Szechwan Chicken with Cashews
Most Szechwan cooking is hot and spicy.
- 2 whole chicken breasts (1 1/2 pounds)
- 1 egg white
- 1 teaspoon cornstarch
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon finely chopped ginger root
- 1 teaspoon soy sauce
- Dash of pepper
- 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
- 1 cup raw cashews
- 4 tablespoons vegetable oil
- 6 scallions (with tops), chopped(reserve 2 tablespoons tops)
- 1 large green bell pepper, cut into1/2-inch squares
- 1 (4 ounce) can button mushrooms,drained (reserve liquid)
- 1 tablespoon hoisin sauce
- 2 teaspoons chili pepper paste*
- 1/2 cup chicken broth
- 1 tablespoon cold water
- 1 tablespoon cornstarch
- 1 tablespoon soy sauce
* 1 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes can be substituted.
- Remove bones and skin from chicken breasts; cut chicken into
1/2-inch pieces. This is easier to do if the chicken is partially
- Mix egg white, 1 teaspoon cornstarch, 1 teaspoon salt, gingerroot,
1 teaspoon soy sauce and pepper in 2-quart glass bowl; stir in chicken.
Cover and refrigerate at least 30 minutes.
- Heat 1 tablespoon
oil in wok or 10-inch skillet until hot. Stir-fry cashews until
light brown, about 1 minute; drain. Sprinkle with 1/2 teaspoon salt.
- Heat 2 tablespoons of the oil until hot. Add chicken; stir-fry until
chicken turns white, about 3 minutes. Remove chicken. Heat remaining
1 tablespoon oil until hot. Add scallions, green pepper, mushrooms,
hoisin sauce and chili pepper paste. Stir-fry about 1 minute. Add
chicken, chicken broth and reserved mushroom liquid; heat to boiling.
- Mix water, 1 tablespoon cornstarch and 1 tablespoon soy sauce; stir
into chicken mixture. Cook and stir until thickened, about 1 minute.
Stir in cashews; garnish with reserved scallion tops.
Yields 6 servings.
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