This Cashew Nut Chicken Recipe is a quick and easy to make mid week dinner or Friday night fakeaway. Its light, flavoursome and easy to recreate at home and comes in at a healthy 400 calories, even with half a cup of steamed jasmine rice to soak up the juices. It's also on the the table in under 20 minutes.
I’ve been ordering this dish from my local thai takeaway for years. It seemed like whenever my husband and I decided we wanted Thai for dinner, I would default to one of my two favourite dishes: Green Chicken Curry, or Cashew Nut Chicken.
I hate to think how much I would have spent on buying this dish over the years if I actually took the time to add it up. But, I’m so pleased that after a weekend spent dabbling in the kitchen, I have come up with what I think is a pretty close version of the Cashew Nut Chicken Stirfry I have bought many a time.
How did I do it? Well I think it is all about the sauce and getting the flavours just right to have that balance to sweet and savoury. It's a combination of the garlic, the ginger, soy sauce, oyster sauce, fish sauce, lemon juice and just a hint of granulated stevia to finish it off.
The stevia ends up dissolving in the sauce so there is no gritty or bitter after taste, just a well balanced and blended sauce.
How Do You Make Chicken Cashew Sauce?
- I used equal portions of light soy sauce, fish sauce and oyster sauce – this creates the base of the sauce, but it is still to strong and not very pleasant at this stage.
- It needs a hit of sweet and a bit of tang.
- So in with the equal (lesser) portions of granulated stevia for sweet and lemon for tang.
- It’s starting to taste good, but there are still two things missing: a chicken stock cube which add depth of flavour and richness and a pinch of salt to make the sauce really come alive!
When I started researching a bit more about cashew nut chicken, I was surprised to discover that it’s not really Thai at all. It’s actually a Chinese dish. Either way, Cashew Nut Chicken is always going to be one of my favouites.
PRO TIP: for this dish I think what really makes it a stand out is to make sure to lightly roast off the cashews before adding them into the wok right at the end. The light toasty nutty flavour of the cashews is so much better than putting them in straight from the packet.
This Cashew Nut Chicken is a dish the whole family can enjoy. Its packed with veges, its healthy and it’s flavoursome without being too spicy for those that don’t like heat.
My recommendation: Put this homemade Cashew Nut Chicken Stirfry on your Friday Fakeaway list, along with this Chilli Chicken Stirfry with Basil!
Looking for something with more kick? Then this Spicy Salmon Stir Fry is what you need.
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Cashew Nut Chicken
- 300 grams / 10 oz. Chicken fillet (thinly sliced)
- 2 cloves Crushed garlic (or 2 teaspoons garlic from a jar)
- 1 teaspoon Peanut Oil
- 1 medium Chilli
- 3 medium button mushrooms
- 1 medium red onion
- ½ medium Zucchini
- ½ red capsicum
- 10 Green beans
- 1 chicken stock cube or 1 teaspoon chicken stock powder
- 1 tablespoon Light Soy or Tamari (see Note 1)
- 1 tablespoon Fish sauce
- 1 tablespoon Oyster Sauce
- 1 teaspoon Lemon juice
- 1 teaspoon Granulated Stevia, that measures like sugar
- Pinch of salt
- 2 tablespoons Unsalted Cashews, lightly roasted
- 2 tablespoons Cornflour
- 1 tablespoon Water
- ½ cup cooked Jasmine rice
- Heat oven to 180 degrees
- Place cashews onto an oven proof tray and heat for a few minutes.
- Heat wok with peanut oil on high
- Add chicken, garlic and chilli and brown off
- Once cooked, take the chicken out of the wok and put in a separate bowl whilst the veges are cooking
- Add veges to the wok and stirfry for 3 minutes
- Add the stock cube, soy, fish sauce, oyster sauce, lemon juice and stevia and stir through for a minute or two
- Add the chicken back into the work and stir through
- In a small jug mix the cornflour with the water and add to the wok to thicken the sauce. Stir through. Add the cashews and stir through.
- Remove from heat and serve with rice and a wedge of lime.
- Tamari is a form of soy sauce that is a better option generally as it contains lower levels of added sugar than Light Soy. It is usually found in the health food aisle of most supermarkets.
- The granulated sweetener I use is Natvia Stevia Sweetener. Natvia Stevia Sweetener is a 100% natural sweetener and has 97% fewer calories than sugar. Its fructose free, low carb and isn’t going to rot your teeth! I wrote a post about it here.
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