Cashew Chicken Gai Pat Met Ma-muang

As a seemingly obvious "Chinese" import, cashew chicken often gets dismissed as not really a "Thai" dish, but it definitely helps to balance out a meal that already has many spicy dishes. Although they make the dish look spicy, the dried chillies usually don't impart much heat to the rest of the ingredients. In Thailand, this dish is almost always mild, with little or no spiciness. Since they can be a bit tough, most people just push the chillies to the side of their plate and don't eat them. Their presence in the recipe seems to be mostly decorative, since without them the dish looks a bit dull.

Cashew Chicken
Cashew Chicken

I've jazzed up the typical recipe a little with the addition of a marinade and some sweet peppers. I also like to pan roast the cashews for use in this dish.

(Serves 4)


Chicken (breast meat)300 gcut in bite-sized pieces
Vegetable oil1 Tbsp
Garlic½ Tbspchopped
Roasted cashews110 g
Dried chillies2 largethinly sliced
Onion1 small headsliced
Red Sweet Pepper¼ Wholesliced
Spring onions20 gcut in short lengths
Orange Juice2 Tbsp
Black soy sauce1 Tbsp
Salt¼ tsp
White PepperDash
Red spur chilli1sliced
Coriander leaves

Preparation Method

  • Pour the orange juice, soy sauce, salt and pepper over the chicken and marinate for about 30 minutes.
  • Heat the oil in a wok over medium flame. Stir-fry the garlic. When it begins to color, add the chicken and continue stir-frying until the chicken is cooked through, about three minutes.
  • Add the cashews, chillies, onions and pepper. Continue cooking and stirring until the onions are soft, about four minutes.
  • When serving, garnish with the sliced spur chili, coriander leaves and some additional spring onions.
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