Slow Cooker Cashew Chicken

Thursday, November 19, 2009

When the temperatures in Texas dip down below freezing at night, its time to bring out the crock pot. Nothing is better than the smell of sweet red bell peppers slow cooking while you cozy up on the couch with blankets, babies, and a movie. Its heavenly.

Slow Cooker Cashew Chicken

You will need:
-1 tablespoon smart balance (butter, oil, whatever)
-1 small onion
-1 bag of frozen pepper strips
-2 small cans of mushrooms (drained)
-1/4 cup soy sauce
-2 cups chicken broth (we make our own and keep it in the freezer)
-4 chicken breasts
-1 cup unsalted cashews
-2 tablespoons tapioca starch (corn starch would probably work the same)
-rice or pasta

How you cook it:
-Heat oven to 375, cook chicken breasts for 40 minutes.
-After chicken cools, cut it up, and slide it from the cutting board, right into the crock pot.
-Heat up butter in pan, cook onion (everybody knows how to cook an onion, right?)
-Toss in thawed bell pepper strips. Cook about 5 minutes.
-Remove onion and peppers from heat, pour into crock pot.
-Pour in broth, and soy sauce. Stir it all up.
-Put the lid on, set it to low, cook for 4-6 hours.
-About 30 minutes before you're ready to serve your chicken, take a couple of scoops of warm broth from the slow cooker, and blend it with your plain cashews in your blender or food processor.
-Stir cashew paste into chicken mixture.
-Stir in tapioca to help thicken.
-Serve on top of rice or pasta when you're ready!

This make a lot (obviously, if it uses 4 chicken breasts), but we don't make things in small batches here in our house. We buy in bulk, we cook in bulk. Expect to have leftovers. Delicious leftovers.


MariaSoleil November 19, 2009 at 6:34 AM  

This sounds incredibly yummy...and normal sounding for you Tia. Where is the tofu??

Johanna November 19, 2009 at 6:47 AM  

this sounds awesome! i'm bookmarking this post!

The Momma November 19, 2009 at 7:12 AM  

That sounds really good minus the red pepper part. For some reason, despite my love for them, they sadly don't seem to like me so much :(

NessaGurl November 19, 2009 at 8:29 AM  

sounds really yummy. I've already broken out our crock pot for the cold weather season. I love it. I'll have to try this recipe.

Lauren November 19, 2009 at 8:37 AM  

This sounds fabulous! I need to find our crockpot. If we do in fact have one...

Giggly November 19, 2009 at 9:10 AM  

Ooohhh, Gonna have to try this! Thanks for posting the recipe. :)

Christina November 19, 2009 at 9:33 AM  

Sounds delicious! I love cashews and love when it's used in recipes!

joyfully gray November 19, 2009 at 10:31 AM  

When we get back from Germany and moved into our new house ... this tops the list of things to cook.

soul_searching_mama November 19, 2009 at 12:46 PM  

I have a love affair with my slow cooker and I am continually looking for new recipes and excuses to use it. :) This sounds like a delicious dish and I am looking forward to trying it out! Thanks for sharing! :)

ElegantSnobbery November 20, 2009 at 5:39 PM  

YAY! I JUST bought my very first slow cooker and haven't made a single thing yet... gonna make me summa this!

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