Chinese Cashew Chicken

by | Jan 31, 2022 | Chicken, Featured


With today being Chinese New Year, I wanted to bring you a delicious Chinese dish that can be served any time of year & your family will love it!!! This cashew chicken with tender stir-fried chicken and roasted cashews in garlic sauce tastes just like take-away.


Chinese Cashew Chicken


  • 3/4 cup roasted, unsalted cashews
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 2 teaspoons cornstarch
  • 4 tablespoons hoisin sauce, best quality such as Kikkoman or Lee Kum Kee
  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce
  • 700g boneless, skinless chicken breasts or tenderloins, diced
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil (use garlic oil if Low FODMAP)
  • 6 medium garlic cloves, minced*
  • 8 Shallots (1 bunch), white and green parts separated, each cut into pieces (only use green parts if Low FODMAP)
  • 2 tablespoons rice vinegar
  • 1/4 teaspoon Asian sesame oil



  1. Preheat oven to 180C
  2. Place the cashews on a baking tray in a single layer. Toast in the oven until fragrant, about 5 minutes. Set aside; they will crisp up as they cool.
  3. Meanwhile, prepare the sauce: in a small bowl, whisk together the water, cornstarch, hoisin sauce, and soy sauce. Set aside.
  4. Place the chicken pieces in a large bowl. Sprinkle with the salt and pepper and toss to coat evenly.
  5. In a large nonstick frypan, heat 1 tablespoon of the oil over high heat until hot. Add half of the chicken to the pan and stir-fry until lightly browned but not cooked through, about 3 minutes. Transfer to a plate.
  6. Add the remaining tablespoon oil to the pan; then add the remaining chicken, garlic and white parts of the shallots. Stir-fry until the chicken is lightly browned but not cooked through, about 3 minutes. Return the first batch of chicken to the pan. Turn the heat down to medium and add the rice vinegar; cook until evaporated, about 30 seconds.
  7. Add the sauce mixture to the chicken; cook, tossing, until the chicken is cooked through and the sauce is nicely thickened, about 1 minute. Remove from the heat. Stir in the scallion greens, cashews and sesame oil. Serve immediately.
  8. Serve with Jasmin Rice & Steamed Broccoli