Better-Than-Takeout Cashew Chicken

I’ve shared many peanut chicken recipes but never one for cashew chicken.

I don’t know what I was waiting for because this dish is easy, ready in 20 minutes, and loaded with flavor and so much texture from the vegetables and cashews.

Better-Than-Takeout Cashew Chicken - Juicy chicken, crisp-tender vegetables, and crunchy cashews coated with the best garlicky soy sauce!! Skip takeout and make your own restaurant-quality meal that's easy, ready in 20 minutes, and healthier!!

It tastes as good as the cashew chicken you’d get at your favorite Asian restaurant. Actually it’s better. Not that I’m partial or anything.

The chicken is sautéed with sesame oil for depth of flavor before adding broccoli, red bell peppers, edamame, and garlic. The vegetables stay crisp-tender which is exactly the way I like them. If you prefer green bell peppers or other vegetables, mix and match as you see fit.

Better-Than-Takeout Cashew Chicken - Juicy chicken, crisp-tender vegetables, and crunchy cashews coated with the best garlicky soy sauce!! Skip takeout and make your own restaurant-quality meal that's easy, ready in 20 minutes, and healthier!!

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The dish is finished with cashews of course and a wonderful sauce that’s made with soy sauce, honey, rice wine vinegar, ginger, and Asian chili garlic sauce. It’s kept in the Asian section of my regular grocery store. The heat from the chili garlic sauce really makes the chicken come to life without being overly hot and spicy, but if you’re sensitive to heat and spices, scale back as you see fit. The sauce helps keep the chicken moist and tender and clings to the veggies beautifully.

I loved how fast and easy dinner came together and it’s going into our regular rotation. No need for takeout when homemade tastes so good.

Better-Than-Takeout Cashew Chicken - Juicy chicken, crisp-tender vegetables, and crunchy cashews coated with the best garlicky soy sauce!! Skip takeout and make your own restaurant-quality meal that's easy, ready in 20 minutes, and healthier!!

Better-Than-Takeout Cashew Chicken

This dish is easy, ready in about 20 minutes, and loaded with flavor and so much texture. It’s better than what you’d get at a restaurant. The chicken is sautéed with sesame oil for depth of flavor before adding broccoli, red bell peppers, edamame, and garlic. The vegetables stay crisp-tender and the dish is finished with cashews and a wonderful sauce that’s made with soy sauce, honey, rice wine vinegar, ginger, and chili garlic sauce. The heat from the chili garlic sauce makes the chicken come to life without being overly hot and spicy. The sauce helps keep the chicken moist and tender and clings to the veggies beautifully.

Ingredients:

  • 3 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • about 1.25 pounds boneless skinless chicken breasts, diced into 1-inch pieces
  • 2 tablespoons sesame oil
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 2 heaping cups broccoli florets
  • 1 cup red bell peppers, diced small
  • 1 cup shelled frozen edamame
  • 2 cloves garlic, finely minced or pressed
  • 1 cup unsalted dry-roasted whole cashews
  • 3 tablespoons low-sodium soy sauce
  • 2 tablespoons honey, or to taste
  • 1 tablespoon rice wine vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon Asian chili garlic sauce, or to taste (found in the Asian section of the grocery store)
  • 3/4 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 3/4 to 1 cup green onions, sliced into thin rounds (from about 3 or 4 green onions)

Directions:

  1. To a gallon-sized ziptop bag, add the cornstarch, salt, pepper, chicken, seal, and shake to coat chicken evenly.
  2. To a large skillet, add the oils, chicken, and cook for about 4 to 5 minutes over medium-high heat, flipping and stirring so all sides cook evenly. Chicken should be about 80-90% cooked through.
  3. Add the broccoli, bell peppers, edamame (I add it straight from the freezer), garlic, and stir to combine. Cook for about 3 to 4 minutes or until vegetables are crisp-tender and chicken is cooked through; stir intermittently. While vegetables cook, make the sauce.
  4. To a medium bowl add the soy sauce, honey, rice wine vinegar, chili-garlic sauce, ginger, and whisk to combine; set aside.
  5. Add the cashews to the skillet and stir to combine.
  6. Add the sauce and stir to combine. Allow sauce to simmer over medium-low heat for 1 to 2 minutes.
  7. Add the green onions, stir to combine, and serve immediately. Chicken is best warm and fresh but extra will keep airtight in the fridge for up to 5 days.
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60 comments on “Better-Than-Takeout Cashew Chicken”

  1. I tried to pin this but it failed to pin.

  2. Can this be served with pad thai noodles?

  3. Averie

    Thanks you sooooo much for the delicious Cashew Chicken recipe…….

    DELICIOUS!!!!!!

    It’s Yummy….I substituted carrots for broccoli………

  4. Cashew chicken was amazing. I had to substitute apple cider vinegar for the rice vinegar and I also used siracha instead of the chili sauce simply because that is what I had in my cabinet, but both acceptable and good substitutes. I added water chestnuts and bamboo shoots. Next time I may double the sauce, but so happy I came across this recipe flavorful and fresh, thank you!

    • Thanks for trying the recipe and I’m glad it came out great for you! Love that you used what you had on hand, including working in some water chestnuts and bamboo shoots, of which I love both!

  5. Made this for dinner last night – boyfriend and I wanted to make cashew chicken, but I hate using vegetable oil (it’s so hard to dispose of after) so we found this one on Pinterest. Came out VERY tasty! I am eating the leftovers as I type this, actually :). We considered adding mushrooms too as a veggie (although ultimately did not), and we did leave out the edamame, but we used red + green bell peppers and the broccoli. Thanks for the recipe!

  6. I definitely wanted more sauce, great recipe overall!

  7. Great dish. Made it with turkey breast which worked well, also used baby broad beans instead of edamame. Will make again with a bit more sauce. Thank you

  8. Hi Averie……! i love cashew and chicken & cashew combo its really amazing, i will make it from your recipe….Thanks for the sharing and keep shared your new recipe and amazing ideas…!

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