Chicken and Cashews

Chicken and Cashews

Prep: 30 mins           Total: 30 mins         Yield: 4 servings (serving size: about 3/4 cup)

 

Top tender chicken with an inspired Asian sauce loaded with cashews, ginger, honey, and sesame oil. Pair this entrée with a simple rice pilaf.

 

IngredientsIngredient

  • 3 tablespoons low-sodium soy sauce, divided
  • 2 tablespoons dry sherry
  • 4 teaspoons cornstarch, divided
  • 1 pound skinless, boneless chicken breast, cut into bite-sized pieces
  • ½ cup fat-free, less-sodium chicken broth
  • 2 tablespoons oyster sauce
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 2 teaspoons sesame oil, divided
  • ¾ cup chopped onion
  • ½ cup chopped celery
  • ½ cup chopped red bell pepper
  • 1 tablespoon grated peeled fresh ginger
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • ½ cup chopped green onions (about 3 green onions)
  • ¼ cup chopped unsalted dry-roasted cashews

 

Directions Instructions

Step 1
Combine 1 tablespoon soy sauce, sherry, 2 teaspoons cornstarch, and chicken in a large bowl; toss well to coat. Combine remaining 2 tablespoons soy sauce, remaining 2 teaspoons cornstarch, broth, oyster sauce, and honey in a small bowl.

Step 2
Heat 1 teaspoon oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add chicken mixture to pan; sauté 3 minutes. Remove from pan. Heat remaining 1 teaspoon oil in pan. Add onion, celery, and bell pepper to pan; sauté 2 minutes. Add ginger and garlic; sauté 1 minute. Return chicken mixture to pan; sauté 1 minute. Stir in broth mixture. Bring to a boil; cook 1 minute, stirring constantly. Remove from heat. Sprinkle with green onions and cashews.

Step 3
Rice pilaf: Heat 1 tablespoon canola oil in a large saucepan over medium-high heat. Add 1/2 cup chopped onion and 2 teaspoons grated peeled fresh ginger to pan; sauté 2 minutes. Stir in 1 cup water, 1/2 cup long-grain rice, and 1/4 teaspoon salt; bring to a boil. Cover, reduce heat, and simmer 12 minutes or until liquid is absorbed. Remove from heat; stir in 2 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro.

 

Nutrition Facts

Per Serving: 257 calories; fat 9g; saturated fat 1.9g; mono fat 4.2g; poly fat 2.3g; protein 26g; carbohydrates 17g; fiber 1.9g; cholesterol 63mg; iron 2mg; sodium 584mg; calcium 45mg.

 

 

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Beijing Beef

Beijing Beef

You won’t believe me until you try this recipe.
I tried to create this recipe much easier to approach at home, without a huge traditional wok or using so much oil for deep fry!

The key for this recipe is cast iron wok/pan. You can also use any pan (non stick skillet or stainless skillet) you have too. It doesn’t have to be cast iron, but if you have one… just dust off and bring it out!

We will use minimum oil to shallow fry for the deep fry taste & texture. After the shallow frying, you can save and repurpose the leftover oil too, since it’s just a little bit.

It is amazing with steamed or fried rice. I like to enjoy with side steamed or stir fried veggies too. I have many different fried rice & veggie recipes you can serve with Beijing beef, so check it out down below!

Are we ready to start the recipe?! I’m already so hungry!

Let’s jump into it!

First, slice your beef thinly abut 1/8 inch and bite size. You don’t have to use expensive steak for this recipe, because we will cook the beef long enough to make it super crispy and tender. I recommend you to use beef chuk, tri-tip or flank steak.

Chop 5 to 7 cloves garlic. Dice 1/4 of medium size onion and 1/4 of red bell pepper. You can use any onions- I used yellow onion.

Preheat 1/2 cup to 2/3 cup frying oil to 350°F. (If you are using cast iron wok/pan, just heat them over medium heat) We will do shallow fry, which is in-between deep frying & pan frying. More oil than pan frying but whole lot less than deep frying.
If you ware using wide skillet, less oil you will need.

Dust marinated beef with 1/2 cup of potato or corn starch evenly. You could coat them evenly one by one, but I’m hurry to cook & eat this Beijing beef so I just dumped the starch and mixed with my hand.

Check if the oil is preheated to 350°F by stick the end of a wooden chopstick or spoon into oil. If the oil starts steadily bubbling, then the oil is hot enough for frying.

add beef into frying oil one by one. Fry beef 6 to 7 minutes or until brown and crispy. You need to cook them well, almost the point that you are worry about if this is becoming a jerky. lol No worries, it won’t turn out to jerky though.

Remove beef from frying oil and place on a baking pan lined with cooling rack. Do batches as needed. I did 3 batches.

Turn off heat. Remove most of the frying oil from wok, leave 2 tbsp oil for stir frying.

You can keep used oil for later use, for stir frying or make this recipe again!

urn on heat to medium if you are using cast iron wok/pan or high heat if it’s regular wok or skillet. Add garlic, onion and red bell pepper. Stir fry them for 1 minute then pour sauce mixture. Let sauce boil, for 30 seconds, then add fried beef. Toss everything together and it’s read to serve!

Better Than Panda Express Beijing Beef Recipe

 

Serve with steamed rice (or fried rice), chow mein, steamed veggies and more!

Enjoy!

 

For Beef

  • 1 lb beef (chuck or try tip), sliced 1/8” thin bite sizes
  • 1 tbsp soy sauce
  • 1 tbsp shaoxing wine
  • pinch of black pepper

 

For Sauce

  • 2 tbsp oyster sauce
  • 2 tbsp vinegar
  • 2 tbsp ketchup
  • 2 tbsp sugar
  • 2 to 3 tsp sambal

For Frying & Stir Frying

  • 1/2 cup potato starch or corn starch
  • 1/2 to 2/3 cup frying oil
  • 5 to 7 cloves garlic, chopped
  • 1/4 onion, diced
  • 1/4 red bell pepper, diced

INSTRUCTIONS

    1. Combine beef, soy sauce, shaoxing wine and black pepper in a mixing bowl and marinate while preparing other ingredients.
    2. Combine all ingredients for sauce in a mixing bowl and set aside.
    3. Preheat frying oil to 350°F in a cast iron wok or a large skillet. (If you are using cast iron wok/pan, just heat them over medium heat)
      Dust marinated beef with starch evenly. Now, carefully add beef into frying oil one by one. Fry beef 6 to 7 minutes or until brown and crispy. Remove Remove beef from frying oil and place on a baking pan lined with cooling rack. Do batches as needed.
    4. Turn off heat. Remove most of the frying oil from wok, leave 2 tbsp oil for stir frying. You can keep used oil for later use, for stir frying or make this recipe again!
  1. Turn on heat to medium if you are using cast iron wok/pan or high heat if it’s regular wok or skillet. Add garlic, onion and red bell pepper. Stir fry them for 1 minute then pour sauce mixture. Let sauce boil, for 30 seconds, then add fried beef. Toss everything together and it’s read to serve! Serve with steamed rice (or fried rice), chow mein, steamed veggies and more! Enjoy!
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Cashew Chicken

Cashew Chicken

Looking for something quick, easy, and delicious for dinner?  Well nothing’s easier than a stir fry.  Try this Cashew Chicken.  It takes a bit more time than your average stir fry, but it’s so worth it!  Served over a bed of steamed rice or noodles it’s simply delicious.

This was a family favorite which I haven’t made if a very long time.   I don’t know why it was forgotten, but I recently re-discovered this delicious dish and will definitely be making it more often.

This time I used fresh asparagus simply because I had a big bunch of it in the fridge, but it can be made with broccoli, green beans, or any type of fresh veggies you have on hand.  I fry the chicken and cashews separately before adding them to the stir fry, that’s the extra step the recipe requires.  It gives the chicken a bit of crunch which goes great with the crunch from the cashews, baby corn, and water chestnuts, you can find canned baby corn and water chestnuts at any Asian market.   I also don’t over cook the fresh veggies, I like to keep them green and crisp.

Here’s the recipe!  Again it goes great with noodles or steamed rice!

Cashew Chicken

Ingredients:

4 Boneless Skinless Chicken Thighs, cut into bite size cubes

3/4 Cup Corn Starch

1 Tbs. Garlic Powder

1 Tsp. Salt

1/2 Tsp. Ground Black Pepper

1/2 Cup Whole Cashews

Oil for frying

1/4 Cup Sesame Oil

1 Large Onion Sliced

1 Tbs. Fresh Garlic Minced

1 Can Baby Corn, drained and cut each ear in half

1 Can Sliced Water Chestnuts

1 Cup Fresh Asparagus, cut into 2″ pieces (you can use any type of green veggie you have on hand)

1/2 Cup Soy Sauce

1/4 Cup Oyster Sauce

1 Tsp. Cornstarch dissolved in 1/2 Cup of water

Directions:

Heat about 1″ oil in a frying pan.

Combine cornstarch, garlic powder, salt, and pepper in a shallow dish.

Dredge chicken cubes in cornstarch mixture and drop into hot oil.

Fry chicken until done and all sides are browned.

Drain on paper towel and set aside.

Heat about 1 Tbs. oil in a small frying pan and saute cashews until golden brown.

Keep stirring cashews while cooking so they don’t burn.

Place cashews in a small bowl and set aside.

Heat sesame oil in a wok or large skillet.

Cook onions in wok until slices start to soften and become translucent.

Add garlic and cook another minute.

Add asparagus and cook until they are bright green.

Add baby corn and water chestnuts and cook another minute or two.

Add soy and oyster sauces and stir until combined.

Stir in dissolved cornstarch and stir until sauce starts to thicken.

Add in fried chicken and stir to cover in sauce.

Sprinkle cashews over top and slightly stir.

Serve right away.

 

 

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Mochiko Chicken – Japanese Fried Chicken

Fried Chicken is a favorite dish in most familys.  Its tender and juicy on the inside and has that perfect satisfying crunch on the outside.  What’s not to love?

Most folks picture KFC like chicken or Southern Fried Chicken (that’s delicious by the way) when they think of fried chicken.  Of course Southern Fried Chicken served with homemade mashed potatoes, thick gravy, and melt in your mouth biscuits are delicious, but there are other equally delicious versions of fried chicken.

One of my favorites is Mochiko Chicken or Japanese Fried Chicken.  It’s battered with Sweet Rice Flour giving it a bit of sweetness along with a nice crunch on the outside and tender and juicy on the inside.  Served with steamed white rice and Stir Fried Baby Bok Choy it makes a nice healthy meal.

This dish is marinated in the refrigerator overnight, that’s what makes it so tasty and gives it a nice crunch.

Mochiko Chicken

Ingredients:

4 Lbs. Boneless Skinless Chicken thighs cut into thirds

2/3 Cup Cornstarch

1/3 Cup Mochiko Flour

1/3 Cup Soy Sauce

2 Tbs. Oyster Sauce

1 Tsp. Sesame Oil

1 Tbs. Garlic Minced

1/4 Cup Chopped Green Onions

2 Eggs

Oil for frying

Sesame Seeds and chopped Green Onion for garnish

Directions:

Combine all ingredients expect garnish and oil for frying into a large ziplock bag.  Batter will be thick, it will thin overnight.

Shake bag to coat all chicken pieces.

Refrigerate overnight.

When you are ready to fry you will find that the marinade has thinned and possibly separated.  Shake to recombine marinade and coat chicken.

Heat oil and fry each piece until chicken is cooked and batter is golden brown and crisp.

Drain on paper towel.

Transfer to serving dish and sprinkle with sesame seeds and green onion.

Serve with hot rice and vegetables of your choice.


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SHUMAI (FILIPINO PORK AND GINGER DUMPLINGS)

SHUMAI (FILIPINO PORK AND GINGER DUMPLINGS)

Shumai (Siomai) are Filipino dumplings that were introduced to the country from China. .rather than being totally penned by the wrapper, the superior square measure left open in a very tulip-like form. These dumplings square measure stuffed with a seasoned pork and cabbage mixture, then steamed till poached through. They’re paired with a delicious soy sauce-based dipping sauce.

To steam the dumplings, I used a parchment-lined bamboo steamer set over a pan stuffed with merely enough water to not bit the lowest of the steamer. I froze the additional dumplings on the parchment-lined baking sheet till solid, then transferred them to a deep-freeze bag. I steam them straight from the deepfreeze with some of minutes further to the preparation time for a fast snack or lightweight lunch. You’ll conjointly double this formula to form loads directly for additional storage, though’ it looks mine continually disappear within the same quantity of your time no matter the amount.

I cooked the garlic for the dipping sauce by slicing off the highest of a head of garlic to reveal the highest of the cloves and drizzled them gently with vegetable oil. I wrapped the garlic in foil and cooked in a very four hundred degree F kitchen appliance till golden and simply cut, 30-50 minutes looking on the dimensions of the garlic.

The wrappers are found within the white goods or deep-freeze section of the many larger grocery stores or Asian food markets. I created my very own wrappers, as a result of I even have gotten spoiled on the style and the way a lot of easier they’re to handle.

Oyster sauce may be a dark brown sauce created by preparation oyster extract with salt and sugar. It’s common in Southeast Asian cuisines. Check the labels before shopping for. Lower quality sauces embody caramel coloring or different additives. It is found in Asian food markets or some larger grocery stores.

 

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Ingredients

Dipping Sauce:

2 tablespoons soy sauce

1 teaspoon mashed roasted garlic

1/4 teaspoon palm coconut or rice vinegar

1/4 teaspoon sambal ulek or dried red pepper flakes

Dumplings:

1 pound (450 grams) lean ground pork

1 clove garlic peeled and minced

1 1/2 teaspoons peeled and minced fresh ginger

2 tablespoons oyster sauce

1 tablespoon soy sauce

Pinch freshly ground black pepper

1/2 cup (50 grams) finely shredded Napa cabbage

1 package (50 count- you will need about 30) round dumpling wrappers

Sesame seeds for topping

Instructions

  1. To make the dipping sauce: Combine the soy sauce, garlic, vinegar, and samba ulek or red pepper flakes. Set aside or refrigerate until ready to serve.
  2. To make the dumplings: In a large bowl, mix together the pork, garlic, ginger, oyster sauce, soy sauce, and black pepper just until combined. Mix in cabbage.
  3. Line a large baking sheet with parchment. Fill a small bowl with water. Remove the dumplings from the package and cover with a lightly damp cloth on work surface.
  4. Lightly moisten the edges of a dumpling wrapper with water, then flip over so the dry side is up. Spread about 1 heaping teaspoon evenly over the surface of the wrapper.
  5. Either places the wrapper in the palm of your non-dominent hand or evenly across the circle made from putting the tips of your thumb and forefinger together. Use a knife or your spoon to press the edges of the wrapper towards the center around the circle, leaving the top of the dumpling open. Tighten your forefinger and thumb around the sides of the dumpling to seal and form a tulip shape. Use the back of a spoon to smooth out the top of the meat filling. Place on the parchment lined baking sheet and repeat with remaining wrappers and filling. Arrange on the baking sheet in a single layer, without touching.
  6. To cook the dumplings: Place the prepared dumplings in a steamer, being careful not to overcrowd. Cover and steam until the dumplings is firm and cooked through, 8-12 minutes. If desired, top with sesame seeds.
  7. Serve hot with prepared dipping sauce.

 

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