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

  • 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.
  • 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.
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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  • Sadie E Edwards

    comes out nothing like the photo, I’m really disappointed in this recipe there are many better ones on yummly

  • Mary

    I used slivered almond as I didn’t have cashews and tasted just as good! A also added red pepper slivers and broccoli to up the veggies and turned out great!!!

  • Hi Sadie,

    I am so sorry that you did not enjoy this recipe.

    Thank you for your feedback!

    Kelley

  • Cam

    Well is the red bell pepper in the ingredients and you have a déjà vu moment on the sesame seeds.

  • Hi Bettie,

    Thanks so much! I would divide the recipe in half or quarter it. (It depends on how big your chicken breast is). So if you have a 4 ounce chicken breast quarter the rest of the ingredients and you’ll be good.

    Hope this helps! Thanks,

    Kelley

  • Hi Betty,

    Sorry about that. Thank you for pointing it out. You want to use 1 medium red bell pepper, diced. I have added into the ingredient list.

    Thank you & Enjoy!

    Kelley

  • Hi Jim,

    Sorry about that. Thank you for pointing it out. You want to use 1 medium red bell pepper, diced. I have added into the ingredient list.

    Thank you & Enjoy!

    Kelley

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