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My friend Bree introduced me to this recipe a couple years ago. We absolutely loved it, especially my husband Steve the cashew freak, so I made sure to get her recipe so I could make it at home. She warned me that the flavor of the dish is dependent on the hoisin sauce that you buy.  I shrugged my shoulders and didn't really take her advice to heart. Why would the hoisin sauce matter? Wouldn't all hoisin sauces taste like...I dunno...hoisin sauce?

The answer is NO. Hoisin Sauce (also called Chinese BBQ Sauce) can be very different from brand to brand, some a little more heavy handed with Chinese five spice. When I got home, I bought any ol' bottle of hoisin sauce and made this dish and really didn't like it. Turns out I HATE five spice and this one was loaded with it. The one my friend used had no licorice flavor (which comes from the five spice) and was much more rich and sweet. I gave away the bottle of hoisin that I bought and then went out and found the brand Bree used (Asian Family by the way); I made the dish again and loved it.

It's all about personal preference...use whatever brand of hoisin you like.

Recipe adapted from Everyday Food: Great Food Fast

Serves 4

2-3 chicken breasts or 5-6 chicken thighs, chopped up
3-4 tbsp cornstarch
Salt and pepper
8 green onions, chopped
3 cloves of garlic
3 tbsp hoisin sauce
2 tbsp rice vinegar
¼ cup water
1 cup raw cashews, toasted

Cut chicken into bite-sized pieces and season with salt and pepper. Toss the chicken in a bowl with the cornstarch until the chicken is nicely coated. Heat a wok or frying pan with a tablespoon or two of oil over medium-high heat. Once the pan is hot, add half of the chicken and fry until browned and crispy. Remove from the pan. Add another tablespoon or so of oil and stir-fry the rest of the chicken until crispy. Remove from the pan. Add the white part of the green onion as well as the garlic and stir-fry about a minute or so, then add the rice vinegar. Let the vinegar evaporate (about 30 seconds) then add the chicken back to the pan, along with the hoisin sauce and water. Cook for about a minute or so until the sauce is thick and the chicken is coated. Add the cashews and stir to incorporate. Remove to a plate and top with the green part of the onion. Serve over rice.

Click here for printable version of Cashew Chicken

Delicious. I love the ease of preparation of this dish. There aren't many ingredients and its fast and easy to prepare.  Thanks for the recipe Bree!

Meal Ideas: 

  • Cashew Chicken + Rice + Edamame 

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9 Responses
  1. Jessica Says:

    That looks delish! Thanks for sharing. I might just have to make that with some rice and perhaps a bit of steamed broccoli this weekend!

  2. Unknown Says:

    Hi Kindra--I am so excited to make this recipe! I did go back and modify my post to include a specific recipe link to you. I will make sure to reference your recipes specifically from now on (as I am sure I will be making more of your stuff). Those burgers have me drooling!!! Thanks again for all the great ideas. I love your blog!!!!

  3. Claire Says:

    I made this for dinner last week, and we all LOVED IT!!! Jen B. introduced me to your blog, and I can't wait to try more of your recipes. I posted this on my blog as well and included a link to your blog as well as this specific recipe. Thanks for such great meal ideas!!

  4. That's awesome Claire! I'm glad you guys liked it.

  5. Marisa Says:

    Wow, this really looks lick-it-off-the-screen good. On my to-make list!

  6. Karen Says:

    I stumbled across this recipe last week and made it tonight. All I can say is YUM! I can't find the Asian Family brand unfortunately, but the KA-ME brand I used turned out well. Thanks SO MUCH for the recipe!!!

  7. Inle Says:

    Wow! Amazing! I used Lee Kum Kee hoisin Sauce and it was amazing!

  8. LaraInOntario Says:

    Made this tonight - yum! would definitely make this again. I doubled the amount of hoisin sauce and water, just because I like it more saucy!

  9. Unknown Says:

    I made this for dinner last night.... So so yum! A miracle occurred... The entire family LOVED it! Thanks for the recipe!!!