Slow Cooker Cashew Chicken

Slow Cooker Cashew Chicken Recipe

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!

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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!

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.

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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!

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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).

See the recipe notes for tips on how to make this recipe without breading to save a few 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.

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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.

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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.

Cashew chicken can also be easily frozen after being cooked. Place it in airtight containers for up to 6 months.

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

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Slow Cooker Cashew Chicken

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! 
Prep Time20 mins
Cook Time3 hrs
Total Time3 hrs 20 mins
Course: Main Course, Main Dish
Cuisine: Chinese
Keyword: crock pot cashew chicken, crock pot chicken recipes, slow cooker cashew chicken
Servings: 4
Calories: 764kcal

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

  • In a medium mixing bowl, combine dry ingredients for chicken. Toss bite size pieces in flour mixture.
  • 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. 
  • Combine soy sauce through bell pepper in slow cooker bowl, mixing well. Add chicken and set to low for 3 hours.
  • Right before serving, add bean sprouts and toss to coat. Sauce should have thickened.
  • Spoon over jasmine rice, topping with cashews and scallions.
  • If you’ve tried this recipe, come back and let us know how it was! 

Notes

You can use raw, cubed chicken breast without breading, add to slow cooker with sauce and cook on low for 4-5 hours. Whisk together 2 tablespoons cornstarch with 2 tablespoons water and stir in before serving to thicken sauce. 
Since the size of your cubed chicken will vary, please check chicken for doneness before serving. 
You can use up to 4 chicken breasts OR 8 boneless chicken thighs with the same amount of sauce and vegetables. 

Nutrition

Calories: 764kcal | Carbohydrates: 89g | Protein: 39g | Fat: 28g | Saturated Fat: 11g | Cholesterol: 72mg | Sodium: 1951mg | Potassium: 1078mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 18g | Vitamin A: 865IU | Vitamin C: 32.3mg | Calcium: 91mg | Iron: 5mg

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