A bowl of this spicy noodle deliciousness is what you need for an easy weeknight dinner or when you've unexpected guests at home. Cashew Chicken Noodles has tons of flavour going on in there and you wouldn't dare order a takeout again!
I set foot in the Army Base at Pathankot after a month or so of our wedding. One of the things that I noticed first was my soldier husband calling on his immediate senior officers. He was finding out which day and time was convenient and if the lady of the house was okay with it.
'Calling on' is one of the legacies from the Olde England that we in the Indian Army and other Forces continue. This is one of the first things you do after moving to a new station. You present yourself formally attired by around 7- 7.30 pm and the host and hostess receive you, offer a drink and you engage in polite conversation. You would be offered light snacks and in half an hour or so you 'beg leave' of your hostess. It can also be a dinner where you are introduced to other members of the regiment. Here's where your good manners are established and so do you as a pucca sahib.
However, this is just the best part.
Now, when you have a husband who conveniently forgets that he has agreed to a 'calling on' and you have got a family standing on your doorstep to be invited in, all hell breaks loose. I make a dash to the kitchen and find out if I can whip up something in five minutes. The sole purpose of 'calling on' i.e. giving the hostess adequate time to be prepared is lost. That's how I came up with easy peasy recipes. Well, all thanks to him!
I have always loved experimenting with different flavors and this Cashew Chicken Noodles show up regularly around here. Noodles and stir-fries are my go-to on busy weeknights. The crunchy veggies, roasted cashews, the red-hot chilies and the juicy chicken chunks give the noodles the deliciousness that would wow your guests.
I have used plain noodles here but you can substitute with egg noodles or use gluten-free rice noodles for a gluten-free version.
Quick and easy to make, totally easy to customize with veggies and protein of your choice, and tossed with a delicious sauce, Cashew Chicken Noodles will kick up a notch ♡
Marinate and fry your chicken bites, saute the veggies and chicken, and give a good toss together with cooked noodles in the sauce and dish it up - Happiness in a bowl is ready! Substitute chicken with tofu for a vegetarian version.
Cashew Chicken Noodles Recipe:Print
Cashew Chicken Noodles
- Total Time: 30 minutes
- Yield: Serves 2
- 250 gm boneless chicken, cut into bite-sized cubes
- 200 gms Noodles of your choice
For the Marinade:
- 2 tbsp corn flour
- 2 tbsp all purpose flour
- ½ tsp crushed black pepper
- 1 tsp soy sauce
- 1 egg white
- Salt, to taste
- Oil, for frying
For the Sauce:
- 3-4 dry red chillies
- 5-6 cashew nuts
- 2 tbsp ginger garlic paste
- 1 onion, thinly sliced
- 1 capsicum/bell pepper, thinly sliced
- ½ carrot, thinly sliced
- 2 tsp soy sauce
- 3 tbsp tomato ketchup
- ½ cup water
- Chopped Spring onion greens, for garnish
- 3 tbsp oil
- Salt, to taste
- Marinate the chicken chunks and fry them in oil till golden brown.
- Cook the noodles according to the instructions mentioned on the package. Drain and run in cold water for a minute. This will ensure that the noodles have stopped cooking. Add a tablespoon of oil, toss and keep aside.
- Heat oil in a wok and roast cashew nuts and red chillies. Remove and set aside.
- To the same wok, add onions and ginger garlic paste. Cook until light brown.
- Add capsicum and toss for a minute.
- Add soy sauce and tomato ketchup. Give a quick toss and add water. Mix well and let it come to a boil.
- Add the fried chicken, carrots, roasted cashews and red chillies. Cook for a few minutes until the chicken is well-coated with the sauce and the carrots are soft.
- Add the noodles and give a quick toss to combine them all together.
- Garnish with spring onion greens and serve hot.
To ensure that the noodles doesn't stick together and becomes mushy, run in cold water for a minute. This will make sure that the noodles have stopped cooking. Add a tablespoon of oil, toss and keep aside.
- Prep Time: 0 hours
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- Category: Main Course
- Cuisine: Chinese
- Serving Size: 2
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Sitharaam Jayakumar says
I love chicken and cashew chicken noodles sure tastes yummy. And I loved the colorful picture of the army life you give.
Alice Gerard says
Interesting looking recipe. It may be a little bit too spicy for me. I do love stir fries and noodles, however.
Thanks, Alice. Adjust the amount of chilli sauce and it should be good to go!
Natasha Sinha says
I wang this NOW! Like now...
I’m going to have a very hard time trying to eat healthy with your sumptuous blog posts around Shalini.
haha! Prepare this on one of your cheat days. 🙂
I love the idea of having some quick recipes ready to go although would be stressed to have people show up for a dinner I wasn't expecting. Sounds like you are able to handle it really well.
I guess so, Karen. Five years of experience 🙂
I love your stories that precede the recipe. They are such an insight to army lifestyle which I have always felt is awesome. I can only appreciate the pics of your amazing non-veg recipes. Hope you have some veg. ones too in your store.
Thanks, Anupriya. Means a lot. Sure, I do. I also mention the vegetarian options in the recipes.
These look yummy. I had a late dinner and I am again hungry. I am surely trying these as I love easy peasy recipes.
Mission accomplished! Thanks, Deepa 😀
Tasha Duncan-Drake says
The recipe sounds amazing, but I can only imagine the panic when you suddenly have people standing on the doorstep! 🙂
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Haha! Thanks, Tasha! It's hilariously ridiculous, if you know what I mean 😛
Sounds delicious! I need to try this!
Loved the way you have styled the pictures, Shalini. They look absolutely gorgeous!
The recipe is so easy and I'm sure it will be delicious. For now, I''ll try to make a veg version of this one 🙂
Thanks, Soumya. It means a lot <3
Balaka Basu says
Whenever I read your posts, I feel like I am talking to my sister. She is also army wife and had similar tales on how she had to whip up something. She always lived in remote areas where things were not easily available and how she had to cook up a storm using whatever she had. Lovely recipe BTW.
Thanks, Balaka. Yes, it is difficult when you are posted in a remote location. You ought to make do with whatever is available 🙂
Ramya Abhinand says
Cant agree more with Vinay, Delicious, youm, but I am not on a diet like him... I happen to be vegetarian :(((
Thank, Ramya. You can try with Tofu!
Delicious recipe. And adore those chopsticks.
I tried the Beaten Coffee yesterday, couldn't make it as frothy and thick. Though it was yumm. My mom said i have to beat it faster. Needs practice.
But oh, please try beating a little faster next time? Moms are always right 🙂
Roshan Radhakrishnan says
'pinned' it 🙂 good recipe to have in the armoury for a quick meal
Thanks, Roshan 🙂
Mayuri Nidigallu says
Going to share this recipe with friends who are always short on time. Would love to make myself a bowl of deliciousness too!
Yay! Thank you, Mayuri 🙂
Surbhi Prapanna says
I always love the way you presented recipes, with a proper method and pics, and I am sure they had a great taste too. just had one request please share something veg too , would love to learn from you. please read my latest post as "C for Case taking in homeopathy ", herehttps://surbhiprapannablogs.blogspot.com/2018/04/atoz-challenge-c-case-taking-in.html
Means a lot, Surbhi. I always mention a vegetarian option too.
Well. Three of my favorite words in one title. 😀 The dish looks delicious. I'm on a diet now, but will save the recipe for future use. 😉
Haha! Sure 🙂