Cashew Chicken

You guys, I love a good Asian dish!!! Unfortunately, when you eat out there tends to be way more sodium than one should ever consume. Maybe some MSG too! I like to play around with soy sauce and some other items to recreate my favorite Asian dishes at home. I made this last week, I loved it and it was  husband approved!

What You Need:

1 lb boneless, skinless chicken breast

1 bell pepper, diced (I prefer red or orange or half of each)

1 bunch of green onions, chopped

1/2 cup of cashews, crushed (I prefer to put these in a baggie and crush them with a meat mallet but you could do them whole)

1 tbsp arrow root powder (for paleo folks) or cornstarch

a pinch of salt

coconut oil (about 1 -2 tbsp – you could use olive oil if that is what you have on hand)

For the Sauce:

1/3 cup soy sauce or coconut aminos (for paleo)

1/4 cup rice vinegar or coconut vinegar (for paleo)

3 cloves minced garlic

3 tbsp palm sugar or honey or brown sugar (whatever you have on hand, palm sugar for paleo)

2-3 tbsp no salt added tomato paste

1/2 tsp red pepper flakes

1/2 tsp ground ginger

What You Do:

–Heat coconut oil on medium heat and add the pepper. Cook for about 3-5 minutes to soften. While that is cooking, dice your chicken, and mix with the salt and arrow root powder. Set aside the bell pepper in a small bowl, and add the chicken to the skillet.

–Cook the chicken through, about 10-12 minutes.

–While the chicken is cooking, mix all the ingredients for the sauce in a bowl and set aside. Crush  your cashews.

–Once the chicken is cooked through, add your sauce, green onions and cashews and simmer on low for five minutes.


I like to serve this with a side of “fried rice” (brown rice and egg cooked in a wok with olive oil) or stir fried veggies.

This meal is so easy and delicious and comes together quickly on a week night!


What is your favorite Asian dish?

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  • Reply Andrea @ Living On Cloud Nine April 19, 2016 at 8:23 am

    Now this looks amazing!! I just bought some cashews too!! My family would devour this so I better make two for me and one for them. Bha ha ha!!

  • Reply Biana @ Blovedboston April 19, 2016 at 8:42 am

    I so wish I could make this because it looks amazing but gary is allergic to cashews… I could sub in peanuts to still make it!!! 🙂 xo, Biana –BlovedBoston

  • Reply Amanda Elizabeth - Meet at the Barre April 19, 2016 at 8:58 am

    I bought the one from TJ’s a little while ago and didn’t like it. Definitely would like to try out this healthier version!

  • Reply Courtney B April 19, 2016 at 9:05 am

    Yummmmm!! This sounds amazing!! And the perfect recipe to throw in a few more veggies that I normally wouldn’t be able to get Mia (or Eric, haha) to eat! Definitely putting this on the dinner menu! Thanks for sharing!!

  • Reply Rebecca Jo April 19, 2016 at 9:23 am

    I just found some vegan chicken nuggets that I could probably use to make this! I love cashews mixed in with Chinese veggie dishes – YUM!

  • Reply Jana @ Jana Says April 19, 2016 at 10:03 am

    I make this exact recipe on the regular. Just a few days ago, in fact. After the first time, my husband said we never need to go out for Chinese food ever again.

  • Reply Lindsay Latimer April 19, 2016 at 10:38 am

    This looks delish! I also love Asian food but tend to avoid it due to the high sodium, etc. But I can certainly get on board with this!

  • Reply SMD @ Life According to Steph April 19, 2016 at 10:39 am

    I hate paying a ton for chinese food. Making it at home is awesome!

  • Reply Katy April 19, 2016 at 11:06 am

    This looks delicious!!!

  • Reply Kate @ Green Fashionista April 19, 2016 at 11:15 am

    YUMMMMMM this looks amazing! I’m totally craving this for lunch now 😀

  • Reply Jenn @ Optimization, Actually April 19, 2016 at 12:59 pm

    This sounds good. I’m trying to round up some healthy recipes to keep myself motivated for meal planning so thanks for this! I actually just tried my hand at chili for the first time (chicken) and it turned out way better than I was expecting! My cooking confidence is dangerously high!

  • Reply Erin LFF April 19, 2016 at 1:14 pm

    Ooh YUM! I’m weird in that I really don’t like most Chinese restaurants, but when we make something with an asian flair at home I always love it! Haha- I will save this one for sure, sounds and looks delish!

  • Reply Ashley @ The Wandering Weekenders April 19, 2016 at 1:41 pm

    That sounds and looks so delicious! We’ve made the Skinnytaste Kung Pao Chicken with Zoodles, which sounds pretty similar to your recipe. You could try serving it over zoodles too, if you wanted “noodles” instead of rice.

  • Reply chelsea jacobs April 19, 2016 at 3:20 pm

    This sounds delicious!

  • Reply kristen April 19, 2016 at 4:02 pm

    this looks SO good. i never thought about crushing nuts instead of eating them whole, i don’t like whole nuts in meals. okay so seriously, anything with cornstarch always makes me think nope. i have it in my pantry but i’ve never actually cooked with it because i’m such a beginner i am sure i would screw it up. but this does look really yummy. i love asian food SO much. all of it, any which way, i will eat it.

  • Reply Emily @ Martinis & Bikinis April 19, 2016 at 4:14 pm

    This looks and sounds amazing! I too just love all the Asian food. Thai is probably my favorite but I love trying new types dishes. Plus the ingredients seem nice and healthy so that’s a plus!

  • Reply caitlin @ candyfloss & persie April 19, 2016 at 5:09 pm

    YUMMMMMMMMERS. I love me some cashew chicken!!!!!!! This looks amazing.

  • Reply Jess April 19, 2016 at 8:08 pm

    I could definitely trade the chicken for tofu. That looks delicioussss!

  • Reply Cara April 20, 2016 at 8:13 am

    Yum! This looks delicious! I’ve never ate cashew chicken, but I’m going to make it now! 🙂

  • Reply Rach @ This Italian Family April 20, 2016 at 3:07 pm

    Oh yum! That looks delicious! I love recreating meals at home. 🙂

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