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spicy crispy cashew chicken

Crispy Spicy Cashew Chicken

Amanda Cooks & Styles
Takeout style spicy and crispy cashew chicken tossed in a mouthwatering sauce with roasted cashews. This cashew chicken recipe is the perfect easy dinner for the family.
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Total Time 30 mins
Course Main Course
Cuisine Asian
Servings 4 people


  • 1 1/2 lbs Chicken Thighs cut into cubes
  • 1/4 tsp Salt
  • 1/4 tsp Black Pepper
  • 1/2 tsp Garlic Powder
  • 1/2 cup All Purpose Flour
  • 1/4 cup Cornstarch
  • 2 Eggs
  • 3 tbsp Green Onions chopped
  • 1 cup Cashews

Cashew Chicken Sauce:

  • 2 tbsp Low Sodium Soy Sauce
  • 2 tbsp Rice Vinegar
  • 2 Garlic Cloves minced
  • 1 tsp Ginger grated
  • 1 tbsp Oyster Sauce see notes for substitution
  • 3 tbsp Brown Sugar
  • 2 tsp Sriracha
  • 1/4 tsp Red Pepper Flakes
  • 1/4 cup Water


  • In a small bowl, whisk together all of the sauce ingredients.
  • Heat a small saucepan over low heat and pour in the sauce. Bring to a low simmer for a few minutes until sauce lightly thickens. Remove from heat and set aside for later.
  • Add cashews to a skillet over medium heat and cook for a few minutes stirring around to make sure they don't burn. This will lightly roast them. Remove from skillet when done.
  • Season cubed chicken with salt, pepper and garlic powder.
  • Grab three bowls. In the first bowl, whisk eggs. Add cornstarch to the second bowl. In the third, add flour. Toss the chicken in the cornstarch and fully coat. Next, drench chicken in egg and lastly coat in flour mixture.
  • Heat oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Carefully add chicken to the hot skillet and let cook for a few minutes until bottoms begin to golden and crisp up. Flip chicken over and continue to cook until golden, crisp and cooked through to 165 degrees. Remove from heat.
  • Add cashews to the skillet with chicken. Pour sauce over chicken and begin stirring frequently to fully coat chicken.
  • Serve Spicy Cashew Chicken over steamed rice with fresh chopped green onions. Enjoy!


Substitute Oyster Sauce for Hoisin or Soy Sauce.
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