Thursday, March 4, 2010

Cashew Chicken

Normally I take forever to post something, but I JUST finished eating this and had to post. 2 reasons: 1. it was absolutely delicious and 2. I had to make a number of changes to the recipe, so I wanted to get it down while I remember. But mostly #1, bucause it really was good.
Because of the number of changes I made, I won't even go through it here. Just trust me on the changes. Also note: most of my recipes make 4 servings, this makes 2. Keep that in mind.
Cashew Chicken (adapted from Williams-Sonoma: The Weeknight Cook)
Serves TWO (2)

3TBSP soy sauce
1 1/2 TBSP white wine
1 tsp ginger
2 chicken cutlets cut into bite sized pieces
1/2 tsp Worcestershire sauce
3/4 tsp sesame oil
1/2 tsp sugar
1/4 tsp cornstarch
1/2 head of broccoli cut into small florets
1 TBSP canola oil
2 green onions, chopped
3/4 cup salted cashews
steamed rice, to serve

1. Marinate Chicken: in bowl, combine 2 TBSP soy sauce, 1 TBSP wine, and ginger. Stir in chicken and allow to marinate for 15-30 min.
2. Make the sauce: in a small bowl, combine 1TBSP water, remaining 1TBSP soy sauce, remaining 1/2 TBSP wine, Worcestershire sauce, sesame oil, sugar and cornstarch and stir to dissolve sugar and cornstarch,
3. Stir Fry the chicken. Steam the broccoli very briefly (about a minute) in the microwave so that it is not undercooked at the end. Heat oil in frying pan over medium high heat. Remove chicken from marinade and drain well, discarding marinade. Add chicken to pan and stirfry until slightly brown. Add cashews and stirfry another 30 seconds or so. Using a slotted spoon, move the chicken and nuts BUT NOT THE OIL to a bowl. Heat pan to medium high and stirfry green onions about 30 seconds until fragrant, add chicken and nuts and broccoli. Stir the sauce and add to pan. Stir until sauce thickens slightly (this happened very fast for me). Serve over the rice.