Cashew Chicken

It’s no secret that I have a love for stir fry. I have a growing collection of pork, chicken and beef stir fry recipes on this blog, and I’m sure it will continue to grow as I experiment. I’ve created several recipes myself, most of which are already posted. This time however, I chose a recipe from a friend’s blog.

You see, it’s time again for The Secret Recipe Club! We started this fun club last month as a way to try other recipes and help introduce our readers to each others’ blogs. After its inaugural post, we picked up quite a few new members and are now up to just under 50 participants! One of those new members is an old friend of mine, Barb from Mom’s Fridge. I’ve known her online for many years through my old website, FamilyCorner. Barb is an avid cook and knows her stuff. I was excited to try one of her recipes as soon as I found out that her blog was to the one I was assigned.

I chose a Cashew Chicken recipe from her blog. I kept it relatively close to the original, but I did double it, changed a couple of the vegetables, and changed the method to mirror that of all the stir fries I make. I generally cook the garlic first, then the meat, and finally the vegetables. I always add the green onions last since they have a tendency to turn to mush if you add them too early.

We really enjoyed this dish, it was quite delicious and very easy. I mentioned that I doubled this recipe, which I usually do with most stir fries simply because I have 6 hungry mouths to feed, all of which love stir fry as much as me. I’m beginning to think I was either meant to be Chinese or Mexican, considering my love for both cuisines!

If you would like information on The Secret Recipe Club and would like to join in (you do have to have a blog with a decent number of recipes for others to choose from) you can click right here to read all about it and sign up!

Cashew Chicken
adapted from Mom’s Fridge
printable version

3 large boneless chicken breast fillets, cut into bite sized pieces
2 tablespoons cornstarch
2 teaspoons salt
2 teaspoons sesame oil
2 tablespoons soy sauce
1 teaspoon sugar
5 tablespoons canola oil, separated
2 cup cashews
1 teaspoon fresh ginger, minced
4 cloves garlic, minced
3 stalks celery, leaves and ends removed, cut into thin slices
1 small onion, peeled & cubed
6 oz snow peas
6 green onions, cut into 1″ pieces
3 teaspoons cornstarch
1 1/2 tablespoons Hoisin sauce
3/4 cup chicken stock

Place chicken pieces into a bowl. Add cornstarch, stir to coat. Mix together salt, sesame oil, soy sauce, and sugar. Add to the chicken and stir to combine. Set aside to marinate.

Heat 2 tablespoons of the oil in a wok and quickly stir fry cashews until golden brown. Remove to paper towels to drain.

Add 1 tablespoon of oil to pan. Add the garlic and ginger and stir fry for 1-2 minutes. Add 1-2 more tablespoons of oil and fry chicken for 3 to 4 minutes. Add snow peas, celery and cubed onion. Stir fry 3-4 more minutes.

Add cashews and green onions and stir fry another minute or so.

Mix cornstarch, Hoisin sauce and chicken stock. Pour this sauce over chicken. Mix well and cook until the sauce thickens.

Serve over rice.

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  1. Jeanette says

    I love stir fries, they're an easy and healthy way to eat vegetables, the perfect one pan dish! Thanks for organizing/hosting this fun event!

  2. Barb, sfo says

    I'm glad you liked it! It's been a while since we had this–time to put it back in the rotation.

  3. Anne @ Quick and Easy Cheap and Healthy says

    Mmmm this sounds good. I love stir frys too, but haven't made any since we went soy and sesame free.

  4. danasfoodforthought says

    This looks delish! Thanks again for organizing the Secret Recipe Club… what a fun idea!

  5. Elisabeth says

    Hi Amanda-I filled out the form to join your Secret Recipe Club…love this recipe swap, sounds like so much fun and exciting to make another foodie's recipe which is a "secret" till you post it. Can hardly wait to link up for next month. I'm now following your blog, as well!

    Love your yummy cashew chicken recipe. Stir fry dishes are so perfect and healthy, especially for a busy day.
    Thanks for sharing:DDD

  6. Anne-Marie @ This Mama Cooks! says

    Love cashew chicken when we go out to eat, but can't make it at home due to my daughter's nut allergies.

    And am I a nerd if I tell you that I love the dish you used? Really cute!

  7. Lana @ Never Enough Thyme says

    Oh, this looks delicious! I love stir-fry too and Cashew Chicken is my husband's all-time favorite. He'll be so glad that I now have a good recipe for it.

  8. Avanika [YumsiliciousBakes] says

    I love the flavor of cashew in meals, and love a good stir fry too. Though I don't cook, I want to run to the kitchen immediately :)

  9. Suzanne says

    My FAVORITE Chinese dish! And yours looks perfect. Just like we like. And, BTW, I LOVE that plate, too!

  10. Sara says

    Yum, this looks really delicious! I love cashew chicken but I've never made it at home – this may inspire me!! :)

  11. Barbara | Creative Culinary says

    Looks perfect Amanda; readily available ingredients and easy prep…my kind of weekday dish. Doesn't hurt that I love chicken and cashews and have never once tried it at home. That will change!

  12. Katrina says

    You know what is so annoying to me? 13 years ago when I was pregnant with my oldest, I grew to hate the smell, thought an taste of Asian food. Before that I LOVED it. Well, to this day, I still wrinkle my nose when someone even just says "Chinese food", etc.
    That said, every now and then, I make a good stir fry and love it. In fact, I just made one last week. It's usually a few months in between each, but once I do make one, I like it. Darn pregnancies.
    Chicken is my favorite stir fry meat of choice. And I love all veggies, well, except, you know that certain one I won't mention. ;)
    LOVE the plate in your photo.

  13. Shumaila says

    This looks yummy! Love stir fry dishes! And by the way, the SRC idea is just amazing! Thanks for starting it!

  14. Cooking Rookie says

    Looks so yummy! I will have to try this one, even though it was not my assignment :-).
    Thanks a lot for this brilliant Secret Recipe Club idea – I had so much fun looking up the recipes, cooking, eating and now gawking at what everyone's been cooking! Can't wait for the next round! Thanks, Amanda, for organizing this!

  15. Shelby says

    Amanda, I LOVE stir fry also and this sounds (and looks!) FAB! On a side note, when I worked at Clarkson I had a Chinese boss for a long time. Grumpy would pick on me about having a Chinese boss and making Chinese dishes. he he. ;)

  16. PheMom says

    This seriously looks SO good! I am going to have to make it for dinner tomorrow because I think I actually have everything on hand! YUM! Thanks for another great month of the new event Amanda!

  17. Erin says

    This looks wonderful! I love stir-fry's, we have them often here! I just came across your site from the Secret Recipe Club – what a great idea! I unfortunately do not have 60 recipes on my site yet, but I will be back to sign up when I do!

  18. Deeba PAB says

    This looks YUM Amanda. I love that you chose to make this for the SRC. Did you know that I ofte land up here looking for chicken options for dinner! Stir fry's are right up my street, and this from Barbs blog is a must make soon!

  19. Ruchi M says

    Was an awesome experience being part of the SRC! Really looking forward to some more fun next month! And definitely going to try the chicken soon.

  20. Anonymous says

    Do i need to cook the chicken in water first? for the chicken stock. or can i leave the chicken stock?

  21. marla says

    Amanda, I LOVE this blog swap, hop idea. I am all over it & just signed up. Your cashew chicken looks wonderful :)

  22. Amanda says

    Anon – no you don't need to cook the chicken in water. You stir fry the chicken in your wok. The chicken will cook in the oil as you stir fry it and it doesn't take long due to the small pieces of meat and the high temps :)

  23. Nutmeg Nanny says

    This looks great! I never make stirfry but I'm not sure why. It's so easy and a great way to add more veggies to the diet. Excellant SRC pick :)

  24. Katherine says

    Cashew chicken is one of my favorite take out mainstays that isn't available where I live now, so I can't wait to try your version at home!

  25. sarah says

    I really like the combination of colours in your photo: green veg, red plate, and bright background. Thanks for the great blog event idea, which I am loving.

  26. Sue says

    Your stir fry turned out great! This recipe club is such a fun concept, Amanda! I want to join in, but first I have to make sure I have 60 recipes:)


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