Easy Chicken and Cashew Nuts
As I get older, I’m beginning to find that I like eating things that previously I wouldn’t have bothered with. Perhaps it’s a sign of a developing palate, or perhaps that my tastebuds are finally giving up the ghost after all I’ve subjected them to. Who knows?
For example, recently I’ve been impressed by the Puglia olives at Krave Deli, somewhat surprising when you consider that ordinarily I don’t like olives at all. Hate the things in fact.
It’s a similar story in my own kitchen of late. Instead of turning to things that I know and love, I’ve been cooking things that I think I’ll probably not be that interested in and seeing what happens. Partly this is to give the rest of the family a break from my tastes, but partly it’s to try something different myself and use some alternative ingredients and techniques.
Case in point – chicken and cashew nuts. A Chinese dish as far as I’m aware, but one that I would never even consider ordering at the takeaway. Not when there’s crispy chilli beef or salt and pepper chicken on offer. Nevertheless, variety is the spice of life so they say and I figured I’d have a bash at something different.
This dish is perfect experimental fodder, considering that I typically only have 20 minutes at lunchtime to get something cooking so it can be ready when everyone gets home. Throw it all in the slow cooker, then knock up some rice when I get in and there is a delicious hot meal for everyone.
- 1kg boneless chicken pieces
- 1/3 cup dark soy sauce
- 2 tbsp rice vinegar
- 2 tbsp ketchup
- 2 tbsp garlic puree
- 1 tbsp dark brown sugar
- 1/2 tsp crushed chillis
- 1 small thumb fresh ginger, grated (approx 1 tsp)
- 1/2 cup cashew nuts
- Coriander to garnish
- Easy! Combine all of the ingredients except the chicken in the slow cooker, mix well.
- Add the chicken pieces and stir well to coat them all in sauce.
- Cook on LOW for 4 hours, a couple more won't do any harm if you're busy.
- Just before serving, stir in the cashew nuts and the chopped coriander.
- Serve with rice.