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Can I make chicken & cashew nuts?

Our town no longer has a Chinese restaurant (we used to have several) and the takeaways are pretty poor. One of my favourites has always been chicken and cashew nuts so I thought I'd be a big boy and try to make it.

It worked out well and was very tasty, slightly sweet and sour. I had to compromise on some of the ingredients, but it was good enough to consider it a recipe to repeat.


  • 2 chicken breasts or about 400g of diced chicken breast

  • 2 Tbsp Plain Flour

  • ¼ tsp ground black pepper

  • 1 Tbsp oil (I used rapeseed)

  • 8 Tbsp reduced-sodium soy sauce

  • 2 Tbsp Brown Sugar

  • 4 Tbsp Tomato Ketchup

  • 4 Tbsp rice vinegar

  • 2 tsp garlic puree

  • 1 tsp ginger puree

  • ½ tsp red pepper flakes

  • 6 Tbsp Unsalted cashew nuts


  1. In a small bowl, mix the soy sauce, ketchup, sugar, garlic, ginger, vinegar and pepper flakes until the ketchup and sugar have dissolved. Put to one side

  2. Chop the chicken into bite-sized chunks

  3. Mix the flour and black pepper in a large bowl and then toss the chicken in it until evenly coated

  4. Using a medium-sized pan, heat the oil until hot and then add in the chicken, turn occasionally with a wooden spoon or spatula until fully browned. This should take about 4 minutes

  5. Lower to a medium heat and pour the sauce over the chicken, cook until the chicken is cooked through, this took me about 10 minutes. If the sauce is too thick, add a small amount of water

  6. Add the cashew nuts and serve with rice

I've not tried to cook many Chinese-style meals, maybe I will give some more a go.

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