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Light & EASY Cashew Chicken Recipe

This cashew chicken is a  yummy recipe to make homemade Chinese food. Making chinese food from scratch not only helps eliminate MSG for those of us who have an averstion to it, but also allows us to control the ingredients better to eat quality, nutritious ingredients. This cashew chicken recipe is super easy to make, light and healthy too! My family loves the cashew chicken sauce and I love the extra protein in the chicken with cashew nuts.

This cashew chicken is a  yummy recipe to make homemade Chinese food. Making chinese food from scratch not only helps eliminate MSG for those of us who have an averstion to it, but also allows us to control the ingredients better to eat quality, nutritious ingredients. This cashew chicken recipe is super easy to make, light and healthy too! My family loves the cashew chicken sauce and I love the extra protein in the chicken with cashew nuts. 

Cashew Chicken

Cashew chicken is one of our favorite foods is Chinese food! It is easy to make, loaded with vegetables, and tastes fantastic. Plus my husband loves using his new wok that makes cooking and clean-up a breeze. This chicken cashew stir fry has a light, but flavorful sauce, healthy vegetables like broccoli, mushrooms, and red peppers, plus juicy chicken. This cashew chicken recipe has a satisfying crunch with the nuts and is super delicious too! Plus this chicken and cashew stir fry is not only healthy, but super easy to whip together for a weekday dinner. So take 20-30 minutes tonight and whip up a batch of this cashew stir fry.

chop up 1 lb chicken breast

Cashew chicken recipe

Heat 1 Tablespoon oil in large skillet or wok (like we do) . Season with salt and pepper and then set chicken aside.
HINT: With a Wok the trick is to get the pan hot, then heat the oil, swish it around to coat and then cook meat (or veggies) while tossing to cook evenly.
chop onions

Cashew stir fry

Next chop your onion, broccoli, red peppers, and garlic.

cook broccoli, red peppers, onion, and garlic in wok

Chicken and cashew stir fry

Heat another Tablespoon of oil in your pan and cook broccoli, onion, red pepper, and garlic for about 5-7 minutes until starting to get soft, but still a little crunchy.

Meanwhile mix your sauce: soy sauce, orange juice, hoisin sauce, crushed red pepper flakes, and cilantro (optional).

cashew chicken

Chicken with cashew nuts

When veggies are done, add the sauce, cooked chicken, and cashews and toss over medium heat for about 5 minutes so flavors blend. Serve over a bed of rice.


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Chicken cashew stir fry

This is such a flavorful, delicious and healthy recipe!! ¬†I guarantee it is better than what you’ll find at most Chinese take-out and is so much better for you!

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Light & EASY Cashew Chicken Recipe

This healthy and flavorful dinner recipe is sure to be a new favorite at your house. This Cashew Chicken Recipe is WAY better than check out!
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time10 mins
Total Time20 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Chinese
Keyword: asian, cashew, chicken, chinese, take out
Servings: 6 servings
Author: Beth Gorden


  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 1 pound chicken breast, cut into cubes
  • 1 large onion, chopoped
  • 1 head broccoli, cut up
  • 2 large red onions, chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • dash salt & pepper
  • 1 teaspoon soy sauce
  • 1/2 cup orange juice
  • 1/2 cup hoisin sauce
  • 1 cup cashews
  • 1/4 cup cilantro, chopped
  • 1 teaspoon crushed red pepper
  • 4 cups rice, cooked


  • In skillet cook chicken in 1 Tablespoon oil until cooked throughout; set aside. Add another Tablespoon oil and cook broccoli, onion, and red pepper. for 5-7 minutes. Meanwhile, mix soy sauce, orange juice, and hoisin sauce in a bowl. When veggies are done add back in the chicken, sauce, cilantro, and crushed red pepper for 5 minutes so flavors can mix. Serve over rice.

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Beth Gorden

Beth Gorden is the creative multi-tasking creator of 123 Homeschool 4 Me. As a busy homeschooling mother of six, she strives to create hands-on learning activities and worksheets that kids will love to make learning FUN! She has created over 1 million pages of printables to help teach kids ABCs, science, English grammar, history, math, and so much more! Beth is also the creator of 2 additional sites with even more educational activities and FREE printables - and

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