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Chinese New Year Cashew Chicken

I love a Chinese takeaway. However, it’s not always the healthiest option and it can end up being rather pricey if there’s a few of you in your family. So, to celebrate Chinese New Year, here’s a classic and very quick, simple and healthy recipe that won’t break the bank.

Chinese New Year Cashew Chicken

 

Chinese New Year Cashew Chicken

Chinese New Year Cashew Chicken

Ingredients:

  • 450g chicken breasts, cut into large chunks
  • 1 egg white
  • 1 tsp sesame oil
  • 2 tsp cornflour
  • 300ml groundnut oil, plus 2 tsp groundnut oil
  • 100g cashew nuts
  • 1 tbsp Shaoxing rice wine (or dry Sherry would be just as good)
  • 1 tbsp light soy sauce
  • 1 shredded spring onion, to garnish at the end

 

So here’s how to prepare it:

  1. Put the chicken in a bowl with the egg whites, sesame oil, cornflour and 1 tsp salt, and mix well. Chill for around 20 minutes.
  2. Heat a wok, or a large frying pan, until hot and then add the oil. Add the chicken, stirring vigorously to prevent it sticking. After about 2 minutes, when the chicken turns white, quickly drain it and all of the oil into a stainless steel colander set over a bowl. You can then discard the oil.
  3. Let the wok or pan cool slightly, then carefully give the wok a wipe with some kitchen paper. Heat it until it’s very hot again, then add 2 tsp of groundnut oil. Add the cashew nuts and stir-fry for 1 min. Add the rice wine or dry Sherry and soy sauce. Return the chicken to the wok and stir-fry for 2 minutes (until it’s cooked through). Scatter over the spring onions and serve immediately with some steamed rice or noodles and some stir-fried greens (something like broccoli, kale or green beans works perfectly).

 

Chinese New Year broccoli

Chinese New Year broccoli

 

If cooking isn’t your thing, then there’s still lots of ways to celebrate with your family. How about creating some easy arts and crafts like lanterns, marks, or paper snakes and dragons?

 

Chinese New Year paper lanterns

Chinese New Year paper lanterns

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Chinese New Year paper snakes

Chinese New Year paper snakes

Whatever you end up doing to celebrate, have a good one. If you make any of the crafts or the recipe above, be sure to share them with us on our Facebook page of Tweet us @Butlins.

Kung Hei Fat Choy,

James.

James Silverstone

James Silverstone

PR and Social Media Manager at Butlins
I look after the PR and Social Media for the Butlins family brand, finding and creating interesting and newsworthy stories for the national and regional media, and our own social channels.
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