A Chinese-American dish that is growing in popularity is Cashew Chicken. This dish actually originated in the United States in Springfield, Missouri. Cashew Chicken can be found at many Chinese buffets across the country. This recipe for Cashew chicken consists of fried chicken bits with cashews and vegetables in a delicious oyster sauce. I have been using a lot of oyster sauce lately; it is truly becoming an addiction. It has to be one of my favorites Asian sauces. This recipe differs from others and those at the buffets because the chicken is breaded and then deep fried leaving the chicken pieces nice and crispy. The vegetables I added were green peppers, onions, and scallions, but you could also add some sliced mushrooms as well if you want. Cashew Chicken is best served on top of white rice. Enjoy.
- 2lbs boneless skinless chicken breasts (cut into 1” chunks)
- 2 cups flour
- 5 teaspoons cornstarch (divided)
- 2 teaspoons baking soda
- 3 eggs (beaten)
- oil (for frying)
- 2 cups chicken broth
- 2 tablespoons oyster sauce
- 1 tablespoon sugar
- 2 tablespoons soy sauce
- 1 teaspoon pepper
- 1 large green pepper (sliced)
- 1 large onion (sliced)
- 2 cups cashews
- 1/3 cup green onions (chopped)
- In a bowl mix flour, baking soda and 1 teaspoon of cornstarch. In another bowl beat the eggs. Dip chicken pieces first then the flour mixture, then in the egg mixture and then again in the flour mixture.
- Fry in oil in a wok or in a deep fryer at 350 degrees in batches until golden brown. Drain on paper towels.
- Heat a tiny bit of oil in the wok and stir fry green pepper and onions for 2-3 minutes. Remove from wok and set aside.
- To make the sauce- in a bowl mix chicken broth, oyster sauce, soy sauce, sugar, pepper, and 4 tablespoons of cornstarch.
- Pour sauce into the wok and cook over medium heat stirring until well blended and sauce thickens. In a bowl pour sauce over chicken pieces, add green peppers and onions. Mix well and garnish with cashews and green onions. Serve with white rice.