Cashew Chicken

Cashew Chicken

It’s been about 10,000 years since I last posted a take out recipe. This cashew chicken recipe actually used to be a favorite of ours, but I totally forgot about for the longest time. The first time I made it, we had it two days in a row. That’s pretty serious stuff, people. I love making my own take out at home so I can control how much salt and fat goes into the recipe. I also like to add in lots of extra veggies when I make my favorite take out dishes at home.

I made some fried rice on the side, but really, I didn’t really want/need the rice at all. The chicken and veggies on their own are all you need which makes this a great dish to make for all you low-carbers. And for all your vegetarians, omit the chicken and use tofu or just load up on more veggies! And while it may seem like a lot of ingredients, it actually comes together in about 30 minutes which is perfect for a weeknight meal. The sauce is perfect, just a touch of sweetness from the honey with a little kick from the Sriracha. This one is definitely a keeper!

Cashew Chicken

Cashew Chicken

Ingredients:

  • 2 (6-ounce) skinless, boneless chicken breast halves, cut into 1-inch cubes
  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 tablespoon canola oil
  • 1 tablespoon sesame oil
  • 2 cups broccoli florets, rinsed
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 medium yellow onion, finely chopped
  • 1 red bell pepper, sliced
  • 1 green bell pepper, sliced
  • 1/2 cup dry-roasted cashews, unsalted
  • 1 tablespoon rice vinegar
  • 3 tablespoons honey
  • 2 ttablespoons low-sodium soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon Sriracha (hot chili sauce)

Directions:

  1. In a bowl, combine the cubed chicken, cornstarch, salt and pepper. Toss until the chicken is well-coated.
  2. Heat a large skillet on medium heat. Add the canola oil and the sesame oil. Add the chicken and cook for approximately 5 minutes or until the chicken turns a light golden brown.
  3. Add the broccoli, red pepper, onion, and edamame (or peas) to the chicken and cook until crisp-tender and the chicken is cooked thoroughly.
  4. While the veggies and chicken are cooking, combine the rice vinegar, honey, soy sauce, garlic, and sriracha in a bowl. Whisk together until well-combined. Add the cashews to the pan.  Pour the mixture on the chicken and veggies and toss to coat.

Recipe from Cooking Light

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39 comments

  1. Yummy recipe and so easy to make! Thanks for sharing.

  2. Sorry about your crummy week. I had a tough week too and I was just about ready to kill someone but you know what’s getting me through the week? The fact that it’s Friday tomorrow. We’re so close! But until then, I pass you a virtual drink. Cheers to this shit week and the fact that it’ll all be over in less than 24 hrs :)

    As for this dish, I love it! Making homemade chinese takeout dishes are the best. I’ve made a lot of chinese dishes but cashew chicken has yet to be made. It’s next on my list!

  3. Sorry about the computer issues…. it makes everyone crazy and there is never a simple solution. This dish looks great and I bet it would stand a lone well without the rice.

  4. ugh. sorry to hear about the computer issues. Your dish on the other hand looks lovely. cashews and chicken have been wonderfully paired. :)

  5. Computers may be awesome but when they stuff up – grrrr moments!
    However, on a happier note, this chicken dish looks awesome and I bet the flavour combo is perfect!

    Cheers
    Choc Chip Uru

  6. Yes technology moves to fast for me! I guess that is why I have yet to shell out for a web designer, with my luck after I did it within a week I would see some new feature or thing that I wanted.
    Anyhow your dish looks very healthy and vibrant. I think this was the first dish I really had as an entree with cashews in it. Ever since then any savory stir fry with nuts or sesame has always been enjoyed. Between the ease of this recipe and the final results-this one looks like a winner. Have a great weekend!

  7. Darn computers! Hope things are going better. Bet that “homemade takeout” helped. Great recipe! Bookmarked indeed!

  8. Ugh, technology. I feel ya. I had the same problem with my research paper this week. The footnote option just didn’t want to cooperate. I love quick meals, considering I haven’t had any time to get in the kitchen and spend hours cooking. This dish looks delicious. Good luck, girlie.

  9. This looks so delicious, Stephanie! I love all the simple, easy to find ingredients you used too. Saving this to try soon!

  10. I love making my own take out because it’s cheaper and so much more healthy for you. This looks great!! I hope your computer woes stop… I have had some those too recently. Hope you have a wonderful weekend! ~ Ramona

  11. Your dish looks so great and versatile so I had to pin it … Happy Weekend :-)

  12. UGH!! Computer issues are the WORST!! But this cashew chicken looks incredible!! I always save the cashews for last ;)

  13. Yum! Love an easy and flavorful stir fry!
    I hate computers. I am lucky my husband is a techy guy!

  14. Sorry to read about all those computer glitches…major bummer! I hope things workout easier for you. Looks like you nailed Chinese take-out, the healthy way. This dish looks delicious and satisfying all around. Have a super weekend :)

  15. If this is what computer problems look like….sign me up! YUM! Seriously – I hope everything smooths out, but YUM!

  16. I feel you pain. I think my work computer hates me. Chinese food would make me feel better too though! :)

  17. A quick to make and delicious chicken dish.

  18. I have nominated you for the One lovely blog award! Stop by my blog to see the badge and the rules :) Have a good day!

  19. Hi my friend, I have nominated you for two well deserved awards :D
    Congrats!!!
    Check out this link to see and claim them: http://gobakeyourself.wordpress.com/2012/05/20/rich-berry-cherry-chocolate-cheesecake-a-guest-post/

    Cheers
    Choc Chip Uru

  20. Wow, you’re making me hungry, this totally reminds me of Panda Express!!!!

  21. This looks really delicious and it’s a pretty healthy dish to whip out rather than choosing takeouts. Thanks for sharing the recipe! :)

  22. Ugh, I feel your pain. I’m having a few issues myself…it is SO aggravating! But a quick yummy dinner like your cashew chicken could change my mood! YUMMY!

  23. Oh no! I hope this week goes better than last. Computer issues are never fun. Hopefully the cashew chicken cured the tech blues. I love cashew chicken!

  24. Sorry about the tech problems. They can be killer. I hope things look up this week. You are right about the meal. It is never the rice you want. Looks fabulous!

  25. Ugh. There is nothing more frustrating than broken technology! Hope this upcoming week is a better one :) I am all about simple dinners these days, and this one is perfect!

  26. oh my! I have this feeling right now to rip the monitor and eat that recipe. so yummy!

  27. Stephanie … You have been nominated for my NEW Food Stories Award for Excellence in Storytelling. Check out my site for the details (foodstoriesblog dot com).

  28. If it’s any consolation, I think your computer karma is not as bad as mine… You see, in the last 4 years I’ve managed to break or break down 3 personal laptops and 2 at work… I must say, comfort food is always a good cheer up :) Lovely dish!

  29. Awwww, sorry you had a bad week technologically, Steph.

    My husband would absolutely LOVE this dish. He loves Asian food (as do I) and adores anything with cashews( i don’t share that love unfortunately so I’d make this and give him my cashews) . This looks wonderful!

  30. I’ve been there several times and I know how difficult and frustrating it can be. I am sure this chicken rewarded you for the trouble you went through! Looks so delicious!

  31. I hate weeks like that. Some days just stink, no other way to put it.

    This dish sure would be a great mood changer. It’s gorgeous.

  32. This cashew chicken looks wonderful! I love easy dinner like this that has meat, some veggies, and rice. Totally great weeknight dinner we can make! I’m having some computer issues while I type too… router is having some issues and I don’t know how to fix it. Grr…. I wish I’m not technologically challenged.. :/

  33. I love homemade versions of great take out! I don’t feel bad about having seconds or thirds if I know that it’s not overloaded with grease/salt. Great recipe!

  34. I was going through my Cooking Light mag last night and decided to make it for dinner. I used gluten-free soy sauce instead… It was delicious!!

  35. Technology is the WORST, isn’t it? It’s always flubbing up when you need it to work!

    Your dish looks amazing!

  36. I’m confused, how does 6 ounces of uncooked chicken breast possibly yield 4 servings? 90% of your serving would be vegetables with about 2 tiny pieces of chicken in it. 6 ounces would yieled about 4 ounces cooked, which is basically 1 serving of chicken. Am I missing something here? I would think for 4 servings, you should be using 1 pound of uncooked chicken breast.

    • Hi Cindy. It’s actually 2 6-ounce chicken breasts. I apologize if this was confusing. I updated the ingredient list so it is hopefully more clear now.

  37. I am at 37 weeks and all of a sudden craving Chinese like crazy. This is perfect since I don’t want to keep getting take out.

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