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Baked Cashew Chicken

Better than takeout and so simple, this Baked Cashew Chicken is the perfect weeknight dinner. A favorite chicken stir fry recipe made in one pan with fresh veggies and a delicious sauce. Dinner the family will love!
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Total Time35 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Chinese
Servings: 4
Calories: 406kcal
Author: Lorie Yarro

Ingredients

  • 1 ½ lb chicken breasts, cut into bite sized pieces
  • 1 bunch broccoli, cut into small florets
  • 1 red bell pepper, diced
  • 4 green onions, chopped (whites included)
  • c unsalted cashews (lightly toasted or raw)

For the Sauce:

  • 2 teaspoon rice vinegar
  • ¼ c chicken stock
  • ¼ c soy sauce (or tamari for gluten free) I prefer lower sodium versions
  • 1 teaspoon sesame oil
  • 3 T hoisin sauce
  • 1 T sugar or honey (brown sugar is great as well!)
  • 1 T grated fresh ginger
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 teaspoon corn starch
  • ¼ teaspoon crushed red pepper
  • ½ teaspoon cracked pepper
  • salte to taste
  • 2 teaspoon siracha (optional)

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 375°F.
  • Combine all ingredients for the sauce in a small bowl and whisk together. Place the chicken, cashews and veggies in a medium bowl or right into an oil sprayed baking dish. Pour sauce over chicken and veggies and toss to coat. Transfer to a baking dish if you haven't done so already.
  • Place in oven and bake for approximately 20 minutes, or until chicken reaches an internal temperature of 165°F. Allow to sit for several minutes to absorb flavor and sauce to thicken slightly. Serve over rice or as desired with a sprinkle of sesame seeds if desired.

Notes

  • This does have a sauce, but it's not a lot of sauce once it is cooked. If you want more sauce for when serving, double the sauce recipe and add it before cooking. This will give you plenty to spoon over in the end.
  • Feel free to prep this in the morning of or even the night before you plan on cooking. It will allow the chicken to marinate and absorb all the more flavor and allow you to take care of business when it works best for you!
  • If you prefer a pretty thick sauce, add another teaspoon of corn starch to allow it to thicken even more.
  • My husband prefers his cashew chicken with pineapple. I was going to add it in to the recipe, but then decided not to. If this sounds good to you, you can add a few teaspoons of pineapple juice to the sauce, or add some fresh pineapple chunks before baking.

Nutrition

Calories: 406kcal | Carbohydrates: 23g | Protein: 43g | Fat: 16g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 110mg | Sodium: 965mg | Potassium: 1037mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 10g | Vitamin A: 1303IU | Vitamin C: 81mg | Calcium: 47mg | Iron: 3mg