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With a few simple ingredients, you can enjoy this delicious and healthy cashew chicken dish right in your own kitchen.
While it's traditionally found in Chinese cuisine, we've taken some liberties with the ingredients to suit anyone's taste.
Plus, it's low-carb and keto-friendly so you can enjoy it without any guilt!
This recipe is also a great Trim Healthy Mama S fuel!
Easy Keto Cashew Chicken Recipe
How to make Keto Cashew Chicken?
This low-carb cashew chicken uses chicken thighs, bell peppers, broccoli, and onions, along with a few other ingredients for an easy chicken stir fry you can make for dinner tonight!
- Boneless Skinless Chicken Thighs
- Salt And Pepper
- 1 Tablespoon Olive Oil (or Avocado Oil)
- 1 Green Bell Pepper
- 1 Red Bell Pepper
- 1 Onion
- 2 Cups Frozen Broccoli
For the sauce:
- Rice Wine Vinegar (regular Rice Vinegar will work, too)
- Liquid Aminos (can also use Coconut Aminos)
- Sesame Oil
- Ground Ginger
- Minced Garlic
- Chili Sauce
And of course, cashews and green onions!
This cashew chicken is an easy recipe that can be put together in a matter of minutes!
The recipe below calls for baking this dish in the oven, but you can also stir-fry it on the stovetop--whatever is more convenient for you!
Brown the chicken
You'll brown the chicken pieces on all sides in a pan over medium-high heat.
Prepare the vegetables
Chop all the vegetables you are planning to use in your cashew chicken - broccoli, bell peppers, green onion, etc.
Once the chicken thighs have been browned, add them to the casserole dish with all of the chopped vegetables.
Prepare the sauce
Mix together all of the sauce ingredients and pour over the chicken and vegetable mixture in the casserole dish. Sprinkle with the cashew nuts, cover, and cook!
Is there a low-carb chili sauce?
How do I make the sauce thicker?
If you'd like a thicker sauce, simply add a sprinkle of glucomannan powder or xanthan gum to the sauce when mixing it.
Can I make this as a cashew chicken stir fry?
Oh yes! Just follow the same steps for baking in the oven, but add everything to a large skillet and cook it on the stove!
Can I make Cashew Chicken in a slow cooker?
Definitely! This makes meal prep and easy dinners a breeze!
Simply pan-fry the chicken as directed in the recipe below, then add all the remaining ingredients to your slow cooker and cook on low for 4-6 hours!
What sauce is used in Cashew Chicken?
Soy sauce is traditionally used in cashew chicken, but you can also use a variety of other sauces to fit your taste.
The sauce for this keto cashew chicken recipe is made with rice wine vinegar, liquid aminos, sesame oil, ground ginger, minced garlic, and chili sauce.
What is the best way to serve Cashew Chicken?
Since this is a low-carb chicken recipe, you'll want to keep your side dishes low-carb as well.
Cauliflower rice is an easy replacement for regular white or brown rice. It's low in carbs and calories, and a great way to bulk up this meal.
Zucchini noodles, or zoodles, are another low-carb option that goes well with cashew chicken. You can find them pre-made at most grocery stores, or make them yourself using a spiralizer.
Shirataki noodles are a type of Japanese noodle made from konjac.
They're very low in carbs and calories, and have a similar texture to zucchini noodles, though they can tend to be a bit rubbery at times.
You could also use konjac rice!
Frequently asked questions about this cashew chicken recipe
How many carbs are in this keto cashew chicken?
One serving of this easy cashew chicken recipe has a total of 8 grams of carbohydrates. There are also 2 grams of fiber, so this gives the cashew chicken 6 grams of net carbs per serving!
Can I make this low-carb cashew chicken with chicken breast?
Yes, you can use chicken breast in this recipe, but I prefer chicken thighs because they are more moist and have more flavor.
How can I make this low-carb cashew chicken gluten-free?
Liquid Aminos (used in this recipe) are naturally gluten-free.
However, you'll also want to check the labels on your chili sauce to make sure it doesn't contain any gluten.
Is this low-carb cashew chicken keto-friendly?
Yes, this low-carb cashew chicken dish is keto-friendly and perfect for anyone following a low-carb or ketogenic diet.
What other vegetables can I use in this low-carb cashew chicken recipe?
In addition to bell pepper, onion, and broccoli, you could also add mushrooms, green beans, bok choy, zucchini, or yellow squash.
How long does Cashew Chicken last in the fridge?
This low-carb cashew chicken recipe will last in the fridge for up to one week.
If you're meal prepping, I recommend storing the chicken and vegetables separately from the sauce. This will help to keep everything fresh and prevent the chicken from getting soggy.
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This low-carb cashew chicken recipe is a delicious and easy way to enjoy your favorite Chinese dish without all of the guilt.
- 2 Pounds Boneless Skinless Chicken Thighs
- Salt And Pepper To Taste
- 1 Tablespoon Olive Oil
- 1 Green Bell Pepper Seeded And Cut Into 1-Inch Pieces
- 1 Red Bell Pepper Seeded And Cut Into 1-Inch Pieces
- 1 Onion Seeded And Cut Into 1-Inch Pieces
- 2 Cups Frozen Broccoli
- 2 Teaspoons Rice Wine Vinegar
- 3 Tablespoons Liquid Aminos
- 1 1/2 Teaspoons Sesame Oil
- 1 Teaspoon Ground Ginger
- 2 Cloves Garlic Minced or 1/2 Teaspoon Garlic Powder
- 2 Teaspoons Chili Sauce
- 1/2 Cup Cashews
- Sliced Green Onions For Garnish
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Prepare a 9x13 casserole dish with nonstick cooking spray.
- In a large skillet over medium-high heat, add the olive oil. Season the chicken with salt and pepper. Add the chicken to the skillet in batches and brown on all sides.
- Transfer chicken to the casserole dish.
- In the casserole dish, toss the chicken together with the bell peppers, broccoli, and onions.
- In a mason jar or small bowl, mix together the rice wine vinegar, liquid aminos, sesame oil, ground ginger, and chili garlic sauce.
- Pour the mixture over the chicken and vegetables, then sprinkle with cashews.
- Cover and cook for 30 minutes. Remove the cover and continue cooking for 15 minutes.
- Garnish with sliced green onions. Serve over cauliflower rice, if desired.