Saturday, September 1, 2012

Homemade takeout!

  A long weekend is here! I love Fridays for many reasons, but mostly because it's our comfort food day! We eat yummy comforting dinner, and we eat a lot of it. All bets are off, all diets forgotten and there is no guilt! Fridays in our household are famous for Chinese takeouts full of egg rolls, wontons and shrimp, but this time we decided to make our own takeout dish, featuring one of my favorite nuts. I made cashew chicken with celery and pineapple. Here is the recipe that was supposed to make 4 servings, but... well Friday servings somehow are much bigger and we ended up with only two!

*  2 cups cooked rice
*  1 chicken breast, cubed
*  3 celery stalks, chopped
*  1 small can pineapple chunks
*  1 large onion, chopped
*  1 garlic clove, minced
*  3/4 cup cashews
*  1 tbsp olive oil

*  1/4 cup low sodium soy sauce
*  pineapple juice (from small can)
*  1/2 cup red wine
*  1/4 cup honey
*  2 tbsp red wine vinegar
*  1 tsp corn starch
*  pinch of salt

1. Whisk all the ingredients of the sauce together, set aside.
2. In a skillet, heat the olive oil, add onions and garlic, and cook for 2-3 minutes.
3. Add chicken,celery,pineapple chunks and cashews, and cook everything for 5-6 minutes.
4. Add sauce, reduce the heat and simmer everything for few minutes until chicken is completely cooked and sauce thickened.
5. Serve over a bowl of rice.

   I think I cheated a little bit and took majority of the cashews. What can I say, those are my favorite nuts and they make dish super yummy. Pineapple is a little tangy, honey is super sweet, and the wine is so aromatic! I just couldn't resist seconds...and thirds...and ... yeah, definitely comfort Friday!


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