Sunday, 8 June 2014

Cashew Chicken

Hahaha I am one of these people that shoots themselves in the foot every time. Last week I put up a facebook status that said I just skip over "Easy" recipes because cooking involves time and commitment. How silly and smug of me because mostly everything I cook is easy and fun and delicious. Here is an example. And I am not a food photographer, so the photo looks like I'm serving some kind of black slime fit for crypt dwellers. But it's a soy sauce based recipe, so you're going to have to deal with that. Sometimes food tastes better than it looks! This is not pretty in photos, but oh so yummy on the fork.

You'll need:
For the marinade-
1 cup of low sodium soy sauce. Really do use the low sodium unless you're a deer in the woods and you enjoy a salt lick.
8 or 9 cloves of minced garlic
1 tablespoon of minced ginger
2 or 3 tablespoons of your favourite hot sauce
2 pounds of boneless, skinless chicken thighs or breasts cut into bite sized cubes
Mix everything together and let it marinade for a couple of hours covered in the fridge.

Your favourite white rice. 1 cup of rice before cooking will feed 2 to 4 people. Cook it up while the chicken is simmering.

For the sauce:
1 Tablespoon Sesame Oil
1 Tablespoon brown sugar
1 sliced onion
1/2 cup peanut butter - smooth or crunchy
1/2 cup water
1 carrot cut into thin matchsticks
1/2 cup roughly chopped cashews
3 sliced green onions

After the chicken has been in the marinade for a few hours, heat up the sesame oil on Med High heat in a heavy pot and add the brown sugar. Stir that in for a few minutes and add the sliced onions. If you get scared and it seems too scorchy, for God Sakes, don't be tempted to add more Sesame Oil. That shit is too strong. So add a little bit of water. Soften the onions for a few minutes and add the chicken and let it brown for about 5 minutes per side. Then add the marinade and the water. Cover it and let it simmer on Med Low heat for 25-30 minutes. Add the peanut butter and the carrots. Stir it in and let it simmer for about 10 more minutes. Roughly chop your cashews and slice your green onions and add as a garnish. You can mix your rice into the pot or keep it separate. Don't be frightened by the photo courtesy of the Crypt Kickers 5! And of course I didn't have any green onions today and I wasn't about to go to the store just to buy one thing. That's how I roll. But you should be organized and have those green onions! Enjoy my friends!

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