Vietnamese Stir-fried Chicken with Nuts and California Raisins

Submitted by: Charles Phan

A quick stir-fry of chicken breasts, California raisins and nuts.



    Stir-fry Sauce

    • 1 cup chicken stock
    • 3/4 cup fish sauce
    • 3/4 cup granulated sugar


    • 2 whole boneless, skinless chicken breasts (6 ounces each)
    • Canola or peanut oil
    • Salt; to taste
    • 1/2 cup Chinese dates
    • 3/4 cup California raisins
    • 1/2 cup ginkgo nuts
    • 1/2 cup walnuts
    • 1/2 cup cashews
    • 2 tablespoons rice wine


    Stir-fry Sauce

    Mix chicken stock, fish sauce and sugar together. Cover and store in refrigerator. (Sauce can be made up to one month in advance).


    Have all ingredients ready. Cut chicken into 3/4-inch cubes. Rub with 1 tablespoon oil to coat meat and salt to taste; set aside. Soak dates and raisins in warm water for 10 minutes; drain. Boil fresh ginkgo nuts in water until tender; then peel off the outer skin or purchase already peeled. Heat a couple tablespoons of oil in pan or wok. Add walnuts and cashews; fry until golden brown. (If the walnuts taste bitter, make a new batch. You probably overcooked them). Set aside.

    Add 2 tablespoons oil to preheated wok. Heat to smoking. Add chicken cubes. Sauté until lightly browned. Drain off any excess oil. Add dates, raisins and nuts. Stir in rice wine and 3 tablespoons stir-fry sauce. (You will have extra stir-fry sauce. Keep it for future use). Cook until heated through.

    Serve over steamed rice.

    Nutrition Facts Per Serving

    Calories 450 (26% from fat); Total Fat 14g (sat 2g, mono 5g, poly 5g, trans 0g ); Cholesterol 50mg; Protein 25g; Carbohydrate 60g; (Dietary Fiber 4g; Sugars 49g; ); Iron 2mg; Sodium 2050mg; Calcium 48mg; Potassium 637mg

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