Total Time
Prep 25 mins
Cook 10 mins

This is the cashew chicken dish I served when I owned my restaurant. It's adapted from "The Chinese Menu Cookbook" by Hush and Wong.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. *Hoisin sauce is available in Asian markets.
  2. It's made with beans, flour, garlic, etc.
  3. This is the stuff they serve with mu shu pork that they call plum sauce.
  4. It is, in fact not plum sauce and doesn't look or taste anything like plum sauce.
  5. Marinade (10- 20 minutes).
  6. Sub other vegetables if you want.
  7. Heat the oil in wok; carefully add chicken and stir unti just cooked.
  8. (This shouldn't take more than 90 seconds to two minutes).
  9. Remove to a sieve and let the oil drain into a bowl.
  10. Reheat the wok and add a tablespoon or two of the oil.
  11. Stir fry the vegetables until just cooked.
  12. Return chicken; stir in hoisin adding a little chicken stock if too dry.
  13. Stir in nuts& sesame oil.
  14. Serve immediately with steamed rice.
  15. Note: this dish doesn't have a lot of gravy, just the hoisin that coats the chicken and vegetables.
Most Helpful

Probably the best Chinese I've ever cooked. I didn't have the hoisin sauce, but even without, it was terrific.

Karen from Montana October 30, 2002

I love this dish! It's very tasty. My family loved it.

Upsidedown Again August 27, 2002

This was incredible! The first time I've ever made Chinese food that was anything like restaurant-quality. My whole family inhaled it, and I can't wait to have the leftovers (of which there wasn't much) for lunch tomorrow. I added some soy sauce along with the hoisin at the end, and put garlic and ginger in the chicken marinade.

Julie B. July 30, 2012