I just couldn’t give it up. Last week I mentioned I didn’t like this cashew chicken I had made, so I decided give it another go again today. This one was so much better.
It has the perfect blend and depth of flavors. It didn’t have a weird, chewy texture like my last batch. It was lightly sweet, lightly sour and had just the right hint of soy. I only had green onions but next time I want to try it topped with fresh cilantro or toss in some steamed broccoli.
This dish only takes about 25 minutes to make and it’s much healthier than a fried Asian chicken. Between it’s amazing taste and quick preparation, it’s likely to find it’s way into your weeknight menu rotation. Enjoy!
Yield: About 3 - 4 servings
- 1 1/2 lbs boneless skinless chicken breasts , diced into 1-inch pieces
- 1 Tbsp + 2 tsp cornstarch , divided
- 2 1/2 Tbsp olive oil , divided
- Salt and white or black pepper
- 6 Tbsp low-sodium chicken broth or water , then more as needed
- 3 1/2 Tbsp hoisin sauce
- 1 1/2 Tbsp soy sauce
- 1 1/2 Tbsp rice vinegar
- 1 Tbsp honey
- 1/2 tsp sesame oil
- 4 green onions , chopped, plus more for serving if desired
- 4 cloves garlic , minced
- 1 Tbsp finely grated , peeled fresh ginger
- 2 cups diced broccoli florets (small pieces)
- 1 medium bell pepper , chopped
- 3/4 cup unsalted cashews , roughly chopped
- Sesame seeds , for serving (optional)
Recipe updated 6/10/17 to include broccoli and bell pepper.
In a mixing bowl, toss chicken with 1 Tbsp cornstarch to evenly coat. In a large skillet, heat 1/2 Tbsp oil over medium-high heat. Once oil is hot, add half of the chicken, and cook stirring frequently, until chicken is is golden brown and has cooked through, about 4 minutes. Transfer chicken to a plate and add another 1/2 Tbsp vegetable oil to skillet. Cook remaining chicken until golden brown and cooked through, then transfer to plate with first batch of chicken.
In a mixing bowl (or liquid measuring cup used to measure chicken broth), whisk together chicken broth, hoisin sauce, soy sauce, rice vinegar, honey, sesame oil and remaining 2 tsp cornstarch until well blended, set aside.
Heat remaining 1 1/2 Tbsp oil in skillet over medium heat. Add in green onions, garlic, ginger, broccoli and bell pepper and saute until veggies are tender, about 3 minutes. Transfer to a large plate. Pour in hoisin sauce mixture and cook, whisking constantly, until sauce boils and thickens (don't let it reduce it will be too salty, just cook long enough to thicken). Thin with 1 - 2 more tablespoons of broth or water if desired. Remove from heat, add chicken, veggies and cashews to sauce and toss to evenly coat. Serve warm with white or brown rice or quinoa and sprinkle with green onions and sesame seeds.
Recipe Source: Cooking Classy