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Spicy Chicken & Korean Rice Cakes

with Sweet Corn, Shiitake Mushrooms & Ginger Cashews

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    35-45 mins
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    2
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    Nutrition
    Est. 700 calories
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This vibrant dish combines delightfully chewy Korean rice cakes (or “tteok”), juicy bites of chicken and tasty vegetables—including summer corn and shiitake mushrooms. The water used to rehydrate the dried mushrooms forms a subtly earthy base for our irresistible hoisin and red chile sauce (which you can tame simply by using less gochujang). For an elegant garnish, we’re sautéing crunchy, creamy cashews with a bit of fresh ginger.

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Prepare the ingredients:
1 Prepare the ingredients:

Wash and dry the fresh produce. Heat a medium pot of salted water to boiling on high. In a medium bowl, combine the mushrooms and 1 cup of hot water; let stand for at least 10 minutes. Peel and mince the ginger. Roughly chop the cashews. Peel and mince the garlic. Cut off and discard the root ends of the scallions; thinly slice on an angle, separating the white bottoms and green tops. Remove and discard the husk and silk of the corn. Cut the corn kernels off the cob; discard the cob. Pat the chicken dry with paper towels and chop into bite-sized pieces; transfer to a bowl.

Make the gingered cashews:

2 Make the gingered cashews:


In a medium pan (nonstick, if you have one), heat 1 teaspoon of olive oil on medium-high until hot. Add ¼ of the ginger; season with salt and pepper. Cook, stirring frequently, 30 seconds to 1 minute, or until fragrant. Add the cashews and cook, stirring occasionally, 30 seconds to 1 minute, or until lightly browned and fragrant. Transfer to a paper towel-lined plate; immediately season with salt and pepper to taste. Wipe out the pan.

Cook the rice cakes & chop the mushrooms:
3 Cook the rice cakes & chop the mushrooms:

Add the rice cakes to the pot of boiling water and cook 2 to 3 minutes, or until tender. Drain thoroughly and set aside. Reserving the mushroom water, using a slotted spoon, carefully transfer the mushrooms to a cutting board and finely chop.

Brown the chicken:

4 Brown the chicken:


Season the chopped chicken with salt and pepper; toss to coat. In the pan used to make the gingered cashews, heat 2 teaspoons of olive oil on medium-high until hot. Add the seasoned chicken and cook, stirring occasionally, 2 to 3 minutes, or until lightly browned.

Add the vegetables:

5 Add the vegetables:


Add the garlic, white bottoms of the scallions and remaining ginger to the pan of chicken; season with salt and pepper. Cook, stirring occasionally, 30 seconds to 1 minute, or until fragrant. Add the corn; season with salt and pepper. Cook, stirring occasionally, 30 seconds to 1 minute, or until the corn is slightly softened. Add the reserved mushroom water and cook, stirring occasionally, 5 to 7 minutes, or until most of the liquid has cooked off and the chicken is cooked through.

Finish & plate your dish:
6 Finish & plate your dish:

To the pan of chicken and vegetables, add the cooked rice cakes (rinsing under warm water to loosen just before adding), chopped mushrooms, hoisin sauce, vinegar and as much of the gochujang as you’d like, depending on how spicy you’d like the dish to be. Cook, stirring occasionally, 2 to 3 minutes, or until thoroughly combined and saucy. Remove from heat and season with salt and pepper to taste. Divide between 2 dishes. Garnish with the gingered cashews and green tops of the scallions. Enjoy!

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1 Prepare the ingredients:

Wash and dry the fresh produce. Heat a medium pot of salted water to boiling on high. In a medium bowl, combine the mushrooms and 1 cup of hot water; let stand for at least 10 minutes. Peel and mince the ginger. Roughly chop the cashews. Peel and mince the garlic. Cut off and discard the root ends of the scallions; thinly slice on an angle, separating the white bottoms and green tops. Remove and discard the husk and silk of the corn. Cut the corn kernels off the cob; discard the cob. Pat the chicken dry with paper towels and chop into bite-sized pieces; transfer to a bowl.

2 Make the gingered cashews:


In a medium pan (nonstick, if you have one), heat 1 teaspoon of olive oil on medium-high until hot. Add ¼ of the ginger; season with salt and pepper. Cook, stirring frequently, 30 seconds to 1 minute, or until fragrant. Add the cashews and cook, stirring occasionally, 30 seconds to 1 minute, or until lightly browned and fragrant. Transfer to a paper towel-lined plate; immediately season with salt and pepper to taste. Wipe out the pan.

Make the gingered cashews:

Cook the rice cakes & chop the mushrooms:
3 Cook the rice cakes & chop the mushrooms:

Add the rice cakes to the pot of boiling water and cook 2 to 3 minutes, or until tender. Drain thoroughly and set aside. Reserving the mushroom water, using a slotted spoon, carefully transfer the mushrooms to a cutting board and finely chop.

4 Brown the chicken:


Season the chopped chicken with salt and pepper; toss to coat. In the pan used to make the gingered cashews, heat 2 teaspoons of olive oil on medium-high until hot. Add the seasoned chicken and cook, stirring occasionally, 2 to 3 minutes, or until lightly browned.

Brown the chicken:

Add the vegetables:

5 Add the vegetables:


Add the garlic, white bottoms of the scallions and remaining ginger to the pan of chicken; season with salt and pepper. Cook, stirring occasionally, 30 seconds to 1 minute, or until fragrant. Add the corn; season with salt and pepper. Cook, stirring occasionally, 30 seconds to 1 minute, or until the corn is slightly softened. Add the reserved mushroom water and cook, stirring occasionally, 5 to 7 minutes, or until most of the liquid has cooked off and the chicken is cooked through.

6 Finish & plate your dish:

To the pan of chicken and vegetables, add the cooked rice cakes (rinsing under warm water to loosen just before adding), chopped mushrooms, hoisin sauce, vinegar and as much of the gochujang as you’d like, depending on how spicy you’d like the dish to be. Cook, stirring occasionally, 2 to 3 minutes, or until thoroughly combined and saucy. Remove from heat and season with salt and pepper to taste. Divide between 2 dishes. Garnish with the gingered cashews and green tops of the scallions. Enjoy!