Savory and Crunchy Cashew Chicken Stir-Fry

Savory and Crunchy Cashew Chicken Stir-Fry

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Get ready to tantalize your taste buds with this delectable Savory and Crunchy Cashew Chicken Stir-Fry recipe. Tender chicken pieces are stir-fried to perfection with crunchy cashews, vibrant bell peppers, and crisp water chestnuts, all coated in a savory sauce that's bursting with flavor. Made with a combination of soy sauce, oyster sauce, and hoisin sauce, this dish strikes the perfect balance between savory, sweet, and nutty flavors. Let's dive into the recipe and learn how to create this mouthwatering Savory and Crunchy Cashew Chicken Stir-Fry that's sure to impress!

Ingredients:

  • 1 lb boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cut into bite-sized pieces

  • 1/2 cup cashews

  • 1 bell pepper, thinly sliced

  • 1 can (8 oz) water chestnuts, drained and sliced

  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil

  • Salt and pepper, to taste

  • Cooked rice, for serving

  • Chopped green onions, for garnish

  • Sesame seeds, for garnish

For the Sauce:

  • 3 tablespoons soy sauce

  • 2 tablespoons oyster sauce

  • 1 tablespoon hoisin sauce

  • 1 tablespoon rice vinegar

  • 1 tablespoon honey

  • 2 cloves garlic, minced

  • 1 teaspoon grated ginger

  • 1 teaspoon cornstarch

  • 1/4 cup chicken broth

Instructions:

1. Marinate the Chicken:

  • In a bowl, combine the chicken pieces with soy sauce, minced garlic, grated ginger, and a pinch of salt and pepper. Toss until the chicken is evenly coated in the marinade. Let it marinate for at least 15-20 minutes to allow the flavors to meld.

2. Prepare the Sauce:

  • In a small bowl, whisk together soy sauce, oyster sauce, hoisin sauce, rice vinegar, honey, and cornstarch until the cornstarch is fully dissolved. This will serve as the flavorful sauce for the stir-fry.

3. Toast the Cashews:

  • Heat a dry skillet over medium heat. Add the cashews and toast them for 2-3 minutes, stirring occasionally, until they are golden brown and fragrant. Remove the cashews from the skillet and set them aside.

4. Stir-Fry the Chicken:

  • Heat vegetable oil in a wok or large skillet over medium-high heat. Once the oil is hot, add the marinated chicken pieces to the wok in a single layer, making sure not to overcrowd the pan. Cook in batches if necessary.

  • Stir-fry the chicken for 5-6 minutes, or until it is cooked through and no longer pink in the center. Remove the chicken from the wok and set it aside.

5. Cook the Vegetables:

  • In the same wok, add a bit more oil if needed, then add the sliced bell pepper and water chestnuts. Stir-fry for 2-3 minutes, or until the vegetables are tender-crisp but still vibrant in color.

6. Combine Everything:

  • Return the cooked chicken to the wok with the vegetables.

  • Pour the prepared sauce over the chicken and vegetables in the wok. Stir well to coat everything evenly in the flavorful sauce.

7. Add the Cashews and Garnish:

  • Add the toasted cashews to the wok and stir to combine with the chicken and vegetables.

  • Cook for an additional 1-2 minutes, or until the sauce has thickened slightly and everything is heated through.

8. Serve and Garnish:

  • Serve the Cashew Chicken Stir-Fry immediately over cooked rice.

  • Garnish with chopped green onions and sesame seeds for an extra burst of flavor and visual appeal.

Tips for Perfect Savory and Crunchy Cashew Chicken Stir-Fry:

  • Prep Ingredients in Advance: Have all your ingredients prepped and ready to go before you start cooking. This will ensure a smooth and efficient cooking process.

  • Use High-Quality Cashews: Opt for raw cashews or lightly salted cashews for the best flavor and texture. Toasting them before adding to the stir-fry enhances their nuttiness and crunchiness.

  • Customize with Additional Vegetables: Feel free to add other vegetables such as broccoli, carrots, or snap peas to the stir-fry for extra color and nutrition.

  • Adjust the Sauce Consistency: If the sauce becomes too thick during cooking, you can thin it out with a splash of chicken broth or water. Conversely, if the sauce is too thin, you can thicken it by simmering it for a few minutes longer.

  • Garnish Creatively: Experiment with different garnishes such as cilantro, sliced green onions, or crushed red pepper flakes to add texture and visual appeal to the dish.

By following these tips and tricks, you'll be able to create a delicious and satisfying Savory and Crunchy Cashew Chicken Stir-Fry that's bursting with flavor. Enjoy the savory, nutty goodness of this vibrant dish with every mouthful!

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