Chicken, Cashews & Broccoli Stir Fry*

What do you do when two friends don’t get along? And when they are two friends that you think should go perfectly together? Everyone loves each of the friends separately…yet those two just can not seem to pretend to like each other get along. They have so many things in common…like drinking, an obsession with small dogs, and loving me. So why can’t they just play nice? I have considered many options…like confronting them and telling them to put on their big girl panties. I have tried just letting it go and seeing if they finally figure it out themselves. But it is not working and I have no other decent ideas (there is one that involves a padded room and foam baseball bats but I’m not sure how to make it happen).

So I have decided to do what I have done with my stirfry and rice. They really don’t go together well. They should…since it is rice and a stir fry, which usually goes hand and hand. But since the rice has carrots and honey roasted peanuts…and the stirfry is filled with cashews and Catalina sauce…they just don’t. So what do I do? I shove them together anyways. Put them in one small space and let them duke it out. It worked for the stir fry and rice situation. Who knows, maybe it will work for the friend one too!

Make sure and check out the amazing Honey Roasted Carrot Rice!



This stir fry is my all time favorite. It is incredibly easy, fast, delicious, and completely nontraditional! It is made with Catalina salad dressing. I know that sounds insane, but trust me when I tell you it is insanely good! I actually prefer to throw this together then get take out Chinese, which is saying something because I can do some serious damage to some fake fried cream cheese Crab Rangoons. Do yourself a favor and make this tonight! It is one of those under 10 dollars, under 20 minutes, under 300 calories, must make now dinners!



Chicken, Cashews & Broccoli Stir Fry

Yield: 4 servings


2 tsp. olive oil
1 lb. boneless skinless chicken breasts, cut into thin strips
2 cloves garlic, minced
5 cups small broccoli florets
1/2 cup water
1/4 cup Catalina Dressing
2 Tbsp. lite soy sauce
1/4 tsp. cayenne pepper (optional)
1/4 tsp. crushed red pepper
1/4 cup Cashew Halves with Pieces


Heat oil in large skillet on medium-high heat. Add chicken and garlic; cook 6 to 8 min. or until chicken is done, stirring occasionally. Remove chicken from skillet; cover to keep warm.

Add broccoli and water to skillet; cover. Cook 3 to 4 min. or until broccoli is crisp-tender, stirring occasionally.

Stir in chicken and all remaining ingredients except nuts; cook 2 min. or until heated through, stirring occasionally. Toss with nuts and serve immediately.

Each serving 280 calories.

Adapted from: Kraft


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17 Responses to “Chicken, Cashews & Broccoli Stir Fry”

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    Chiara — October 19, 2010 @ 6:19 am

    I’m only a few points away from finally getting a wok with grocery store points… as soon as I’ll have it I’m going to try this stirfry, I love chicken and cashews!

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    notyet100 — October 19, 2010 @ 6:48 am

    platter looks so yum,..

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    TheKitchenWitch — October 19, 2010 @ 7:52 am

    Look at your fancy little rice tower! That is awesome!

    I had to laugh at your analogy of the stir fry and friends…I’m going to be trying both (maybe separately?) soon!

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    Melissa (MelissaLikesToEat) — October 19, 2010 @ 9:16 am

    Looks like something my whole family would love!

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    Jenna — October 19, 2010 @ 10:37 am

    The Catalina dressing does sound strange . . . especially having grown up with parents who are stirfry purists and amazing Chinese food cooks . . . but maybe I’ll take the leap. I’ve got to let this one sink in for a couple days. =) The most unlikely things can be the most delicious, and I know that well!

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    Georgia @ The Comfort of Cooking — October 19, 2010 @ 11:47 am

    That rice tower is something to be proud of, Jess, ha ha! This looks like a wonderful, delicious dinner. Thanks for sharing!

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    Evan @swEEts — October 19, 2010 @ 12:34 pm

    This definitely sounds better than the stir fry we made last night! And that rice tower?! Holy moly I’m impressed.

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    blackbookkitchendiaries — October 19, 2010 @ 12:36 pm

    what a pretty presentation:) love this.

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    X-Tina — October 19, 2010 @ 1:04 pm

    It’s like oil and vinegar. they are great on a salad and the mix is yummy. Put the two together and they just don’t mix. That’s the way chemistry works. Dont fight it, dont try to change it. Just think of your self as the ingredient that bonds everything together and concentrate on that! :)

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    Liz @ Blog is the New Black — October 19, 2010 @ 8:25 pm

    Weird, I was looking for a cashew stiry fry today. This one looks great! Thanks.

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    Sharlene — October 19, 2010 @ 10:07 pm

    The rice is gorgeous. And I think I’m going to love your twist of Catalina dressing! Also, I am obsessed with crab rangoon and have to keep myself from ordering multiple orders at a time!

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    Paula — October 20, 2010 @ 1:37 pm

    It looks so appetizing. I needed a new stir fry recipe to try out and I just found it. Great presentation!

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    Kita — October 20, 2010 @ 8:30 pm

    This looks delicious and I love the rice mold. I so wouldn’t have the coordination for that. 😀

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    Eliana — October 20, 2010 @ 10:51 pm

    This looks like the perfect combination to me. So super delicious!

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    Elizabeth — October 22, 2010 @ 4:30 pm

    This rice looks so cool! I normally think this kind of thing is too precious, but there’s just something about it. Looks great.

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    cheryl — October 30, 2010 @ 8:19 pm

    Well I did not think the ingredients sounded appealing but I thought I’d gave this a try and was so disappointed. Even more so, because I made it for a friend who I haven’t seen in awhile and looks forward to my “exceptional” meals.

    I almost stopped myself to make a different a traditional sauce with ginger, scallions, hoisin, etc, but was counting on the “try the catalina dressing” description…and the fact, I didn’t have all the other ingredients in the house. what was I thinking, I know better!

    It was flat and tasteless and my guest just poured soy sauce on her plate. I was quite embarrassed.

    And now what will I do with the rest of that bottle salad dressing? :-(

    • Jessica replied: — October 30th, 2010 @ 8:49 pm


      Hmmm really sorry you felt that way! I did say that it is completely non-traditional. I know a few people who have made it since posting this and actually really enjoyed it, so I am sorry you did not! Different strokes for different folks 😉


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