The Recipe Room: Better Than Takeout Cashew Chicken


3 tablespoons cornstarch

1/2 teaspoon salt

1/2 teaspoon pepper

about 1.25 pounds boneless skinless chicken breasts, diced into 1-inch pieces

2 tablespoons sesame oil

1 tablespoon olive oil

2 heaping cups broccoli florets

1 cup red bell peppers, diced small

1 cup shelled frozen edamame

2 cloves garlic, finely minced or pressed

1 cup unsalted dry-roasted whole cashews

3 tablespoons low-sodium soy sauce

2 tablespoons honey, or to taste

1 tablespoon rice wine vinegar

1 tablespoon Asian chili garlic sauce, or to taste

3/4 teaspoon ground ginger

3/4 to 1 cup green onions, sliced into thin rounds (from about 3 or 4 green onions)



1. To a gallon-sized ziptop bag, add the cornstarch, salt, pepper, chicken, seal, and shake to coat chicken evenly.

2. To a large skillet, add the oils, chicken, and cook for about 4 to 5 minutes over medium-high heat, flipping and stirring so all sides cook evenly. Chicken should be about 80-90% cooked through.

3. Add the broccoli, bell peppers, edamame (I add it straight from the freezer), garlic, and stir to combine. Cook for about 3 to 4 minutes or until vegetables are crisp-tender and chicken is cooked through; stir intermittently. While vegetables cook, make the sauce.


4. To a medium bowl add the soy sauce, honey, rice wine vinegar, chili-garlic sauce, ginger, and whisk to combine; set aside.


5. Add the cashews to the skillet and stir to combine.


6. Add the sauce and stir to combine. Allow sauce to simmer over medium-low heat for 1 to 2 minutes.


7.  Add the green onions, stir to combine, and serve immediately. Chicken is best warm and fresh but extra will keep airtight in the fridge for up to 5 days.