Chicken with Cashews

Author: Canadian Living

Cashew trees grow abundantly in much of India, and the nuts are used many ways, here as the thickening as well as flavouring agent in a rich, creamy sauce typical of the delicately flavoured cooking of northern India. This type of mild sauce thickened with nuts is known as korma.

  • Portion size 6 servings

Ingredients

  • 1 1/4 cup raw cashew
  • 6 green cardamom pods
  • 6 whole cloves
  • 3/4 teaspoons peppercorns
  • 3/4 teaspoons cumin seeds
  • 12 chicken thighs (4 lb/2 kg)
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 2 onions chopped
  • 4 cloves of garlic minced
  • 1 tablespoon minced gingerroot
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon turmeric
  • 1 cup chicken stock
  • 2/3 cups whipping cream
  • 1 teaspoon garam masala
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice

Method

On rimmed baking sheet, toast cashews in 350°F (180°C) oven until golden, about 8 minutes. Let cool.

Meanwhile, lightly crush cardamom pods; reserve seeds and discard pods. In large skillet, toast cardamom seeds, cloves, peppercorns and cumin seeds over medium heat, stirring, until slightly darkened, 1 minute. Transfer to bowl; let cool.

In spice grinder or clean coffee grinder, or using mortar and pestle, grind cooled spices with 1 cup (250 mL) of the cashews; set aside.

Remove skin from chicken; trim off any excess fat. In skillet, heat oil over medium-high heat; brown chicken, in batches, 5 to 10 minutes. Transfer to plate.

Add onions, garlic and ginger to pan; cook over medium heat, stirring occasionally, until softened, about 5 minutes. Add reserved spice mixture, cinnamon, cayenne pepper, salt and turmeric; stir until combined. Add stock.

Return chicken and any accumulated juices to pan; bring to boil. Reduce heat, cover and simmer until juices run clear when chicken is pierced, about 40 minutes.

Blend in cream, garam masala and lemon juice; heat through. (Make-ahead: Let cool for 30 minutes; refrigerate until cold. Cover and refrigerate for up to 24 hours; reheat to serve.) Garnish with remaining cashews.

Nutritional facts <b>Per serving:</b> about

  • Sodium 436 mg
  • Protein 28 g
  • Calories 446.0
  • Total fat 31 g
  • Cholesterol 129 mg
  • Saturated fat 10 g
  • Total carbohydrate 15 g

%RDI

  • Iron 26.0
  • Fibre 0.0
  • Folate 15.0
  • Sodium 0.0
  • Sugars 0.0
  • Calcium 6.0
  • Protein 0.0
  • Calories 0.0
  • Total fat 0.0
  • Vitamin A 11.0
  • Vitamin C 10.0
  • Potassium 0.0
  • Cholesterol 0.0
  • Saturated fat 0.0
  • Total carbohydrate 0.0
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