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Broccoli, Cashew, and Chickpea Stir-fry
with rice

Active: 30 min Total: 30 min

This stir-fry, inspired by Cashew Chicken is so simple to make at home that you'll love it as a go-to substitute for take-out! Chickpeas take the place of chicken for a satisfying and protein-rich vegetarian variation.

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Ingredients

Servings:
4
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Broccoli, Cashew, and Chickpea Stir-fry:
  • Rice, uncooked white or brown - 3/4 cup
  • Broccoli - 16 oz, chopped
  • Green onions - 2 stalks, chopped, green and white parts combined
  • Cornstarch - 1 Tbsp
  • Water - 2 Tbsp
  • Beans, garbanzo (14 oz / 387 g) - 1 can, drained and rinsed
  • Oil, cooking - 1 Tbsp
  • Cashews, roasted and unsalted - 2 oz
Stir-fry Sauce:
  • 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

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Prep

  1. 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)
  2. Broccoli / Ginger / Garlic - Prep as directed. Store broccoli in one container. Combine ginger and garlic. (Can be done up to 5 days ahead)
  3. Make sauce - Combine ginger, garlic, stock, soy sauce, sugar, and red pepper flakes. (Can be done up to 5 days ahead)
  4. Green onions - Chop green onions.
  5. Make cornstarch slurry - Combine cornstarch and water.
  6. Beans - Drain and rinse.

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Make

  1. Heat a wok or skillet over medium-high heat. Add oil and then broccoli to heated oil. 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.
  2. Add beans to pan and pour sauce over top. Bring sauce to a simmer.
  3. Give cornstarch slurry a stir. Slowly pour the cornstarch into the sauce. Continue simmering until sauce is thick, 1 to 2 minutes more.
  4. Remove from heat and stir in cashews.
  5. If rice was made ahead, reheat in the microwave. (Reserve half if doubled.)
  6. Serve stir-fry over rice with green onions on top. Enjoy!

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Reviews

Ratings

Original (75)
Gluten-free (8)
Paleo (15)
Vegetarian (14)

52 reviews

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!

By: Karol
Posted: Jun 25, 2020
Diet: Original
0 Helpful

good and tasty, made it for hubby, me and two kids and have 1 portion leftover for lunch.

By: janine
Posted: Jan 26, 2020
Diet: Original
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!

By: Katrina
Posted: Aug 02, 2019
Diet: Vegetarian
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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.

By: Ken
Posted: Jul 31, 2019
Diet: Original
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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!

By: Gayle
Posted: Jun 04, 2019
Diet: Original
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Yummo! Made 1.5 times the sauce (but tripled the ginger and doubled the garlic and arrowroot powder) and used frozen broccoli. Served with sriracha. So good.

By: Sarah
Posted: Apr 09, 2019
Diet: Paleo
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