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Forget about takeout; make a delicious Single Serve Cashew Chicken at home in just 20 minutes! This mouthwatering single serving dish features cooked chicken, crispy broccoli, and crunchy cashews, all coated in a tantalizing garlic sauce. It’s a convenient, healthier option that’s perfect for anyone craving homemade Asian cuisine without spending hours in the kitchen.

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Why You’ll Love This Cashew Chicken Recipe

  • Fast and Easy: Dinner doesn’t have to be complicated! This dish comes together in just 20 minutes, making it a lifesaver for busy weeknights or unexpected guests.
  • Feeds a Crowd or One: No need to worry about portion sizes. This recipe easily doubles or triples to feed a group without changing the cooking time.
  • Healthy and Delicious: This dish isn’t just tasty, it’s packed with good stuff! Lean protein from chicken keeps you satisfied, broccoli adds vitamins and fiber, and cashews provide healthy fats.
  • Flavor Explosion: Sweet meets savory with a hint of garlic in this amazing sauce. It’s so delicious, you’ll be craving it again and again.

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Ingredients

If you have any ingredients leftover from this chicken with cashew nuts, check out our Leftover Ingredients Recipe Finder.

  • Soy Sauce: I prefer using low-sodium soy sauce to control the salt level in the dish. If you’re avoiding soy, coconut aminos can be a good substitute.
  • Honey: This natural sweetener adds a touch of sweetness that balances out the salty and umami flavors. Feel free to replace it with sugar or your preferred sugar substitute if needed.
  • Olive Oil: Extra virgin olive oil is the star here, being the least processed and highest-quality option available. It retains a robust olive flavor and a host of nutrients. However, if you prefer a milder taste, go ahead and use light olive oil.
  • Ginger: Freshly grated ginger adds a spicy kick, but ground ginger works in a pinch. Use 1/4 teaspoon of fresh or 1/8 teaspoon of ground. Leftover ginger can be used in Beef and Broccoli, Chicken Tikka Masala, or Turmeric Tea.
  • Water: Just a splash is needed to thin out the sauce, making it the perfect consistency for coating your chicken and veggies.
  • Chicken: One boneless, skinless chicken breast or thigh will do. If you’re vegetarian, tofu makes a great alternative. Got an extra piece of chicken? Use it to make a small batch of Chicken Nuggets, Chicken Tortellini Soup, or Chicken Cordon Bleu.
  • Salt and Black Pepper: These basic seasonings are all you need to bring out the natural flavors of the chicken and vegetables. Feel free to adjust the amounts to your liking.
  • Vegetables: Onions, garlic, and broccoli make up the veggie component of this dish. If broccoli’s not your thing, green beans or bell peppers can be used. These three vegetables can also be used in Broccoli Casserole, Broccoli Cheddar Soup, and Chicken Divan.
  • Cashews: These add a satisfying crunch and buttery flavor to the dish. For a nut-free version, simply omit the cashews or replace them with sunflower seeds for a similar crunch.

Recipe Variations

Craving a twist to the classic cashew chicken recipe? Each of these variations offer something unique while retaining the essential character of the original dish.

  • Sweet and Spicy: Add a drizzle of Sriracha and a spoonful of brown sugar to give your cashew chicken a spicy-sweet kick.
  • Cashew Chicken with Mango: Toss in some diced mango for a tropical infusion that pairs wonderfully with the nutty and meaty textures.
  • Teriyaki Cashew Chicken: Swap out the garlic sauce for teriyaki sauce for a Japanese twist. You’ll get a more robust, tangy flavor profile.
  • Cashew Chicken Lettuce Wraps: For a lighter and crunchier experience, serve the cooked chicken and veggies in iceberg lettuce wraps.
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How To Make Cashew Chicken

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  1. Prepare the Sauce: In a small mixing bowl, combine the low-sodium soy sauce, honey, extra virgin olive oil, ginger, and water. Whisk well and set aside for later use.
  2. Cook the Chicken: Sprinkle salt and black pepper over the chicken pieces for seasoning. In a medium-sized skillet, heat the olive oil over medium-high heat. Add the seasoned chicken and sauté for about 4-5 minutes, or until fully cooked.
  3. Sauté the Vegetables: Without removing the chicken, toss in the chopped onions, broccoli, and garlic to the same skillet. Stir occasionally and cook for approximately one minute, aiming for a crisp-tender texture in the vegetables.
  4. Combine and Cook: Introduce the cashews to the skillet and drizzle the pre-made sauce over the top. Allow the mixture to reach a gentle boil, then reduce the heat to low. Let it simmer for about 3 minutes to blend the flavors.
  5. Serving: Optionally, serve your flavorful Cashew Chicken over a bed of rice for a complete meal.

Pro Tip: You might like to use our single serving recipes for baked white rice or baked brown rice.

Single Serving Rice Cooking Tip

For a convenient way to always have rice on hand, consider cooking a large batch of either brown or white rice. Once cooked, distribute the rice into individual portions using a muffin tin. Freeze these portions until solid, then remove the rice ‘discs’ from the tin and transfer them to a zip-top freezer bag. When you need a single serving of rice, simply reheat one of these frozen rice discs for a quick and easy side dish.

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Richer Cashew Chicken Sauce (No Cornstarch!)

In many Asian recipes and saucy dishes, flour or cornstarch is commonly used as a thickening agent. However, if you’re looking for a lighter approach, consider thickening your sauce naturally through the process of reduction. It’s a simple but effective technique: simmer the sauce over low heat to evaporate some of its moisture. As the water content diminishes, the flavors intensify and the sauce becomes naturally thicker. This method is particularly useful if you’re mindful of your carb intake.

Expert Tips

  • Uniform Chicken Pieces: For even cooking, make sure to cut your chicken into pieces of similar size. This ensures that all the chicken cooks uniformly.
  • Soy Sauce Choices: I use low-sodium soy sauce in this recipe. If you’re using regular soy sauce, hold off on adding extra salt to the chicken initially. Taste the dish first and add salt later if needed to avoid over-seasoning.
  • Spice It Up: If you prefer your chicken cashew with a kick, sprinkle a pinch or two of crushed red pepper flakes into the mix. Remember, a small amount can pack a lot of heat.
  • Skillet Size: I find a 10-inch skillet to be ideal for cooking this single serving cashew chicken. For best results, use a skillet of similar size.
  • Additional Resources: For a detailed rundown of the cooking and baking dishes ideal for single serving recipes, you can check out our FAQ page and our Store page.

What To Serve With Cashew Chicken

So, you’ve just finished cooking your cashew chicken and are wondering how to take it up a notch? Look no further. We’ve got the most mouthwatering companions to this already divine dish.

  • Jasmine Rice: Lightly aromatic jasmine rice pairs beautifully with the rich flavors, soaking up the sauce for a complete taste experience.
  • Quinoa: For a protein-packed alternative to rice, try quinoa. Its nutty flavor complements the cashews perfectly.
  • Zoodles: If you’re watching your carbs, zucchini noodles make a great base for this dish.
  • Sautéed Spinach: A side of lightly sautéed spinach with a hint of garlic can enhance the meal’s nutrient profile even more.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I make a vegetarian version of cashew chicken?

Yes, substitute the chicken with tofu or tempeh.

What can I use instead of honey?

Maple syrup or sugar can be used.

Is this cashew chicken recipe gluten-free?

Use Tamari instead of soy sauce for a gluten-free version.

Ways To Use Leftover Ingredients

If you have any ingredients leftover from this recipe, check out our Leftover Ingredients Recipe Finder or you might like to consider using them in any of these single serving and small batch recipes:

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Cashew Chicken For One

4.80 from 20 votes
Prep: 5 minutes
Cook: 15 minutes
Total: 20 minutes
Servings: 1 serving
Cashew Chicken For One, easy to make and so much better than takeout! Cooked chicken and cashews in a sweet garlic sauce. This single serving version of cashew chicken is full of flavor, healthy, and ready in just 20 minutes!

Ingredients 
 

For the Sauce

  • 2 tablespoons low sodium soy sauce
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 1 teaspoon olive oil
  • ¼ teaspoon grated ginger (or use ⅛ teaspoon ground ginger)
  • 1 tablespoon water

For the Cashew Chicken

  • ½ tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 (6-ounce) boneless, skinless chicken breast -cut into 1-inch cubes.
  • teaspoon salt
  • teaspoon coarsely ground black pepper
  • ½ cup chopped onions -thickly chopped
  • ½ cup broccoli florets
  • 1 clove garlic -minced
  • ¼ cup unsalted cashews
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Instructions 

Make the Sauce

  • In a small bowl, whisk together the soy sauce, honey, olive oil, ginger, and water. Set aside.

Make the Cashew Chicken

  • Season the chicken with salt and pepper. Heat the oil in a medium-sized skillet over medium-high heat. Add the chicken and sauté until cooked through, 4-5 minutes.
  • In the same skillet, add the chopped onions, broccoli, and garlic. Cook, stirring occasionally for one minute, keeping them crisp-tender.
  • Add the cashews to the skillet and pour in the sauce. Cook until the mixture comes to a light boil. Reduce heat to low and simmer for 3 minutes.
  • Serve with rice (optional).

Notes

    • Uniform Chicken Pieces: For even cooking, make sure to cut your chicken into pieces of similar size. This ensures that all the chicken cooks uniformly.
    • Soy Sauce Choices: I use low-sodium soy sauce in this recipe. If you’re using regular soy sauce, hold off on adding extra salt to the chicken initially. Taste the dish first and add salt later if needed to avoid over-seasoning.
    • Spice It Up: If you prefer your cashew chicken with a kick, sprinkle a pinch or two of crushed red pepper flakes into the mix. Remember, a small amount can pack a lot of heat.
    • Skillet Size: I find a 10-inch skillet to be ideal for cooking this single-serving cashew chicken. For optimal results, use a skillet of similar size.
    • Additional Resources: For a detailed rundown of the cooking and baking dishes ideal for single-serving recipes, you can check out our FAQ page and our Store page.

Nutrition

Serving: 1serving, Calories: 473kcal, Carbohydrates: 58g, Protein: 49g, Fat: 26g, Saturated Fat: 4g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 4g, Monounsaturated Fat: 16g, Cholesterol: 1mg, Sodium: 1343mg, Potassium: 624mg, Fiber: 4g, Sugar: 41g, Vitamin A: 286IU, Vitamin C: 48mg, Calcium: 70mg, Iron: 3mg

The information shown is an estimate provided by an online nutrition calculator. It should not be considered a substitute for a professional nutritionist’s advice.

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  1. Joanne says:

    Looks delish! How would you adjust this recipe for using leftover rotisserie chicken instead? Thanks 🙏

    1. Joanie Zisk says:

      To use leftover rotisserie chicken, first prepare the sauce. Then start at step 3 by cooking the vegetables until they’re crisp-tender. After that, add your cooked chicken and cashews, and continue with the rest of the recipe. Enjoy!