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Put down that take-out menu! Slow Cooker Cashew Chicken - a zesty blend of chicken, cashews and a spicy sauce has your favorite fast food beat...hands down! Served with rice and broccoli it is a complete meal!

Slow Cooker Cashew Chicken

Put down that take-out menu! Slow Cooker Cashew Chicken – a zesty blend of chicken, cashews and a spicy sauce has your favorite fast food beat…hands down!

Put down that take-out menu! Slow Cooker Cashew Chicken - a zesty blend of chicken, cashews and a spicy sauce has your favorite fast food beat...hands down! Served with rice and broccoli it is a complete meal!

One of my most favorite things about making Slow Cooker Cashew Chicken, besides the incredible flavor, is that you can walk away until it’s done.

My friends, I can’t lie to you…if you love Chinese food this stuff is addictive. The sauce becomes so thick and the chicken so flavorful that if I closed my eyes (and didn’t see my messy kitchen) I would have believed we had just brought in take-out. And the sauce recipe is so delicious I think I am going to use it for stir-fry too!

Put down that take-out menu! Slow Cooker Cashew Chicken - a zesty blend of chicken, cashews and a spicy sauce has your favorite fast food beat...hands down! Served with rice and broccoli it is a complete meal!

For this dish, I did brown and almost pre-cook the chicken chunks first in a little oil. If you don’t want to take the time (or add the calories) to do that, the chicken chunks can just be thrown in the slow cooker and then allow about 3-4 hours for the cook time.

Put down that take-out menu! Slow Cooker Cashew Chicken - a zesty blend of chicken, cashews and a spicy sauce has your favorite fast food beat...hands down! Served with rice and broccoli it is a complete meal!

Ingredients Needed to Make Slow Cooker Cashew Chicken

  • Chicken Breasts
  • Cashews
  • Vegetable Oil
  • Cornstarch
  • Ponzu Sauce – similar to soy sauce but it has added citrus flavor and is lighter than soy sauce. Sold in the oriental food aisle
  • Ketchup
  • Thai Sweet Chili Sauce
  • Rice Vinegar -made from rice it’s lighter and less sour than regular vinegar.
  • Brown Sugar
  • Red Pepper Flakes

** Rice Vinegar is sold in the oriental food aisle. Substitute another light vinegar like champagne vinegar if you do not have rice vinegar. If using regular white vinegar, use 1/4 cup vinegar and 1/4 cup water instead.

Put down that take-out menu! Slow Cooker Cashew Chicken - a zesty blend of chicken, cashews and a spicy sauce has your favorite fast food beat...hands down! Served with rice and broccoli it is a complete meal!

How to Make Slow Cooker Cashew Chicken

Get started by cutting up the chicken breasts into large bite size chunks. Use a really sharp knife and make sure the breasts are really cold or even slightly frozen. It makes cutting so much easier. Note – I always cut chicken on a glass cutting board so I can sanitize it afterward.

Put down that take-out menu! Slow Cooker Cashew Chicken - a zesty blend of chicken, cashews and a spicy sauce has your favorite fast food beat...hands down! Served with rice and broccoli it is a complete meal!

Mix the cornstarch and the pepper in a large plastic bag or large container with a lid.  Add all the chicken chunks to the cornstarch mixture and shake until all of the chicken is coated.

Put down that take-out menu! Slow Cooker Cashew Chicken - a zesty blend of chicken, cashews and a spicy sauce has your favorite fast food beat...hands down! Served with rice and broccoli it is a complete meal!

Heat the oil in a large skillet. Add the chicken and over medium-high heat, brown the chicken on all sides, about 5-7 minutes. The smell of that browning chicken is just heavenly!

Put down that take-out menu! Slow Cooker Cashew Chicken - a zesty blend of chicken, cashews and a spicy sauce has your favorite fast food beat...hands down! Served with rice and broccoli it is a complete meal!

This is what the chicken should look like on all sides…a lovely golden brown. Aren’t they pretty!  Oh so pretty! The chicken chunks should be more than half cooked thru when you are done. While the chicken is cooking, mix up the sauce. Into a medium bowl, add the Ponzu, ketchup, Thai chili sauce, vinegar, brown sugar, pepper flakes and 1/2 (4 oz) of the cashews. Stir until blended.

Put down that take-out menu! Slow Cooker Cashew Chicken - a zesty blend of chicken, cashews and a spicy sauce has your favorite fast food beat...hands down! Served with rice and broccoli it is a complete meal!

Place the chicken into the slow cooker and pour the sauce over the chicken, Set the slow cooker on high for 2 hours. Start checking the chicken at 1-1/2 hours for doneness. The chicken is done when tender and cooked thru and the sauce is thick. If the sauce gets too thick, just add a little water to thin it out, it won’t hurt a thing!

Put down that take-out menu! Slow Cooker Cashew Chicken - a zesty blend of chicken, cashews and a spicy sauce has your favorite fast food beat...hands down! Served with rice and broccoli it is a complete meal!

During the last 1/2 hour of cooking the chicken, make the white rice and broccoli. To serve, place rice portion into a bowl and top with chicken and sauce.  Decoratively tuck broccoli stems into the bowl and garnish attractively with remaining cashews, then take 200 pictures until you get just the right ones… (just kidding!)

Put down that take-out menu! Slow Cooker Cashew Chicken - a zesty blend of chicken, cashews and a spicy sauce has your favorite fast food beat...hands down! Served with rice and broccoli it is a complete meal!
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Slow Cooker Cashew Chicken

Put down that take-out menu! Slow Cooker Cashew Chicken – a zesty blend of chicken, cashews and a spicy sauce has your favorite fast food beat…hands down! Served with rice and broccoli it is a complete meal!
Course Dinner, Main Course
Cuisine Chinese
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 2 hours
Total Time 2 hours 15 minutes
Servings 6
Calories 568kcal

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INGREDIENTS

  • 2 pounds chicken, boneless, skinless
  • 8 ounces whole cashews, divided
  • 3 Tbsps vegetable oil
  • 1/3 cup cornstarch
  • 1 tsp black pepper
  • 1 cup ponzu sauce
  • 1/2 cup ketchup
  • 1/4 cup sweet Thai chili sauce
  • 1/3 cup rice vinegar
  • 1/3 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 tsp red pepper flakes

INSTRUCTIONS

  • Mix the cornstarch and the pepper in a large plastic bag or large container with a lid. Cut up the chicken breasts into large bite size chunks and add the chicken chunks to the cornstarch mixture and shake until chicken is coated.
  • Heat the oil in a large skillet. Add the chicken and over medium-high heat, brown on all sides, about 5 to 7 minutes. The chicken should be almost cooked thru.
  • Into a medium bowl, add the Ponzu, ketchup, Thai chili sauce, vinegar, brown sugar, pepper flakes and 1/2 of the cashews. Stir until smooth.
  • Place chicken in the slow cooker and pour the sauce over the chicken, Set the slow cooker on high for 2 hours. Start checking the chicken at 1-1/2 hours. The chicken is done when cooked thru and the sauce is thick. Divide into portions and sprinkle with remaining cashews.

NOTES

Rice Vinegar is sold in the oriental food aisle. Substitute another light vinegar like champagne vinegar if you do not have rice vinegar. If using regular white vinegar, use 1/4 cup vinegar and 1/4 cup water instead.

NUTRITION INFORMATION PER SERVING

Nutrition Facts
Slow Cooker Cashew Chicken
Amount Per Serving (1 serving)
Calories 568 Calories from Fat 324
% Daily Value*
Fat 36g55%
Saturated Fat 12g75%
Cholesterol 54mg18%
Sodium 1481mg64%
Potassium 430mg12%
Carbohydrates 44g15%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 23g26%
Protein 20g40%
Vitamin A 254IU5%
Vitamin C 2mg2%
Calcium 38mg4%
Iron 3mg17%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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Put down that take-out menu! Slow Cooker Cashew Chicken - a zesty blend of chicken, cashews and a spicy sauce has your favorite fast food beat...hands down! Served with rice and broccoli it is a complete meal!

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4 Comments

  1. This is one of my new slow cooker favorites….I think I am going to try the sauce with pork…and beef and vegetables!! It is so good! Thanks for joining us and pinning the recipe! If you make it, I would love to know what you think of the recipe!! Hugs

  2. Hi Indah, this is one of the BEST slow cooker recipes I have ever made! It was easy and didn’t take all day and the flavor was amazing! Just sayin’! Thanks for stopping by and the sweet compliment! Hugs

  3. It looks soooo heavenly! I love chicken as well and I bet my family will love this as well 🙂

  4. Wow, this recipe looks amazing!! Definitely pinning this to try it out myself.. looks (and I am sure tastes) absolutely amazing!! Thank you x

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