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Fried Chicken with Cashew Nuts

Jean-Francois Mallet
Fried Chicken with Cashew Nuts is one of the best Chinese 'fakeaway' dishes I've ever made and it's so simple!
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Prep Time 2 hrs 25 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Total Time 2 hrs 45 mins
Course Main Course
Cuisine Chinese
Servings 4
Calories 526 kcal


  • 2 garlic cloves
  • 1 onion
  • 4 chicken breasts
  • 2 tsp cornflour cornstarch
  • 6 tbsp soy sauce
  • 1 bunch Thai basil
  • 2 tbsp groundnut peanut oil
  • 150 g cashew nuts


  • Peel and chop the garlic and onion, then cut the chicken into small pieces.
  • In a bowl, mix the chicken, garlic, onion, cornflour (cornstarch) and soy sauce together, then leave to marinate at room temperature for 2 hours.
  • Strip, rinse and dry the basil.
  • About 20 minutes before serving, heat the oil in a large wok over a high heat.
  • Add the cashews and stir-fry for a few minutes then add the chicken and marinade and cook for 10 minutes.
  • Once the chicken is cooked, add the basil leaves, stir and turn off the heat.
  • Serve immediately with fragrant rice.


Adapted from a recipe in China Towns


Calories: 526kcalCarbohydrates: 17gProtein: 59gFat: 24gSaturated Fat: 4gCholesterol: 144mgSodium: 1777mgPotassium: 1218mgFiber: 2gSugar: 3gVitamin A: 70IUVitamin C: 5.2mgCalcium: 45mgIron: 4.2mg