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Cashew Chicken: No Takeout Needed!
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Cashew Chicken: No Takeout Needed!

By: Bryan Hoban April 4, 2018

Austin Adventures - Cashew Chicken Recipe - Asia

Who says you need to go to a restaurant for authentic Asian food? Pour yourself a glass of wine—or sake if you really want to get in the spirit—and enjoy this dish in your own home! This gluten-free recipe is versatile enough to be vegetarian and protein-packed with extra vegetables! (We’d call them “Cashew Veggies.”) This is the dish we always turn to when we are in the mood for some Thai takeout!

INGREDIENTS

  • 3 chicken breasts, diced into bite-size pieces
  • ½ onion, sliced
  • 1 head broccoli, chopped into small florets
  • 8 oz. can of sliced water chestnuts, drained
  • 1 cup cashews
  • 1 pinch red pepper flakes
  • Green onions and sesame seeds for garnish (optional!)

For the Sauce:

  • ½ cup soy sauce (tamari if you want gluten-free)
  • ¼ cup veggie broth
  • ¼ cup brown sugar
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1 tablespoon fresh ginger, grated
  • 1 teaspoon sesame oil
  • 2 teaspoons corn starch

INSTRUCTIONS

1. Heat a wok or large pan over medium-high to high heat with some vegetable oil
2. Season your diced chicken with salt and pepper (not too much! The soy sauce has a lot of sodium)
3. Add your diced chicken to your hot wok/pan and cook until the chicken is JUST cooked through
4. Remove the chicken to a plate and add your vegetables (onion and broccoli) to the wok/pan
5. Sauté for a few minutes until the onions have softened

Meanwhile, make your sauce:
6. Add all the sauce ingredients into a blender and blend until thoroughly combined

7. Add your chicken back in with your veggies, and add your water chestnuts
8. Pour your sauce in, and simmer this for a few minutes until the sauce has thickened
9. If your sauce isn’t thickening enough for your preference, create “slurry” by stirring together 1 teaspoon of cornstarch and 2 teaspoons of water together in a small bowl.
10. Add your slurry to the chicken and veggie mixture and simmer until the sauce has thickened further
11. Add your cashews and stir to combine
12. Top with green onions and sesame seeds as you serve (optional!)

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