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Thursday, February 07, 2008

Cashew Chicken

Happy New Year!
It is the Year of the Rat. Here is some Chinese food for you. I read in one source that this isn't totally Chinese--they would serve this same dish with peanuts, not cashews.

Serves 3 to 4


8 ounces (225 g) boneless chicken breasts, skinned and cut into 1/2 inch cubes

1 egg white
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon cornstarch (corn flour)
5 fluid ounces (150 ml) cooking oil (vegetable or peanut)
2 ounces (50 grams) cashew nuts
2 teaspoons dry sherry or rice wine
1 tablespoon light soy sauce
1 tablespoon spring onions, finely chopped as garnish (if desired)


Add the marinade ingredients to the chicken cubes, mixing with chopsticks and adding the cornstarch last. Allow the chicken to marinate in the refrigerator for 15 - 20 minutes. While the chicken is marinating, mix together the dry sherry and light soy sauce and set aside.

Heat the wok and add oil. When the oil is ready, add the chicken cubes and stir-fry on medium heat, stirring quickly to ensure that the chicken does not stick to the wok, until it turns white. Remove the chicken from the wok and set aside.

Clean the wok with a paper towel and add one tablespoon of oil. When the oil is ready, add the cashews and stir-fry them for about 1 minute. Add the chicken, and the sherry/soy sauce mixture. Stir-fry the dish for about another 2 minutes. If you don't like raw spring onions, you can add them to the dish at this time. Otherwise, remove the dish from wok, garnish with spring onions, and serve.

Note: I could have done with a little more sauce, and maybe some minced ginger. I did add a pinch of ground ginger, as I was out of minced.



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