Cashew Chicken

Cashew Chicken with moist chicken, crunchy cashews, and tender-crisp snow peas in a savory brown sauce is easy to make and super tasty. This stir-fry dish uses simple pantry ingredients and cooks in one pan; perfect for busy weeknights!

Thank goodness for easy stir-fries; we get to enjoy fabulous meals without a lot of effort. If you’re looking for an easy-to-prep dish for busy weeknights, this cashew chicken recipe is for you!

It has a simple list of ingredients, is ready in minutes, and cooks in one pan, yet it tastes like the best takeout from your favorite Chinese restaurant. Or better.

Sauce Ingredients

For this chicken cashew recipe, I use my tried and tested brown sauce made of light soy sauce, oyster sauce, Chinese cooking wine, cornstarch, sugar, and pepper. This fabulous concoction is my go-to sauce for all my favorite stir-fry dishes, such as this beef and corn and this shrimp and snow peas.

It’s a base recipe you can easily tweak to suit your tastes. Want it sweeter? Adjust the amount of sugar. A little spicy? Toss in a dash of red pepper flakes or a dollop of Sriracha sauce.

How to Roast Cashews?

An essential component of this chicken stir-fry is the cashews. Make sure to toast them to bring out their best flavor and aroma. Here are three ways to roast them:

  • In the oven: Arrange the cashews in an even layer on an ungreased baking sheet. Bake in a 350 F oven for about 8 to 10 minutes or until golden. For even browning, stir the nuts or shake the pan halfway through roasting. Remove from the oven and transfer to a container immediately. Let cool.
  • On the stovetop: Heat a wide, ungreased pan over medium heat. Add a single layer of cashews and roast, frequently stirring, for about 1 to 2 minutes or until golden brown are golden brown and give off a toasty aroma.
  • In the microwave: Spread nuts in a single layer on a flat microwaveable dish. Microwave on HIGH in one-minute intervals, stirring after each minute until they are crunchy and have a toasty fragrance.
  • How to serve and store?

  • Serve with steamed rice and chow mein for a Chinese take-out feast right in your own home!
  • If making ahead for future meals, add the cashew nuts when ready to serve for the best texture.
  • Allow to cool completely and store in an airtight container. It will keep in the fridge for up to 3 days or in the freezer for up to 2 months.
  • Reheat in a wide pan over medium heat to an internal temperature of 165 F. Or microwave at 2 to 3-minute intervals until heated through, stirring well between intervals.
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