Saturday, December 27, 2008

Cashew Chicken

I hope everyone had a wonderful holiday this week! I know we sure did. We have been so blessed with our new house, our families, our life together... it was surely a joyous holiday season! Our new house is REALLY coming along and I could see us being almost done with it in the next week (yippeeeeee!)

Anyway... on to the food... Tonight I made cashew chicken. I had found the recipe on this blog and was excited to try it. We both really liked it! John loved it which wasn't a surprise since he loves Kung Pao chicken and this was relatively similar. Overall, a big success and I would definitely make it again. Also I should add that I halved the recipe and it made enough for the two of us plus a little left over.

1 bunch scallions (I used onion powder)
1 lb skinless boneless chicken thighs (I used breasts)
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 tsp black pepper
3T vegetable oil
1 red bell pepper, chopped
4 garlic cloves, finely chopped
1/4 tsp dried hot red-pepper flakes
3/4 C reduced-sodium chicken broth
1 1/2 T soy sauce
1 1/2 tsp cornstarch
1/2 C salted roasted whole cashews (I used reduced sodium since John isn't big on salt)
1 teaspoon of salt

Chop scallions, separating white and green parts. Pat chicken dry, then cut into 3/4-inch pieces and toss with salt and pepper. Heat a wok or 12-inch heavy skillet (not nonstick) over moderately high heat until a drop of water evaporates immediately. Add oil, swirling to coat, then stir-fry chicken until golden in places and just cooked through, 4 to 5 minutes. Transfer to a plate with a slotted spoon. Add bell pepper, garlic, ginger, red-pepper flakes, and scallion whites to wok and stir-fry until peppers are just tender, 5 to 6 minutes.

Stir together broth, soy sauce, cornstarch, and sugar, then stir into vegetables in wok. Reduce heat and simmer, stirring occasionally, until thickened, 1 to 2 minutes. Stir in cashews, scallion greens, and chicken along with any juices accumulated on plate.


  1. After all the holiday fare, ethnic food like Chinese sounds great! Looks good and glad to hear your holidays went well :)

  2. so glad you liked it! : ) Love your blog!
    : )