My family loves Chinese food. We look for really good restaurants and once we find one that we like, we go there to eat when we want to go out. When I find a dish I really like, I have to come home and try to re-create it. I have always been able to eat something and be able to identify the ingredients. Then I come home and start playing with the ingredients until I have the recipe that I like. Cashew Chicken is one of my favorites. I love cashews and Cashew chicken is a simple dish to make. If you love Chinese food, especially Cashew Chicken, then I think this will become one of your favorite recipes.
1 1/2 pounds boneless, chicken breasts, cut into cubes about 1 inch
1 tablespoon cornstarch
salt and pepper
2 tablespoons cooking oil
6 cloves, garlic, minced
8 green onions, white and green parts, cut into 1 inch pieces
2 tablespoon rice wine
3 tablespoons hoisin sauce
3/4 cups raw cashews, toasted
In a medium bowl, toss chicken pieces with cornstarch until the chicken is well coated. Season with 1 tsp. salt and 1/4 tsp. pepper. In a large skillet, heat 1 tablespoon oil over medium high heat and cook half the chicken, stirring often, until lightly brown. Remove to a plate and add the remaining oil and cook the rest of the chicken. Just before it is lightly browned, add the garlic and green onion white pieces to the skillet. When the chicken is lightly browned, add the rice wine and cook until the wine is evaporated. This takes only about 30 seconds. Add the hoisin sauce and 1/4 cup water. cook tossing the mixture around, for about 1 minute. Remove from heat and add green onion top pieces and the cashews. Serve over white rice. This serves about 4 people.