Cashew Chicken

  • Cashew Chicken is a take-out classic. This homemade version is fast, easy, and so much better! Tender chicken, tender crisp vegetables, and crunchy cashews coated in an addictive sauce!

    Overhead view of cashew chicken in a cast iron skillet garnished with green onions. Red napkin off to the side.

    Making homemade take-out really is just as fast as ordering it and once you’ve nailed a recipe you won’t want take-out again. Just keep a few Chinese staple ingredients in your pantry and you can make homemade take-out anytime!

    Reasons to love this Cashew Chicken:

    • It can be on your table in 20 minutes or less
    • No hard to find ingredients- just a few Chinese staples
    • It tastes so much better than take-out
    • Homemade can also be a healthier alternative because you control how much oil, sodium, and sugar is in the recipe!
    All the ingredients to make this chicken stirfry.

    Ingredients:

    CHICKEN: I am using chicken breast for this recipe but you may also use thighs.
    BELL PEPPER: Use any color you like!
    CASHEWS: For an extra boost of flavor you can toast the cashews before starting the recipe.

    GINGER AND GARLIC: Found in almost every Chinese dish
    GREEN ONION
    WATER, SOY SAUCE, HONEY, CORNSTARCH, SESAME OIL, AND CHILI PASTE:
    All used for the delicious sauce to coat the chicken

    Three photos showing how to make cashew chicken.

    How to make Cashew Chicken:

    This is a really simple and fast dish. I strongly recommend making the sauce first so it’s ready when you need it. Also, prep all your ingredients before you get started.

    SAUCE: Start by whisking together all the sauce ingredients and set aside.

    CHICKEN: In a large skillet cook the chicken, bell pepper, ginger, and garlic over medium to medium high heat just until chicken is cooked through.

    FINISHING THE DISH: Stir in the cashews, green onions, and the sauce. Cook until it just starts to thicken then remove from heat.

    Overhead view of stirfry on a plate with white rice. Red napkin off to the side.

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    5 from 5 votes
    Overhead view of stirfry on a plate with white rice. Red napkin off to the side.
    Cashew Chicken
    Prep Time
    10 mins
    Cook Time
    10 mins
    Total Time
    20 mins
     

    Cashew Chicken is a take-out classic. This homemade version is fast, easy, and so much better! Tender chicken, tender crisp vegetables, and crunchy cashews coated in an addictive sauce!

    Course: Main
    Cuisine: Chinese
    Keyword: 30 minutes or less, easy chicken dinner, easy homemade take-out
    Servings: 6
    Calories: 406 kcal
    Author: Malinda Linnebur
    Ingredients
    • pounds (680g) chicken breast, cut into bite sized pieces
    • 1 large bell pepper, large dice
    • 2 teaspoons grated ginger
    • 2 cloves garlic, minced
    • 1 cup (125g) cashews
    • 4 green onions, cut into ½" pieces
    SAUCE:
    • ¼ cup (60ml) water
    • ¼ cup (60ml) soy sauce
    • 1 tablespoon cornstarch
    • 3 tablespoons honey
    • 1 teaspoon sesame oil
    • 1 teaspoon chili paste (or more to your liking)
    Instructions
    1. Whisk together the sauce ingredients; set aside.

    2. Heat 1 tablespoon of oil in a large skillet over medium to medium high heat. Cook the chicken, pepper, ginger, and garlic until the chicken is no longer pink.

    3. Stir in the cashews, green onion, and sauce. Cook just until the sauce starts to thicken then remove from heat.

    Recipe Notes
    1. STORAGE: Keep leftovers in the refrigerator for up to 4 days. Freezing is not recommended. 
    2. This is a really simple and fast dish. I strongly recommend making the sauce first so it’s ready when you need it. Also, prep all your ingredients before you get started.
    3. For an extra boost of flavor toast the cashews before starting the recipe. 
    Nutrition Facts
    Cashew Chicken
    Amount Per Serving
    Calories 406 Calories from Fat 189
    % Daily Value*
    Fat 21g32%
    Saturated Fat 4g25%
    Trans Fat 1g
    Cholesterol 73mg24%
    Sodium 468mg20%
    Potassium 783mg22%
    Carbohydrates 25g8%
    Fiber 2g8%
    Sugar 12g13%
    Protein 32g64%
    Vitamin A 217IU4%
    Vitamin C 26mg32%
    Calcium 33mg3%
    Iron 4mg22%
    * Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet. Since different brands of ingredients have different nutritional information, the information shown is just an estimate.
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