Easy Cashew Chicken

Prep Time:
25 mins
Total Time:
25 mins

This chicken dish is fresher and tastier than anything you'd get from a take-out carton.


  • 1 ½ pounds boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cut into 1-inch pieces

  • 2 tablespoons dry sherry

  • 2 teaspoons minced peeled fresh ginger

  • 3 ½ teaspoons cornstarch

  • Coarse salt

  • ½ cup low-sodium chicken broth

  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce

  • 1 tablespoon rice vinegar

  • 2 teaspoons sugar

  • 1 tablespoon plus 2 teaspoons vegetable oil

  • 2 garlic cloves, chopped

  • cup unsalted cashews, toasted

  • 2 scallions, white and green parts separated and thinly sliced

  • Cooked white rice, for serving


  1. In a medium bowl, toss chicken with sherry, ginger, and 1 1/2 teaspoons cornstarch; season with salt. Refrigerate 30 minutes. In another bowl, combine broth, soy sauce, vinegar, sugar, and 2 teaspoons cornstarch; set sauce aside.

  2. In a large nonstick skillet, heat 1 tablespoon oil over medium-high. Add half the chicken and cook until golden and cooked through, about 5 minutes. Transfer chicken to a plate. Add 1 teaspoon oil to skillet and cook remaining chicken (reduce heat if chicken is over-browning). Transfer to plate.

  3. To same skillet, add 1 teaspoon oil, garlic, cashews, and scallion whites. Cook, stirring constantly, until garlic begins to soften, 30 seconds. Whisk sauce and add to skillet along with chicken. Cook until sauce thickens, about 30 seconds. Top with scallion greens and serve with rice.

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