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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
  • 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
  • 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)
  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.