This recipe is a combo of several different recipes I found so I guess I don’t really have to give credit to any one person. But I did take the original recipe from my friend Jennifer and then changed and added ingredients in it to make it like one that I like to eat out in Singapore. Often, when you order cashew chicken, the chicken is breaded. This one is not and I like it better that way. Makes it easier and healthier too!
The picture above was my first attempt. I used raw cashews and even with the wok roasting, they turned out too soft. I also would have added bell peppers and sauce so I included them in the recipe below. Just imagine they’re in there.
Here is a picture of a later version with the bell peppers in it. They weren’t completely cooked yet so they will lose a little bit of the vibrant colors once it’s finished cooking. This pictures shows about a triple-sized recipe. I was making some for us and some to take to friends.
Thai Cashew Chicken – submitted by Andrea Stunz (and friends)
All of the ingredients are easy to find at most Singapore grocery stores but I bought most of mine at The Golden Mile Complex. In the US, you can find the ingredients in most stores as well.
Note: If you want more of any ingredient then customize it to your taste. I like more cashews and chicken and I usually add a little more sesame oil for flavor. If you add more meat, nuts and veggies, you’ll probably need to add a bit more of the sauces as well.
1/3 cup vegetable oil (I use coconut oil with a little bit of sesame oil)
1/2 cup roasted unsalted cashews (raw cashews tend to turn out too soft)
1 tbsp chopped garlic
2 diced large chicken breasts (5-6 chicken tenders)
2 TBSP soy sauce (I use gluten free coconut aminos or Tamari)
2 TBSP fish sauce
2 TBSP oyster sauce (I use Thai Kitchen brand gluten free)
4 diced dried red chili peppers (or less if you don’t want it spicy)
2 tsp sugar
1/2 bunch green onions, diced
3 bell peppers, red, green, yellow, sliced (not too small)
Whole purple onion chopped in quarters
Add fresh diced red chili peppers on top for more heat. I add just a little bit for flavor but not heat. Those who want it spicy can add more to their own plate.
In a wok, heat oil and add diced garlic and onions. Saute’ for a few minutes and then add chicken. When chicken is cooked, add soy sauce, oyster sauce, fish sauce, sugar, and chili peppers. Add roasted cashews, bell peppers and green onions. Taste. You might want to add a bit more sugar and/or soy sauce if the fish sauce taste is too much for you. This recipe doesn’t make it very saucy so if you want more sauce, add a little chicken broth, water and corn starch if you want to thicken it up. Taste it again to make sure you don’t need more soy, fish or oyster sauce.
Feeds about 4-5 people.
Serve it with steamed Thai Fragrant Rice or Sticky Rice (not sweet) and Thai Sweet Chili Sauce.
As I was typing up this recipe, my friend, Jennifer, that I mentioned above emailed me this link. She just made it and said she didn’t change a thing. It is really alot like what I have above but in a much neater package with better pictures. 🙂
Thai Cashew Chicken – sans bell peppers
Fish Sauce – A little goes a long way!
Glutinous Rice/Sticky Rice
Thai Yellow Bean Soy Sauce and Oyster Sauce
Make a little extra sticky rice and cook up some coconut cream/sugar syrup for dessert with maybe a little roasted coconut on top. Yum!! Or just some sliced mango