Thursday, February 26, 2009

Cashew Chicken

½ cup ketchup
4 teaspoons soy sauce
½ teaspoon salt
2 tablespoons worcestershire sauce
3 tablespoons sugar
1 ½ teaspoons sesame oil
¼ teaspoon cayenne pepper
½ cup chicken broth
2 tablespoons cornstarch
½ teaspoon sugar
¼ teaspoon salt
3 whole chicken breasts, cut into bite size pieces or 1 package chicken tenders, cut into bite size pieces
¼ cup cooking oil
2 tablespoons fresh ginger root, minced
1 tablespoon minced garlic
1 onion, chopped
1 can water chestnuts, drained and coarsely chopped
1 can bamboo shoots, drained and sliced
1 ½ cups cashews
2 cups cooked white rice

Combine ketchup, soy sauce, salt, Worcestershire sauce, sugar, sesame oil, cayenne pepper, and chicken broth and set aside.

In a bowl, combine cornstarch, sugar, and salt. Toss the chicken with cornstarch mixture. Heat a wok or frying pan to a high heat and add cooking oil. When oil is hot add chicken. Add ginger root, garlic and onion.

Stir fry mixture until chicken is cooked through and opaque. Add bamboo shoots and water chestnuts. Add ketchup/soy sauce mixture to chicken and vegetables and cook until it comes to a boil.

Cool, bag and freeze. Save cashews for serving.

Thaw bag in fridge overnight. Reheat over medium heat until just boiling. Add cashews. Serve over rice.

Cashew Chicken Prepped

Cashew Chicken Prepared
I added carrots and green peppers when I made this for my family

The Freezer Chicks provide us with yet another recipe.


  1. My family enjoyed this meal for dinner on cooking day. It was good. Not a favorite, but good.

    According to my husband: "This isn't Cashew Chicken. This is Sothwest Cashew Chicken. Yours is the real Cashew Chicken."

    I will admit that is has a slightly spicy aftertaste, but I wouldn't go so far as to say that it's southwest. I normally cook a different cashew chicken recipe but I've never tried to freeze it. Since this one froze so well, maybe I will try to freeze my recipe and if it works, I'll post it here.

    Yes, I think my recipe is better, but this one was OK. ;-)

  2. I actually loved this recipe, so I'm looking forward to trying Lisa's recipe if it is better! :) I really enjoyed the slightly spicy aftertaste (though I am 7 month pregnant right now & crave anything spicy!)


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