Sesame chicken with cashews and dates from Dinner: Changing the Game (page 45) by Melissa Clark

  • scallions
  • basil
  • chicken thighs
  • dates
  • garlic
  • fresh ginger
  • rice vinegar
  • rice wine
  • dried red chiles
  • roasted unsalted cashew nuts
  • dark soy sauce
  • toasted sesame oil

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Notes about this recipe

  • Eat Your Books

    Can substitute cilantro for basil.

  • TrishaCP on September 17, 2021

    This was a pleasant weeknight meal that worked well with ingredients that I almost always have at hand.

  • Jviney on January 26, 2021

    This was a nice healthy recipe for a weeknight. Our four- and six-year old boys loved it, as did my husband (who has been on a diet and said to me "this has got to have sugar in it" - nope, a lovely subtle sweetness from the dates). It may not be an outstanding, memorable, serve-to-company dish, but it's great for its purpose and we'll make it again. Next time, I would probably slice the garlic instead of leaving the cloves whole, and would tear larger basil leaves in half. Otherwise, I wouldn't change a thing.

  • kari500 on August 19, 2019

    I really liked this a lot. Dates add pretty much nothing, so could easily be skipped.

  • Rachaelsb on April 03, 2018

    I thought this was delicious. I used a medium sherry instead of rice vinegar which added a nice depth to it. So easy, quick and satisfying. Will definitely make again

  • mrshalf on November 01, 2017

    This is a quick weeknight meal. I think next time I'll use less oil as the last 3xs we've done it my stomach hurt after :( thighs plus oil - yikes! I love the nuts and dates added in. It's not a flavorful meal tho.

  • mfranklin125 on May 01, 2017

    Was pretty good. Nothing exciting but flavorful

  • clcorbi on April 28, 2017

    I also thought this was just okay. I was intrigued by the idea of using dates in a stirfry, and while the result was fairly tasty, I'd rather just turn back to one of my Dunlop books when I want a memorable Chinese stirfry. I also agree with the below comment that the aromatics didn't come through well--better to just mince them in.

  • Delys77 on April 22, 2017

    For us this was ok but I found the aromatics didn't really permeate the dish because they were left mostly whole. I would prefer to mince them in.

  • stockholm28 on March 23, 2017

    This is a variation of the 3 cup chicken recipe on the NYT website. It uses dates and cashews. My recipe looked nothing like the photo in the book as everything got a deep mahogany brown. Nevertheless, this was really good and the leftovers were also very tasty. Definitely worth a repeat.

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