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Chicken with Cashews

Chinese Chicken with Cashews Recipe

A quick and easy stir fry recipe on the table in just 15 minutes.

Chicken with cashews.
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The slight crunchiness you get from the onions and peppers mixed with the spicy aroma of the chillies and the delicious sauce made from a few simple things, all go to make something quite special.

You certainly don't want any of those jars of ready-made sauces they sell in supermarkets, claiming to be 'authentic' recipes.

With a little bit of effort, when you've done it from scratch, you'll be converted to making your own sauces.

Once you've got a stock of a few basic ingredients there's no end to what you can make. Even if it's not a true authentic Chinese or Cantonese recipe - who cares as long as it tastes good.

Recipe Top Tip!

A while back in my Chinese chicken curry recipe, which by the way, really does taste just like the takeaway. I wrote about how the chicken you get in a Chinese restaurant always seems to be so tender

When chicken is stir-fried it can sometimes become a little tough if you're not careful. Anyway, a nice lady at the Chinese supermarket told me how they do it.

Find out how to make chicken or beef really tender.

At first, you think it's a little odd but I gave it a go (in for a penny, in for a pound and all that) and now I always marinate my chicken this way before stir-frying. The result is amazing and you should give it a go.

For the sauce, you will need

  • 2 tablespoons Ketjap Manis (Indonesian sweet soy sauce) also available in any good supermarket
  • ½ a teaspoon of fish sauce
  • 1 teaspoon sugar - or to taste
  • 4 tablespoons water
  • a pinch of white pepper
  • 2 teaspoons of cornflour
Chicken with cashews stir fry.


You will need a non-stick wok
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Yield: 2-4
Author: Jan Bennett
Chicken with Cashews Recipe

Chicken with Cashews Recipe

Easy Chinese chicken stir fry recipe.
Prep time: 8 MinCook time: 7 MinTotal time: 15 Min


  • To marinate the chicken:
  • ½ a tablespoon of soy sauce
  • 2 teaspoons of sesame oil - or vegetable oil
  • You will also need the following:
  • 1 or 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 2 fat garlic cloves - very finely chopped
  • 1 large onion - peeled and cut into bite-size pieces
  • 1 small green bell pepper - cut into bite-size pieces
  • 1 small red bell pepper - cut into bite-size pieces
  • 4 or 6 dried red chillies - seeded and cut into small pieces
  • a big handful of roasted and salted cashew nuts
  • 3 spring onions (scallions) - sliced
For the sauce
  • 2 teaspoons of Maggi liquid seasoning
  • 2 tablespoons Ketjap Manis (Indonesian sweet soy sauce)
  • ½ a teaspoon of fish sauce
  • 1 teaspoon sugar - or to taste
  • 4 tablespoons water
  • a pinch of white pepper
  • 2 teaspoons of cornflour


  1. Mix together the sauce ingredients in a small bowl or cup and set aside.
  2. When you're ready to cook, heat up your wok till it's nice and hot and add a tiny amount of oil (because you've already got some oil stirred through the chicken) and stir-fry the chicken until it's almost cooked. Remove and set aside.
  3. Wipe the wok clean and add a tablespoon or two of oil. Add the garlic, onion, and peppers when it's heated up nicely. Stir-fry for a few minutes and then throw in the chillies.
  4. By now it will all smell delicious, put the chicken back in with the cashew nuts.
  5. Stir-fry the chicken for just a minute. Stir the sauce mixture as the sugar will have sunk to the bottom.
  6. Pour in the sauce stirring all the while. Soon as the chicken is cooked, throw in the spring onion and serve immediately with some rice.
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  1. I haven't tried doing my chicken like this yet, but am planning on it soon! Nice recipe Jan, I do love cashews.

  2. This looks and sounds amazing. I'll be trying this for sure. Hope I can find some of the ingredients here!

  3. This looks like restaurant food - wonderful Jan! Full of goodness too. Lucie x

  4. Looking forward to trying this. How long should you marinate the chicken for?

  5. Hi Anon - I'll update this post as I should have said how long. About 20 minutes will be fine.

  6. Hi Jan - we had this tonight. Delish. We had to tweek it slightly as hubby is Gluten-Free. Tried the chicken a different way - http://www.bbcgoodfood.com/recipes/5140/chicken-stirfry-in-4-easy-steps

  7. Hi Jan - We had this tonight. Delish. I had to tweek it slightly as hubby is gluen-free. Cooked the chicken like this - http://www.bbcgoodfood.com/recipes/5140/chicken-stirfry-in-4-easy-steps.


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