Wait, cashew chicken can be “easy”? Oh, yes, thanks to this recipe from our friend, The College Housewife. The timelessly bold flavors of cashew chicken combine with the tasty textures of our convenient Pad Thai Stir Fry Kit. This kit features Brussels sprouts, kale, bok choy, carrots, and pea pods accompanied by an authentic Pad Thai sauce with just the perfect spicy kick to tie it all together. Sure, you’ll still need to handle the chicken aspect of the recipe, but thanks to a handy assist from the Pad Thai Stir Fry kit, you have the most delicious shortcut possible for the rest. So, skip the takeout and set aside 50 minutes to cook up this easy recipe — you’ll be glad you did, all while impressing yourself and your table companions in the process.
2 Tablespoons corn starch Red Chili Flakes or Sriracha (add to your own spice level!)
1 cup cashews, unsalted
Green Onions, sliced
Brown rice, for serving
In a small bowl, whisk together olive oil, fresh ginger, fresh garlic, honey, sesame oil, soy sauce, rice wine vinegar, fish sauce, red chili sauce, corn starch, and red chili flakes or sriracha.
Coat chicken with cashew chicken sauce and marinate for 20-30 minutes.
Preheat oven to 375 F and line a large baking sheet with parchment paper. Add chicken and cashews to half of the baking sheet and cook for 8-10 minutes.
Remove chicken from oven and add in vegetables. Drizzle vegetables generously with olive oil, and return the baking sheet to the oven for an additional 8-10 minutes or until the chicken is cooked through.
Drizzle vegetables and chicken with the Taylor Farms pad thai sauce, then top chicken and vegetables with sliced green onions, sesame seeds, and brown rice.
The Many, Many Talents of Cashews
Delicious as a snack and a staple of many Asian cuisines, the mighty and humble cashew is capable of so much more. These versatile nuts can add a delightful crunch and rich, creamy texture to a wide range of dishes — some of which may surprise you. Here are some cooking ideas and dishes where you can incorporate cashews:
Cashew Butter: Blend roasted cashews with a touch of salt and a bit of sweetener to create homemade cashew butter. Use it as a spread on toast, in sandwiches, or as a dip for fruit and vegetables.
Curries: Cashews can be used to thicken and enrich curries. Grind them into a paste and mix with other spices, tomatoes, and coconut milk to create a creamy base for your curry.
Cashew Dressing or Sauce: Blend cashews with water, lemon juice, garlic, and herbs to make a creamy salad dressing or a sauce for pasta dishes.
Cashew Milk: Similar to almond milk, cashew milk can be made at home and used in smoothies, coffee, or as a dairy milk substitute in recipes.
Cashew Granola: Incorporate chopped cashews into homemade granola for added crunch and nuttiness.
Cashew Cookies or Bars: Add cashews to cookie or energy bar recipes for a boost of flavor and nutrition.
Cashew Pesto: Swap pine nuts in traditional pesto recipes for cashews, creating a creamy and nutty pesto sauce for pasta or as a condiment.
Cashews’ natural creaminess and nutty flavor make them a fantastic addition to both savory and sweet dishes. Experiment with these ideas to enjoy the versatility of cashews in your cooking (and baking!).