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.

    Make sure you PIN Slow Cooker Cashew Chicken!

    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).

    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.

    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

    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.

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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
    Author: Jessica Formicola

    Ingredients

    Chicken:

    Sauce:

    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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