The inspiration for Chipotle Cashew Chicken with Brown Rice came from the early days of the Food Network. Those were the day when they aired so many inspiring recipes you didn’t know which one to try first. What intrigued us was that this recipe is a fusion of Mexican and Asian cuisine. The recipe is easy and once you line up your ingredients, the cashew chicken stir fry comes together quickly. It’s a fantastic weeknight dish and we know it will become a family favorite. It’s certainly a favorite of ours.
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Every night after dinner Honey and I would sit and watch the Food Network. You’d think that we wouldn’t want to watch anything to do with food after eating but we enjoyed the inspiration.
This particular night Rachel Ray came up with such an unusual combination we were enthralled. The minute the cashew chicken episode finished, we couldn’t wait to gather the ingredients and make the recipe!
The ingredient seasoning combination piqued our interest:
- soy sauce
- maple syrup
Ahhhh! We miss those days!
The stars that inspired us
Those were the days when you were on a first name basis with the Food Network show’s star, after all you were in their kitchens up close. They were your friends, your muse.
There was Mario who toured Italy with his brother on that little scooter. Those were fascinating episodes that showed you the process Italians took to make their delicious products such as Prosciutto di Parma and Parmigiano Reggiano.
What we would have given to be seated at Mario’s kitchen bar when he prepared meals for his friends, explaining all the while about the dish and its history!
Of course there was Emeril who made cooking fun and entertained us with his humor. His Cajun accent just added to the charm of the show. We’ve used quite a few of his recipes and he’s been an inspiration for so many more. The brine for our Perfect Roast Turkey is an Emeril adaptation.
Oh for smell-a-vision.
We certainly can’t forget Ina who made tasty meals while waiting for Jeffrey, her husband, to get home. It was always — he’s going to love this.
We made her roasted broccoli and it was so easy and everyone couldn’t believe the flavor just by roasting the veggie.
Her parties on her beach were always so special, wish we could have been on her A-list.
Young stars came on the food scene
And how about Giada? Oh my gosh, she would be speaking perfect English and then all of sudden she would find an Italian word with double “r’s” and she’d roll her “r’s” for at least a minute.
If by chance her mamma or zia were on, you’d never knew what was going to happen.
We enjoyed her Rotini with Fresh Lemon and Tomatoes. She really got us thinking about taking a recipe and making variations.
Bobby Flay, Tyler Florence, and Guy Fieri were fresh, young, and enthusiastic about everything they made and that enthusiasm was contagious. I remember one recipe we adapted from Guy Fieri – it was our Spicy Teriyaki Chicken Wings. It was a huge family hit!
Women no longer ruled the kitchen and the air waves. Both men and women now wanted to get back into the kitchen to create.
Chipotle Cashew Chicken a superb weeknight dish
Now Rachel Ray was the girl next door. She wasn’t a chef but she’d learned how to cook and she always tried short cuts. She giggled and made acronyms, like EVOO, and her dishes were all done in 30 minutes.
The Chipotle Cashew Chicken with Brown Rice is adapted from a Rachel Ray recipe. We like it so much we often make this easy stir fry. The combination of ingredients such as the maple syrup and honey with chipotle in adobo may sound strange but they come together beautifully!
This is one super easy cashew chicken recipe and it makes quite a bit so invite some family or friends in to share.
There is an Italian saying that says: A tavola non si invecchia which translates “At the table with friends and family you don’t become old”.
Tutti a tavola è pronto
Un caro saluto e alla prossima.
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We can attest that Canadian Syrup is truly thick and delicious. We really love it! You can definitely tell the difference between good organic maple syrup and the cheap imitation stuff. The maple syrup were using now was a gift and whenever we finish the jug, we’ll be ordering some more.
Chipotle Cashew Chicken With Brown Rice
This recipe is one you’ll want to eat all weekend for breakfast, lunch, or dinner. It has the perfect combination of sweet and spicy, running the full gamut of flavor from Mexican to Asian. Invite friends and family over, this makes quite a bit and believe me they will be forever grateful. And don’t worry about the ingredient length. Once you get them measured it takes no time at all to go from start to delicious finish. Be sure and take a bow when they flood you with compliments.
Chipotle Cashew Chicken with Brown Rice
- 1 tablespoon extra- virgin olive oil
- 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
- 1 large onion 1/4 onion finely chopped, 3/4 thinly sliced
- 2 cups quick cooking brown rice
- 4 cups chicken stock
- 2 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
- 2 pounds chicken meat: skinless boneless thighs what we use or you can use chicken tenders, boneless, skinless breasts, cut into 2-inch pieces
- 2 tablespoons grill seasoning blend recommended: Montreal Steak Seasoning blend by McCormick
- 3 tablespoons tamari dark soy sauce
- 4 cloves garlic chopped
- 1 red or green bell pepper seeded and thinly sliced
- 15 water chestnuts sliced
- 1 cup frozen peas
- 3 tablespoons chipotle in adobo 2 peppers in their sauce mashed up to make the amount needed
- 1 tablespoon ground cumin
- 2 tablespoons honey
- 1/4 cup real maple syrup
- 3 tablespoons cilantro
- 1 cup raw cashews plus more for garnish.
- In a medium pot over medium heat combine 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil and 1 tablespoon butter. When butter melts into oil, add in the chopped onion, cook 2 minutes, then add rice and cook 3 minutes more. Add stock and cover the pot. Raise heat to bring stock to a rapid boil. Once the stock boils, reduce heat to low and cook, stirring occasionally, until rice is tender, 17-18 minutes.
- While rice cooks, make the chicken. Heat a large skillet over high heat. Add the 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, then the chicken. Season the chicken with grill seasoning. Brown the chicken on all sides, season with soy sauce then remove chicken and set aside. In the same pan add the remaining 1 tablespoon of butter and add the remaining onions, garlic and peppers. Cook 2 to 3 minutes then add water chestnuts, green peas , the chicken and mix together.
Add the chipotles and cumin. Toss to coat. Glaze the mixture with honey and maple syrup and turn off the heat.
- Add in the chopped cilantro and the cashew nuts
- Top rice with cashew chicken and serve.
- If desired, sprinkle each dish with additional cilantro and cashews
- ** If you can't find the chipotle in adobo you can substitute 11/2 tablespoons ground chipotle powder.
- Have all the ingredients prepared ahead of time and the steps fall together easily.
- Adapted from a Rachel Ray recipe: www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/rachel-ray/chipotle-cashew-chicken-with-brown-rice-recipe/
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