Have you ever tried a chicken dish in a Chinese restaurant and wondered how it could be so tender and juicy? There are tricks behind that.
Marinating is one of the most crucial elements in making a great stir-fry. A marinade not only adds more flavor to the meat but also makes it juicier and more tender. Egg yolk, cornstarch, and oil are also important. The egg yolk also makes the meat more tender, while the cornstarch thickens the sauce and gives it a silky feel. Oil helps to seal in the meat’s juices and gives stir-fried dishes their glossy shine.
Here’s a recipe for cashew chicken stir-fry—you can recreate that same tender, juicy chicken you find at restaurants with a few simple steps.
Cashew Chicken Stir-Fry
Prep & Cooking Time: 20 minutes
- 8 ounces chicken breast, cut into cubes
- 2 ounces roasted cashew nuts
- 1 green bell pepper, cut into bite-sized pieces
- 1 onion, cut into bite-sized pieces
- 1 scallion stalk, chopped into 1/2-inch pieces
- 4 tablespoons oil
For the Chicken Marinade:
- Pinch of salt
- Pinch of pepper
- Pinch of sugar
- 1/2 an egg white
- 1/3 teaspoon corn starch mixed with 1 tablespoon of water
- 2 tablespoons oil
For the Sauce:
- 1 tablespoon light soy sauce
- 1/2 tablespoon dark soy sauce
- 1/3 teaspoon corn starch mixed with 1 tablespoon water
- 1 tablespoon oil
To marinate the chicken: In a bowl, mix the salt, pepper, sugar, egg white, and cornstarch water. Then add the chicken to the mixture, mixing with a fork or chopsticks for about a minute. Then add 2 tablespoons oil to the bowl and marinate for about 10 minutes.
To make the sauce: In a bowl, add light soy sauce, dark soy sauce, and cornstarch water, and oil. Mix well.
In a hot pan, add 2 tablespoons oil, and then add the chicken cubes over high heat and stir-fry until cooked. Remove the chicken from the pan and set aside.
In the same pan, add another 2 tablespoons oil, scallions, green bell pepper, onion, and stir-fry for about 2 minutes. Then add the cooked chicken cubes and roasted cashew nuts. Pour the sauce into the pan and stir-fry for another 30 seconds.
CiCi Li is the host of “CiCi’s Food Paradise” on NTD Television. Join her and discover quick and healthy recipes at CiCiLi.tv