Slow Cooker Cashew Chicken

This was amazing.  I love cashews.  I could eat a giant things from Costco by myself.  I always order this when we go to a chinese restaurant.  I loved being able to make this at home and taste just as awesome as take-out.  The chicken was cooked so perfectly in the crockpot and the flavor and cashews mixed together was so yummy!  

Rating: 5 stars  Difficulty of Recipe: 2 stars
How I changed it:  I doubled the sauce.  You have to double it or there will not be enough.  I used chicken breasts instead of thighs.  I also added the cashews at the beginning.  It was still really good!
Things I would do differently next time:  I have made it both with coating the chicken in flour and not coating the chicken.  The flavor is still great and if you are in a hurry to dump this in, it doesn’t make that big of a difference.  When the chicken is floured, it has a little bit of different texture on the outside and the sauce is thicker after it is done cooking.  Also if you have little ones, hold off on the pepper flakes.  It has a little kick to it.
Will I make it again? YES
Recipe From: 365 Days of Slow Cooking

Ingredients:
2 lbs boneless skinless chicken breasts (About 4 pieces)
1/4 cup all purpose flour
1/2 tsp black pepper
1 Tbsp canola oil
1/4 cup soy sauce
2 Tbsp rice wine vinegar
2 Tbsp ketchup
1 Tbsp brown sugar
1 garlic clove, minced
1/2 tsp grated fresh ginger
1/4 tsp red pepper flakes
1/2 cup cashews


1.Combine flour and pepper in resealable food storage bag. Add chicken. Shake to coat with flour mixture. 
2. Heat oil in skillet over medium-high heat. Brown chicken about 2 minutes on each side. Place chicken in slow cooker.
3. Combine soy sauce, vinegar, ketchup, sugar, garlic, ginger, and pepper flakes in small bowl; pour over chicken. 
4. Cook on LOW for 3 to 4 hours. Add cashews and stir. 
5.Serve over rice. Makes 4-6 servings.

Alyssa

Comments

  1. says

    You rock Alyssa!! This looks so yummy and thanks for the tips on how you changed this up! Will be making this for my own two boys (and hubs too!) very soon! Heather :)

  2. says

    Sounds delish but I don’t know how much chicken: at a guess if it serves 4-6, 600-900gms? And, the quantities you’ve given need doubling for the sauce?
    Thanks for this, can’t wait to make it.

    • says

      Yes sorry I forgot to add that! About 4 pieces of chicken breasts or about 2 pounds! And the ingredients listed above do not double the sauce. Let me know how you like it! :)

    • says

      Hi Tressa! When I made this this time, I cut the chicken into chunks before hand and breaded them in the flour, browned the chicken for about 2 minutes and then put them into the crockpot. But I have done it before where I just throw the chicken into the crockpot without breading them and frying and then cut them into chunks at the end. Let me know how it turns out! :)

      • girlfriendmd says

        consider making it the way it’s described in the recipe for the picture, otherwise it just looks like a stolen picture.

  3. says

    The recipe came out a little salty, I added some water about 1/2 cup and cooked it for another 20 min, I also added some more sugar and I thought it tasted much better!

  4. says

    I forgot you said to double the sauce and yes I would double it next time also I cooked it all day while I was gone and that was too long it got a little dry but other than that it was very good – will try again with double sauce!

    • Alyssa says

      There really is no difference. Rice wine vinegar is a little bit milder but I have also used both and it turns our great! I hope you like it! XOXO

  5. Kitty says

    If you want to have crunchy cashews, add them just before serving. Also, it you want them to stay crunchy, sauté them in a tiny bit of sesame oil (or olive if you prefer) before adding. That is a Chinese restaurant trick.

  6. Amy says

    Just made this recipe and although it tastes good, it turned out not like the picture at all. The sauce is much darker (dark brown). Has that happened to anyone else?

    • Alyssa says

      Thats strange because mine wasn’t dark at all and almost had a reddish to it… Did you use dark brown sugar?

  7. Stacey says

    I just pulled this out of my crockpot and its DELISH!!! And yes, it definitely has a kick to it! Only took 3 hours to cook. My hubby will be pleasantly surprised when he gets home from work :)

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