Cashew Chicken Stir Fry


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Cashew Chicken Stir Fry is full of sautéed chicken, veggies and crunchy cashews, all coated in a simple savory sauce. No need to order take out when you can make your own at home!

Serve this easy cashew recipe over fluffy rice or noodles.

Chicken Stir Fry with cashews and zucchini in a pan

Take Out at Home

I love a good chicken stir fry and one of my favorite take out dishes is this cashew chicken recipe! I decided it was time to learn to make it at home, and my version is cheaper, healthier and tastes better than what you’d order at a restaurant.

First let’s talk about the veggies. I make this recipe with a combination of onions, zucchini and mushrooms. You can make cashew chicken with other veggies too like

  • celery
  • green or red bell peppers
  • water chestnuts
  • broccoli
  • carrots

Cook the vegetables until tender crisp (so they aren’t soggy) and then the chicken goes into the pan.

cashew chicken stir fry with sauce in a white frying pan

How to Make Cashew Chicken Stir Fry

  • Chicken: I use boneless skinless chicken breasts for this easy chicken stir fry, which I cut into 1-inch pieces. You could also use boneless skinless chicken thighs like I do in Chicken and Broccoli Stir Fry. The chicken is cooked until golden brown, then the chicken and veggies are coated in an easy sauce.
  • Sauce: You probably have most of the ingredients for the sauce in your pantry already. The exception might be the hoisin sauce, which is available in most grocery stores in the ethnic foods section.
  • Toppings: Cashew Chicken is great topped with green onions, cilantro, fresh crisp bean sprouts.
  • Rice: Put a pot of rice on the stove to cook at the same time you start the chicken stir fry. Everything should be ready at the same time!

A bowl of cashew chicken stirfry over rice

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Crunchy Cashews

I add the cashews to this stir fry at the very end so that they stay crunchy. I typically use unsalted or low sodium roasted cashews; if you use salted cashews it could make the finished dish overly salty.

Next time you’re about to pick up the phone to order take out, try making it at home instead! This cashew chicken stir fry is easy, simple to make and totally delicious.

Finished Cashew chicken stir fry in frying pan
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Review Recipe

Cashew Chicken Stir Fry

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Servings 4 servings
Author Sara Welch
Course Dinner
Cuisine American, Asian
This cashew chicken stir fry is full of sauteed chicken, veggies, and crunchy cashews, all coated in a simple savory sauce. No need to order take out when you can make your own at home!

Ingredients

For the Stir Fry
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil divided use
  • 2 small zucchini quartered lengthwise then sliced into 1 inch pieces
  • 1 cup of mushrooms quartered
  • 1 onion coarsely chopped
  • 1 pound boneless skinless chicken breasts cut into 1 inch pieces
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 2 cloves of garlic minced
  • 1/3 cup roasted cashews unsalted or low sodium
For the Sauce
  • 1/3 cup chicken broth or water
  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon hoisin sauce
  • 1 teaspoon sesame oil
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 2 teaspoons corn starch

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Instructions

  1. Heat 1 teaspoon of the vegetable oil over medium heat. Add the onions and cook for 3-4 minutes or until just softened.
  2. Add the mushrooms and zucchini to the pan and cook for an additional 4-5 minutes or until vegetables are tender and just browned.
  3. Remove the vegetables from the pan, place on a plate and cover to keep warm.
  4. Wipe out the pan with a paper towel and add the remaining 2 teaspoons of oil. Increase the heat to medium high.
  5. Place the chicken in the pan and season with the salt and pepper. Cook for 3-4 minutes on each side or until cooked through and golden brown.
  6. Add the garlic to the pan and cook for 30 seconds.
  7. While the chicken is cooking, prepare the sauce.
  8. In a small bowl, whisk together the chicken broth, soy sauce, hoisin sauce, sesame oil, sugar and cornstarch.
  9. Return the vegetables to the pan with the chicken and pour the sauce over the top. Increase the heat to high and simmer for 1-2 minutes or until sauce has thickened. Taste and add more salt and pepper if desired.
  10. Stir in cashews and serve immediately, over rice if desired.
Nutrition Information
Calories: 289, Fat: 13g, Saturated Fat: 4g, Cholesterol: 72mg, Sodium: 822mg, Potassium: 881mg, Carbohydrates: 14g, Fiber: 2g, Sugar: 6g, Protein: 28g, Vitamin A: 230%, Vitamin C: 23.3%, Calcium: 36%, Iron: 1.7%

(Nutrition information provided is an estimate and will vary based on cooking methods and brands of ingredients used.)

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Sara

Sara lives in California with her husband and three daughters. She spends a lot of time of time in the kitchen coming up with healthy meals that her whole family will actually eat and enjoy and she involves her girls in the cooking process as much as possible. Between meals she can be found hanging out with family and friends or with a camera in her hand begging her girls to pose for a picture.

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