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What’s for Dinner? Cashew Chicken

April 18, 2011

Peanut buttery goodness!

I’m going to be honest – this is not my recipe. Meaning, not only did someone else come up with the recipe, but someone else makes it, too. I couldn’t be happier about either one of those statements, because this is a fantastic meal that is good for you and someone else does all the work for me. I know, pretty awesome, eh?

This is a Pampered Chef recipe that my not-quite-12 year old stepdaughter loves to make. And it is Delicious. And she makes it all by herself, which makes it spectacular! There’s not too much to change, so enjoy!

Cashew Chicken

1/2 cup chicken broth
1/4 cup creamy peanut butter
2 Tbsp soy sauce
1 Tbsp honey
dash of ground red pepper

Combine in small batter bowl, whisk. Set aside.

Vegetables and Chicken:
4 cups broccoli florets
3 stalks celery, cut into 1//2 inch slices
3 green onions with tops, cut into 1 inch pieces
2 tsp. fine chopped, peeled fresh gingerroot, divided
1 lb. boneless, skinless chicken, cut into 1 inch pieces
4 tsp. canola oil, divided
2 garlic cloves, pressed, divided
2 packages (3 oz each) ramen noodles (any flavor)
1/3 cup cashews or peanuts

Cut broccoli, celery and onions. Finely chop peeled gingerroot. Cut chicken into 1 inch pieces. Heat 2 tsp. oil over high heat. Add chicken, 1 tsp gingerroot and 1 garlic clove, pressed. Cook and stir 6-7 minutes until chicken is no longer pink. Remove from skillet, keep warm.

Reduce heat to medium-high. Heat remaining 2 tsp. oil. Add broccoli, celery and remaining gingerroot and garlic. Cook and stir for 2 minutes until vegetables are crisp tender. Return chicken to skillet. Stir in sauce; bring to a boil. Remove from heat.

Meanwhile, bring 4 cups water to a boil in a saucepan. Break noodles and add to boiling water (discard seasoning). Cook 3 minutes, stirring occasionally. Stir noodles into chicken mixture. Sprinkle with nuts.

Notes: You can make this healthier by replacing the ramen noodles with a whole wheat thin pasta, like angel hair or thin spaghetti. I also use organic natural peanut butter from Costco.

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