Cooking With The Lewis Sisters

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Cashew Chicken November 19, 2012

Filed under: Chicken,Dinner — lewissisters @ 3:19 am

My sister made cashew chicken for dinner. Our family loved this recipe, there is tons of great flavor. Along with chicken, waterchestnuts which we all love, celery, and bamboo, she left that out. This meal was filling and tasted like Chinese take out, only better. (To make this gluten free, use gluten free soy sauce.)
Cashew Chicken
2 tsps peanut oil (canola oil works just fine)
2 medium cloves garlic, minced
1 pound uncooked boneless skinless chicken breast cut into 1 inch cubes
½ tsp salt, or more
1/4 tsp black pepper, or more
1 and ½ cups chicken broth, divided (if you want to cut down on the sodium, you can use reduced sodium, no fat broth)
2 Tbsps soy sauce, or more, (you could use low sodium soy sauce or gluten free soy sauce)
2 stalks uncooked celery chopped
1 8 oz can bamboo shoots, drained
1 8 oz can waterchestnuts, drained and sliced
1 and ½ Tbsps cornstarch
2 cups cooked white or brown rice, kept hot
1 and ¾ oz unsalted dry-roasted cashews, chopped, about 6 Tbsps
1. Heat oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add garlic and cook for 30 seconds. Season chicken on both sides with salt and pepper and add to skillet. Cook until browned on all sides, stirring frequently, about 4 minutes.
2. Add 1 cup of broth, soy sauce, celery, bamboo shoots and water chestnuts to chicken and bring to a simmer. Reduce heat to low, cover and simmer until chicken is cooked through, about 5 minutes.
3. Dissolve cornstarch in remaining 1/2 cup of broth; add to skillet and simmer until sauce thickens, stirring constantly, about 1 minute.
4. To serve, divide rice among 4 shallow dishes. Spoon chicken mixture onto rice and sprinkle with cashews. Yields about 1 cup of chicken, 1/2 cup of rice and 1 1/2 tablespoons of cashews per serving.
For a burst of color, add 2 cups of chopped fresh baby bok choy in place of the bamboo shoots and water chestnuts. The tender greens will cook with the chicken in 5 minutes.


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