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Cashew Chicken with Coconut Basmati Rice

Full of great flavour and easy to prepare, this coconut rice would also be delicious served with broiled salmon or grilled shrimp skewers. Thoroughly rinsing the rice in cold water before cooking removes unnecessary starch and is one of the secrets to fluffy rice.

April 8th, 2012

Recipe Developed by Paula Bowman

Prep Time
30 minutes
Cook Time
15 minutes
  • 2 tablespoons peeled and minced fresh ginger
  • 3 tablespoons rice vinegar
  • 2 teaspoons kosher salt
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons cornstarch
  • 1 1/4 pounds boneless skinless chicken breast, cut into 1-inch pieces
  • 3 Cups low-sodium chicken broth or water
  • 2 tablespoons sodium reduced soy sauce
  • 1/2 teaspoons sugar
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 Cups basmati or jasmine rice, rinsed until water runs clear, drained well
  • 11/2 Cups coconut milk
  • 1 teaspoon garlic, chopped
  • 1 bunch green onions, white and light green parts separated from green and cut into 1/2-inch pieces, dark
  • 1 Cup salted and roasted cashews or raw cashews, toasted
  1. Combine ginger, 2-tablespoons rice vinegar, 1-teaspoon salt and 1/2-teaspoon cornstarch in a large bowl and stir until cornstarch dissolves. Add chicken, toss until thoroughly coated and set aside for 10-15 minutes. In another bowl, combine 1/2-cup broth, remaining 1-tablespoon rice vinegar, soy sauce, sugar and remaining 1-teaspoon cornstarch, stir well and set aside.

  2. Heat a large saucepan with a tight fitting lid, over medium heat. Add 1-tablespoon olive oil, rice, remaining 1-teaspoon salt and stir until coated, about 20 seconds. Add broth, stir well and bring just to a boil. Cover, reduce heat to low and simmer until most of liquid has been absorbed, about 10-12 minutes. Stir in coconut milk, cover and let sit for 5 minutes. Fluff with a fork and adjust seasoning, if necessary, before serving.

  3. Meanwhile as rice cooks, heat a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat and add 1-tablespoon oil. Working in batches, cook half of chicken mixture until golden brown and cooked through, about 4-5 minutes. Transfer chicken to a clean plate and set aside. Return skillet to heat, add remaining 1-tablespoon oil, and cook remaining chicken as before. Reduce heat if chicken is browning too quickly. Add garlic, green onions and cashews during last minute of cooking and stir frequently. Add reserved chicken and soy mixture and cook until sauce is bubbly and thickened, about 30 seconds. Serve chicken with coconut rice.

Cashew Chicken with Coconut Basmati Rice
Photo Credit: Carlo Mendoza

One response to “Cashew Chicken with Coconut Basmati Rice”

  1. Marylene Van Steekelenburg says:

    We found this recipe to be very salty. Might try again but with less salt.

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