Cashew Chicken


 This Cashew Chicken is a Chinese takeout classic that’s sure to please! Delicious flavors and lots of veggies!

Cashew Chicken

This sauce just has that perfect blend of Asian flavors.  It was lightly sweet, lightly sour and it’s the perfect addition to chicken.

And I made sure there was plenty of sauce, because that’s how I like my stir-fry style recipes. Extra saucy!?


And the textures here and seriously satisfying. I love those crunchy cashews and tender, ever so lightly crisp veggies.

Then when you serve it over soft and fluffy rice it’s a match meant to be!

Or add one more veggie and serve it over cauliflower rice instead, love that stuff!

Cashew Chicken

This dish takes about 35 minutes it’s perfect for busy weeknights.

This actually used to only take about 25 minutes to make but I’ve updated the recipe to include veggies, so now you’ve got 5 more minutes prep and a few more minutes for cooking but it’s worth it!

More color, more flavor, more nutrition.

Cashew Chicken

If you cook with chicken as much as I do then hopefully you’ll appreciate this recipe as much as I do. Chicken can seem drab sometimes if you are eating it day after day after day but this really brightens things up.

So now instead of thinking “meh, not chicken again”, you’ll be thinking “lucky day!” Flavorful Cashew Chicken is on the menu. Oh yeah!?

Cashew Chicken

Seriously, just look at all that goodness. What’s not to love here??

Cashew Chicken


Cashew Chicken

5 from 8 votes

This Cashew Chicken is a Chinese takeout classic that's sure to please! Delicious flavors and lots of veggies!

Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes
Servings: 4


  • 1 1/2 lbs boneless skinless chicken breasts, diced into 1-inch pieces
  • 1 Tbsp + 2 tsp cornstarch, divided
  • 2 1/2 Tbsp olive oil, divided
  • Salt and white or black pepper
  • 6 Tbsp low-sodium chicken broth or water, then more as needed
  • 3 1/2 Tbsp hoisin sauce
  • 1 1/2 Tbsp soy sauce
  • 1 1/2 Tbsp rice vinegar
  • 1 Tbsp honey
  • 1/2 tsp sesame oil
  • 4 green onions, chopped, plus more for serving if desired
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 Tbsp finely grated, peeled fresh ginger
  • 2 cups diced broccoli florets (small pieces)
  • 1 medium bell pepper, chopped
  • 3/4 cup unsalted cashews, roughly chopped
  • Sesame seeds, for serving (optional)


  1. In a mixing bowl, toss chicken with 1 Tbsp cornstarch to evenly coat. In a large skillet, heat 1/2 Tbsp oil over medium-high heat. 

  2. Once oil is hot, add half of the chicken, and cook stirring frequently, until chicken is is golden brown and has cooked through, about 5 minutes. 
  3. Transfer chicken to a plate and add another 1/2 Tbsp vegetable oil to skillet. Cook remaining chicken until golden brown and cooked through, then transfer to plate with first batch of chicken.
  4. In a mixing bowl (or liquid measuring cup used to measure chicken broth), whisk together chicken broth, hoisin sauce, soy sauce, rice vinegar, honey, sesame oil and remaining 2 tsp cornstarch until well blended, set aside.
  5. Heat remaining 1 1/2 Tbsp oil in skillet over medium heat. Add in green onions, garlic, ginger, broccoli and bell pepper and saute until veggies are tender, about 3 minutes. Transfer to a large plate. 
  6. Pour in hoisin sauce mixture and cook, whisking constantly, until sauce boils and thickens (don't let it reduce it will be too salty, just cook long enough to thicken). Thin with 1 - 2 more tablespoons of broth or water if desired. 
  7. Remove from heat, add chicken, veggies and cashews to sauce and toss to evenly coat. Serve warm with white or brown rice, cauliflower "rice" or quinoa and sprinkle with green onions and sesame seeds.

  8. Recipe has been updated to include broccoli and bell pepper. Originally shared Jan. 2014.

  9. Recipe Source: Cooking Classy


  • Crystal @ Simply Playful Fare: This looks so good! I’m always hesitant to try Chinese/Asian dishes at home because I’m afraid it won’t turn out the same as at the restaurant. This looks like it is just as good, and a little healthier! January 21, 2014 at 12:54pm Reply

  • Liz @ Virtually Homemade: Looks delicious!!! January 21, 2014 at 2:25pm Reply

  • Taylor @ Food Faith Fitness: Cashew chicken is one of my favorites! Yours looks so saucey and delish, I am drooling on my keyboard! Thanks for this home made version! January 21, 2014 at 2:34pm Reply

  • Chung-Ah | Damn Delicious: Another take-out favorite! You know you should open up a Chinese restaurant – if you did, I’d order from you every single night! January 22, 2014 at 12:41am Reply

    • Jaclyn: Haha thanks – such a nice compliment :)! January 22, 2014 at 9:07pm Reply

  • Amanda: This looks wonderful. Thanks so much for sharing, can’t wait to try this out. January 22, 2014 at 10:03am Reply

  • Anna @ Crunchy Creamy Sweet: This looks great! I need to try this! January 22, 2014 at 7:33pm Reply

  • sara: YUM. This looks sooooo tasty. :) January 27, 2014 at 5:53pm Reply

  • Jocelyn: This is delicious! My family really enjoyed it. Of note, I wasn’t sure when to add the 1/2 tablespoon of cornstarch, so I mixed it in with the sauce. Thanks so much. February 6, 2014 at 9:01pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: Thanks so much for pointing that out I added it in the directions above. I’m so glad your family liked this Jocelyn! Thanks so much for your comment and editing help :)! February 6, 2014 at 10:39pm Reply

  • sarah: If I could fit all the chicken in one large skilet, would it be fine to do it in one batch or is there a specific reason to cook them in 2 batches? February 17, 2014 at 12:57am Reply

    • Jaclyn: Just so they aren’t over crowded and cook more evenly. If you have a large wok you might be able to fit it into one. February 17, 2014 at 1:07pm Reply

  • Cashew Chicken: […] and fragrant stir-fry guarantee to satisfy your taste-buds. Cynful Joys: Cynful Joys adapted by Cooking Classy Recipe type: Main Dish Cuisine: Asian Serves: 6 […] February 17, 2014 at 3:10pm Reply

  • Tamara: Just made this last night — found it on Pinterest. So easy, and it was a big hit! Thanks for the recipe. Your Chicken Pot Pie Crumble is also a big favorite in our house. I’ve lost count of how many times I’ve made it! Keep up the great work!! February 27, 2014 at 4:54pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: I’m so glad you liked this cashew chicken and the chicken pot pie crumble Tamara! Thanks so much for leaving a review! February 27, 2014 at 5:59pm Reply

  • Rosetta: Looks really delicious! I would really like to try it out! I have one question, though: is it absolutely necessary to use hoisin sauce? I’m from Finland, and I’m not sure where to find one here… Can it be replaced with something else? February 28, 2014 at 11:22am Reply

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  • Ashley Denae: Wowsers! This looks AMAZING. Can’t wait to make this next date night. I know my man is going to LOVE this! Thanks for the great recipe!
    April 8, 2014 at 5:18pm Reply

  • Jon F: Just made this one. I really liked how easy it was to make considering how good it tasted. For veggies I added some chopped up celery and mushrooms a minute after the garlic/ginger/nuts part and it all came out just right. April 29, 2014 at 10:01am Reply

    • Jaclyn: I’m so glad you liked it Jon! Thanks for your feedback! April 29, 2014 at 10:06pm Reply

  • Abby: I made this last week and already have requests for it to be made again! It was DELICIOUS and so easy to make! I think I will add some celery and broccoli this time! Thanks for a great recipe! August 8, 2014 at 10:08am Reply

    • Jaclyn: You’re welcome Abby! I’m so glad you liked it! Those additions do sound delish! August 8, 2014 at 8:55pm Reply

  • Anita: This was soooo good!! Got it done under 30min and my picky husband went for seconds! Thank you for sharing!! September 8, 2014 at 8:58pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: I’m so glad it was enjoyed! Thanks for leaving a review Anita! September 22, 2014 at 10:04pm Reply

  • Miyoshi Rhe: Made this tonight and it was absolutely delicious! I added zucchini noodles and used potato starch instead. I will be making this again and again. February 25, 2015 at 8:31pm Reply

  • Rachel: This is a weekly staple in our house. I love that it isn’t full of sugar. The flavors are amazing. I add different veggies in just to make it last a bit longer. August 4, 2015 at 4:35pm Reply

  • Heather: I made this last night! OMG so delicious…added in some sriracha for a little extra kick. I ate it again for lunch too :) Definitely making it again!!

    Heather August 18, 2015 at 1:35pm Reply

  • Debbie: I made this tonight. It is excellent! I had to use ginger powder because I didn’t have fresh ginger and it still turned out great. Rice & veggies rounded out the meal. Thank you. February 6, 2016 at 7:55pm Reply

  • Kristina: I’m gonna make it this weekend. Do you think it would be ok if I added water chestnuts?
    And if so, when would you add them? We love them in our asian dishes. June 10, 2016 at 9:16am Reply

  • Lynn: Made this for supper tonight. My husband and I loved it. We added peas and carrots to the rice January 22, 2017 at 7:16pm Reply

  • Paula: Could you please give the calorie count on your recipes September 12, 2017 at 5:32am Reply

    • Jaclyn: Sorry I don’t have that info but you can usually calculate it on sites like September 12, 2017 at 8:48pm Reply

  • Jennifer Smith: Made this tonight for the hubby and I, he was so impressed! It was so delicious. I used chicken thighs and added 2 Birdseye chillies…. definitely make again! November 10, 2017 at 12:27pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: Thanks for the review Jennifer! November 13, 2017 at 2:45pm Reply

  • Rahul Yadav: This is excellent. Easy, quick and tasty. Perfect for mid week dinner. January 26, 2018 at 7:37am Reply

    • Jaclyn: Thanks for the great feedback Rahul! January 26, 2018 at 10:00am Reply

  • Bonnie Muniga: Yum! Better than any Chinese restaurant for sure! February 16, 2018 at 5:15pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: So glad you think so Bonnie! Thanks for your review! February 17, 2018 at 12:23am Reply

  • David Keich: I made this last night. Didn’t have fresh ginger so i used ground ginger. Skipped the corn starch in sauce i prefer it more liquidy. Also added a dash of red pepper seeds. Served it over brown rice. It was really good. March 6, 2018 at 7:11am Reply

    • Jaclyn: So glad you liked it! March 6, 2018 at 6:10pm Reply

  • Kathy: Great and easy, taste delicious thanks so much, will make this one of my favorites. March 20, 2018 at 5:24pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: So glad you liked it – thanks for your feedback! :) March 23, 2018 at 4:53pm Reply

  • Michelle P: Just made this for dinner- was a little aprehensive as I don’t have many of the ingredients on hand but was totally worth the shopping trip- it was excellent and is now one of our favorites! Thank you for the recipe! March 26, 2018 at 4:06pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: I’m so glad you enjoyed it! :) March 27, 2018 at 2:12pm Reply

  • Marissa: Hi there, am I missing where we add the salt and pepper in? I see it in the ingredients but not in the steps. Thanks! April 3, 2018 at 5:29pm Reply

  • Rachel: Thank you! This recipe was a huge hit with my family! It was delicious!! I added carrots, snow peas, and broccoli. I flash cooked them separately in a little oil and doubled the sauce. It looked great with the colorful veggies and sauce was so flavorful! Thanks for your site! April 8, 2018 at 8:52am Reply

    • Jaclyn: I’m so glad it was enjoyed – thanks for the feedback! April 12, 2018 at 12:08pm Reply

  • Dee Totin: I’ve made this three times. We love it! I made as recipe suggests but used regular salted cashews as I didn’t have any unsalted. I just wiped them off with a clean towel. It tastes as good as it looks. May 29, 2018 at 2:54pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: Thanks for the 5 star feedback! June 4, 2018 at 10:58am Reply

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