Perfect for a busy week night, this easy cashew chicken stir fry is both healthy and tasty. I serve this dish family-style with steamed rice. It is particularly tasty served with additional stir-fried fresh veggies.
Easy cashew chicken features chicken tenderloin or breasts cut into strips as well as the following simple vegetables:
Sweet onions, garlic, ginger, snow peas and nutty cashews. There is something about chicken that pairs so great with cashews. Cooking with Asian-inspired flavors is challenging for me. It is a style of cooking that I love and am learning more about every day. This easy cashew chicken recipe is a great Asian-inspired recipe to start with. The classic stir-fry method is best tackled with all your components chopped, measured and ready to go before you heat up your wok or skillet.
I think your family will love this chicken dish. It’s also simple enough to branch out and mix up the vegetables you try with it. Feel free to add in your favorites, such as sliced carrots or red bell pepper. Give it a try and leave me a comment below.
Easy cashew chicken
Great for a busy week night, this easy cashew chicken stir fry is healthy and satisfying.
- 1 tbsp vegetable oil
- 1 lb chicken (tenderloin or breast cut into strips)
- 1/2 cup sweet onion (sliced)
- 1 clove garlic (crushed)
- 1 tbsp fresh ginger (chopped)
- 1/2 cup fresh snow peas
- 1 tsp soy sauce
- 1/4 to 1/2 cup cashews (roasted and salted)
- 1 pinch red pepper flakes
- 1 to 2 tsp sesame seeds (roasted (optional))
- In a wok or large skillet, heat the oil until near smoking point. Sauté the chicken until it is nearly done (3 – 4 minutes). Remove from the pan and set aside.
- (Add a little more oil to the pan if necessary.) Add the onion and garlic and sauté until they sweat and become translucent (stir frequently.) Add the ginger, snow peas and soy sauce.
- Sauté for about 3 minutes before adding the chicken back into the wok or skillet. Cook for another minute or two until the chicken is cooked through. Add the cashews and a pinch of pepper or red pepper flakes. Toss and heat through. Serve on a platter family-style and sprinkle sesame seeds on top if desired.