Savory Cashew Chicken


Indulge in the rich, nutty flavors of Savory Cashew Chicken, a beloved Chinese-American dish that brings together tender chicken, crunchy cashews, and vibrant vegetables in a luscious, savory sauce. Perfect for a quick weeknight dinner or a delightful weekend treat, this dish is sure to satisfy your cravings and impress your guests with its delectable blend of textures and flavors.

Savory Cashew Chicken

Preparation and Cooking Times

  • Preparation Time: 20 minutes
  • Cooking Time: 15 minutes
  • Total Time: 35 minutes

Servings and Serving Size

  • Servings: 4
  • Serving Size: 1 plate (about 300 g)

Nutritional Information (per serving)

  • Calories: 350 kcal
  • Protein: 25 g
  • Carbohydrates: 20 g
  • Fat: 18 g
  • Fiber: 3 g
  • Sodium: 800 mg


  • 1 lb (450 g) boneless, skinless chicken breast, cut into bite-sized pieces
  • 1 cup (150 g) unsalted cashews
  • 1 red bell pepper, diced
  • 1 green bell pepper, diced
  • 1 small onion, chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1-inch piece ginger, grated
  • 3 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 2 tablespoons oyster sauce
  • 1 tablespoon hoisin sauce
  • 1 tablespoon rice vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon cornstarch
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 2 green onions, sliced
  • Cooked rice, for serving

Method of Preparation

  1. Prepare the Sauce: In a small bowl, mix the soy sauce, oyster sauce, hoisin sauce, rice vinegar, cornstarch, and water until well combined. Set aside.
  2. Toast the Cashews: In a large pan or wok, toast the cashews over medium heat until they are golden and fragrant. Remove from the pan and set aside.
  3. Cook the Chicken: In the same pan, heat 1 tablespoon of vegetable oil over medium-high heat. Add the chicken pieces and cook until they are browned and cooked through, about 5-7 minutes. Remove the chicken from the pan and set aside.
  4. Stir-Fry the Vegetables: Add the remaining tablespoon of oil to the pan. Add the chopped onion, diced bell peppers, minced garlic, and grated ginger. Stir-fry for about 3-4 minutes until the vegetables are tender-crisp.
  5. Combine Everything: Return the chicken and toasted cashews to the pan. Pour the sauce over the mixture and stir well to coat everything evenly. Cook for an additional 2-3 minutes until the sauce thickens.
  6. Garnish and Serve: Garnish with sliced green onions and serve hot over a bed of cooked rice.

Tips for Culinary Success

  • Consistent Cuts: Cut the chicken and vegetables into uniform pieces to ensure even cooking.
  • Heat Control: Maintain medium-high heat to achieve a good sear on the chicken without overcooking the vegetables.
  • Flavor Boost: Add a splash of sesame oil at the end of cooking for an extra layer of flavor.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Can I use chicken thighs instead of chicken breast?

  • Yes, chicken thighs can be used for a juicier and more flavorful result.

Is there a substitute for oyster sauce?

  • You can use a combination of soy sauce and a bit of sugar as a substitute, though the flavor will be slightly different.

How do I store leftovers?

  • Store any leftovers in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. Reheat gently in a pan or microwave.

Experience the perfect balance of textures and flavors with this Savory Cashew Chicken. It's a dish that brings joy to the table with its colorful presentation and delightful taste. Easy to prepare and sure to please, this recipe is a fantastic addition to your culinary collection, promising smiles and satisfied appetites every time you serve it.