Easy Paleo Cashew Chicken Stir Fry Recipe

Taylor Kiser | Food. Faith. Fitness. Updated

Easy Paleo Cashew Chicken Stir Fry should be your dinner tonight. It’s a healthy option that feels like something you’d order from GrubHub, without the wait!

Did you know that I live in the city that INVENTED CASHEW CHICKEN?

RLY RLY.

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Like, my house is literally 3 mins away from the VERY restaurant that introduced this magical, sticky-sweet and nutty takeout dish to the world. And, for that little establishment, I AM SO GRATEFUL.

How-EV-er, “Springfield style” cashew chicken is, UHHH, REAL WEIRD you guys.

The kind of recipe for cashew chicken that I have grown to know and DEVOUR is more stir-fry like, with a sticky sauce, full of garlic goodness and SPICE, and PILED HIGH with rich and toasty cashews. The juicy, TENDER morsels of chicken are not crispy and deep fried like firecracker pineapple chicken or mandarin orange chicken.

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But, here? It’s deep fried and the sauce is more like GRAVY. So thick. So weird.

SO NOT INTO IT.

Hence the need to make a stir-fried version of my FAVORITE take out dish. Which OBVI means that it’s going to be healthy and nourishing, WHILE being SO YUMMY.

‘Cause when do we NOT do nutritious deliciousness?

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You guys. This easy PALEO cashew chicken stir fry? SO INTO IT.

Even more than the whole30 cashew chicken curry that I thought was the ultimate! The mecca! Of healthy cashew chicken recipes.

How to make cashew chicken 101:

  1. Like we talked about b4, my cashew-chicken-brain says STIR FRY, not DEEP FRY. So, stir fry those itty-bitty bite-sized pieces of protein-packed chicken in some <3 healthy avocado oil until JUST about cooked. ß Don’t go ALL THE WAY friends.
  2. Add in your garlic (always garlic) green onion, and red peppers, sautéing them up until they’re juuuust fork tender. NOW you can go ALL DA WAY with your chicken.
  3. Add your sauce. Stir! Stir! Stir!
  4. Let sauce Bubble! Bubble! Bubble! Until it’s thick, sticky and glossy like WHOA.

Stir in some sesame oil for a flavor PUNCH and go HARD on the roasty, toasty, salty cashews.

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I mean, you can’t make this easy paleo cashew chicken stir fry WITHOUT THEM.

Let’s talk sauce for a second.

The traditional chicken with cashews has hoisin sauce. Whiiich is loaded with who-knows-what.

In one of my rare moments of GOOD IDEAS, I decided to look at the ingredient label, figure out where the flavor was coming from an MAKE MY OWN using simple, similar ingredients:

  1. Honey
  2. Chili paste
  3. Coconut Aminos
  4. Chinese 5 spice ß the secret ingredient that adds SO much flavor!

No weirdo, thick sauces with questionable ingredients. Just tender, saucy, spicy-sweet chicken for your takeout loving face that is made from REAL FOOD.

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Fun fact: I even fed this to someone FROM Springfield and they thought it was DELISH. ßThey actually had the seconds that I was hoping would be leftover for MY lunch the next day.

Don’t you hate when people like food more than you expect and you end up with a peanut butter and jelly sandwich the next day instead?

Anyway.

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Take that Springfield style chicken.

“Taylor” style chicken is the newest, latest and GREATEST. 

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Easy Paleo Cashew Chicken Stir Fry Recipe

    4 Servings

Ingredients

  • 2/3 cup Cashews
  • 1 tablespoon Avocado Oil
  • 1 pound Grass-Fed Chicken Breast
  • Sea Salt
  • Black Pepper
  • 1 Red Bell Pepper, chopped
  • 1/2 cup Sliced Green Onions, plus additional for garnish
  • 2 teaspoons Garlic
  • 8 teaspoons Rice Vinegar
  • 1/4 cup Water
  • 2 tablespoons Coconut Aminos
  • 1 tablespoon Fresh Hot Chili Paste
  • 1 tablespoon Honey
  • 1/2 teaspoon Chinese Five Spice
  • 1/2 teaspoon Sesame Oil
  • Sesame Seeds, for garnish
  • Cooked White Rice, or cauliflower rice, for serving

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Place the cashews on a small baking sheet and bake until lightly golden brown and toasted, about 10-12 minutes. Set aside.
  2. Heat the oil on med/high heat. Add in the chicken with a pinch of salt and pepper and cook until JUST completely cooked, but with a little bit of pink left.
  3. Add in the red pepper, green onion and garlic and cook until tender and the chicken is no longer pink.
  4. Add rice vinegar and cook until it has evaporated, about 1-2 minutes.
  5. Whisk together the water, coconut aminos, chili paste, honey and five spice.
  6. Add into the pan, turn the heat up to high and bring to a boil. Once boiling, cook until thickened, approximately 2-3 minutes
  7. Remove from the heat and stir in the sesame oil and cashews.
  8. Serve with rice of choice and garnish with green onion and sesame seeds.
  9. DEVOUR.

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Recipe Yields: 4 servings
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes

Nutrition Facts

Servings Per Recipe 4

Amount Per Serving
Calories from Fat 111
Calories 350

% Daily Value*
21%
Total Fat 14g
4%
  Saturated Fat 1g
52%
Sodium 1257mg
8%
Total Carbohydrate 24g
2%
  Dietary Fiber 2g
  Sugars 16g
59%
Protein 29g

* Percent Daily Value are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
** Nutrition Facts are estimated based on ingredients and data provided by Fat Secret. Please consult a doctor if you have special dietary needs.
Taylor Kiser

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Taylor keeps food, faith and fitness close to the heart on her blog of the same name. We're excited to have her as a Healthy Eating fanatic.