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Cashew Chicken
with broccoli / rice

Active: 40 Total: 40

Super fast and easy, this takeout fake-out meal is great for a weeknight. We last featured this meal in 2020 with extra cornstarch for a sauce that will thicken quickly.
Smarts: Cooking the chicken and broccoli separately gives you the flexibility to cook them each for just as long as they need - no overcooked chicken here!

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Ingredients

Metric
Servings:
4
Cashew Chicken with Broccoli:
  • Broccoli - 12 oz, chopped
  • Chicken breasts, boneless and skinless - 1 lb, cubed
  • Flour, all-purpose - 3 Tbsp
  • Cornstarch - 4 tsp
  • Water - 2 Tbsp
  • Oil, cooking - 1 Tbsp + 1 Tbsp
  • Cashews, roasted and unsalted - 2 oz
Stir-Fry Sauce:
  • Ginger, fresh - 2 tsp, grated
  • Garlic - 2 cloves, chopped
  • Stock, any type - 2/3 cup
  • Soy sauce, low-sodium - 1/4 cup
  • Sugar - 2 tsp
  • Red pepper flakes (opt) - 1/4 tsp
White or Brown Rice:
  • Rice, uncooked white or brown - 1 cup

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Prep

  1. Rice - (Skip if rice was made ahead for Monday.) For white rice, rinse until clear. Fill a saucepan or Dutch oven (or rice cooker) with rice, water (use 2:1 ratio for water to rice), and some salt. Cover with lid and bring to a boil. Once water boils, stir, lower heat to a low-medium, and cover. Check white rice after ~20 min; brown at ~45 min. Rice is done when it's absorbed all the water. If it's not done, leave the cover on until all water has been absorbed. Take cover off to release steam and fluff with a wooden spoon after 5 minutes. (Can be done up to 5 days ahead)

  2. Broccoli / Ginger / Garlic - Prep as directed. Store broccoli in one container. Combine ginger and garlic. (Can be done up to 5 days ahead)

  3. Make sauce - Combine ginger, garlic, stock, soy sauce, sugar, and red pepper flakes. (Can be done up to 5 days ahead)

  4. Chicken - Cube chicken. Season with some salt and pepper and toss with flour. (Can be done 1 day ahead)

  5. Make cornstarch slurry - Combine cornstarch and water.

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Make

  1. Heat a wok or skillet over medium heat. Add first part of oil and then chicken to heated oil. Saute until golden brown, 3 to 4 minutes (don’t worry if it isn’t cooked all the way through; it will finish in the sauce). Set chicken aside and return pan to heat.

  2. Increase heat to medium-high. Add second part of oil and then broccoli. Saute broccoli until nearly tender, 3 to 5 minutes. Add a splash of water to the pan if it starts to look dry during cooking.

  3. Pour sauce over broccoli and add chicken back to pan. Bring sauce to a simmer.

  4. Give cornstarch slurry a stir. Slowly pour the slurry into the sauce. Continue simmering until sauce is thick, 1 to 2 minutes more.

  5. Remove from heat and stir in cashews.

  6. If rice was made ahead, reheat in the microwave. 

  7. Serve cashew chicken over rice. Enjoy!

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Reviews

Ratings

Original (15)
Gluten-free (2)
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Paleo (0)
Vegetarian (5)

Most Helpful

Probably didn't need all the cornstarch, but very delicious.

By: Becca
Posted: Nov 21, 2022
Diet: Original
1 Helpful

8 reviews

This saved us $72 because we nearly ordered takeout instead! It came together very easily, but wasn't as flavorful as I'd expected. I might try it again, but with making more sauce for it next time.

By: Cynthia
Posted: Nov 28, 2022
Diet: Vegetarian
0 Helpful

Quick and good! Next time, will cut back on sugar in sauce. Also, maybe add some sesame oil?

By: Stephanie
Posted: Nov 27, 2022
Diet: Vegetarian
0 Helpful

This was good but not amazing, maybe because it came just after the delicious chicken tikka masala. I think I used too much stock gel, it was a bit too salty. I had to add water regularly to steam the broccoli or it would have burned.

By: Estelle
Posted: Nov 26, 2022
Diet: Original
0 Helpful

Whole family loved this one. We subbed broccolini and it came together very quickly

By: Trina
Posted: Nov 23, 2022
Diet: Gluten-free
0 Helpful

Made the gluten free (chicken) for my husband and vegetarian (tofu) for myself. He said that the meal was "money" (but was also being a stingy git who only wanted to give it 4 stars). I found it incredibly easy to make and adapt for multiple diets.

By: Jennifer
Posted: Nov 22, 2022
Diet: Gluten-free
0 Helpful

Probably didn't need all the cornstarch, but very delicious.

By: Becca
Posted: Nov 21, 2022
Diet: Original
1 Helpful