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Cashew Chicken Stir Fry

Time to face facts: you're a Cashew Chicken Stir Fry person now. This delicious dish delivers on flavor AND fills you up at the same time.

This is a skillet full of healthy cashew chicken stir fry. There is a mixture of rice, colorful bell peppers, green onions, cashews, and a sauce.

What is cashew chicken stir fry?

You know cashew chicken as a menu staple at just about every Chinese restaurant in the United States. At its best, the rich nuttiness from the cashews teams up perfectly with tender bites of chicken in a delicious sauce. Cashew chicken stir fry takes these stars of the show and gives them a supporting cast of crispy peppers, green onions, and rice. Sound like a winner? It is.

Cashew chicken stir fry

This cashew chicken stir fry doesn’t aim to recreate the takeout experience—though there are people who can teach you to do that. Instead, I’m taking inspiration from the concept and putting it together in a way that’s quick, easy, and able to serve you all week.

This is cashew chicken stir fry. There is a skillet filled with rice, bell peppers, chicken, green onions, cashews, and a sauce. There is a small white place with the cashew chicken stir fry and a fork.

What does cashew chicken taste like?

This cashew chicken stir fry is great because it delivers on taste, texture, and—in the right hands—nutrition. For taste, like many stir fry dishes, the final flavor is a beautifully melded combination of each individual component, bonded together by the sauce that’s used to cook the dish. For texture, the chew of the chicken and the hearty mouthfeel of cashews balance each other perfectly. Add the snap of some delicious peppers, and you’ve got an idea of the multi-sensory experience you’re in for with this.

What is in cashew chicken?

This recipe doesn’t have much more than meets the eye, and that’s a good thing (for our wallets and our time). Here’s a breakdown of the ingredients list:

  • Chicken
  • Olive Oil
  • White Rice
  • Cashews
  • Bell Peppers
  • Optional: sesame seeds & green onions

Sauce

  • Hoisin sauce
  • Water
  • Soy sauce
  • Garlic
  • Ginger

How do you make chicken stir fry with cashew nuts?

As with the ingredients list, the recipe itself is blessedly simple. It’s only 7 steps (including the super important final step)!

  • Add the sauce ingredients together in a small bowl. Whisk together and then set aside.
  • Heat up a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add olive oil.
  • Place the pieces of chicken into the skillet, sprinkle with salt and pepper, and cook. Use a spoon to stir chicken and cook until internal temp is 165 or browned and cooked through.
  • Add the chopped bell peppers to the skillet. Stir occasionally until peppers are desired tenderness.
  • Cut the heat to low and add the cashews, rice, and sauce to the skillet. Stir so that the sauce coats everything in the skillet. Keep on a low heat for about 2 minutes so the sauce can thicken.
  • Take the skillet off the heat and top with green onions and sesame seeds.
  • Enjoy!

What can I add to stir fry for flavor?

In any stir fry, the sky’s the limit for what you can do with sauce and heat. I personally feel like I’m still learning how to not drown everything in flood of sauce so that the ingredients get to speak for themselves.

This recipe is a good example of that effort.

The combination of soy sauce, hoisin sauce, and water that forms the base of the liquid for the stir fry isn’t overpowering, but it does bring the dish together.

How to store stir fry

This is one of those meals that keeps on giving. It’s great fresh out of the skillet, but the flavors really sit together and make for some really awesome leftovers (or a really good candidate for meal prep).

This is a skillet full of healthy cashew chicken stir fry. There is a mixture of rice, colorful bell peppers, green onions, cashews, and a sauce.

Are cashews good for you?

Nuts can boast a surprisingly excellent nutritional profile—cashews are no exception. Like anything else, there are ways to make them a bit less beneficial, like pouring on the oil or salt when roasting them. However, the healthy fats and protein they provide work really well in this recipe.

Is stir fry good for you?

There are plenty of ways to make a healthy stir fry! Focus on protein, a lot of veggies, and a little bit of sauce for a balance of the protein, carbohydrates, and fats macronutrients. This stir fry leaves me feeling fueled and energized compared to a takeout stir fry.

How many calories are in cashew chicken?

A serving of this stir fry has 434 calories. It has 46g of carbs, 42g of protein, and 13g of fat.

This is a skillet full of healthy cashew chicken stir fry. There is a mixture of rice, colorful bell peppers, green onions, cashews, and a sauce.

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This is a skillet full of healthy cashew chicken stir fry. There is a mixture of rice, colorful bell peppers, green onions, cashews, and a sauce.
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5 from 12 votes

Cashew Chicken Stir Fry

Time to face facts: you're a Cashew Chicken Stir Fry person now. This delicious dish delivers on flavor AND fills you up at the same time.
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time30 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: sesame chicken, stir fry
Servings: 6
Calories: 434kcal
Author: Jordan Smith

Equipment

  • skillet

Ingredients

  • 1.5 lbs chicken cut into 1 inch pieces
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 cup rice cooked
  • 1 cup cashews
  • 3 bell peppers cut into 4 inch strips
  • optional: sesame seeds & green onions

Sauce

  • ½ cup hoisin sauce
  • ¼ cup water
  • 2 tbsp soy sauce
  • 1 tbsp garlic
  • 1 tsp ginger

Instructions

  • Add the sauce ingredients together in a small bowl. Whisk together and then set aside.
  • Heat up a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add olive oil.
  • Place the pieces of chicken into the skillet, sprinkle with salt and pepper, and cook. Use a spoon to stir chicken and cook until internal temp is 165 or browned and cooked through.
  • Add the chopped bell peppers to the skillet. Stir occasionally until peppers are desired tenderness.
  • Cut the heat to low and add the cashews, rice, and sauce to the skillet. Stir so that the sauce coats everything in the skillet. Keep on a low heat for about 2 minutes so the sauce can thicken.
  • Take the skillet off the heat and top with green onions and sesame seeds.
  • Enjoy!

Nutrition

Serving: 9oz | Calories: 434kcal | Carbohydrates: 46g | Protein: 42g | Fat: 13g

Recipe Rating




Emily

Sunday 5th of December 2021

This was so good. The whole family loves it. My son couldn’t wait to take the leftovers to school for lunch.

Anita Peters

Tuesday 30th of November 2021

This is another of our Jordo's favorites, on repeat! So tasty and just as good as any local Cashew Chicken takeout that we're going to find! And I can add extra peppers and chicken to boost veggies and protein! Excited for the lunch leftovers today!!

Tovey Painter

Monday 29th of November 2021

A family favorite. Love this recipe!

Alley Ray

Friday 26th of November 2021

LOVE this recipe. I’m always craving something like this. It makes a lot of sauce, so I use extra rice and chicken and use it for meal prep. This will be a staple in our house from now on!

Saretta Holler

Monday 25th of October 2021

I make this weekly for my boyfriend who loves it. So easy and quick, I even use frozen peppers!