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chicken with cashew nuts and snow peas in a white serving platter
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Cashew Chicken

Chicken stir-fry with cashews and snow peas perfect for busy weeknights. It's so easy to make and tasty, there's no need for take-out!
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time30 mins
Marinate20 mins
Total Time40 mins
Course: Main Entree
Cuisine: Chinese
Servings: 4 Servings
Calories: 463kcal


  • 1 1/2 pounds boneless, skinless chicken thigh or breast, sliced into 1-inch pieces
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 6 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 1/4 cup oyster sauce
  • 2 tablespoons Chinese cooking wine
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 3 tablespoons canola oil
  • 1/4 pound snow peas, ends trimmed
  • 1 onion, peeled and sliced thinly
  • 2 cloves garlic, peeled and minced
  • 1/2 cup cashews, toasted


  • In a bowl, season chicken with salt and pepper. Add cornstarch and stir to coat meat thoroughly. Marinate for about 20 minutes.
  • In a bowl, combine water, soy sauce, oyster sauce, Chinese cooking wine, sugar, and pepper to taste. Stir until well-blended and sugar is dissolved. Set aside.
  • In a wide, heavy-bottomed pan or wok over medium-high heat, heat one tablespoon of oil. Add snow peas and cook for about 20 to 30 seconds or until tender-crisp. Remove from pan and drain on paper towels.
  • Add another tablespoon of oil as needed. Add chicken and cook, occasionally stirring, for until lightly browned and fully cooked. 
  • Add onions and garlic and continue to cook for about 1 to 2 minutes.
  • Add sauce mixture to pan, stirring to combine. Bring to a simmer until it begins to thicken.
  • Add cashews and snow peas. Continue to cook for about 1 to 2 minutes or until heated through. 
  • Remove from pan and transfer to serving platter. Garnish with additional cashews, if desired. Serve hot.


Calories: 463kcal | Carbohydrates: 19g | Protein: 43g | Fat: 23g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 109mg | Sodium: 2399mg | Potassium: 880mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 7g | Vitamin A: 359IU | Vitamin C: 22mg | Calcium: 47mg | Iron: 3mg