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Healthy Cashew Chicken with Brown Rice

  • Author: Julie
  • Prep Time: 40 minutes
  • Cook Time: 20 minutes
  • Total Time: 1 hour
  • Yield: 4 1x
  • Category: Main Dish
  • Method: Pan Fry
  • Cuisine: Asian


A healthier version of the classic Chinese take out with juicy white meat chicken, green peppers, onions, cashews and brown rice.


  • 1 1/2 pounds boneless, skinless, chicken tenderloins chopped into 1 inch pieces
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 1 green pepper, chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves pressed through a garlic press
  • 6 green onions, sliced thinly- separate green from white part
  • 2 tablepsoons seasoned rice vinegar
  • 3 tablespoons hoisin sauce
  • 1/2 tablespoon oyster sauce
  • 1/2 teaspoon sesame oil
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 3/4 cup raw cashews, toasted and roughly chopped


  1. In a medium bowl, toss chicken with cornstarch to coat. Season with salt and pepper.
  2. In a large nonstick skillet, heat 1 tablespoon of the oil on medium high heat and add half of the chicken. Stir occasionally, and cook until browned on all sides and cooked through the center, 3-5 minutes.
  3. Transfer cooked chicken to a plate, and repeat with the remaining chicken. Add more oil if pan is dry. Transfer second batch of cooked chicken to the plate.
  4. Add a small amount of oil into the pan again, and sauté green pepper until it begins to soften, about 4 minutes.
  5. Add white part the green onions, sauté for 1 minute.
  6. Add the garlic and sauté for 1 minute.
  7. Pour in rice vinegar and cook for 30 seconds.
  8. Mix together hoisin sauce, oyster sauce, sesame oil, sugar, and water in a small bowl and pour over peppers, onions and garlic.
  9. Add cooked chicken back into the pan and stir to coat.
  10. Stir in cashews and remaining green onions and simmer on medium heat for a few more minutes.
  11. Serve over white or brown rice.



  • Serving Size: 1 Serving
  • Calories: 581
  • Sugar: 7.2g
  • Sodium: 674mg
  • Fat: 31g
  • Saturated Fat: 6g
  • Unsaturated Fat: 21.7g
  • Trans Fat: 0.2g
  • Carbohydrates: 20g
  • Fiber: 2.2g
  • Protein: 55g
  • Cholesterol: 152mg

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