Sweet & Spicy Cashew Chicken

Prep time: 10 mins
Cooking time: 20-25 mins

I made this recipe (not pictured) when my in-laws were visiting last weekend. It served nine of us – four adults, five children. And I even had some leftovers.

There’s no story behind it. It’s something that my mom used to make regularly when I was growing up. I loved it as a kid; I love it even more now. It’s packed with good vegetables, which I didn’t appreciate as a kid. My kids have never complained about eating it. It always goes down well. I consider it one of my ‘no-brainer’ dishes when and if we’re in the mood for chicken. The cooking process is short; the prep takes some time and consideration, simply because the quantity of vegetables that need cutting.

INGREDIENTS: SAUCE

  • 4 chicken breasts
  • 1 cup ketchup
  • 8 tsp soy sauce
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 4 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 4 tbsp white/caster sugar
  • 3 tsp sesame oil
  • 1 cup chicken broth
  • pinch of cayenne pepper

OTHER INGREDIENTS:

  • 2 red (bell) peppers (cut into chunks)
  • 1 large brown onion (diced)
  • a thumb-size piece of ginger (finely chopped)
  • 2-3 cloves of garlic (sliced – not too fine, or it will burn)
  • 2 large carrots (thinly chopped)
  • 1-2 cups snow peas
  • cashews for garnish
  • toasted sesame seeds for garnish
  • cornstarch
  • cooking oil

METHOD:

  1. Start with the sauce and set aside. Mix together all the ingredients in whatever order you like!
  2. Wash and chop all the vegetables, making two separate piles: one for garlic, ginger, and onion; the other with the remaining vegetables.
  3. Cut the chicken to your liking.
  4. Place chicken in a ziplock bag.
  5. Add a little bit of salt, a couple teaspoons of white sugar, and enough cornstarch to lightly coat. Shake well.
  6. Meanwhile…heat up a large frying pan or wok on high heat with some cooking oil.
  7. Add chicken, cook for 1-2 minutes until browned on the outside.
  8. Add garlic, ginger, and onion. Sauté for a few minutes.
  9. Add everything but the snow peas. Cook until translucent with still a little crunchy.
  10. Add the sauce and snow peas. Simmer for a good 10-15 minutes.
  11. Enjoy over some rice or noodles. Garnish with cashews and toasted sesame seeds.

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