Thursday, June 16, 2011

Chicken with cashew nuts

A dish which is very common in Thailand, a delicious and savoury sauce which pairs perfectly with your Zojirushi cooked white rice!

Stir fry cashew nuts to brown them and make them crunchy (you can also bake them in the oven if you prefer) - you don't need to use oil if you don't want to. Set the browned cashews to one side.

Crush two cloves of garlic and deseed one or two birds eye chillis (depending on how hot you like it!). Stir fry this in a pan until the flavours start to release and then add the chicken. Keep oil to the minimum and just add spoonfuls of chicken stock to the pan/wok to stop it from sticking. 

Once the chicken is sealed add peppers, carrots, green beans, baby sweetcorn, mange tout and other veg (we like to add broccoli and cauliflower) you may like and stir fry until cooked. Keep adding bits of chicken stock. 

When cooked, add enough chicken stock to make a sauce into the pan/wok. Season the sauce with quite a generous splash of soya sauce, a dash of black pepper and salt. Add a generous spoon of honey - we also add some Thai sweet chilli sauce at this point too. Taste to see if the seasoning is correct and adjust accordingly. Thicken sauce with cornflour mixed with water. Leave to simmer for 10-15 minutes to develop the flavours - it should be a salty, sweet, spicy mix.

Serve with white rice and then sprinkle a handful of the previously cooked cashew nuts over the top of each person's serving and mix in. If you prefer a vegetarian version substitute chicken stock for vegetable stock and replace the chicken pieces with tofu pieces.