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Crunchy Cashew Chicken & Rice- Recipe

Crunchy Cashew Chicken & Rice- Recipe


If you are looking for a fast and frugal meal your whole family will swoon for, this Crunchy Cashew Chicken and Rice will surely fit the bill. It is not only fast to make, but you can purchase all of the ingredients fairly inexpensively. So grab your chopsticks and head to the kitchen, it is time to cook up this tasty meal!

Crunchy Cashew Chicken & Rice

Crunchy Cashew Chicken & Rice- Recipe


1 pound of boneless, skinless chicken
1 green pepper, chopped
1 white onion, chopped
1 can of water chestnuts, sliced
1 cup of cashews
2 cups of instant white rice
Salt and pepper to taste
Soy sauce
Non stick cooking spray

Side note

Many people have a hard time finding water chestnuts. They are a canned product, so you can typically find them either by the canned vegetables or near the ethnic foods section.


1. First, spray a small pan with the non-stick spray. On a medium heat, roast the cashews stirring often. Once they are golden, set them aside on a paper towel.

2. Slice the chicken into thin slices and toss them into a pan again coated with some non-stick cooking spray. Keep stirring so the chicken does not stick or overcook. Add in the green pepper and onion and continue to stir well for 10-12 minutes or until the chicken and vegetables are cooked through.

3. Drain and rinse the water chestnuts. Toss them into the mixture. You want to keep them crispy so you do not want to cook the dish for much longer.

4. Add salt and pepper to taste as well as a tablespoon of soy sauce. You can add more soy based on your own tastes if you would like.

5. Remove the mixture from heat and set aside.

6. Cook your instant rice according to directions. It should only take about 7-8 minutes to cook, just enough time for your chicken to set and cool.

7. Stir the cashews into the mixture and pour over your rice. Add additional salt and pepper if you wish as well as additional soy sauce.

Now it is time to dig in! This meal if fun to make, tastes fresh, and is wonderfully frugal. Enjoy it on a night where you think there just isn’t time to sit down to a homemade dinner. You will soon begin to think otherwise!

Head to the store and grab these simple ingredients and see how easy it is to whip up this Crunchy Cashew Chicken. It will soon become one of your new favorite recipes.



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    Robin (Masshole Mommy)
    8 February, 2014 at 3:44 pm

    This sounds heavenly – and I love that it’s relatively easy to make. I bet my kids would like it, too!

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    8 February, 2014 at 4:13 pm

    This is one both my hubs and I would love. We are trying to eat a lot more chicken than we have in the past, so this is a perfect recipe for us.
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    8 February, 2014 at 4:25 pm

    We love cashew chicken from a local takeout place. It’s nice to have a recipe to make it at home.
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    Amanda Ripsam
    8 February, 2014 at 4:58 pm

    It looks like something I pulled together last week minus the cashews. It looks yummy.
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    8 February, 2014 at 4:59 pm

    Sounds like a plan to me! Easy, would definitely taste wonderful to my taste buds and it doesn’t take hours to cook either.

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    8 February, 2014 at 6:55 pm

    You hit my week spot! I love Chineese. I think that is actually why Chris and I ended up together he took me to out alot of Chineese when we dated

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    Jennifer Williams
    8 February, 2014 at 7:52 pm

    I will definitely be trying this, we love Chinese foods but I have a hard time finding recipes that I can make that are good so we usually do take out.
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    8 February, 2014 at 8:28 pm

    Our Cashew Chicken recipes are strikingly similar (and the family does love when we make it here). Yours sounds like it would be a big hit here too. 🙂

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    amanda @attachedmoms
    8 February, 2014 at 11:15 pm

    Great recipe. I am sure my son would gobble this up!

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    8 February, 2014 at 11:20 pm

    I love Chinese food but never tried making it on my own. This recipe actually sounds very easy to make.
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    Ashley Wintters
    9 February, 2014 at 12:14 am

    Yummy! Sounds delicious and easy to make. I am going to have to try this 🙂
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    Tough Cookie Mommy
    9 February, 2014 at 12:35 am

    I think I would really like this recipe because cashews and chicken are some of my favorite ingredients.
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    9 February, 2014 at 1:06 am

    Easy to make & quite yummy to eat, I’m sure! Send me some! Those chopsticks are too cute 🙂
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    9 February, 2014 at 11:23 am

    Yum this looks really good and easy to make. I may add it to the menu this week
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    Amanda Love
    9 February, 2014 at 12:34 pm

    My kids love this and always get cashew chicken whenever we go to the chinese restaurant. I don’t make it since I have nut allergies. Maybe hubby might make it for them. Thanks for the recipe.
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    9 February, 2014 at 1:58 pm

    Looks delicious and easy to make. We love to mix Asian cuisine with traditional convenience foods like instant rice. Its a huge timesaver!!

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    9 February, 2014 at 3:43 pm

    This looks delicious and a better alternative than the take out I usually get. I’m going to add this to the rotation.
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    Eliz Frank
    9 February, 2014 at 3:59 pm

    I am stealing this recipe for sure… I love cashews with anything!
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    Fan R @TeddyOutReady
    9 February, 2014 at 6:47 pm

    Nice recipe, easy and quick, definitely will be a favorite among our guys, who love chicken with rice.
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    9 February, 2014 at 7:21 pm

    I had something similar at an Asian buffet once and discovered I really liked it. Would be great to make my own at home. Thanks for the recipe!
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    Melanie a/k/a CrazyMom
    9 February, 2014 at 8:05 pm

    YUMMM..looks delicious.. I love Cashew’s in recipes, this will be a hit in my family, I just know it..thanks for sharing
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    Onica {MommyFactor}
    10 February, 2014 at 12:10 pm

    I love cashew and wish more recipes included using them. Thanks for the recipe. Looks yummy

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    Barbara @
    11 February, 2014 at 7:01 pm

    I love this recipe this is so quick and easy. And the ingredients are items that can be found in most pantries. Interestingly enough I have a giveaway I just posted for a Cook’n Recipe Organizer.
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    Michelle @ A Dish of Daily Life
    18 February, 2014 at 1:12 pm

    Sounds good — and easy! Perfect for me!
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