Chicken in a Cashew Nut Sauce
A delicious chicken recipe from 5 Spices, 50 Recipes.
3 tablespoons canola oil, divided
1 large yellow onion, thinly sliced
3/4 cups water, divided
4 ounces finely ground raw unsalted cashews
1 teaspoon fresh grated ginger, about 2" piece
1 teaspoon finely grated garlic, about 2 cloves
1/2 teaspoon cayenne
1 tablespoon unsalted butter
1 1/2 teaspoon salt
4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
1/2 cup plain whole or low fat yogurt, whisked
1. Heat 2 tablespoons oil in a medium skillet and fry the onion until well browned. Cool slightly and then use a food processor to grind the onions with 1/4 cup water, cashews, ginger, garlic and cayenne until it forms a thick, smooth paste.
2. In a large saucepan, heat the remaining 1 tablespoon oil with the butter. Add the cashew-onion paste and stir constantly over medium heat, deglazing the pan by adding a few tablespoons water and using a spatula to loosen the browned bits until the sauce has browned evenly. This should take about 5 minutes.
3. Thin out the sauce with the remaining 1/2 cup water and stir in the salt. Add the chicken and turn to coat well with the sauce. Simmer, covered, over low heat until the chicken is cooked through, about 8 to 10 minutes. Carefully turn the breasts once during cooking.
4. Remove the chicken breasts to a serving dish. Gently stir the yogurt into the sauce and pour over the chicken breasts. Serve.