicken was SOOO good! There's just something that I adore about roasted cashews or peanuts in dishes like this. Roasting really brings out the great flavor of the nuts, and when paired with the other ingredients you've got one dynamite meal! Chicken, green onions, minced garlic, and hoisin sauce...YUM!
To roast the cashews, simply spread them on a baking sheet, and cook in a 350 degree oven until they are golden and fragrant...about 10 minutes. Be sure to watch them closely, in order to avoid burning them!
This dinner is also really easy to make. It all comes together in the same medium skillet, so clean-up isn't bad either....That's always a plus in my book!
Of course, this chicken is best served with a side of white rice....and maybe even a fortune cookie or two if you have some! ;-)
1 1/2 pounds boneless, skinless chicken breast, cut into 1-inch cubes
1 tablespoon cornstarch
Coarse salt and ground pepper
2 tablespoons vegetable oil, such as safflower
6 cloves garlic, minced
8 scallions, white and green parts separated, each cut into 1-inch pieces
2 tablespoons rice vinegar
3 tablespoons hoisin sauce
3/4 cup raw cashews (4 ounces), toasted
White rice, for serving (optional)
1.In a medium bowl, toss chicken with cornstarch until chicken is coated; season with 3/4 teaspoon salt and 1/4 teaspoon pepper.
2.In a large nonstick skillet, heat 1 tablespoon oil over medium-high heat. Cook half the chicken, tossing often, until browned, about 3 minutes. Transfer to a plate.
3.Add remaining oil and chicken to skillet along with the garlic and white parts of scallions. Cook, tossing often, until chicken is browned, about 3 minutes. Return first batch of chicken to pan. Add vinegar; cook until evaporated, about 30 seconds.
4.Add hoisin sauce and 1/4 cup water; cook, tossing, until chicken is cooked through, about 1 minute. Remove from heat. Stir in scallion greens and cashews. Serve immediately over white rice, if desired.