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Photo: Randy Mayor; Stylist: Rose Nguyen Photo by: Photo: Randy Mayor; Stylist: Rose Nguyen

Chicken and Cashews

Top tender chicken with an inspired Asian sauce loaded with cashews, ginger, honey, and sesame oil. Pair this chicken entrée with a simple rice pilaf.

Cooking Light MAY 2009

  • Yield: 4 servings (serving size: about 3/4 cup)
  • Prep time:30 Minutes

Ingredients

  • 3 tablespoons low-sodium soy sauce, divided
  • 2 tablespoons dry sherry
  • 4 teaspoons cornstarch, divided
  • 1 pound skinless, boneless chicken breast, cut into bite-sized pieces
  • 1/2 cup fat-free, less-sodium chicken broth
  • 2 tablespoons oyster sauce
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 2 teaspoons sesame oil, divided
  • 3/4 cup chopped onion
  • 1/2 cup chopped celery
  • 1/2 cup chopped red bell pepper
  • 1 tablespoon grated peeled fresh ginger
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1/2 cup chopped green onions (about 3 green onions)
  • 1/4 cup chopped unsalted dry-roasted cashews

Preparation

1. Combine 1 tablespoon soy sauce, sherry, 2 teaspoons cornstarch, and chicken in a large bowl; toss well to coat. Combine remaining 2 tablespoons soy sauce, remaining 2 teaspoons cornstarch, broth, oyster sauce, and honey in a small bowl.

2. Heat 1 teaspoon oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add chicken mixture to pan; sauté 3 minutes. Remove from pan. Heat remaining 1 teaspoon oil in pan. Add onion, celery, and bell pepper to pan; sauté 2 minutes. Add ginger and garlic; sauté 1 minute. Return chicken mixture to pan; sauté 1 minute. Stir in broth mixture. Bring to a boil; cook 1 minute, stirring constantly. Remove from heat. Sprinkle with green onions and cashews.

Rice pilaf: Heat 1 tablespoon canola oil in a large saucepan over medium-high heat. Add 1/2 cup chopped onion and 2 teaspoons grated peeled fresh ginger to pan; sauté 2 minutes. Stir in 1 cup water, 1/2 cup long-grain rice, and 1/4 teaspoon salt; bring to a boil. Cover, reduce heat, and simmer 12 minutes or until liquid is absorbed. Remove from heat; stir in 2 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro.

Nutritional Information

Amount per serving
  • Calories: 257
  • Fat: 9g
  • Saturated fat: 1.9g
  • Monounsaturated fat: 4.2g
  • Polyunsaturated fat: 2.3g
  • Protein: 26g
  • Carbohydrate: 17g
  • Fiber: 1.9g
  • Cholesterol: 63mg
  • Iron: 2mg
  • Sodium: 584mg
  • Calcium: 45mg
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