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Chinese Cashew Chicken

Recipe video above. The soft, creamy crunch of cashews is a perfect addition to this saucy chicken stir fry! Truly stacks up to your favourite take out - read the glowing reviews! If using breast, consider tenderising it the Chinese way ("Velveting Chicken")
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time6 mins
Total Time21 mins
Course: Mains
Cuisine: Chinese
Keyword: Cashew Chicken
Servings: 4
Calories: 559kcal
Author: Nagi

Ingredients

Sauce

  • 1 tbsp cornstarch / cornflour
  • 3 tbsp soy sauce , all purpose or light (Note 1)
  • 3 tbsp Chinese cooking wine or Mirin (Note 2)
  • 3 tbsp oyster sauce
  • 2 tsp sesame oil
  • Dash of white pepper (sub black)

Stir Fry

  • 500g / 1 lb chicken thigh , skinless boneless, cut into 2.5cm/1" pieces (Note 3)
  • 2 tbsp peanut oil (or vegetable oil)
  • 2 garlic cloves , minced
  • 1/2 onion , chopped into 1.75 cm / 3/4" pieces(yellow, brown or white)
  • 1 green capsicum / bell pepper , chopped into 2 cm / 0.8" pieces
  • 6 tbsp water
  • 3/4 cup roasted cashews , unsalted

Instructions

  • Sauce: Mix cornflour and soy sauce until there's no lumps. Then add remaining Sauce ingredients and mix.
  • Marinate: Transfer 2 tbsp Sauce to chicken, mix to coat. Set aside for 10 minutes+.
  • Cook: Heat oil over high heat in a wok or heavy based skillet. Add the garlic and onion, cook for 1 minute.
  • Add chicken and cook for 2 minutes. Add capsicum and cook for 1 minute.
  • Add Sauce and water. Bring to simmer and cook, stirring, for 1 minute or until Sauce thickens.
  • Stir through cashews, remove from stove. Serve immediately with rice - or for a low carb, low cal option, try Cauliflower Rice!

Notes

1. Soy Sauce - ordinary all purpose or light soy sauce. Do not use dark soy sauce - flavour is too strong and sauce will be very dark.
2. Chinese Cooking Wine (Shaoxing Wine) - sub with Mirin or dry sherry (near perfect subs). If you can't consume alcohol, use low sodium chicken broth in place of the cooking wine in the Sauce AND in place of the water.
3. Chicken - I prefer making this with thigh because it's juicier, but it can be made with breast or tenderloin. If using breast, option to tenderise using the Chinese method so it's super tender and juicy like you get at Chinese restaurants - see How to tenderise chicken the Chinese way (Velveting)
4. Leftovers will keep in the fridge for 3 to 4 days. I don't recommend freezing - sauces thickened with cornflour/cornstarch tend to become watery if frozen. But other than sauce thickness, flavour holds up just fine!
5. Nutrition per serving excluding rice. It can easily serve 5 or more with other sides, as is typically served at Chinese restaurants.

Nutrition

Calories: 559kcal | Carbohydrates: 21g | Protein: 26g | Fat: 41g | Saturated Fat: 9g | Cholesterol: 122mg | Sodium: 1324mg | Potassium: 512mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 6g | Vitamin A: 1030IU | Vitamin C: 39.4mg | Calcium: 34mg | Iron: 2.8mg