Cashew Chicken

cashew chicken recipe


  • 1 lb. boneless chicken breast portions
  • 1 red (bell) pepper
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • 4 dried red chillies
  • 2 Tbsp vegetable oil
  • 2 Tbsp oyster sauce
  • 1 Tbsp soy sauce
  • pinch of granulated sugar
  • 1 bunch spring onions (scallions), cut into 2in lengths
  • 1-1/2 cups cashews, roasted
  • coriander (cilantro) leaves, to garnish


  1. Drop Remove and discard the skin from the chicken breasts and trim off any excess fat.  With a sharp knife, cut the chicken into bite-size pieces and set aside.
  2. Halve the red pepper, scrape out the seeds and membranes and discard, then cut the flesh into 3/4 inch dice.  Peel and thinly slice the garlic and chop the dried red chillies.
  3. Preheat a wok and then heat the oil.  The best way to do this is to drizzle a “necklace” of oil around the inner rim of the wok, so that it drops down to coat the entire inner surface.  Make sure the coating is even by swirling the wok.
  4. Add the garlic and dried chillies to the wok and stir-fry over a medium heat until golden.  Do not let the garlic burn, otherwise it will taste bitter.
  5. Add the chicken to the wok and stir-fry until it is cooked through, then add the red pepper.  If the mixture is very dry, add a little water.
  6. Stir in the oyster sauce, soy sauce and sugar.  Add the spring onion and cashew nuts.  Stir-fry for 1-2 minutes more, until heated through.  Spoon into a warm dish and serve immediately, garnished with the coriander leaves.

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