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Immune Booster

Stir-Fried Chicken with Cashew Nuts

Story

This dish has its origins in a Sichuan specialty known as “Gong Bao Ji Ting” or “Palace Guard’s Chicken”. With a combination of sweet, sour and salty flavors and a spicy kick, the dish has been around since the reign of Emperor Xiang Feng of the Qing Dynasty. A Guizhou nobleman by the name of Dingbaoji loved to eat fried chicken with dried chili and peanuts and whenever he hosted a party, he ordered his chef to prepare this dish for the guests. Dingbaoji later served the country until he was appointed as a guardian by the royal court, hence the name of this dish.

The dish can be found in Chinese restaurants all over Thailand and over the years and was later modified by stir-frying cashews instead, hence the name Chicken Stir-Fry with Cashew Nuts.

Health Benefits

‘Stir-fried Chicken with Cashew Nuts’ has main ingredients like ‘cashew nut’ which is rich in the mineral zinc that helps boost immunity, and ‘Onion’ has a high content of quercetin, which is effective against COVID-19 pathogens.

  • ‘Onion’ is effective against Covid-19 pathogens.
  • ‘Cashew Nuts’ help strengthen immunity and nourish the nerves, is an anti-depressant.
  • ‘Sweet pepper’ reduces mucus, makes breathing easier. It also helps prevent infections in the mouth, nose, and throat area.
  • ‘Chicken meat’ provides protein to strengthen immune system function.*

Ingredients

  • fried chicken thigh 150 gr
  • onion (diced) 30 gr
  • bell pepper 50 gr
  • spring onion 5 gr
  • cashew nut 30 gr
  • soy sauce 20 gr
  • oyster sauce 27 gr
  • thai chilli paste 30 gr
  • sugar 10 gr
  • white pepper 1 gr
  • fried dried chili 2 gr
  • garlic chopped 15 gr

Directions

Slice the chicken thigh, bell pepper, onion, spring onion, garlic into bite-sized pieces.

Season the chicken with salt and pepper and then dip in wheat flour to coat, fry in oil until cooked throughout and drain. Stir-fry garlic and dried chili until they release an aroma and then add the remaining ingredients and stir-fry.

Flavour with soy sauce, chili paste and sugar and then toss in cashew nuts.

Stir-fry until all ingredients are thoroughly and consistently combined and serve.

Reference
*Food-navigator.com. Fight COVID-19 with dairy? China industry associations issue consumption guidelines to build immune resistance. Turkish Dietetic Association. Turkish Dietetic Association’s Recommendations on Nutrition and COVID-19
**Read SA, et al. The Role of Zinc in Antiviral Immunity. Advances in Nutrition. 2019;10:696–710; doi: https://doi.org/10.1093/advances/nmz013
***Kawata A, et al. Anti-inflammatory Activity of β-Carotene, Lycopene and Tri-n-butylborane, a Scavenger of Reactive Oxygen Species. In Vivo. 2018; 32(2): 255–64