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This is the cashew chicken dish I served when I owned my restaurant. It's adapted from "The Chinese Menu Cookbook" by Hush and Wong.
- 1⁄2 lb chicken breast, diced
- 1 egg
- 1 tablespoon cornstarch
- 1 tablespoon dark soy sauce
- 1 tablespoon dry sherry
- 1⁄2 teaspoon salt
- 1 cup vegetable oil, about
- 1⁄2 cup diced water chestnut
- 1⁄2 cup diced green pepper
- 1⁄2 cup diced fresh mushrooms
- 2 tablespoons hoisin sauce
- 1⁄2 cup toasted cashews
- chicken stock, as needed
- 3 -5 drops sesame oil
- *Hoisin sauce is available in Asian markets.
- It's made with beans, flour, garlic, etc.
- This is the stuff they serve with mu shu pork that they call plum sauce.
- It is, in fact not plum sauce and doesn't look or taste anything like plum sauce.
- Marinade (10- 20 minutes).
- Sub other vegetables if you want.
- Heat the oil in wok; carefully add chicken and stir unti just cooked.
- (This shouldn't take more than 90 seconds to two minutes).
- Remove to a sieve and let the oil drain into a bowl.
- Reheat the wok and add a tablespoon or two of the oil.
- Stir fry the vegetables until just cooked.
- Return chicken; stir in hoisin adding a little chicken stock if too dry.
- Stir in nuts& sesame oil.
- Serve immediately with steamed rice.
- Note: this dish doesn't have a lot of gravy, just the hoisin that coats the chicken and vegetables.