Cashew Chicken – crazy delicious and easy cashew chicken recipe with tender and silky chicken in Chinese brown sauce. Homemade is so much better than takeout and it’s perfect for busy weeknights.
Cashew Chicken Stir-Fry
There are many cashew chicken recipes online but I am going to teach you the best homemade and authentic cashew chicken stir-fry that tastes just like the best Chinese restaurants. The secret technique lies in the velveting techniques of chicken.
Tender Chicken with Crunchy Cashew Nuts
If you have been to a good Chinese restaurant, you would notice that the chicken is extremely tender, silky, smooth and almost velvety. Yes, most Chinese chefs “treat” the chicken with baking soda. Baking soda removes the potential “meaty” odor from the meat and tenderizes at the same time (learn all about it in my Cook’s Note). Pairing the chicken with crunchy cashew nuts is absolutely delicious. To learn more about Chinese cooking and secret techniques, buy my best-selling cookbook “Easy Chinese Recipes” now.
Cashew Chicken Recipe
Serves 2 | Prep Time: 20 Minutes | Cook Time: 5 Minutes
10 oz. boneless and skinless chicken breast, cut into small cubes
2 tablespoons oil
5 slices peeled ginger
1 small red or green bell pepper, cut into small squares
1/2 cup unsalted cashew nuts
1 teaspoon corn starch
1 teaspoon Chinese rice wine, optional
Rinse the chicken breast with cold water, pat dry with paper towels. Cut the chicken into cubes and marinate with corn starch and rice wine (if using). Mix all the ingredients for the Sauce together. Set aside.
Heat up a wok or skillet with 1 tablespoon of the oil and stir-fry the chicken until they turn white (not bot completely cooked). Dish out and set aside.
Add the remaining 1 tablespoon of the oil into the wok or skillet and add the ginger and bell pepper. Stir-fry until you smell the peppery aroma from the peppers, then add the chicken back in. Stir in the Sauce and toss and stir fry continuously until the chicken is cooked and the sauce thickens. Add salt to taste.
Add the cashew nuts and do a few quick stirs. Dish out and serve immediately with steamed rice.
To make the chicken extremely tender like Chinese restaurants, you may use 1 tablespoon of baking soda to tenderize the chicken. In a bowl, add the baking soda to the chicken. Use a spoon to mix well so the baking soda coats the chicken evenly. Leave on for 5 minutes before rinsing the chicken off with cold water. Make sure you rinse the chicken well so there is no residue on the chicken. Pat dry with paper towels before marinating with corn starch and rice wine.
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