Chicken with Nuts and Hoisin Sauce

This recipe adds a variety of flavours and textures to chicken with walnuts, zucchini, and mushrooms. Paired with fragrant jasmine rice, this Asian-inspired dish will soon be a regular feature at your dinner table.
Serves: 4
Prep Time: 10 min
Cook Time: 20 min


1 1/4 lb boneless, skinless chicken thighs
1 tbsp cornstarch
2 tbsp rice vinegar
1 tbsp soy sauce
6 tbsp walnuts
2 tbsp canola oil
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 tbsp ginger, minced
4 cups zucchini, cut into strips
3 cups mushrooms, sliced
1 tsp black pepper, freshly ground
1 tbsp hoisin sauce
2 tbsp water
1 cup jasmine rice
1/2 cup green onion(s), thinly sliced

Food Safety

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  1. Cut chicken thighs into 4 and place in a medium size bowl. Mix cornstarch, rice vinegar and soy sauce together and add to chicken. Toss and marinate 20 minutes.

  2. Toast walnuts in a bowl in the microwave on high power for 2 minutes.

  3. Heat a wok or non-stick skillet until very hot. Add half the oil (1 Tbsp / 15 mL). Just before it smokes, stir-fry garlic and ginger root for 10 seconds.

  4. Add chicken pieces with marinade and stir-fry for 2 minutes or until chicken is cooked through.

  5. Add remaining oil and stir-fry zucchini and mushrooms for 2 minutes more or until tender. Stir in lots of freshly grated black pepper, hoisin sauce, water and stir-fry until chicken is cooked through and vegetables are still tender.

  6. Cook jasmine rice according to package directions in unsalted water. Time rice to be finished as stir-fry is completed.

  7. To serve, spread rice on outer edges of a platter, spoon hoisin chicken in centre and garnish with toasted walnuts and finely sliced green onions.

Nutrition Info

Per 420 g serving Amount
Protein36 g
Fat21 g
Saturated Fat3 g
Carbohydrate48 g
Fibre3 g
Sugar5 g
Cholesterol120 mg
Sodium550 mg
Per 420 g serving % Daily Value
Vitamin A10
Vitamin C50
Vitamin B649
Vitamin B1228