Cashew Chicken


Cashew Chicken is a Chinese takeout classic that’s sure to satisfy those take-out craving! Chicken pieces, fresh veggies and crunch cashews are coated with an addictive sauce. It has a nice blend of textures and it’s a rich in protein.

Cashew Chicken

The Sauce Makes This the Best Cashew Chicken!

This sauce in this recipe has that perfect blend of Asian flavors.  It’s 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 sauce.

And the blend of textures here keeps it interesting. 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 shown here in skillet. Includes chicken breasts pieces, broccoli, bell peppers and a sweet and tangy sauce.

Ingredients You’ll Need for This Recipe

  • Chicken breasts
  • Cornstarch
  • Olive oil
  • Low sodium chicken broth
  • Hoisin sauce
  • Soy sauce
  • Rice vinegar
  • Honey
  • Sesame oil
  • Fresh ginger
  • Fresh veggies – broccoli, bell pepper, garlic, green onions
  • Unsalted cashews

How to Make Cashew Chicken

  • Toss chicken with 1 Tbsp cornstarch then cook half and time in skillet, transfer.
  • In a bowl whisk chicken broth, hoisin sauce, soy sauce, rice vinegar, honey, sesame oil and remaining 2 tsp cornstarch until well blended.
  • Saute green onions, garlic, ginger, broccoli and bell pepper.
  • Pour in sauce mixture and cook until thickened.
  • Stir in cooked chicken, veggies and cashews. Serve over rice with green onions and sesame seeds.

Cashew Chicken shown here in skillet. Includes chicken breasts pieces, broccoli, bell peppers and a sweet and tangy sauce.

No More Boring 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.

Cashew Chicken in three bowls served over white rice.

The Vegetable Addition

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 and ready in 35 minutes!

Cashew Chicken

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Cashew Chicken

5 from 15 votes

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

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


  • 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
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Chinese
Keyword: Cashew Chicken
Author: Jaclyn


  • Tania: I never comment on recipe blogs but I had to for this, it was incredible! I added some button mushrooms, and a dash of fish sauce. So tasty, thank you for the recipe, it will be a staple on our menu. March 28, 2019 at 3:23pm Reply

  • Penny: Just had this tonight and it was delicious. Can’t wait to enjoy it again. February 9, 2019 at 9:14pm Reply

  • Cindy Holshouser: This is delicious. I cook a lot, but I find that Asian recipes can be tricky. I followed the recipe to a T and it came out perfectly. I served it over Jasmine rice. Thank you for the recipe that we will enjoy a lot. February 1, 2019 at 7:26pm Reply

  • brigitte day: thank you for this great recipe. i love it. January 11, 2019 at 7:38am Reply

  • Angela: We made this as part of the Thansgiving meal and it was delicious! Added a whole yellow pepper, too and my chicken was about 1.3 lbs. Because of the extra items, it would have been good to maybe double the sauce. Also, there was a kitchen conference and we left the cashews whole. So yummy! Thank you for this recipe! November 24, 2018 at 12:35pm Reply

  • Jean Pierce: This was great! It was better than take out Chinese. I will be making this again soon. September 21, 2018 at 11:05am Reply

  • John Hartline: Made this a few weeks ago and my sweet spousal unit has been dropping hints about a redo for several days… I think i’ll Press her into service as my souls chef and make it tonight. She won’t order cashew chicken in a restaurant but she is drooling on my arm telling me to hurry up already! I think she likes your recipe! Thanks for posting it. July 5, 2018 at 6:33pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: So glad you liked it! Thanks for commenting! July 6, 2018 at 1:44pm 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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