Easy Spicy Cashew Chicken

Here's a durable, easy to prepare version of everyone's favourite Asian takeout dish, cashew chicken

The best thing about being ‘the cook’, at least at my house, is you get to call the shots as to what gets put on the table every night (some mornings and afternoons too!). So, I love finding durable, easy to prepare recipes that let me deliver takeout favourites whenever I feel like them. That’s why I learned how to make my own pizza dough and sauce. It’s also why I spent time perfecting a variety of Chinese takeout type dishes for the home cook.

One key ingredient in this recipe, which I found at thechunkychef.com , cashews, were originally found in the Amazon rain forest of what we now call Brazil. But, the cashew evergreen was spread all over the world by Portuguese explorers and commercial cashew operations are now found in Brazil, Vietnam, India and a number of African countries. Aside from being my favourite nut because they’re so delicious, cashews offer a wide variety of health benefits being chock full of essential vitamins, minerals and vital antioxidants.

Cashews promote the metabolism of protein, fat, and carbohydrates at the cellular level. And, while relatively high in caloric count, they are considered an abundant source of crucial minerals like manganese, potassium, copper, iron, magnesium, zinc and selenium. Taken at a handful a day cashews can fight deficiency diseases. Selenium in particular is a co-factor for one of the most powerful antioxidants in the body one of which provides important UV-ray filtering and is thought instrumental in the prevention of age-related macular degeneration

Vitamins B-5, B-6, thiamin and riboflavin also are all significantly present in cashews and combine to help combat anemia and dermatitis.

Hoisin and low sodium soya sauce, vinegar, sugar, garlic and cornstarch are key ingredients to make this cashew chicken dish delicious
INGREDIENTS
3 pieces chicken breasts cut into bite sized
2 tsp Hoisin sauce
2/3 cup reduced sodium soy sauce
1/4 c vegetable oil
2 tsp red pepper flakes
4 green onions sliced
4 cloves garlic minced
1 cup broccoli florets
3 Tbsp cornstarch
8 tsp sugar
4 tsp white vinegar (rice wine vinegar is tangier)
2 cups unsalted, raw cashews
sesame seeds for garnish

First, pour 1 tablespoon soy sauce and 2 tsp of Hoisin sauce into a bowl.
Place chicken in soy sauce mixture and let sit for at least 30 minutes.

Pour 1 tablespoon soy sauce and 2 tsp of Hoisin sauce into a bowl.
Place chicken in soy sauce mixture and let sit... whisk together the remaining soy sauce, cornstarch, sugar, and vinegar

In a small bowl, whisk together the remaining soy sauce, cornstarch, sugar, and vinegar.
Slice the green onions, mince garlic, and measure out red pepper flakes
Slice the green onions, mince garlic, and measure out red pepper flakes
Pour chicken into a strainer to drain and remove as much soy sauce marinade as possible
Pour chicken into a strainer to drain and remove as much soy sauce marinade as possible
Heat oil in a large deep skillet over medium-high heat. 
Add red pepper flakes to oil, stir a few times
Heat oil in a large deep skillet over medium-high heat.
Add red pepper flakes to oil, stir a few times
Add chicken and cook for 2 minutes until golden, then stir chicken
Add chicken and cook for 2 minutes until golden, then stir chicken
Add garlic and broccoli and cook until chicken is cooked through
Add garlic and broccoli and cook until chicken is cooked through
Broccoli will turn a darker green as it cooks through. You may want to drain oil after this step
Broccoli will turn a darker green as it cooks through. You may want to drain oil after this step
Add cashews...
Add cashews…
... turn off heat and pour in sauce. Stir until chicken is covered in sauce
… turn off heat and pour in sauce. Stir until chicken is covered in sauce
Sauce will thicken considerably
Sauce will thicken considerably
Add green onions and sesame seeds and serve over white rice
Add green onions and sesame seeds and serve over white rice

4 thoughts on “Easy Spicy Cashew Chicken

  1. It tasted great, Joe! I will buy sodium-reduced soy sauce for next time. I didn’t realize how much sodium was in soy sausage and hosein sauce.

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