Chicken Cashew

Jan 17, 2023 | Dinner, Main Course, Poultry, Recipes

This cashew chicken with tender stir-fried chicken and roasted cashews in garlic sauce tastes just like take-out.

This cashew chicken, or stir-fried chicken with roasted cashews in garlic sauce, tastes just like take-out from your favorite Chinese restaurant. It’s easy to make at home. You don’t need a wok — just a large nonstick skillet — and, aside from the chicken, the only chopping involves garlic and scallions. The rest of the ingredients come out of bottles and jars. As with all stir-fries, the dish cooks quickly, so be sure to have all your ingredients prepped before you start cooking. Also, be sure not to cut the chicken pieces too small, or they will cook too quickly and overcook.

 

WHAT YOU’LL NEED TO MAKE CASHEW CHICKEN

cashew chicken ingredients

Be sure to use a high-quality hoisin sauce like Kikkoman or Lee Kum Kee; it makes a big difference.

 

HOW TO MAKE CASHEW CHICKEN

To begin, place the cashews on a baking sheet in a single layer.

how to make cashew chicken

Toast in the oven until fragrant, about 5 minutes. (They will crisp up as they cool.) Meanwhile, prepare the sauce: in a small bowl, whisk together the water, cornstarch, hoisin sauce and soy sauce. Set aside.

sauce mixtureNext, season the chicken with salt and pepper. In a large nonstick skillet, heat 1 tablespoon of the vegetable oil over high heat until very hot. Add half of the chicken to the skillet

how to make cashew chicken

Stir-fry until lightly browned but not cooked through, about 3 minutes. Transfer to a plate.

how to make cashew chicken

Add the remaining tablespoon vegetable oil to the skillet; then add remaining chicken, garlic and white parts of the scallions. Stir-fry until the chicken is lightly browned but not cooked through, about 3 minutes. Return the first batch of chicken to the pan. Turn the heat down to medium and add the rice vinegar; cook until evaporated, about 30 seconds.

how to make cashew chicken

Add the sauce mixture and cook, stirring frequently, until the chicken is cooked through, about 1 minute.

how to make cashew chicken

Remove from the heat. Stir in the scallion greens, cashews and sesame oil.

how to make cashew chicken

Serve with rice.

 

INGREDIENTS:

  • ¾ cup roasted, unsalted cashews
  • ¼ cup water
  • 2 teaspoons cornstarch
  • 4 tablespoons hoisin sauce, best quality such as Kikkoman or Lee Kum Kee
  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce
  • 1½ pounds boneless, skinless chicken breasts or tenderloins, cut into 1½ inch pieces
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 6 medium garlic cloves, minced
  • 8 scallions (1 bunch), white and green parts separated, each cut into 1-inch pieces
  • 2 tablespoons rice vinegar
  • ¼ teaspoon Asian sesame oil

 

 

INSTRUCTIONS

Preheat the oven to 350°F.

 

Place the cashews on a baking sheet in a single layer. Toast in the oven until fragrant, about 5 minutes. Set aside; they will crisp up as they cool.

 

Meanwhile, prepare the sauce: in a small bowl, whisk together the water, cornstarch, hoisin sauce, and soy sauce. Set aside.

 

Place the chicken pieces in a large bowl. Sprinkle with the salt and pepper and toss to coat evenly.

 

In a large nonstick skillet, heat 1 tablespoon of the vegetable oil over high heat until very hot.

Add half of the chicken to the skillet and stir-fry until lightly browned but not cooked through, about 3 minutes. Transfer to a plate.

Add the remaining tablespoon vegetable oil to the skillet; then add the remaining chicken, garlic and white parts of the scallions. Stir-fry until the chicken is lightly browned but not cooked through, about 3 minutes. Return the first batch of chicken to the pan. Turn the heat down to medium and add the rice vinegar; cook until evaporated, about 30 seconds.

 

Add the sauce mixture to the chicken; cook, tossing, until the chicken is cooked through and the sauce is nicely thickened, about 1 minute. Remove from the heat. Stir in the scallion greens, cashews and sesame oil. Serve immediately.

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