June 10th, 2010

Easy Cashew Chicken

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When a delicious meal like this Easy Cashew Chicken comes together in 20 minutes and everyone cleans their plates, you know it’s going in the favorites file! 

The hardest thing about this dish is remembering to thaw your chicken.

Easy Cashew Chicken

You also need to remember to start your rice well ahead of time if you’re planning to serve that as a side dish. Because this cashew chicken comes together that fast!

It really does add great flavor to use toasted cashews, and it’s easy to do. Just cook them in a 350 degree oven for about 10 minutes.  This step can be done ahead of time, and really makes the dish!

I really love the simplicity of this dish, and the fact that my kids clear their plates without complaining!

And it’s so easy to add vegetables, like carrots, broccoli, peppers and mushrooms to make it a complete meal.

Easy Cashew Chicken

Serves 4     adjust servings

Tender chicken and toasted cashews in an Asian inspired sauce. Ready in 30 minutes or less!


  • 1 1/2 pounds boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cut into 1-inch cubes
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 6 cloves garlic, minced
  • 8 scallions, sliced, white and green parts separated
  • 2 tablespoons rice vinegar
  • 3 tablespoons hoisin sauce
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 3/4 cup raw cashews, toasted
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • White rice, for serving (optional)


  1. In a medium bowl, toss chicken with cornstarch until chicken is coated. Season with salt and pepper.
  2. In a large skillet, heat the oil over medium-high heat. Cook the chicken, tossing often, for 3-5 minutes.
  3. Add garlic and white parts of scallions to the skillet. Continue cooking until chicken is browned, about 3 minutes more.
  4. Add vinegar and cook until evaporated, about 30 seconds.
  5. Stir in hoisin sauce and 1/4 cup water.
  6. Cook and stir until chicken is cooked through. Remove from heat.
  7. Stir in scallion greens and toasted cashews. Serve immediately over white rice, if desired.
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Who Dished It Up First: Adapted from Martha Stewart’s Everyday Food: Great Food Fast



  1. so glad to see this dish love cashew chicken cant wait to try it!!! thanks for sharing

  2. This is my husbands favourite Asian dish so I make it here quite a lot, but I have never used hoisin sauce-what a mistake! I can imagine that it provides an enormous amount of taste. Thanks for this great recipe!

    Best wishes,

  3. This really looks and sounds delicious, Danelle. It’s also easy to do which makes it a triple find. Easy,fast and delicious is hard to beat. I hope you are having a wonderful day. Blessings…Mary

  4. I love cashew chicken but can never get my homemade version to taste as wonderful as takeout. I’m thinking it’s the hoisin sauce. It’s going on the grocery list right now!

  5. HUGE cashew chicken fans here! This looks as good as good can be 🙂


  6. Definitely a recipe we will love. Thanks for sharing it!


  7. Your recipe looks and sounds wonderful! Chicken and cashews are such a wonderful combination.

  8. Martha does it again! This dish sounds wonderful and so pretty with the sliced green onions on top.

  9. I made this for my family last month and we all had seconds. It was so good! I’m making it again tonight. Thanks for the terrific recipe!


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