Royal Thai Cashew Chicken with Stir Fry Veggies


Stir Fried Vegetables


husband informed me that it is a new year. I mean-like I didn’t know. He
informed me that the sugar has to go. I mean really –like I didn’t know. Well
it is always hard to let something you love slip away but I do feel a bit
sluggish. It is time to get back on a path of healthier eating. I’m going to
give it the old one two. Let’s see how hard I punch.

Not that
I’m committing to letting it all go but I’m definitely going to cut way back. I
still have some sweet things to share but I’m going to try to kill that sweet
tooth for a little while. Well, at least
until Valentine’s Day… I guess salt here I come. Just kidding. Maybe not
So last
night for dinner I made this. It is a good start though I know the healthy crew
(whoever they are) will pick it apart. OK! I know. Rice, salty sauce, nuts.
Jeez. But hey! I got my 5 servings of veggies in. A girl has to start
somewhere. I love Asian food-my favorite is Vietnamese. But today it is Thai. I
believe they stole this recipe from the Chinese. Well, they did add fish sauce
instead of oyster sauce and cashews instead of peanuts. And being a girl who
isn’t that big on peanuts I prefer the cashews. Just don’t use too many.
This is a
quick dish. Lots of fun slicing with the new knife my mom sent. A Global Chef
knife. Expensive but worth it. You will feel like a pro, I promise. So get to
work-just don’t cut yourself. And please add broccoli. I would have but the
person in my life who is complaining about sugar hates broccoli. Next time I’m
going to ignore him. In fact I think I’ll give him broccoli instead of rice. That
will show him!
Happy New
Royal Thai Chicken with Cashews
 Royal Thai Chicken
with Cashews
1 lb
boneless chicken breasts
Pepper freshly ground
2T canola
or peanut oil
1 small
onion sliced
3 garlic
cloves chopped
½ to 1 t
chili paste
3 green
onions cut on the diagonal in 1 inch pieces
4t fish sauce
1T dark soy sauce
½ to 1 t
brown sugar
1 fresh
red chile sliced and seeded
Cut the
chicken into bite sized pieces and mix with black pepper. (I use about 4
really good grinds of the mill.)
Heat the
oil in wok or a wide skillet. Add the cashews and stir over medium heat until
roasted and golden. Do not let them burn. Remove from wok with a slotted spoon.
Add onion
and garlic to wok and stir fry for about 3 minutes. Add chicken pieces. Stir fry
until chicken is opaque-about 2-3 minutes. Add green onions, fish sauce, soy
sauce and chili paste plus the sugar. Stir about another minute. Then stir in
toasted cashews.
with jasmine rice and the stir fried vegetables below.
The chicken.










Stir Fried Vegetables






1 large
onion sliced
1 medium
carrot peeled and sliced thinly on the diagonal
2 garlic
cloves chopped
1 inch
piece of fresh ginger peeled and cut in slices (if
you don’t have it you don’t need it)
½ c dried
shitake mushrooms reconstituted or substitute fresh or regular mushrooms in
which case I would use a cup
1 red
pepper seeded and cut into strips
1 stalk
of broccoli cut into florets (if you have a broccoli hater add other vegetables
of your choice)
3 green
onions cut in 1 inch slices
2 T
canola or peanut oil
chicken stock
2T fish
2T light soy sauce
1T lime juice
1T honey
or brown sugar
cornstarch mixed with 3T water until smooth
1t chili
paste if you want these spicier
you start cooking have everything ready and sliced and your sauce mixed in a
cup. (I make these before I do the chicken. You can
reheat in microwave but you can keep them warm in the oven also OR just tent
with foil.)
Place wok
over medium high heat. Add oil and swirl it around wok. Add onion and cook 1
minute. Add carrot, garlic, ginger and stir fry for another minute. Now add the
mushrooms and stir until the carrot begins to soften.
Add red
pepper, broccoli and green onions then pour in the sauce. Stir until vegetables
are cooked to your liking but I prefer them crisp.
Add more sour, spicy or sweet if you want it.

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  • Jason Hoover
    February 2, 2013 at 3:05 am

    This is a very interesting to cook dish! I love how you combined the cashew chicken to my favorite vegetables. I will try this later.

  • Abbe
    February 2, 2013 at 5:03 am

    Thanks for the tips Jason and thanks for stopping by!

  • Abbe
    January 7, 2013 at 3:27 am

    I love cashews in anything!Thanks for writing Natalie.

  • Natalie
    January 7, 2013 at 2:30 am

    Looks amazing! I love cashew's in stir-fry's!

  • Abbe
    January 6, 2013 at 2:46 am

    Yeah, I've had to compensate my whole life! Thanks for writing!

  • Kimmie Schiffel
    January 6, 2013 at 12:27 am

    I love Thai cashew anything. This looks delicious!

    • Abbe
      January 6, 2013 at 2:49 am

      Thanks Kimmie. I might just get the leftover cashews now! To go with my wine of course! And my husband heartily approved of this dish!

  • Kitchen Riffs
    January 5, 2013 at 11:36 pm

    Global knives are way cool. If I didn't already have knives I liked, I'd be tempted by them. I really like almost anything with Asian flavors, and this is terrific. And healthy! January always is the month when we eat the healthiest, isn't it? Like you, I have to compensate for the last 6 or so weeks. 😉

  • Abbe
    January 4, 2013 at 11:35 pm

    PS Give Gaby a huge pat on the back. That is so good!

  • Abbe
    January 4, 2013 at 11:34 pm

    Actually, they are all about the same. Because you are cooking at a high heat peanut, canola and grape seed can hold a higher temperature without burning. Olive oil could be used but it does not have as high of a "smoke point". The other reason you would use a different kind of oil here than olive is because you want a neutral tasting oil and olive oil has a definite flavor.In this case you want the Asian flavor to come through and you are cooking at a fairly high temp. When I am not cooking at a high temp and I want the flavor of olive oil I use it also. Comprende? But I am not stopping you.:)

  • Meirav
    January 4, 2013 at 10:44 pm

    We cut sugar too, Gaby lost 20 lbs.
    Can olive oil substitute the canola or peanut oil? It is much healthier