Favorite 20-Minute Cashew Chicken Recipe Is What's for Dinner Tonight by Donna John

Favorite 20-Minute Cashew Chicken Recipe Is What's for Dinner Tonight

Craving Chinese food? Aren't we all! Tame that Chinese food craving without leaving the house or ordering takeout with this quick cashew chicken recipe. This easy cashew chicken recipe is ready in about 20 minutes. Awesome, right? 

The ingredient list is pretty simple for this Asian chicken recipe: boneless, skinless chicken breast (you could use thighs), cornstarch, oil, fresh garlic, green onions, rice wine vinegar, hoisin sauce and cashews. The chicken is cooked in two batches to achieve the best sear, then the garlic and green onions are stir fried. Add the rice wine vinegar, hoisin sauce, water and cashews and dinner is done. 

Serve this 20-minute chicken dinner with white rice, fried rice or rice noodles. Pack the leftovers for lunch the next day.

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Cuisine: Asian
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes
Servings: 4


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Recipe Notes

  • You could use boneless chicken thighs instead of chicken breasts.
  • Instead of cashews, try walnuts, peanuts or almonds.
  • Store any leftovers in an airtight container in the fridge for up to three days.

Here's how to make it:

  1. Season the chicken pieces with salt and pepper. Add the cornstarch and toss to coat. Heat 1 tablespoon of the oil in a large skillet or wok. Add half the chicken and cook until browned on all sides, about 3 minutes. Remove.
  2. Heat the remaining 1 tablespoon oil and add the remaining chicken. Cook about 1 minute, then add the garlic and white parts of the onion. Cook until chicken is browned, about 2 minutes. Return the first batch of chicken to the skillet. Add the vinegar. Cook until vinegar evaporates, about 1 minute.
  3. Add the hoisin sauce and water. Cook, stirring, until slightly thickened, about 2 minutes. Add the green parts of the onion and cashews. Cook about 30 seconds more. Serve over rice.

Nutrition Facts Per Serving

Calories: 458

Total Fat: 15.6g

Saturated Fat: 2.6g

Cholesterol: 24mg

Sodium: 426mg

Total Carbohydrate: 66g

Dietary Fiber: 2.3g

Total Sugars: 8.5g

Protein: 13.2g

Vitamin D: 0mcg

Calcium: 44mg

Iron: 2mg

Potassium: 387mg

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Elisa Schmitz
This looks delicious, Donna John ! Love your photos. You make it look easy. Going to try this!
Donna John
It's so easy to make. You could even throw in a vegetable with the chicken if you wanted to.
Meredith Schneider
Yum! Looks and sounds amazing Donna John ! Cooking dinner in 20 minutes!? YES please!
Ann Marie Patitucci
Ooh! Sharing with my hubby, hoping he'll make it! :) Thanks, Donna John !
Kandice Cole
I am excited to try this! Looks so yummy!
Donna John
Let me know how it turns out for you! We love it. I add sriracha to mine.

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