I’m always looking for dinners that are quick, easy, and delicious. I’m usually a pretty simple person when it comes to my food choices and never really go outside the box with trying unusual combinations. I came across this recipe for cashew chicken and thought it would be a great meal to turn into a stir fry. Getting a serving of protein, carbohydrates, healthy fats, and vegetables all in an Asian inspired dish would be no problem in my household! My boyfriend was eager to try this new creation, so I made sure to give him extras. The delicate flavor of the cashews mixed with a subtle nuttiness of coconut oil really accentuated this dish. Replacing vegetable or olive oil for coconut oil in any recipe is extremely simple…just substitute in a 1:1 ratio. I used some of my favorite vegetables in this stir fry, however feel free to add or subtract to this list. Let’s take a look at what you’ll need:
1 ½ pounds boneless, skinless chicken breast, cut into 1-inch cubes
1 tablespoon cornstarch
Coarse salt and ground pepper, to taste
2 tablespoons Kelapo Coconut Oil
6 cloves garlic, minced
2 tablespoons rice vinegar
3 tablespoons hoisin sauce
¾ cup raw cashews, toasted
1 red pepper, diced
½ cup carrots, shredded
1 cup sugar snap peas
2 cups brown rice, cooked
- In a medium bowl, toss chicken with cornstarch until chicken is coated; season with salt and pepper.
- In a large nonstick skillet, heat 1 tablespoon coconut oil over medium-high heat. Cook half the chicken, tossing often, until browned, about 3 minutes. Transfer to a plate.
- Add remaining coconut oil and chicken to skillet along with the garlic and all vegetables. Cook, tossing often, until chicken is browned and vegetables softened, about 3 minutes. Return first batch of chicken to pan. Add vinegar; cook until evaporated, about 30 seconds.
- Add hoisin sauce and 1/4 cup water; cook, tossing, until chicken is cooked through, about 1 minute. Remove from heat. Stir in cashews and brown rice until fully coated.
- Serve and enjoy!
The cashew chicken stir fry turned out amazing! I will definitely be stepping out of my comfort zone with food a little more now and try different combinations. My boyfriend liked the meal so much he even went back for seconds! For other dinner ideas, check our Chicken Lo Mein and Kung Pow Chicken recipes.