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Cashew Chicken in a Sola Wok

The First Wok-Cooked Meal in My Sola Challenge

Though I’ve never been to Thailand, I am totally sold on Thai cooking. I’ve always enjoyed eating Thai food, but the challenge of cooking it only goes back about five years when a friend returned from a holiday in Thailand and shared her experiences gained in a traditional Thai cooking course, together with some fantastic recipes.

I almost always use a recipe when cooking – and almost always don’t stick to it. This recipe is no exception, but it is based on a traditional Asian recipe.

I have cooked Cashew Chicken many times, and always in a wok. But the Sola wok, challenged Willem Huisamen, isn’t just any wok. So what better way to test this assumption than to cook something I know well?

Ingredients for about 6 people

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Dried red chillies
  • 500g (about 1 lb) raw chicken breast off the bone, sliced into strips
  • 2 tbsp coconut oil (or any other vegetable oil you prefer cooking with)
  • 2 large (more if they aren’t large) cloves of garlic, chopped
  • 2 or more dried red chillies, chopped (I dry my own)
  • 1 large red pepper, seeded and thinly sliced
  • 2 tbsp oyster sauce
  • 1 tbsp soy sauce (preferably naturally brewed Tamari)
  • 1 tsp brown sugar (optional)
  • 4-6 spring onions, coarsely chopped
  • 175 g (about 6 oz) raw cashew nuts
  • Coriander leaves (also known as cilantro and dhania) to garnish (optional)

How to Make Your Cashew Chicken

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Heat the coconut oil in your wok and then add the garlic and chillies; cook until golden
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Now add the chicken and stir-fry until it changes colour. Add the sliced red pepper and continue stir-frying for a few minutes. You can add a few splashes of water if you need to – but if you’re cooking in a Sola wok you won’t need to.
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Now add the sauces and sugar and stir-fry till almost done.

The nuts and spring onions are the last ingredients to add to the Cashew Chicken. I like to use raw cashew nuts and let them cook in the sauces for a short while. If you prefer you can use roasted cashews and simply sprinkle them on top with the spring onions and coriander as a triple garnish.

Serve hot with a mixed salad on the side. You could also serve with coconut rice, or even noodles.

Okay, so I agree wholeheartedly that the Sola wok isn’t just any wok!

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