I have seen a few recipes that use a spicy peanut butter sauce that have sounded pretty tasty. Since I had just invested in a jar of cashew butter I though it would be nice to try making a cashew butter sauce. I was aiming for a tasty cashew butter sauce with a nice balance of sweet, salty, tart and spicy. I decided to use the cashew butter sauce on some chicken. Of course I had to add an herb and since I was already going with some Asian flavours I decided to throw in some cilantro. The dish came together really quickly and easily. The cashew butter chicken turned out really good! The sauce was nice and creamy and flavourful. I first had the cashew butter chicken on a simple salad but I made enough to have leftovers so that I could try it in a pasta and on some rice.
2 teaspoons olive oil
1 pound chicken (cut into bite sized pieces)
1 tablespoon cashew butter
2 tablespoons soy sauce
1 lime (juice and zest)
2 cloves garlic (grated)
2 teaspoons ginger (grated)
1 tablespoon brown sugar
2 teaspoons chili sauce
1 teaspoon sesame oil
1/4 cup cilantro (chopped)
1/4 cup cashews
2 green onions (chopped)
1. Heat the oil in a pan.
2. Add the chicken and saute until cooked, about 4-7 minutes.
3. Mix the cashew butter, soy sauce, lime juice, lime zest, garlic, ginger, brown sugar, chili sauce and sesame oil in a bowl.
4. Toss the chicken and cilantro in the cashew butter sauce to coat.
5. Serve on salad, rice or pasta and garnish with cashews and green onions.
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