Cashew Chicken

Mark Boughton
  • Yield: 4 servings
  • Prep: 10 mins
  • Cook: 20 mins

As American as it is Chinese, this irresistible favorite features chunks of tender chicken and sweet red bell pepper in a rich sauce, with a shower of buttery cashews. The nuts are not exactly low fat, but it’s the good fat.


Marinade and chicken:
1tablespoon reduced-sodium soy sauce
1tablespoon dry sherry
2teaspoons cornstarch
1/2teaspoon toasted sesame oil
1-- egg white, lightly beaten
1 1/4pounds boneless chicken breasts, cut into 1-inch pieces
1/4cup minced green onions
1tablespoon minced garlic
1tablespoon minced peeled fresh ginger
1teaspoon chili garlic sauce
1/4cup reduced-sodium chicken broth
3tablespoons reduced-sodium soy sauce
1tablespoon dry sherry
1tablespoon balsamic vinegar
1/2teaspoon toasted sesame oil
2teaspoons sugar
1teaspoon cornstarch
1tablespoon canola oil, divided
1/2cup roasted, unsalted cashews
1cup diced red bell pepper


  1. To prepare marinade, whisk all ingredients (except chicken) together in a medium bowl. Add chicken, and refrigerate 30 minutes.
  2. To prepare aromatics, combine green onions, garlic, ginger and chile sauce in a small dish.
  3. To prepare sauce, combine sauce ingredients in a small jar.
  4. Heat a 12-inch skillet over high heat until searing hot. Add 1 teaspoon oil, then half the chicken. Cook, without stirring, 2 minutes. Turn and cook another 2 minutes. Remove from pan before thoroughly cooked. Repeat with another teaspoon of oil and remaining chicken.
  5. Warm cashews in a small skillet over low heat.
  6. Add remaining 1 teaspoon oil to original pan. Add green onion mixture; stir-fry 30 seconds. Add bell pepper. Sauté until just crisp-tender, 2 to 3 minutes.
  7. Return chicken to pan; toss. Shake sauce and add to pan. Cook until sauce thickens slightly. Add cashews to chicken; toss gently.

Recipe by Laraine Perri.

Nutritional Info *per serving

  • Calories 370
  • Glycemic Load 1
  • Fat 17g
  • Saturated Fat 3g
  • Polyunsaturated Fat 3.5g
  • Monounsaturated Fat 9g
  • Cholesterol 80mg
  • Sodium 570mg
  • Potassium 580mg
  • Carbohydrate 19g
  • Fiber 2g
  • Sugars 6g
  • Protein 34g
  • Trans Fat 0g
  • Vitamin A 30%
  • Vitamin C 90%
  • Calcium 6%
  • Iron 15%