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.

Slow Cooker Cashew Chicken

Course: Main Course, Main Dish
Cuisine: Chinese
Keyword: crock pot cashew chicken, crock pot chicken recipes, slow cooker cashew chicken
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 3 hours
Total Time: 3 hours 20 minutes
Servings: 4
Calories: 764 kcal
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! 



  • 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


  • 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


  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*
Fat 28g43%
Saturated Fat 11g69%
Cholesterol 72mg24%
Sodium 1951mg85%
Potassium 1078mg31%
Carbohydrates 89g30%
Fiber 4g17%
Sugar 18g20%
Protein 39g78%
Vitamin A 865IU17%
Vitamin C 32.3mg39%
Calcium 91mg9%
Iron 5mg28%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.