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Walnut chicken (1985)

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With seasonings like ginger, garlic and red pepper, this easy walnut chicken recipe from the 80s makes a delicious dinner with a little Asian flair.

The vintage inspiration: Crisco’s Walnut chicken with broccoli from 1985

Vintage 80s recipe for Walnut chicken

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Walnut chicken (1985)

Walnut chicken with broccoli

Yield: 4 servings
Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 50 minutes

With seasonings like ginger, garlic and red pepper, this easy walnut chicken recipe from the 80s makes a delicious dinner with a little Asian flair.


  • 5 tablespoons vegetable oil, divided
  • 5 teaspoons soy sauce, divided
  • 3 teaspoons cornstarch, divided
  • 2 whole boneless chicken breasts, skinned, cut into 1-inch pieces
  • 1/2 cup chicken broth
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried red pepper
  • 1 medium onion, cut into 1-inch pieces
  • 1 clove of garlic, minced
  • 1/2 pound broccoli, cut into 1-inch pieces
  • 1 red bell pepper, cut into 1-inch pieces (optional)
  • 1/2 cup chopped walnuts
  • Hot cooked rice


  1. Mix 1 tablespoon Crisco oil, 2 teaspoons soy sauce, and 1 teaspoon cornstarch in a small bowl.
  2. Stir in chicken to coat.
  3. Cover and refrigerate 30 minutes.
  4. Meanwhile, mix chicken broth, ginger, remaining 3 teaspoons soy sauce, and 2 teaspoons cornstarch.
  5. Set aside.
  6. Heat remaining oil in large skillet.
  7. Stir fry refrigerated chicken mixture and dried red pepper over medium high heat till chicken is no longer pink.
  8. Remove chicken from skillet.
  9. Stir fry onion, garlic and red bell pepper in skillet until onion is tender.
  10. Add broccoli, stir fry until tender.
  11. Add chicken and broth.
  12. Cook, stirring constantly, until thickened. Stir in walnuts.
  13. Serve with rice.

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Nutrition Information:
Yield: 4 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 452Total Fat: 29gSaturated Fat: 3gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 25gCholesterol: 52mgSodium: 550mgCarbohydrates: 24gFiber: 4gSugar: 4gProtein: 25g

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