Honey Cashew Chicken
A healthier version of a popular Asian dish — Cashew Chicken. Gluten-Free. Dairy-Free. Sugar-Free. A spicy and sweet chicken with crisp vegetables in a flavorful sauce.
Have you ever grabbed Chinese take-out only to wonder what they might be putting in it behind the scenes? It may taste incredible but you likely won’t feel so great after you eat it. Who has been there? It is amazing the difference between making homemade Chinese Cashew Chicken at home and what you pick up at take-out.
My husband could eat Asian food every day of his life. One of his favorite dishes is Honey Cashew Chicken, but it’s breaded and fried at almost every Chinese food joint. So my goal was to get the same flavor profile without all of the fat and calories and this is how Honey Cashew Chicken was born.
This is your healthier gluten and dairy free version of Honey Cashew Chicken that tastes so good that you will forget it’s also good for you.
How to make Cashew Chicken:
It’s all about sauteing chicken breast, fresh vegetables, chili garlic honey sauce….then topping it with crunchy cashews and scallions. It is made with only fresh, healthy ingredients. You need to get to the grocery store pronto.
Oh and a huge bonus! It’s 1/3 of the price of Chinese take-out. Basically, I am saving you serious cash here, which means you should go buy a new pair of shoes with all of the money you are saving.
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A quick and easy honey cashew chicken is gluten-free and dairy-free and tastes better than take-out.
- 2 Tablespoons Oil
- 1 1/2 lbs. Chicken Breast cut into bite size pieces
- 1 teaspoon Salt
- 1 teaspoon Pepper
- 2 Carrots sliced diagonally
- 1 Yellow or Red Pepper sliced
- 1 Onion diced
- 2 Tablespoons Chili Garlic Sauce *
- 1/4 cup Honey or brown sugar
- 1 teaspoon Ginger
- 1 teaspoon Tamari or Soy Sauce **
- 1 cup Whole Cashews
- 1/4 cup Scallions diced
- Heat large skillet over medium high heat and add oil. Add chicken and saute for 6-8 minutes until browned. Season with salt and pepper. Add carrots, yellow pepper, and onion and saute for 4-6 minutes.
- Turn down to medium heat and add chili garlic sauce, honey, ginger, and tamari and stir to coat. Add 1-2 Tablespoons of water, if needed. Stir in cashews and season to taste. Heat for 1-2 minutes. Top with scallions.
- May be served with rice.
*If you are putting this over rice, I suggest doubling the sauce.
**May reduce chili garlic sauce to 1 Tablespoon if you don't like spicy food.
- ***Tamari is a gluten-free version of soy sauce. Either one can be used in this dish.
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