I have another chicken dish for you that surely won’t disappoint!
I really don’t even know if I can call this cashew chicken. I don’t know how “regular” cashew chicken is made. And I sort of just threw this together. What else am I supposed to call it? Chicken with cashews? Weird. A ton of stuff I threw together in the throes of recipe block? True… but weirder.
It’s cashew chicken How Sweet style. Really, just a spinoff of crunchy honey chicken.
It’s pretty darn good too. I initially thought it was delicious, but I just never know the true outcome until Mr. How Sweet’s taste buds react given they have the maturity of a 5-year old. Luckily, it was a winner.
I served it with jasmine rice because I simply adore jasmine rice. I want to eat my weight in jasmine rice daily.
It’s just so… incredible. When I eat jasmine rice, I taste coconut and vanilla and sweetness. I don’t know if that’s right but that’s how jasmine rice moves me. Okay… I’m done talking about jasmine rice.
Oh, except for the fact that I’m convinced it makes the dish even better. Don’t serve the chicken without it. (Now I’m done.)
So, I think you should make this tonight. I am. And I don’t like to be alone.
We ate it for dinner last night, but it was so good that it’s on the menu for a second night in a row. If you know me, you know that is a huge thing in this house. Eating the same thing for dinner two nights in a row nearly makes me break out in hives. Unless it includes chocolate and/or bacon.
2 large boneless, skinless chicken breasts, chopped
2 tablespoons cornstarch
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 cup mushrooms
1/2 red pepper, sliced thin
3 green onions, chopped
1/4 cup shelled edamame
2 cloves garlic, minced
1/2 cup unsalted cashews
3 tablespoons honey
3 tablespoons low sodium soy sauce
Heat a skillet on medium heat and add 1 tablespoon olive oil. Add mushrooms and saute until soft, about 5 minutes. Remove from skillet. Season chicken with salt and pepper, then sprinkle cornstarch on chicken pieces and make sure each piece is somewhat coated. (You can add a little more if needed.) Add the remaining olive oil to the skillet and add chicken. Brown on both sides until cooked, about 5 minutes per side. Add garlic, red pepper, edamame, half of the green onions and cashews and stir for 30 seconds. Turn heat to medium low.
In a small bowl, mix soy sauce and honey. Pour into skillet, coating chicken and vegetables. Serve with jasmine rice.
Now I’m going to have some jasmine rice for breakfast. I’m a little obsessed. I love that it’s readily available for me to eat everyday. Is this real life?
166 Comments on “Cashew Chicken.”
I’ve never had jasmine rice – don’t shun me. I do love cashews though!
Now I could do this. Hubby can top it on jasmine rice and I will use cauliflower rice. Thanks :) It looks very happy and colorful :)
This looks awesome! I love what nuts do to meat dishes! Colorful and tasty
Chicken and cashews are the perfect combination!
I think my husband’s taste buds react in the same way – maybe it’s a man thing!
I’ve never had jasmine rice……
That looks really yummy, though!
On a random note, did you know that cashews come from a fruit? They’re sort of pear-shaped, grow on trees and each fruit has a single cashew on top of it! =D
I did not! Thanks for the tip. :)
I love cashew chicken! Thanks for the recipe :)
Like take out, but you made it! Love it. :-)
I’ve somehow never had jasmine rice! Must try it. With this dish, obviiii.
This looks great- though I’d probably sub in pan fried tofu for chicken. Love that you added edamame.
I’m with you on the jasmine rice! I LOVE it! My husband hates it though – he won’t eat anything for dinner that has even a hint of sweetness to it. Do you know how many amazing foods this rules out?! That cashew chicken looks great…and I’m sure would definitely leave both of us happy :)
oh YUM this is exactly what i was looking for, for dinner tonight! i may just have to recreate this in t-7 hours :)
That looks better than take out! And you’re so right about jasmine rice.
Cashew Chicken – one of my favorite dishes when I got out for Chinese food! :-)
um, holy goodness that looks amazing! i can’t wait til i feel like eating food again ;)
Hahaha! You’re so true – jasmine rice is the BEST rice. I couldn’t believe my luck when I randomly bought/tried it the first time. We are very fond of it. And this cashew chicken looks great and colorful – we loved the crunchy honey chicken, so I’m sure we would love this, too. =)
mmm~~you did it again jessica!!! i am gonna make this over the weekend when the hubby is off!! thanks again!!!
Love the colors – this looks delicious.
This looks delicious!
I grew up eating a lot of rice for breakfast–leftover rice in a bowl, covered with milk, sprinkled with sugar and cinnamon and heated until piping hot! I think it was a throwback to poorer times. My mom grew up eating it, so she served it to us, too. I love it for its simplicity. You should try it!
I love that idea.
I love cashew chicken! I made my own a few months ago, but put them in leaves of Bibb lettuce to make wraps. I’m sure it’s better over jasmine rice though ;)
Didn’t even think of making lettuce wraps with them. Great idea!
I wish I had chicken on hand. I would make this tonight! And if it weren’t for the foot of snow being dumped on us today, I’d definitely rush out to the store just to make this.
I’ve never had cashews in anything….just eaten them as they came out of the bag. This might be something I’ll have to try soon!
You gotta try it! They add such a great crunch.
Looks so, so delicious! I love things over rice.
I love all the colors. I think the sign of a successful dish is having many colors, flavors and textures. YUM!
OMG.. chicken AND edamame?? You are my hero. Awesome combination if you ask me! :)
Mmm, i just love cashew chicken. It’s my go-to order when I’m eating Chinese
I don’t think I’ve ever had cashew chicken before but this looks good!
I love having chicken cooked like that over either brown rice or basmati rice. There really is no other way to eat chicken! :-)
This looks so good! I bet Jasmine rice would make great rice pudding too since you get those subtle sweet undertones.
Oh wow… I bet it does.
Wow I just love your cashew chicken. It sounds really healthy and delicious. I love cooking cashew chicken, too but I use sweet chili paste, too. The pictures are so stunning, too :)
That sounds delicious! Will add some in next time.
I spy veggies! :-) This looks amazing, Jessica! I love jasmine rice! Have you ever tried brown jasmine rice? It’s great!
What?! There is such a thing?! I didn’t even know!
That looks fantastic!
i love cashew chicken! this looks great.
I love cashew chicken! Looks amazing!
Great meal idea!
The husband will LOVE this!
This post reminded me that I need to make your crunchy honey chicken. Now I don’t know which one to make first!
I say this one. It was reallllly good.
Your crunchy honey chicken is a favorite in our house, I can’t wait to try this one!!
Glad you like the crunchy honey chicken!
Cashews are highly underutilized in foods, but they taste so darn good!
Agreed! I always forget about them.
I’ve never made jasmine rice. Can you share your recipe or recommend a good one?
Jasmine rice is actually a type of rice – not a recipe. You can find it in your grocery store where the rice is and I recommend just cooking it according to the directions!
I LOVE jasmine rice. I just bought a 5 pound bag at the store yesterday, and it won’t last long around here. Most people have never had it! Weirdos!
Jasmine rice-I love it too! Wonder if it would be too off putting if you threw in some coconut as the rice was cooking…and maybe a touch of vanilla? Too sweet?
Great dinner idea, Jessica! I need to try this soon. I’ve never had jasmine rice at home, but I bet it’s an absolute treat. Thanks for sharing this!
This looks delicious! I will definitely be making this soon – just need to find some gluten-free soy sauce!
Ah crap. I had tonight’s dinner all planned out. Now I’m having second thoughts… and want to make this right now!!
Winner Winner. Chicken with cashews dinner. I’m on this.
I am totally obsessed with your Crunchy Honey Chicken Recipe. I’ve made it countless times, even using buffalo sauce vs. honey recently. It is SO YUM!
I’ll definitely have to try this cashew version…..
But stupid question, how do you make Jasmine Rice? Is this something you buy in a bag/box? I’ve had it before with fish, but at a restaurant….is it easy to make?
Thanks for sharing yet another great recipe! I <3 your blog….for reals!
Oh I must try the crunchy honey chicken with buffalo! Yum! And yes – jasmine rice is just a type of rice. You can find it in your grocery store with the rice and just cook according to directions. :)
I love chicken!
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There’s something about the combination of cashews and chicken that titillates my taste buds. Bravo on this recipe. And lovely photos, as always.