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Cashew Chicken

6
4
4
SmartPoints® value per serving
Total Time
37 min
Prep
25 min
Cook
12 min
Serves
4
Difficulty
Moderate
This Chinese restaurant staple gets a lot of its high PointsPlus® from oil. We lightened it significantly but kept all its flavour and great crunch.

Ingredients

Peanut oil

2 tsp(s)

Garlic clove(s)

2 clove(s), medium, minced

Table salt

½ tsp(s)

Black pepper

¼ pinch

Uncooked boneless skinless chicken breast(s)

1 pound(s), cut into 1-inch cubes

Canned chicken broth

1½ cup(s), reduced-sodium

Low sodium soy sauce

2 tbsp(s)

Uncooked celery

2 rib(s), medium, chopped

Canned bamboo shoots

8 oz, drained

Canned water chestnut(s)

8 oz, sliced, drained

Cornstarch

1½ tbsp(s)

Cooked white rice

2 cup(s), kept hot

Unsalted dry-roasted cashews

1¾ item(s), chopped (about 6 Tbsp)

Instructions

  1. Heat oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add garlic and cook 1 minute. Season chicken on both sides with salt and pepper and add to the skillet. Cook until browned on all sides, stirring frequently, about 4 minutes.
  2. Add 1 cup of broth, soy sauce, celery, bamboo shoots and water chestnuts to chicken and bring to a simmer. Reduce heat to low, cover and simmer until chicken is cooked through, about 5 minutes.
  3. Dissolve cornstarch in remaining 1/2 cup of broth. Add cornstarch mixture to skillet and simmer until sauce thickens, stirring constantly, about 1 minute.
  4. To serve, divide rice among 4 shallow dishes. Spoon chicken mixture onto rice and sprinkle with cashews. Yields about 1 cup of chicken, 1/2 cup of rice and 1 1/2 tablespoons of cashews per serving.