Healthy and Quick Thai Cashew Chicken

Thai Cashew Chicken. A take-out-esque dish with all of the flavor and none of the guilt.

Not only is this recipe delicious, it is also extremely quick to make. Including many ingredients most people already have on hand AND taking only 20 minutes — this is sure to be your new favorite meal!

Delicious, healthy, and quick! How can you beat that?

With juicy chicken, crisp veggies, and the best sweet and savory sauce, this dish is jam-packed with flavor. Try it out for dinner this week and let us know how you like it.

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YIELD: 4 servings

PREP TIME: 10 minutes

COOK TIME: 10 minutes

TOTAL TIME: 20 minutes

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Ingredients:

  • 1 1/4 pounds boneless, skinless chicken breasts (about 2 large), cut into bite-sized pieces
  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch (or substitute arrowroot powder)
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons canola oil
  • 3 medium red bell peppers, seeded and cut into bite-sized pieces
  • 1 large head of broccoli, cut into florets (about 4 cups)
  • 1 bunch green onions (about 6 medium), thinly sliced
  • 2/3 cup dry roasted, unsalted cashews
  • Cooked brown rice or quinoa, for serving
  • 1/4 cup reduced-sodium soy sauce
  • 3 tablespoons seasoned rice vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons honey, plus additional to taste
  • 1 tablespoon freshly grated ginger
  • 2 cloves minced garlic (about 1 teaspoon)
  • 1/4-1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes, plus additional to taste

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Directions:

  1. In a small bowl, toss the chicken pieces with the cornstarch, salt, and pepper.
  2. Heat the oil in a large skillet over medium high. Once the oil is hot and shiny, add the chicken mixture and sauté for 4 minutes, just until lightly browned. Add the bell pepper, broccoli, and green onions. Continue sautéing until the chicken is cooked through and the vegetables are crisp-tender, about 5 additional minutes. Stir in the cashews and cook for 30 additional seconds.
  3. While the chicken and vegetables are cooking, prepare the sauce. In a small bowl or large measuring cup, stir together the soy sauce, rice vinegar, 2 tablespoons honey, ginger, garlic, and 1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes. Taste and add additional honey and/or red pepper flakes as desired (I added an additional 1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes). Pour the sauce over the skillet and toss to coat. Enjoy immediately with brown rice.

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Nutrition Information:

Serving Size: 1 (of 4) with 1/2 cup prepared brown rice

Amount Per Serving:

  • Calories: 553 Calories
  • Total Fat: 18g
  • Saturated Fat: 3g
  • Cholesterol: 75mg
  • Sodium: 851mg
  • Carbohydrates: 57g
  • Fiber: 8g
  • Sugar: 19g
  • Protein: 35g

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