December 08, 2006

Stir Fried Chicken with Mushrooms and Cashews

Chicken
A quick stir fry to liven up the dinner/lunch table and answer the question..hmm what shall I cook today? Use the basic spices and vary the vegetables as you have available.
You will need: Serves 3
Chicken-1/2 lb Boneless or use 1 chicken breast cut into pieces.
Dried Mushrooms (Shitake)- A handful
Onion-1 medium
Any Bell Pepper/Capsicum (Optional)- 1/3 of a pepper
Green Chilies -2
Red dried chili-3
Garlic-3 crushed
Ginger- ½ inch crushed
Scallions/Green Onion-3 stalks
Cashewnuts-A handful
Soy Sauce-2 tsp
Oyster Sauce-1/2 tsp
1/2 tsp black pepper
Oil-3-4 tbsp
Salt to taste
Lime juice-1tsp

Preparation:
1. Soak the dried mushroom in warm water for 20-30 minutes and squeeze out excess water and slice finely. Marinate the chicken in the soy sauce and oyster sauce for the same time.
2. Dice the bell pepper and chicken into the 1/2 inch squares.(The chicken should also be the same size cubes.) Keep the green part of the scallions to be added in the end.
3. Dry roast the cashews on low heat till fragrant and crisp. Alternatively, to make it richer, fry the cashews in a bit of oil till golden.
4. Heat the wok or pan to a high heat and add the onion and peppers. Stir fry on high heat for a minute and then lower heat and add the chilies, ginger, garlic, mushroom and stir fry again. After a minute, add the chicken and fry for at least 5-8 minutes or till the chicken gets cooked. From experience, I learnt not to mess with the size of chicken. Boneless tiny pieces is better off as then it gets cooked in the same time as the other ingredients. Check soy sauce and add a tiny bit more if needed.
5. When the chicken is cooked, add the cashewnuts, pepper, scallion’s green stem chopped and the lime juice. Toss well and adjust salt as required. If there is a lot of liquid left, add ¼ tsp of corn flour mixed with 2 tbsp water and let it simmer to thicken the sauce.
P.S. Use only dried mushrooms for this dish. It has a smoky intense taste which are lacking in the fresh ones. Any kind of dried ones (availiable at any Asian grocery store) will do but in this recipe, I used Shitake mushrooms. Also use dried whole red peppers not pepper flakes.

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17 comments:

Asha said...

Chicken,Cashews and pepper!! I don't need anything else.Thank you:)

Chalo,Gale lug jao phir se!!!

Annita said...

OMG..What a treat..Shaheen...I'm sure i'm gonna love this dish..

sra said...

scrumptious it looks. so does your tapioca

Meena said...

Beautiful photograph... makes me wanna grab and go!

indosungod said...

Stir fried chicken looks delicious.

Meeta said...

Shaheen, perfect for our weekend lunch. I was craving chicken and have a ton of cashews my mum sent from Dubai. This could not be easier and better.

burcu said...

Shaheen, this looks great.

What kind of dried mushrooms did your use?

Anonymous said...

looks good!
gr8 photo . i

Lakshmi said...

lovely photo, and what a combo, mouthwatering

shilpa said...

Looks amazing Shaheen. Cashews and chicken is a greata combo :).

WhItE_PoPlAr said...

Oh my... this dish looks and sounds absolutely perfect!

Sandeepa said...

What a winderful looking dish Shaheen. Shall try getting dried mushroom

Gustad said...

i like cooking with nuts

mandira said...

Pepper, cashews, mushrooms and chicken - all my favorite ingredients in one recipe! This is too good. Thanks

Shaheen said...

Thanks all and I do hope to see u all writing in after u tried it.

Nidhi said...

Are you giving us a treat...what a wonderful dish with all my favourite ingredients...Cashews, chicken and peppers and that too stir fried? :)
I am here for the first time and will keep visiting for more visual treats.
Happy Holidays...Cheers, Nidhi.

Shaheen said...

Welcome Nidhi, I am sure u will like the whole recipe as u already like it in parts.