Szechuan Chicken With Cashew Nuts

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“Typically Chinese in origin, this dish has also been served as Thai and Singaporean fare in a lot of restaurants worldwide. A lot or recipes online produce a pale-looking and bland finished product. This recipe is restaurant-grade. The secret is the hoisin sauce, which adds seasoning and a certain degree of sweetness to the dish. There are two different varieties of chili peppers used- the traditional hot pepper, which introduces the spicy Schezuan character of the dish, and the long, dried, semi-spicy, semi-sweet pepper (sorry about the description, but do not confuse this with green pepper), which adds spice and some sweetness. The chicken is fried with the skin to add flavor, and is cooked independently . This retains the crunchiness of the chicken pieces even after cooking.”

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Dice the chicken breast into ½ inch pieces, dip each piece in egg white, then in cornstarch mixed with a pinch of salt. Fry the chicken pieces in a wok with heated oil until golden brown. Drain the fried pieces of chicken and set aside.
  2. Fry the cashew nuts in moderately-hot oil until lightly brown and crunchy. Canned or packed cashew nuts will do.
  3. Slice the long dried peppers into small circumferential pieces, and chop the hot red peppers into finer pieces.
  4. In a separate small bowl, mix the soy sauce, salt, sugar, vinegar, and sesame oil.
  5. Heat 4 tablespoons of oil in a wok, add the chopped garlic, all of the sliced red peppers, the spring onions. ~Stir fry for 3 minutes.
  6. Add the chicken and the cashew nuts.
  7. Pour the contents of the small bowl containing the mixed sauce – soy sauce, sesame oil, etc. (step number 4). Add the rice wine.
  8. Add 3 tablespoons of the Hoisin sauce, and stir fry over high heat for another 2 minutes, then serve.

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