Cashew Chicken and Broccoli
- Rice, uncooked white or brown - 3/4 cup
- Broccoli - 12 oz, chopped
- Chicken breasts, boneless and skinless - 1 lb, cubed
- Flour, all-purpose - 3 Tbsp
- Green onions - 2 stalks, chopped, green and white parts combined
- Cornstarch - 1 Tbsp
- Water - 2 Tbsp
- Oil, cooking - 1 Tbsp + 1 Tbsp
- Cashews, roasted and unsalted - 2 oz
- Ginger, fresh - 2 tsp, grated
- Garlic - 2 cloves, chopped
- Stock, any type - 2/3 cup
- Soy sauce, low-sodium - 4 Tbsp
- Sugar - 2 tsp
- Red pepper flakes (opt) - 1/4 tsp
- Rice - (Double if making Thursday’s meal.) For white rice, rinse until clear. Fill a saucepan or Dutch oven (or rice cooker) with rice, water (use 2:1 ratio for water to rice), and some salt. Cover with lid and bring to a boil. Once water boils, stir, lower heat to a low-medium, and cover. Check white rice after ~20 min; brown at ~45 min. Rice is done when it's absorbed all the water. If it's not done, leave the cover on until all water has been absorbed. Take cover off to release steam and fluff with a wooden spoon after 5 minutes. (Can be done up to 5 days ahead)
- Broccoli / Ginger / Garlic - Prep as directed. Store broccoli in one container. Combine ginger and garlic. (Can be done up to 5 days ahead)
- Make sauce - Combine ginger, garlic, stock, soy sauce, sugar, and red pepper flakes. (Can be done up to 5 days ahead)
- Chicken - Cube chicken. Season with some salt and pepper and toss with flour. (Can be done 1 day ahead)
- Green onions - Chop green onions.
- Make cornstarch slurry - Combine cornstarch and water.
- Heat a wok or skillet over medium heat. Add first part of oil and then chicken to heated oil. Saute until golden brown, 3 to 4 minutes (don’t worry if it isn’t cooked all the way through; it will finish in the sauce). Set chicken aside and return pan to heat.
- Increase heat to medium-high. Add second part of oil and then broccoli. Saute broccoli until nearly tender, 3 to 5 minutes. Add a splash of water to the pan if it starts to look dry during cooking.
- Pour sauce over broccoli and add chicken back to pan. Bring sauce to a simmer.
- Give cornstarch slurry a stir. Slowly pour the cornstarch into the sauce. Continue simmering until sauce is thick, 1 to 2 minutes more.
- Remove from heat and stir in cashews.
- If rice was made ahead, reheat in the microwave. (Reserve half if doubled.)
- Serve cashew chicken over rice with green onions on top. Enjoy!
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I added some bok choy and a little extra flavoring with a couple of teaspoons of teriyaki and General Tso's sauce and used some brown rice and quinoa to make it a bit healthier. Really liked it!0 Helpful
good and tasty, made it for hubby, me and two kids and have 1 portion leftover for lunch.0 Helpful
I loved this but I'd probably roast the chickpeas while the rice is cooking next time. It would've been better with crispy chickpeas!0 Helpful
I've been making variations on this meal for decades, but this version is a favorite for a quick half-hour prep time. Really you can just about get the rest of it done while the rice cooks.0 Helpful
Thought it was super easy to make and tasted great! Will definitely make again but I think the next time I would omit the cornstarch but that's because I like my sauce a little more saucier!0 Helpful