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Cashew Chicken

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Saucy, sticky, crispy, candied and agreeable Cashew Chicken! Aloof like your admired takeout, but fabricated accessible at home.

Oh my oh my oh my – saucy, sticky, candied and agreeable cashew craven is here, and it was my admired compound I fabricated this month, and this aloof ability be the compound that will cull you (okay, fine, me) out of the winter slumps with texture, flavor, and a little added jazziness. It’s aloof a absolutely fun recipe.

My adaptation of cashew craven is absolutely based off of this Amazon Branch copycat recipe, which is admirable and reminds me that although haters like to hate, I should apparently get aback to the Amazon Branch for a barbecue ASAP. Abundant job, Sabrina.

I fabricated it about the aforementioned as her cashew craven recipe, but aloof a little easier, and with a beneath additive list.

And what resulted was glorious. We’re talking about bite-sized pieces of chicken, breaded and absurd into a nice little crisp, tossed with a quick, sticky-sweet, soy-and-garlic sauce, all brought calm with a scattering of cashews. Alluringly this would be served over a accumulation of hot, bleared rice with a ancillary of article of the vegetable array (steamed or broiled broccoli is a fave). But added practically, you won’t alike get that far afore you alpha bustling bites of craven beeline out of the hot pan.

There is a 100% adventitious that anyone who is in a 10-mile ambit will appear active into your kitchen back they aroma the garlic, ginger, and soy in the booze as it hits the pan. It’s a acceptable moment.

In This Post: All You Charge For Cashew Chicken

Cashew Chicken: Frequently Asked Questions

What is the agent of cashew chicken?

Cashew craven is a Chinese-American bowl that can be either stir-fried or deep-fried – the closing of which (what we’re authoritative here), originated in Springfield, Missouri. It was created by a chef called David Leong who confused to the US from Ceramics and was attractive to actualize a bowl that appealed to the tastes of Americans, which is how it was born. Acknowledge you, David!

Can I activity fry the craven instead of frying it?

Absolutely! As I mentioned above, the added adaptation of this bowl is stir-fried instead of deep-fried. Aloof skip the blanket and frying footfall and activity fry your chicken, again add the sauce.

Could I use tofu instead of chicken?

Yup! I’d maybe skip the concoction and abysmal frying and apply one of the brittle tofu account in this post.

What blazon of pan is best for this recipe?

Non-stick is best for all the deep-frying fun accident here.

How does this authority up for leftovers?

There’s a little clamminess that happens for leftovers, but I still absolutely enjoyed it. If you appetite to animate the crispiness, you can calefaction it in a pan on medium-high calefaction to get things crisped up again.

What You Charge To Accomplish Cashew Chicken

While this is somewhat of a clear-the-counters-and-put-on-your-apron affectionate of recipe, it doesn’t booty as abundant accomplishment or capacity as you’d think.

Here’s what you need:

  • Chicken
  • Dry capacity (flour, cornstarch, the usual)
  • Batter (you’ll accomplish this, but it’s easy! promise!)
  • Vegetable oil for frying
  • Cashews
  • Sauce (soy sauce, hoisin sauce, vinegar, ginger, etc.)
  • Green onions to top it off
Cashew chicken in a pan with a spoon.

How To Accomplish Cashew Chicken

First, you’ll accept to put a little bit of basic assignment in – cube your chicken, get the dry capacity in a basin and mix the concoction for frying, and maybe alike barrel calm your booze now if you appetite to absolutely accomplish this seamless.

Then, you’re activity to alpha authoritative abracadabra happen.

  1. Coat your craven in the dry capacity and get it in the concoction to coat.
  2. Heat your oil in a ample bucket to get it accessible to fry. (You can analysis it by abacus aloof a dribble of concoction to see if it sizzles, but if you appetite to be absolutely exact, the oil should be about 350-375 degrees.)
  3. Fry it up! Add bisected your chicken, again echo with the added half.
  4. Remove the oil and put the craven aback in the pan and add your booze and cashews.
  5. Serve with rice. Way to go!

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Deep-Fried Vs. Stir-Fried

Traditionally, there are two means to accomplish cashew chicken: stir-fried in a pan or wok, or deep-fried, the closing of which is accident here.

I adulation adulation adulation the crispy, delicious, deep-fried $.25 of craven and how they adhere to the booze here, but if you appetite to annihilate the deep-frying of this recipe, that is an option.

What I’d do instead: skip the concoction and aloof activity fry the craven in a pan, and again add the booze at the end. Easy.

HOWEVER if you are allotment to abysmal fry, I accept a baby tip for you to accomplish it a littttttle easier: bung *all your chicken* calm into the flour, again activity up *all the floured chicken* calm into the batter. From there, I dump about bisected of it into the pan of hot oil – it’s activity to stick calm and feel actual wrong, but you can assignment bound and use two forks to breach the pieces apart. And echo with the added bisected batch.

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Cashew Chicken

  • Author: Lindsay
  • Absolute Time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: 46 servings 1x


Saucy, sticky, crispy, candied and agreeable Cashew Chicken! Aloof like your admired takeout, but fabricated accessible at home. Served with mild rice and broccoli.




  • 3/4 cup flour
  • 3/4 cup cornstarch
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon paprika
  • 3/4 cup cold water
  • about 1/2 cup vegetable oil for frying
  • 1 lb. boneless skinless craven breasts, cut into baby bite-sized pieces
  • 1 cup cashew halves


  • 1/2 cup hoisin sauce
  • 1/4 cup soy sauce
  • 2 tablespoons white vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon sriracha (optional)
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 cloves fresh garlic, grated
  • a baby allotment of fresh ginger, grated


  1. Make Batter: Mix the flour, cornstarch, salt, and paprika. Set abreast bisected of the abrade admixture in a baby bowl. Mix the added bisected of the abrade admixture with 3/4 cup algid baptize to anatomy a apart batter.
  2. Make Sauce: Whisk all booze capacity together. Set aside.
  3. Fry Chicken: Calefaction oil over average calefaction until a bead of baptize sizzles beyond the top. Absterge the craven pieces in the dry abrade mixture, again dip into the batter. Let balance concoction dribble off. Add aged craven pieces to the oil. Fry for 2-3 account on anniversary side. Abolish from the pan and cesspool on cardboard anhydrate lined plate. Cesspool out any balance oil from the pan. (SEE ADDENDUM FOR AN ACCESSIBLE ADJUSTMENT ON THIS STEP.)

  4. Finish: Put craven aback in the pan. Add booze and cashews. Activity for about 1 minute, until coated and you can alpha to aroma the garlic. Done! Serve with rice and maybe some broiled or aflame broccoli. SO GOOD! 


Chicken Shortcut: I acquisition dredging, battering, and frying alone pieces of craven to be affectionate of tedious. So I tossed *all my chicken* calm into the flour, again afflicted up *all the floured chicken* calm into the batter. From there, I dumped about bisected of it into the pan of hot oil – it’s activity to stick calm and feel actual wrong, but you can assignment bound and use two forks to breach the pieces apart. And echo with the added bisected batch. Done!

Type of Pan: Personally I like to use a nonstick for this to abstain the craven accepting ashore to the basal of the pan. 

Caramelization and Delicacy Level: If you like added browning, caramelization, chewiness, and stickiness, let aggregate baker in the pan calm for added like 5 account instead of 1 minute. Alone I like the arrangement of the booze at 1 minute, but it does attending absolutely appealing with that caramelization.

Leftovers: They get a tad bit clammy but I still absolutely enjoyed them. For best results, amber the craven in a nonstick bucket for a few account to get some browning / crisping on the outside.

  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 15 minutes
  • Category: Dinner
  • Method: Fry
  • Cuisine: Chinese-Inspired

Keywords: cashew chicken, takeout chicken, takeout at home, adhesive chicken, craven and rice

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  1. Pinch of Yum Logo

    That Cashew Craven meal appropriate there aloof from the attending of things can absolutely ATTEMPT with Hibachi restaurants for austere business and $ gUaP $ ! 🙂

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    Wendy Marcuson

    Would it be awe-inspiring to try this with tofu ? One of my daughters is vegetarian.

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      Ashley Kay

      Or cauliflower florets like you can do to accomplish “wings”? Anticipate they’d authority up?… Or maybe alike anticipate chunks of shiitakes?

    2. Pinch of Yum Logo

      I haven’t fabricated it with craven yet So am not able to analyze but fabricated it with tofu tonight and it was actual good. The tofu got accurately brittle and the booze is delicious.

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      King djoser

      The affair about affable is you can consistently agreement with altered ingredients. Abutting time aloof try and dont alike bother allurement hahahah ive fabricated this with altered basics and mix in brocolli and cauliflower in spicier sauce. Hahaha ability try abacus bacon abutting time.

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        King djoser

        Its not the aforementioned as pan frying. You could do it but its apathetic and not the aforementioned at all unless you a abuse bloom nut

  3. Pinch of Yum Logo

    This looks amazing… can’t delay to try it!!! What do you anticipate of subbing honey for the amoroso in the sauce???

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        Lorraine Maison

        I fabricated this for banquet tonight and my babe and bedmate said it was bigger than any restaurant aliment they had eaten. It was so adhesive and tasty. The shortcuts formed absolutely well. Acknowledge you

  4. Pinch of Yum Logo

    I can about aroma this adorable bowl through the computer that I’m sitting at appropriate now. It has my aperture watering now. I adulation annihilation Chinese and abnormally Cashew Chicken. And it’s amazing how quick and accessible it is. Acknowledgment for sharing.

  5. Pinch of Yum Logo

    Made this tonight! Didn’t concoction and fry the craven to accomplish it a little convalescent and I subbed rice wine alkali for white alkali as able-bodied back I had some in my pantry. It was delicious! Bedmate baffled the bowl clean.

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      Leslie D Porter

      Can you acquaint me how you fabricated the substitutions? I am absent to do this tonight.


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    HRH Farms

    I adulation cashew activity fry in all its arresting forms. My admired Thai abode = aureate pork w/cashews and attic rice. I blanket the compound by attractive at the additive account on the takeout menu! . Gosh it’s acceptable and they use lots of veggies like candied peppers, broccoli, carrots, mushrooms and baptize chestnuts. Bigger thaw out the pork tenderloin for banquet tomorrow!

      1. Pinch of Yum Logo

        Its acceptable with tofu. I acclimated tempura
        batter instead of abrade and fabricated the hoysin my self.

    1. Pinch of Yum Logo

      Not abiding what I did amiss actuality but it’s soooo acrid for me, I can’t drudge it but I do adulation the flavour 😩 adulation all your recipes xxx

  7. Pinch of Yum Logo

    The compound has been explained in such a way that it makes it attending like a allotment of block to prepare. I adulation cashew craven and it is my favourite bowl for the weekend. Acknowledgment for administration the recipe. 🙂

  8. Pinch of Yum Logo

    My bedmate absolutely enjoyed this dish, “that’s a keeper” he said, lol. It’s so nice to acquisition recipes we both love!

  9. Pinch of Yum Logo

    thinking of assay craven thighs again chopping to add to sauce? we don’t like the aroma of absurd foods. what do you think?

      1. Pinch of Yum Logo

        it was absolutely acceptable with broiled craven thighs. the booze was a bit candied alike afterwards i cut it in half. abutting time i’ll omit amoroso because the hoisin booze its the absolute bulk of sweetness. abundant recipe. a keeper.

  10. Pinch of Yum Logo

    Made this aftermost night for banquet and the acidity was delicious!! However, afterwards abacus the booze the crispiness of the craven was absolutely gone and the craven became absolutely bendable and clammy (like what you would apprehend back reheating the leftovers) Any admonition on how to accumulate the craven blockage brittle alike afterwards abacus the sauce? Acknowledge you! Admitting it not actuality crispy, we enjoyed it still and will absolutely be authoritative it again!

    1. Pinch of Yum Logo

      So apologetic to apprehend this, Kiki. We haven’t apparent this appear yet. We admiration if it’d advice to use a little beneath sauce. Let us apperceive how this goes if you end up aggravating it out abutting time!

  11. Pinch of Yum Logo

    Ok, this looks incredible! I am admiring all the craven recipes I am award lately, that I can accomplish gluten-free by artlessly alteration up the flour! So accessible and looks fantastic! I can’t delay to accomplish this. Acknowledge you!

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    Jenn P

    Couldn’t stop attractive at this compound all week, and I don’t like cashews. But fabricated it tonight (I aloof ate about the cashews), and it was delicious. I dumped all the craven (I acclimated thighs) in the abrade and again the batter, and again acclimated continued chopsticks to put them in the pan to fry. Formed great, and beneath beat crisis than application forks.

  13. Pinch of Yum Logo

    Really acceptable and not adamantine at all. I followed the *easy adjustment of auctioning the craven in rather than a allotment at a time (who wants to do that?!). Formed altogether and craven came out as brittle as it would accept if I acutely dredged anniversary tiny allotment of chicken, antisocial my life. Acknowledgment for addition abundant recipe! <3

  14. Pinch of Yum Logo

    So, my 28 y old son znd I had this for supper aftermost night. Mmmmm.

    He came bottomward as I was frying the craven pieces and I was rezlizing I HAD NEVER. ABSOLUTELY ABSURD CHICKEN. EVER.

    Is that camp to be 56 and never accept absurd craven before? You accept to accept the appulse of the Low Fat Movement advertising activity on in the 1980s back I was acquirements to cook. Frying food…it was like activity outdoors in your underwear or cheating on your spouse. Nice Girls DIDN’T. (I did, of course, eat affluence of KFC those years, bcz , hypocrisy. But I never absolutely adapted it.)

    I’m so beholden to you for allowance me to get over this at this point in time! This was AMAZING. And yes, I was absolutely bistro the pieces out of the pan. Because of you I still accept decades larboard to my accustomed lifespan to eat this deliciousness consistently in my own kitchen. Acknowledge you, acknowledge you, acknowledge you! 😁

  15. Pinch of Yum Logo

    I fabricated this compound aftermost night for banquet and acclimated Lindsay’s craven adjustment in the addendum – she’s right, it feels actual wrong, but it turns out so amazing!! I feel like I will never charge to adjustment booty out Chinese anytime afresh because this is so abundant better. 🙂 Ps. I microwaved the assortment for cafeteria and it was still adorable aloof not as brittle but still so good. Acknowledgment for the abating recipe!