Cashew Chili Stir-Fry

    Here’s a stir-fry using ingredients most of us have in our fridge. If fiery is not for you, omit the chili powder completely as well as the red chili pepper flakes or increase both if you’re a three alarm lover.
    Serves: 4
    Prep Time: 15 min
    Cook Time: 10 min


    3 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
    6 boneless, skinless chicken thighs
    1/2 - 1 cup cashews
    1 pinch chili powder
    1 tsp chili powder
    1 pinch salt
    1/2 tsp salt
    1 red pepper, thinly sliced
    1 zucchini, julienned
    2 stalks celery, thinly sliced
    2 green onions, sliced
    3 cloves garlic, large, minced
    2 tbsp ginger, fresh, minced
    1 tbsp cornstarch
    1/4 cup sherry
    2 tbsp soy sauce
    2 tbsp hoisin sauce
    2 tbsp rice wine vinegar
    1 tbsp canola oil
    1/2 cup chicken broth
    1 tsp hot red chili pepper flakes

    Food Safety

    Before you start, wash all surfaces and your hands with soap and warm water, and remember to wash your hands, utensils and cutting boards after they touch raw meat or eggs. Avoid cross-contamination by using a different cutting board for your meat and other ingredients. Make sure you’re cooking to safe temperatures and chilling any leftovers within two hours. For more food safety tips, visit our Food Safety at Home Section.


    1. Slice chicken into ½ inch wide (1 cm) strips, then into bite-size lengths. Toast nuts by spreading out in a frying pan set over medium heat and stir often until they just start to brown, 4 to 6 minutes. Turn onto a plate. Toss with a generous pinch of salt and chili powder.

    2. Prepare remaining ingredients before starting to cook. Thinly slice pepper, then cut into bite-size lengths. Cut zucchini into julienne strips. Thinly slice celery and the white part of the green onions. Thickly slice the green portion.

    3. Mince garlic and ginger. In a small bowl, stir cornstarch with sherry until dissolved. Then stir in soy, hoisin and rice wine vinegar.

    4. To cook, heat canola oil in a large frying pan or wok over medium-high heat. Add chicken and stir constantly until it loses its pink color, about 3 minutes. Add garlic, ginger, chicken broth, 1 tsp (5mL) chili powder, red chili pepper flakes and ½ tsp (5 mL) salt. Stir occasionally for 2 minutes. Add all the vegetables and stir another 2 minutes.

    5. Pour in the cornstarch mixture and stir almost constantly until vegetables are done as you like and sauce is coating chicken, about 3 minutes. Mix in half the cashews. Then spoon over rice and scatter with remaining nuts.

    Nutrition Info

    Per 400 g serving Amount
    Protein51 g
    Fat15 g
    Saturated Fat3 g
    Carbohydrate20 g
    Fibre2 g
    Sugar6 g
    Cholesterol115 mg
    Sodium1020 mg
    Per 400 g serving % Daily Value
    Vitamin A6
    Vitamin C120
    Vitamin B680
    Vitamin B1240