Thursday, December 8, 2011

Spicy Garlic Cashew Chicken

I don't grill. I wish I did. I love eating things cooked on a grill.  They look better, they cook better and taste better.  But I don't grill.

So I pan fried these chicken pieces.  They looked kinda gross in the pan.  I also tend to overcrowd the pan so it looks like a pile of mess.  Until they start to brown up, then it gets better.  They tasted delicious, really, they did.  I do recommend that you grill them if you are able to though. 

Spicy Garlic Cashew Chicken
Adapted from Simply Recipes

1 cup cashew nuts
6 tbsp. cilantro (leaves and stems)
3 tbsp. olive oil
4 garlic cloves, roughly chopped
2 tbsp. soy sauce
1 tbsp. brown sugar
1 tbsp. lime juice
1 - 2 jalapeno peppers, seeded and chopped
Salt and pepper
2 lbs. chicken tenders (or bone in breasts or whatever)

In a food processor, add the cashews, cilantro, oil, garlic, soy sauce, brown sugar, jalapeno, lime juce and about 2 tbsp. of water.  Blend until the mixture is a smooth paste.  Add salt and pepper to taste.  Reserve a third of the marinade for serving with the chicken if desired.  Use the rest of coating the chicken.

Sprinkle your chicken with salt and pepper.  Place chicken and marinade in a large plastic baggie and marinate for several hours or overnight until ready to cook. 

Grill chicken until done. Or cheat and do what I did and just pan fry them.  Grilling would be better but they were fine pan fried. 

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  1. It sounds very good, love the cashews in there. I grill all year round...not my husband, I do the grilling and always have, my dad taught me when I was young! But you did a fine job getting around it.

  2. this sounds good... stopping by from It's a Keeper Thursday and I like what I see in your blog and will definitely follow through GFC. hope you get a chance to visit me and return the favor if you would like :)


  3. I love cashews and the other flavours you have used in this dish sound just wonderful too! Spicy, but balanced. Thank you for sharing this post with the Gallery of Favorites.

  4. When I used to cook chicken for my parents, I would always overcrowd the pan. It always ended up okay!

    I love the sound of this dish. Such delicious flavors with the chicken!

  5. My husband loves spicy...I'll have to add this to our menu!

  6. This is a great recipe Debbi that we would really enjoy. I love your combination of spice. Thank you so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday. Hope you are having a great week and come back soon!
    Miz Helen

  7. Yum yum. Thanks for sharing this recipe. It looks delish. Can't wait to try it. I would love it if you could link this up to our linky party going on right now.

  8. I have a stove top grill pan that I love. It does a very nice job. What a terrific recipe. I can't wait to try this.