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9 November 2015

A quick and easy sweet and spicy cashew chicken recipe with loads of crunchy cashews, aromatic seasonings, and huge flavor. This is done Chili Pepper Madness style.

File this one under Quick and Easy. I need more of those! We have been CRAZY busy here lately. We’ve taken on a number of web projects for our business, and I have been working on a rewrite to a screenplay I just sold.

The producer notes weren’t crazy, but there was still a bit of back and forth. Plus we had a fun beer tasting event this weekend, so I couldn’t cook.

So we needed quick meals this week! I often think pasta for quick meals, but there are SO many other options when you need to whip something together.

Case in point: Cashew Chicken.

What a wonder recipe. It truly is super easy to put together, doesn’t take long at all to cook, and it does not disappoint in the flavor department.

What is Cashew Chicken?

Cashew Chicken is a Chinese dish, highly popular in Chinese restaurants and takeout joints. You can stir in some noodles, but I like ours over simple white rice, which absorbs that sweet sauce.

Part of the reason this is so easy is because we don’t need a long time to simmer or make the sauce. The sauce is super easy – soy sauce, fish sauce, brown sugar and a bit of water.

Boom! Done!

Also, while this is a typical Cashew Chicken recipe, it’s more of a Chili Pepper Madness style meal with a variety of extra peppers involved.

As much as I LOVE chicken, we want our chili peppers to star, so I used a nice mix of chopped peppers of various heat levels. Think sweet bells, but bring in the spice with some red Thai peppers, jalapenos, maybe serranos. How about a ghost pepper?

Whatever is available to you!

Patty’s Perspective

I have to be honest. I’ve never been a fan of Chinese cuisine. I’m not sure why, even though Mike loves it. Mike has convinced me, however, that we’ve been missing out on the flavors of an entirely different part of the world. Fair enough. I’m glad he made this. I enjoyed this dish very much and look forward to having it again. With extra peppers, of course. Food like this will convert me.

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Cashew Chicken, In a serving bowl

Got any questions? Ask away! I’m happy to help. If you enjoy this recipe, I hope you’ll leave a comment with some STARS.Also, please share it on social media. Don’t forget to tag us at #ChiliPepperMadness. I’ll be sure to share! Thanks! — Mike H.

5 from 1 vote
Sweet and Spicy Cashew Chicken - Recipe
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
25 mins
Total Time
35 mins
 

A quick and easy sweet and spicy cashew chicken recipe with loads of crunchy cashews, aromatic seasonings, and huge flavor. This is done Chili Pepper Madness style.

Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American, Chinese
Keyword: chicken, recipe, spicy
Servings: 4
Calories: 751 kcal
Author: Mike Hultquist
Ingredients
  • 2 tablespoons chili oil
  • 3 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 small onion chopped
  • 1 pound mixed large chili peppers chopped (NOTE: I used a large sweet Honey Crisp, a red Cristal, and several Pineapple Aji’s, but you can use multi-colored bells or pretty much any pepper you prefer. Go jalapeno or serrano, or both! How about a spicy ghost?)
  • 1 cup cashew nuts
  • 8 ounces chicken chopped
  • Salt and pepper to taste
FOR THE SAUCE
  • 2 teaspoons soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon fish sauce
  • 1 teaspoon brown sugar
  • 3 tablespoons water
Instructions
  1. Heat a wok or large pan to medium heat and add chili oil.
  2. Add garlic, onion and mixed chili peppers. Cook about 8 minutes to soften.
  3. Add nuts and chicken and stir. Season with salt pepper. Cook another 7-8 minutes, or until the chicken is cooked through.
  4. Mix all the sauce ingredients together and add to the wok or pan. Stir to coat everything and warm the sauce.
  5. Serve with rice!
Recipe Notes

For garnish, I grated a small green jalapeno pepper over the top for color and for some added punch.

Nutrition Facts
Sweet and Spicy Cashew Chicken - Recipe
Amount Per Serving
Calories 751 Calories from Fat 324
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 36g 55%
Saturated Fat 6g 30%
Cholesterol 42mg 14%
Sodium 670mg 28%
Potassium 2502mg 71%
Total Carbohydrates 93g 31%
Dietary Fiber 34g 136%
Sugars 50g
Protein 29g 58%
Vitamin A 602.3%
Vitamin C 47.6%
Calcium 8%
Iron 53.6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

 

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