Chicken with Cashews

This chicken with cashews is a quick and easy meal made with boneless chicken breast, toasted cashews, and a garlic, soy, and hoisin sauce.

A plate of chicken with cashews and bowl of white rice on the side.

This chicken recipe has been an outstanding favorite at our family’s landmark Cambridge restaurant for as long as I can remember. There, the cashews are deep-fried, but at home I prefer to toast the nuts instead. This reduces the amount of oil without altering the flavor.–Helen Chen

Chicken with Cashews

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  • 30 M
  • 30 M
  • Serves 3 to 4
4/5 - 1 reviews
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In a medium bowl, whisk together the cornstarch, wine, and ginger. Add the chicken and mix well.

In a small bowl, whisk together the soy sauce, hoisin sauce, sugar, and 2 tablespoons water.

In a wok or stir-fry pan, heat the canola oil over high heat. Add the garlic and stir until the oil is hot and the garlic sizzles, 30 to 60 seconds. Stir up the chicken mixture and add it to the pan. Cook, stirring, until the chicken is cooked through, 3 to 10 minutes. Remove and discard the garlic, if desired.

Reduce the heat to medium and add the soy sauce mixture. Stir until the ingredients are well blended. Add the cashew nuts and stir for another 30 seconds. Drizzle with sesame oil and mix well. Serve immediately.

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Recipe Testers Reviews

This is a quick, easy, authentic and delicious dish. It was a perfect blend of salty from the soy and sweet from the hoisin, and the cashews added a perfect textural contrast to the chicken. There was the ideal ratio of sauce as well, which we spooned over brown jasmine rice. We loved this dish all around and were so pleased to have made restaurant-quality Chinese at home with so little effort and preparation. A definite staple for weeknight meals and the abatement of any Chinese-food cravings.


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  1. Made this last night for dinner. I used boneless thighs, and it was very good. Perhaps next time I may use a bit less oil. You probably could omit the cashews and add some vegetables, as another option.

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