Cheesecake Factory’s Spicy Cashew Chicken

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Spicy Cashew Chicken - Spicy, sweet, crispy & crunchy, this dish is everything you could hope for and more in a chicken dish. Straight from the restaurant's menu, this is a really spicy Mandarin-Style chicken dish with scallions and roasted cashews.Spicy, sweet, crispy & crunchy, this dish is everything you could hope for and more in a chicken dish. Straight from the restaurant’s menu, this is a really spicy Mandarin-Style chicken dish with scallions and roasted cashews. It is crispy while being coated in this amazing sauce thanks to the light texture of the tempura style batter and the rice flour. One of the most popular items on their menu, this recipe is authentically from the Cheesecake Factory, shared with a local news channel.

Ok, I know what you are thinking…wow this recipe is full of a ton of ingredients and looks like it takes forever. It is true, there are more steps than normal, definitely more ingredients than I normally use and the set-up does require a number of bowls. Yes, this dish is officially high maintenance. But then you see this…Spicy Cashew Chicken - Spicy, sweet, crispy & crunchy, this dish is everything you could hope for and more in a chicken dish. Straight from the restaurant's menu, this is a really spicy Mandarin-Style chicken dish with scallions and roasted cashews. at the end of all that work and you forget about all the steps and all the ingredients and all the dirty dished. OR, you’ve actually been to the Cheesecake Factory and enjoyed this dish, so you know that while it may take a while to make, you would make it even if it took twice as long. It is just. THAT. GOOD.

To Make Seasoned Rice Flour: Mix the ingredients into a bowl together.
To Make the Batter: Combine all the ingredients together, in a bowl over ice. Keep COLD.
To Make the Sauce: Combine the sauce ingredients together and mix well.
To Make the Dish: Toss the chicken with the seasoned rice flour. Spicy, sweet, crispy & crunchy, this dish is everything you could hope for and more in a chicken dish. Straight from the restaurant's menu, this is a really spicy Mandarin-Style chicken dish with scallions and roasted cashews.
Put the batter into a large bowl with the chicken. Carefully combine the two until well coated.Spicy, sweet, crispy & crunchy, this dish is everything you could hope for and more in a chicken dish. Straight from the restaurant's menu, this is a really spicy Mandarin-Style chicken dish with scallions and roasted cashews.
Heat the canola oil in a large pan or wok on medium high. Spicy Cashew Chicken - Spicy, sweet, crispy & crunchy, this dish is everything you could hope for and more in a chicken dish. Straight from the restaurant's menu, this is a really spicy Mandarin-Style chicken dish with scallions and roasted cashews. Add the chicken pieces to the pan, and cook 3 minutes on each side until browned and crispy. Break apart any pieces that stay stuck together.Spicy Cashew Chicken - Spicy, sweet, crispy & crunchy, this dish is everything you could hope for and more in a chicken dish. Straight from the restaurant's menu, this is a really spicy Mandarin-Style chicken dish with scallions and roasted cashews. Add the sauce and cashews into the pan. Add in the chicken and green onions.  Toss all the ingredients together until well coated. Let cook for 30 seconds to a minute for the sauce to thicken. Spicy Cashew Chicken - Spicy, sweet, crispy & crunchy, this dish is everything you could hope for and more in a chicken dish. Straight from the restaurant's menu, this is a really spicy Mandarin-Style chicken dish with scallions and roasted cashews.
Garnish with sesame seeds, parsley and crushed cashews. Serve with Perfect Brown Rice, Every TimeSpicy Cashew Chicken - Spicy, sweet, crispy & crunchy, this dish is everything you could hope for and more in a chicken dish. Straight from the restaurant's menu, this is a really spicy Mandarin-Style chicken dish with scallions and roasted cashews.

Spicy Cashew Chicken - Spicy, sweet, crispy & crunchy, this dish is everything you could hope for and more in a chicken dish. Straight from the restaurant's menu, this is a really spicy Mandarin-Style chicken dish with scallions and roasted cashews.
Spicy, sweet, crispy & crunchy, this dish is everything you could hope for and more in a chicken dish. Straight from the restaurant's menu, this is a really spicy Mandarin-Style chicken dish with scallions and roasted cashews.
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Cheesecake Factory's Spicy Cashew Chicken

Spicy, sweet, crispy & crunchy, this dish is everything you could hope for and more in a chicken dish. In a spicy hoisin sauce, topped with crunchy cashews and topped with scallions this is one of the best Asian chicken recipes you'll find in a restaurant. One of the most popular items on their menu, this recipe is authentically from the Cheesecake Factory, shared with a local news channel.
Course Main Dish
Cuisine Asian
Prep Time 45 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 5 minutes
Author Dinner, then Dessert

Ingredients

  • 1/3 cup canola or vegetable oil
  • 1 1/2 pounds chicken breast , cut into bite size chunks
  • Seasoned Rice Flour , ingredients below
  • Rice Flour Batter , ingredients below
  • Spicy Soy-Sherry Sauce , ingredients below
  • 8 ounces Cashews , chopped or crushed
  • 6 green onions , cut into 1/4" pieces
  • 2 teaspoons White Sesame Seeds
  • 2 teaspoons Fresh Parsley , chopped
  • Perfect Brown Rice , Every Time to serve with meal

Seasoned Rice Flour

  • 3/4 cup Rice Flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon Kosher Salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon Ground Black Pepper
  • 1/8 teaspoon Paprika
  • 1/8 teaspoon Baking Powder

Rice Flour Batter

  • 1 1/2 cups Rice Flour
  • 1/4 cup All-Purpose Flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon Kosher Salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon Ground Black Pepper
  • 1 1/2 cups Ice Water

Spicy Soy-Sherry Sauce

  • 1 cup Hoisin Sauce*
  • 1/4 cup Soy Sauce*
  • 1/4 cup Sherry Wine
  • 2 tablespoons Red Wine Vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon Sriracha sauce
  • 1/4 cup Granulated Sugar
  • 2 ounces Fresh Garlic , minced
  • 1/4 teaspoon Crushed Red Chili Flakes

Instructions

  1. To Make Seasoned Rice Flour: Mix the ingredients into a bowl together.
  2. To Make the Batter: Combine all the ingredients together, in a bowl over ice. Keep COLD.
  3. To Make the Sauce: Combine the sauce ingredients together and mix well.
  4. To Make the Dish:
  5. Toss the chicken with the seasoned rice flour.
  6. Put the batter into a large bowl with the chicken.
  7. Carefully combine the two until well coated.
  8. Heat the canola oil in a large pan or wok on medium high.
  9. Add the chicken pieces to the pan, and cook 3 minutes on each side until browned and crispy.
  10. Break apart any pieces that stay stuck together.
  11. Add the sauce and cashews into the pan. Add in the chicken and green onions.
  12. Toss all the ingredients together until well coated.
  13. Let cook for 30 seconds to a minute for the sauce to thicken.
  14. Garnish with sesame seeds, parsley and crushed cashews.

Recipe Notes

Recipe adapted from ABC News courtesy of the Cheesecake Factory.

Dinner then Dessert TIPSMost of the ingredients in this recipe are easy enough to find. If you have trouble finding rice flour, use cake or pastry flour. In a pinch you can even substitute half all purpose flour and half cornstarch. Spicy Cashew Chicken - Spicy, sweet, crispy & crunchy, this dish is everything you could hope for and more in a chicken dish. Straight from the restaurant's menu, this is a really spicy Mandarin-Style chicken dish with scallions and roasted cashews.

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