Sunday, May 9, 2010

Scrumptious Cashew Chicken

***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!  ;-)

Bon Appetit!***

Ingredients:

Serves 4
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)


Directions:
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.

19 comments:

The Logans said...

Mmmm...looks delish! Thanks for sharing!

Julia said...

I have been wanting to make a good cashew chicken at home for years! so lame that I haven't..I will, I will make it b/c this does look scrumptious!

Katie said...

That looks so delicious!! I love the golden color with the green. Looks great

Ashley said...

My mouth is watering and my tummy is growling! Definitely will try this one soon, thanks for sharing!

B & D said...

its some what like the spicy honey chicken that we make...i love the flavor of cashew :)

M.Adam.Waller said...

Made this tonight for dinner. Tasted amazing! We just used salted cashews instead of the raw ones. Garlic doesn't over power either.

Rachel said...

Looks wonderful!

Dawnvb said...

Hmmmm so I tried this last night and the sauce was thin and light in color without much flavor. Maybe I didn't brown the meat enough? Not sure what went wrong...

Anonymous said...

I made this tonight. I made some adjustments since I had more chicken. I added an extra tablespoon of the hoisin and a touch of soy sauce. Was very good. I am used to when I make Chinese food at home it is ok, but not anywhere near restaurant taste. This was very good. I will make again.

Anonymous said...

Made this for dinner tonight...yummy! Definately will be making this again. My family loved it too.

suel said...

came out good. Making it again tonight. might add some ginger?

Anonymous said...

I really want to make this but I only have Balsamic Vinegar or plain old white vinegar here. Would either of these be an appropriate substitute?

Anonymous said...

My family and I really enjoyed this dish! I did use extra cornstarch to coat the chicken. I will probably make extra sauce the next time I make this - at least 1 1/2 times since I like more sauce when using rice with dishes. Thanks for sharing - this is a keeper! :)

Anonymous said...

Has anyone tried reheating this on the hob the following day ? I would like to know if I can make it the night before my guests arrive ? Thanks

Jess said...

This was great! The chicken was tender and the sauce was delicious! I couldn't obtain raw cashews ,but, the salted canned ones worked fine! We really enjoyed this and thank you for sharing the recipe!

Debbie Gray Smith said...

This was so good, we're having it for the second time in one week tonight! The flavors are terrific. I added a little soy sauce, but otherwise I followed the recipe exactly. We had it with jasmine rice. Yum!

Anonymous said...

I added more sauce and veggies, (carrots and celery). My family loved it!

Anonymous said...

I made this the other night and it was not good !! =( I made alot too and no one liked it lol

Anonymous said...

I made this and it is so simple and tasty! Have made it 3 times so far and it's always a hit with my house. They love it.