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Cashew Chicken for Four Recipe

Cashew Chicken for Four Recipe

Says Linda Avila of Toone, Tennessee: “Whenever my friends and I get together for a potluck, they always ask me to bring this dish. The recipe came from my brother; it has a distinct Chinese flavor from all the spices.”
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. + marinating Cook: 15 min. YIELD:4 servings

Ingredients

  • 3 tablespoons reduced-sodium soy sauce, divided
  • 1 tablespoon sherry or reduced-sodium chicken broth
  • 3/4 teaspoon sesame oil, divided
  • 1 pound boneless skinless chicken breasts, cut into 1-inch pieces
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch
  • 1/3 cup reduced-sodium chicken broth
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1 tablespoon rice vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon hoisin sauce
  • 1/2 teaspoon minced fresh gingerroot
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons canola oil, divided
  • 1-1/2 cups fresh snow peas
  • 2 medium carrots, julienned
  • 1 can (8 ounces) sliced water chestnuts, drained
  • 1/4 cup unsalted cashews, toasted
  • Hot cooked rice, optional

Directions

  • 1. In a large resealable plastic bag, combine 2 tablespoons soy sauce, sherry or broth and 1/2 teaspoon sesame oil; add the chicken. Seal bag and turn to coat. Refrigerate for 30 minutes.
  • 2. In a small bowl, combine cornstarch and broth until smooth. Stir in the sugar, vinegar, hoisin sauce, ginger, salt, and remaining soy sauce and sesame oil; set aside.
  • 3. Drain chicken and discard marinade. In a large nonstick wok or skillet, stir-fry chicken in 1 teaspoon oil until no longer pink. Remove and keep warm.
  • 4. In the same pan, stir-fry peas and carrots in remaining oil until crisp-tender. Add water chestnuts.
  • 5. Return chicken to the pan. Stir sauce mixture and stir into chicken mixture. Bring to a boil; cook and stir for 1 minute or until thickened. Sprinkle with cashews. Serve with rice if desired. Yield: 4 servings.

Nutritional Facts

1 cup (calculated without rice) equals 301 calories, 10 g fat (2 g saturated fat), 63 mg cholesterol, 590 mg sodium, 25 g carbohydrate, 4 g fiber, 28 g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 3 lean meat, 2 vegetable, 1 starch, 1 fat.

Wine Pairings

Light-Bodied White Wine

Enjoy this recipe with a light-bodied white wine such as Sauvignon Blanc or Pinot Grigio.