Slow Cooker Cashew Chicken

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  • Who else loves their slow cooker? For some, the crock pot is a cold weather tool, but for me, it is a year round help and this Cashew Chicken recipe is one of my favorites!

    Slow Cooker Cashew Chicken is a favorite chicken crock pot recipe using lightly breaded chicken with a flavorful cashew sauce, celery, bean sprouts, onion and bell pepper! #crockpotchickenrecipes #cashewchicken www.savoryexperiments.com

    Slow Cooker Cashew Chicken is a favorite chicken crock pot recipe using lightly breaded chicken with a flavorful cashew sauce, celery, bean sprouts, onion and bell pepper!

    A crock pot is great. It saves time, creates tender meats and flavorful meals. The only issue I take with slow cooker meals is that sauces tend to be watery and sometimes need to be over seasoned to make up for lack of evaporation during the cooking process.

    When I made this Cashew Chicken Recipe, I had to throw a few of my rules and beliefs about slow cookers out the window. I also made this recipe as part of my 30-day recipe challenge with a few blogger friends, make sure to scroll all the way down to see what creations they shared!

    Slow Cooker Cashew Chicken is a favorite chicken crock pot recipe using lightly breaded chicken with a flavorful cashew sauce, celery, bean sprouts, onion and bell pepper! #crockpotchickenrecipes #cashewchicken www.savoryexperiments.com

    First, I generally have a “10 minute, set it and forget it” rule. Meaning that if it takes more than 10 minutes to load everything into the pot, then it defeats the purpose. Cashew Chicken gives you the option to brown your chicken before setting in the slow cooker or just throwing in without the breading saving time (and calories).

    Secondly, that sauces need to be doctored before serving. Instead of the objective of the slow cooker to be ease, I used it as a tool to braise, essentially.  If you coat your chicken, that will be enough, but if you go sans breading, you’ll need to add a little cornstarch.

    There are instructions for both in the recipes notes section, so have no fear if you print it out, you’ll have both versions! You can also ask any questions you want in the comments.

    Crockpot Cashew Chicken Recipe- better than take-out, this cashew chicken recipe is one of the best crock pot meals you will ever taste! I added this to my “best slow cooker recipes” file. Tasty Asian sauce with loads of vegetables. www.savoryexperiments.com

    Typically, I avoid having to brown or cook meat before adding to the pot, but for this recipe, I breaded and browned chicken bits and then let them stew in the sauce, thickening and building flavor instead of losing.

    Save time on the day you serve Slow Cooker Cashew Chicken, by preparing the chicken and sauce the night before, placing them in separate containers in the refrigerator and popping into the slow cooker 3 hours before I was ready to serve.

    If you love chicken in the crock pot, here are a few more to try:

     

    Slow Cooker Cashew Chicken is a favorite chicken crock pot recipe using lightly breaded chicken with a flavorful cashew sauce, celery, bean sprouts, onion and bell pepper! #crockpotchickenrecipes #cashewchicken www.savoryexperiments.com

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    Crockpot Cashew Chicken Recipe- better than take-out, this cashew chicken recipe is one of the best crock pot meals you will ever taste! I added this to my “best slow cooker recipes” file. Tasty Asian sauce with loads of vegetables. www.savoryexperiments.com
    Slow Cooker Cashew Chicken
    Prep Time
    20 mins
    Cook Time
    3 hrs
    Total Time
    3 hrs 20 mins
     
    Slow Cooker Cashew Chicken is a favorite chicken crock pot recipe using lightly breaded chicken with a flavorful cashew sauce, celery, bean sprouts, onion and bell pepper! 
    Course: Main Course, Main Dish
    Cuisine: Chinese
    Keyword: crock pot cashew chicken, crock pot chicken recipes, slow cooker cashew chicken
    Servings: 4
    Calories: 764 kcal
    Author: Jessica Formicola
    Ingredients
    Chicken:
    • 2 large chicken breasts cut into bite size pieces
    • 3 tablespoons corn starch
    • 3 tablespoons flour
    • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
    • 1 teaspoon fine sea salt
    • 1 teaspoon fine black pepper
    • 3 tablespoons vegetable oil
    Sauce:
    • 1/2 cup low sodium soy sauce
    • 4 tablespoons seasoned rice vinegar
    • 4 tablespoons ketchup
    • 3 tablespoons sweet chili garlic sauce
    • 2 tablespoons light brown sugar
    • 3 garlic cloves minced
    • 1 tablespoon fresh ginger micrograted
    • 1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes
    • 1 teaspoon Chinese five spice powder optional
    • 2 ribs celery sliced
    • 1 sweet onion thinly sliced
    • 1/2 bell pepper cut into thin slices
    • 1 cup bean sprouts
    • 1 cup cashews
    • 1/2 cup scallions sliced
    • 4 cups cooked jasmine rice
    Instructions
    1. In a medium mixing bowl, combine dry ingredients for chicken. Toss bite size pieces in flour mixture.
    2. Heat vegetable oil in a large skillet. Shift out chicken pieces, adding to hot oil. Brown lightly, about 5-6 minutes. Remove to a paper towel lined plate. Chicken may not be fully cooked. 

    3. Combine soy sauce through bell pepper in slow cooker bowl, mixing well. Add chicken and set to low for 3 hours.
    4. Right before serving, add bean sprouts and toss to coat. Sauce should have thickened.
    5. Spoon over jasmine rice, topping with cashews and scallions.
    6. If you've tried this recipe, come back and let us know how it was! 

    Recipe Notes

    You can use raw, cubed chicken breast without breading, add to slow cooker with sauce and cook on low for 6-7 hours. Whisk together 2 tablespoons cornstarch with 2 tablespoons water and stir in before serving to thicken sauce. 

     

    You can use up to 4 chicken breasts OR 8 boneless chicken thighs with the same amount of sauce and vegetables. 

     

    If you use raw chicken in the crockpot, increase cooking time to 4.5 hours on low setting. 

    Nutrition Facts
    Slow Cooker Cashew Chicken
    Amount Per Serving
    Calories 764 Calories from Fat 252
    % Daily Value*
    Total Fat 28g 43%
    Saturated Fat 11g 55%
    Cholesterol 72mg 24%
    Sodium 1951mg 81%
    Potassium 1078mg 31%
    Total Carbohydrates 89g 30%
    Dietary Fiber 4g 16%
    Sugars 18g
    Protein 39g 78%
    Vitamin A 17.3%
    Vitamin C 39.1%
    Calcium 9.1%
    Iron 27.6%
    * Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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    Slow Cooker Cashew Chicken is a favorite chicken crock pot recipe using lightly breaded chicken with a flavorful cashew sauce, celery, bean sprouts, onion and bell pepper! #crockpotchickenrecipes #cashewchicken www.savoryexperiments.com

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