20 Minute Cashew Chicken

Super Easy 20 Minute Cashew Chicken. So much better and healthier than takeout! A quick and easy meal that is perfect for busy weeknights!

20 Minute Cashew Chicken

20 Minute Cashew Chicken

Cashew chicken has to be one of my all time favorite take out dishes. Right alongside General Tso’s Chicken and Beef and Brocolli. Tender juicy pan fried chicken stir fried in a sticky, sweet and tangy sauce. Topped with tons of crunchy cashews.

I sautéed my chicken with red pepper and green onions. You can always sneak in some extra veggies to this dish.

I coated the chicken in cornstarch and pan fried it over really high heat. This keeps the chicken really juicy and also helps to thicken up the sauce.

For the sauce I mixed together soy sauce, brown sugar, rice wine vinegar, sesame oil and hoisin sauce. I suggest using low sodium soy sauce in this dish to control the salt level. You can always add some water to help with the salt if you only have regular soy sauce.

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How to make Cashew Chicken

  • Add chicken and cornstarch to a large ziplock bag and toss to coat the chicken.
  • Heat a large skillet or wok. Add in cashews and saute until golden brown. Remove from pan and set aside.
  • Add oil to the same pan. Add in chicken and sauté for 3-4 minutes to brown the chicken on the outside (the chicken will continue to cook in the sauce).
  • While the chicken is cooking add soy sauce, vinegar, brown sugar, sesame oil and hoisin sauce to a medium bowl.
  • Add the sauce to the chicken and stir frequently. The sauce will thicken up pretty quickly. Add in red bell pepper and cook for 2-3 additional minutes.
  • Stir in cashews and serve immediately with green onions and sesame seeds for garnish, if desired.

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20 Minute Cashew Chicken

4.13 from 8 votes
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes
Servings: 4
Super Easy 20 Minute Cashew Chicken. A quick and easy meal for busy weeknights!

Ingredients

  • 1 pound chicken breast cut into bite sized cubes
  • 1/4 cup cornstarch
  • 1 tablespoon oil
  • 4 tablespoons low sodium soy sauce
  • 1/2 tablespoon rice wine vinegar
  • 1/2 tablespoon light brown sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon sesame oil
  • 1 tablespoon hoisin sauce
  • 1 medium red bell pepper diced
  • 1 cup unsalted raw cashews
  • green onions for garnish if desired
  • sesame seeds for garnish if desired

Instructions

  1. Add chicken and cornstarch to a large ziplock bag and toss to coat the chicken.
  2. Heat a large skillet or wok.
  3. Add in cashews and saute until golden brown. Remove from pan.
  4. Add oil to the same pan.
  5. Add in chicken and sauté for 3-4 minutes to brown the chicken on the outside (the chicken will continue to cook in the sauce).
  6. While the chicken is cooking add soy sauce, vinegar, brown sugar, sesame oil and hoisin sauce to a medium bowl.
  7. Add the sauce to the chicken and stir frequently. The sauce will thicken up pretty quickly. Add in red bell pepper and cook for 2-3 additional minutes.
  8. Stir in cashews and serve immediately with green onions and sesame seeds for garnish, if desired.
Nutrition Facts
20 Minute Cashew Chicken
Amount Per Serving
Calories 406 Calories from Fat 189
% Daily Value*
Fat 21g32%
Saturated Fat 4g25%
Cholesterol 73mg24%
Sodium 736mg32%
Potassium 724mg21%
Carbohydrates 23g8%
Fiber 2g8%
Sugar 6g7%
Protein 31g62%
Vitamin A 965IU19%
Vitamin C 39mg47%
Calcium 20mg2%
Iron 3mg17%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Chinese
Keyword: 20 Minute Cashew Chicken, Chicken Breast, Easy Recipe, Take out recipes

 

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Comments - page 1/4

  • Uh, yes please! This looks so stinking tasty. Excuse me while I gather all of my takeout menus and toss them in the trash!

  • Melody

    It appears that there are some red peppers in the photos but they are not included in the recipe?

  • Raywy

    The ingredient list says nothing about red bell pepper. I wondered about that after taking a look at the photo, then, there it was in the instructions.

  • Isaac Mizrahi

    and yet…
    there’s no bell pepper(OR green onions) listed in the ingredients…

  • Jim Bryant

    This line in the instructions, “Add in red bell pepper and cook for 2-3 additional minutes.” No red bell pepper in the ingredients list but there are two listings for Sesame Seeds for garnishing.

    Otherwise, good looking recipe with room for other additions — must try.

  • Betty

    The red pepper in the instructions is not included in the list of ingredients. Should it be chopped, sliced, roasted? Also, the ingredients mention Sesame seeds for garnish twice. I think one should say ‘green onions’ instead. Despite these minor errors, it looks delicious.

  • Paula

    I’m glad I found your recipe, this was good. I used pork tenderloin and added yellow sweet pepper and onion. I added a little more rice vinegar and hoisin, and about 1/4 to 1/3 cup of water to the sauce to weaken the sauce. Served on jasmine rice cooked with half water/half coconut milk. Perfect!