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Super Simple Cashew Chicken

An easy cashew chicken recipe that is delicious and a real crowd pleaser. Tender chicken, flavorful sauce, and of course those delicious crunchy cashews make this take-out, fake-out a family favorite.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time15 mins
Total Time25 mins
Course: Chicken, Main Dish
Cuisine: Asian
Keyword: cashew chicken, super simple
Servings: 4 servings
Calories: 981kcal
Author: Rachael


  • 1 1/2 pounds boneless skinless chicken breasts, cut into pieces about an inch
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch
  • 1/3 cup vegetable oil


  • 2 Tbs minced garlic
  • 1 Tbs scallions white parts
  • 2 Tbs rice vinegar
  • 3 Tbs hoisin sauce
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 3/4 cup roasted salted cashews


  • Toasted sesame seeds
  • Green parts of scallions


  • Cut chicken into bite sized chunks
  • In a medium bowl, whisk one egg, and then toss chicken in it.
  • Remove chicken pieces and put in a gallon size plastic bag
  • Add in corn starch or flour, shake to coat well.
  • Heat vegetable oil in a skillet over medium-high heat
  • I used my Anolon Panbecause it cooks evenly and is large enough to give the chicken plenty of room to cook.
  • Cook chicken in oil for 2-3 minutes, then flip and cook 2-3 minutes on the other side.
  • Add garlic and white parts of scallions, and stir fry for 1 minute.
  • Add in rice vinegar and cook for another minute
  • Pour hoison sauce and water over the top, and stir, cooking another couple minutes until sauce is thick and chicken is cooked through
  • Stir in roasted salted cashews, and serve immediately, garnish with green parts of scallions and toasted sesame seeds if desired.


Calories: 981kcal | Carbohydrates: 8g | Protein: 132g | Fat: 43g | Saturated Fat: 22g | Cholesterol: 407mg | Sodium: 496mg | Potassium: 2220mg | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 75IU | Vitamin C: 1.6mg | Calcium: 46mg | Iron: 3.5mg