Friday, October 23, 2009

Cashew Chicken

Last weekend, we headed out for General Tso’s Chicken and a movie. Tonight we decided to rent a movie and prepare our own great tasting,  healthy Chinese dish that was a cinch to make at home.

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  • 1 1/2 pounds boneless, skinless chicken breast, cut into 1-inch cubes
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch
  • Coarse salt and ground pepper
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil, such as safflower
  • 6 cloves garlic, minced
  • 8 scallions, white and green parts separated, each cut into 1-inch pieces
  • 2 tablespoons rice vinegar
  • 3 tablespoons hoisin sauce
  • 3/4 cup raw cashews (4 ounces), toasted
  • Brown rice, for serving (optional)
  1. In a medium bowl, toss chicken with cornstarch until chicken is coated; season with 3/4 teaspoon salt and 1/4 teaspoon pepper.
  2. In a large nonstick skillet, heat 1 tablespoon oil over medium-high heat. Cook half the chicken, tossing often, until browned, about 3 minutes. Transfer to a plate.
  3. Add remaining oil and chicken to skillet along with the garlic and white parts of scallions. Cook, tossing often, until chicken is browned, about 3 minutes. Return first batch of chicken to pan. Add vinegar; cook until evaporated, about 30 seconds.foodblog 010 foodblog 012
  4. Add hoisin sauce and 1/4 cup water; cook, tossing, until chicken is cooked through, about 1 minute. Remove from heat. Stir in scallion greens and cashews. Serve immediately over white rice, if desired. foodblog 015
Recipe courtesy of Everyday Food

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