Spicy Garlic Cashew Chicken

By Chef #529588 on August 06, 2007

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    1. 1 cup cashews, roasted, salted
    2. 6 tablespoons cilantro, chopped ( include stems)
    3. 1/4 cup olive oil
    4. 4 garlic cloves, roughly chopped
    5. 2 tablespoons soy sauce
    6. 2 teaspoons brown sugar
    7. 1 -2 jalapeno pepper, sliced
    8. 1 lime, juiced, plus lime wedges for garnish
    9. 2 lbs chicken thighs


  1. In a blender or food processor, blend together the cashews, cilantro, oil, garlic, soy sauce, brown sugar, jalapeño, lime juice, and 2 tablespoons of water.
  2. Blend until a smooth paste.
  3. Add salt and pepper to taste.
  4. Reserve a third of the marinade for serving with the chicken.
  5. Use the rest for coating the chicken.
  6. Sprinkle salt and pepper all over the chicken pieces.
  7. Coat the chicken pieces with the marinade.
  8. Chill for an hour or two.
  9. Bring to room temperature before cooking.
  10. Preheat broiler or grill.
  11. Broil or grill chicken, turning frequently, until golden and crisp and a meat thermometer reads 175°F when inserted into the thickest part of the thigh (not touching a bone), or when the juices run clear (not pink) when cut into with a knife.
  12. About 20 to 30 minutes.
  13. Serve with lime wedges, reserved marinade, and cilantro.