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Cashew Chicken

Today we are cooking some savory and delicious cashew chicken crockpot style. It's an easy and loveable family favorite. The versatility of this recipe is excellent whether you are adjusting for health reasons or preference.

I have made this dish many times because it is delicious and super easy to cook. It is one of those meals that satisfies your appetite without making you feel like you have overdone it. Also, using a crockpot is great as it frees up your time to take care of other things. There is minimal prep time and then you are off to manage life until dinner time.

"Let's get cooking"

It may seem like this recipe calls for a lot of stuff. It does but if you cook often, you probably have most of the items on hand.


  • 2 lbs chicken - skinless and boneless

  • 3 cups fresh vegetables - carrots, snap peas, broccoli, peppers, water chestnuts. These are versatile.

  • 1/2 cup cashews - unsalted

  • 1/4 cup flour

  • 1/4 cup soy sauce - low sodium

  • 1/2 tsp black pepper

  • 1 tbsp canola oil

  • 2 tbsp ketchup

  • 2 tbsp rice vinegar

  • 1 tbsp brown sugar

  • 1 garlic clove

  • 1/2 tsp ginger

  • 1/4 tsp cayenne pepper

Prepping will take roughly ten minutes. Cooking time is four hours.

  • Wash your hands - if you use hot peppers you will want to don gloves

  • Wash and cut the chicken

  • Peel and mince the garlic

  • Wash the vegetables - peel, skin, chop, trim if necessary

  • Drain the water chestnuts

  • If using fresh ginger, it will need to be grated

  • Measure out the other ingredients and have them ready


Heat the oil in a skillet to medium heat. While that heats, place the flour into a large bowl then add the chicken pieces. Toss the chicken around and make sure the pieces are entirely coated. Now add the black pepper.

Brown the chicken in the skillet. This will take around two minutes for each side.

We're moving along nicely

When the chicken is browned place it in the crockpot. Clean the bowl and add the ketchup, garlic, brown sugar, ginger, soy sauce, rice vinegar, and cayenne pepper. Mix it all real good then pour the mixture over the chicken.

Allow the chicken to cook on low for three hours before adding the vegetables and cashews then cook for another hour before serving.

Ready to serve

This would be great served over brown rice or lo Mein noodles. I should have thought of that sooner.

I love this recipe so much and I hope you do too. Enjoy and thanks for reading!

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