This Healthy Cashew Chicken is a yummy take-out fave made at home! We love the tangy sauce, vibrant colors, and all that FLAVOR! (Gluten-free & Paleo-friendly!)
Why, hello quick and easy dinner. I love you.
That’s basically the conversation I’ve had with everything that’s quick or doesn’t involve a ton of cook time recently. With heat advisory after heat advisory, I’m basically doing anything NOT to turn on my stove or oven. So minimally-cooked or quick-cooking dinners are a must!
One-pan dinners have been a big win for me lately. I’ve always loved stir-fries, but this healthy cashew chicken? It’s extra amazing.
The big thing for me is the tangy sauce. It’s kind of like a cross between teriyaki and sweet and sour. I love it so much! The crunchy cashews are such a perfect complement to the sautéed veggies and chicken, and the whole thing is done in 30 minutes or less. It’s light, it’s easy, and it’s so flavorful.
So… basically it’s my best friend right now.
You can serve this healthy cashew chicken over rice or cauliflower rice, enjoy it plain, or wrap it up in lettuce leaves for a super amazing dinner done in no time. Count me in!
As always, I love that it’s pretty flexible and forgiving, with lots of ways to change it around a bit or use what you have. Check out the notes for some of my favorite ways to change things up, plus some tips for making it!
TIPS & TRICKS FOR THE BEST HEALTHY CASHEW CHICKEN:
LET’S TALK SAUCE (HOW TO ADAPT FOR YOUR DIETARY NEEDS). I provide a few options in the recipe for the soy sauce component. If you don’t have any dietary restrictions, you can absolutely use soy sauce. If you’re gluten-free, I like tamari, which is GF soy sauce. The taste is identical. If you’re paleo or avoid soy, you can substitute coconut aminos. Coconut aminos is really similar to soy sauce/tamari, but does have a slightly sweet flavor. It shouldn’t impact your recipe too much.
PLAY UP THE VEGGIES!. You can really play with the veggies you use in this healthy cashew chicken. Want to use double the peppers and skip the zucchini? Go for it! Not into broccoli, but want to use snow peas? Do your thing! You’re basically just looking for around 4-5 cups of veggies.
USE A BIG SKILLET. In the video, I had to use a smaller skillet than I normally use (because my big skillet doesn’t fit on my hot plate). The bigger your pan, the better everything will cook. You can cook your chicken in batches to get a little browning on the chicken. If it’s crowded together (like in the video), it won’t brown as well, but it will still taste delicious.
ARROWROOT VS. CORNSTARCH. One last substitution note. To make this as grain-free or paleo cashew chicken, you’ll want to substitute arrowroot for the cornstarch. You can use the same amount. Arrowroot is a little more finicky–if boiled too long, it actually loses its binding powers. Just watch it and take it off the heat as soon as your sauce has thickened a bit.
LIKE THIS HEALTHY CASHEW CHICKEN RECIPE? YOU MIGHT LIKE THESE OTHER TAKEOUT FAVES…
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