Sunday, May 11, 2008

Thai Chicken and Cashews

Inspiration:
On our recent trip to Thailand we had a few versions of Thai chicken and cashews. They were at relatively upscale places, so I didn't get any photos, but ... so delicious! The Thai version of chicken and cashews bears no resemblance to the gooey mess typical of American Chinese take-out.

I found this recipe from Gourmet magazine, and it turned out great! Is there anything better than fresh ginger, garlic, and scallions?

Ingredients:
  • 1 bunch scallions
  • 1 pound skinless boneless chicken thighs
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 3 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 1 red bell pepper, chopped (optional; I omitted because we don't care for bell pepper)
  • 4 garlic cloves, finely chopped
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons finely chopped peeled fresh ginger
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried hot red-pepper flakes
  • 3/4 cup reduced-sodium chicken broth
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons cornstarch
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 1/2 cup salted roasted whole cashews
  • Cooked white or brown rice

Instructions:
  1. Chop scallions, separating white and green parts. Pat chicken dry, then cut into 3/4-inch pieces and toss with salt and pepper. Heat a wok or 12-inch heavy skillet (not nonstick) over moderately high heat until a drop of water evaporates immediately. Add oil, swirling to coat, then stir-fry chicken until golden in places and just cooked through, 4 to 5 minutes. Transfer to a plate with a slotted spoon. Add bell pepper, garlic, ginger, red-pepper flakes, and scallion whites to wok and stir-fry until peppers are just tender, 5 to 6 minutes.

  2. Stir together broth, soy sauce, cornstarch, and sugar, then stir into vegetables in wok. Reduce heat and simmer, stirring occasionally, until thickened, 1 to 2 minutes. Stir in cashews, scallion greens, and chicken along with any juices accumulated on plate.
Suggested beverage: white wine, like a pinot grigio or sauvignon blanc

Tim's Rating: 8/10
Liz's Rating: 9/10

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Elly said...

Looks great! Chicken with cashews is one of my favorite things.

Katie said...

I love cashew chicken and this looks so fresh and tasty!

annieseats said...

Looks great! I made some cashew chicken recipe of Rachael Ray's once but didn't really like it. I think DH would like another try so this version might suit me better. Thanks!

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Mmmm, this looks good! I can't wait to try it! Thanks for sharing!

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I found this recipe from Annie's blog after she made it. I loved it so much, thanks for posting hte recipe!

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