Cashew Chicken Stir-Fry

December 2011
Cashew Chicken Stir-Fry

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Our chicken stir-fry is so simple, healthy and tasty, it lets your tween rule the dinner scene with confidence.

Makes: 4 servings

Prep: 20 mins

Cook: 20 mins

Ingredients
  • 1 1/4 pounds skinless, boneless chicken breasts
  • 1 egg white
  • 1/4 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons plus 1/2 tsp. cornstarch
  • 3 teaspoons seasoned rice wine vinegar
  • Salt and pepper
  • 1 1/4 cups aromatic long-grain rice (such as jasmine)
  • 1/2 cup chicken broth
  • 3/4 pound snow peas
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons minced fresh ginger
  • 1 tablespoon minced garlic
  • 1/3 cup salted roasted cashews
Directions
  1. Slice the chicken crosswise. In a bowl, lightly beat the egg white. Stir in the chicken, 1 tbsp. oil, 1 1/2 tbsp. cornstarch, 1 tsp. rice wine vinegar and 3/4 tsp. salt. Cover; chill for 30 minutes.
  2. Place the rice in a medium saucepan. Fill the pan halfway with cool water and rub the rice with your fingers. Drain in a mesh strainer. Repeat twice to clean the rice.
  3. Return the rice to the saucepan, add 1 1/4 cups cold water and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat, cover and simmer for 17 minutes. Remove from the heat and let sit, covered.
  4. Make the sauce: In a small bowl, stir or whisk together the broth, the remaining 1/2 tsp. cornstarch and 2 tsp. rice wine vinegar, 3/4 tsp. salt and 1/4 tsp. pepper.
  5. Fill a large saucepan with 4 cups water and bring to a boil. Using a large slotted spoon, add the chicken and stir for 1 minute; drain in a colander.
  6. Trim the snow peas. Preheat a wok over high heat for 1 minute. Add the remaining 3 tbsp. oil, the ginger and garlic; stir-fry for 1 minute. Add the snow peas and stir-fry for 1 minute.
  7. Add the chicken to the wok with the spatula. Stir the sauce again and pour over the chicken.
  8. Cook, stirring, until the sauce thickens, the chicken is cooked and the peas are crisp-tender, about 3 minutes.
  9. Fluff the rice and spoon onto plates. Spoon the chicken mixture on top. Chop the cashews; sprinkle on top.
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