Sheet Pan Cashew Chicken

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Sheet Pan Cashew Chicken is an easy weeknight meal with all the amazing flavors of the popular takeout dish. Tender chicken surrounded by crisp and tender veggies with crunchy cashews and an incredible sweet and savory sauce.

Hey everybody! It’s Kelly from Life Made Sweeter back again with another easy weeknight dinner!

Sheet pan meals have become a big thing around our house in the last few years. They are such a lifesaver when I don’t have a ton of time to prep before 5 pm. Clean up is a breeze and you can use any combination of protein or veggies you like or have on hand.

This Sheet Pan Cashew Chicken is an amazing meal that shows up regularly around our house. My son loves anything with cashews and this dish is a great way to sneak in more veggies for him at the same time!

Everything cooks up on the sheet pan while soaking in the flavor-packed sweet and savory sauce. The chicken stays nice and juicy while the broccoli and bell peppers are cooked tender crisp.

Enjoy it alone or serve it over your favorite rice or quinoa. Either way you choose, it will be so much easier and healthier than takeout!

Sheet Pan Cashew Chicken

4.96 from 22 votes
Sheet Pan Cashew Chicken is an all in one meal with the amazing flavors of the popular takeout dish. Tender chicken surrounded by crisp and tender veggies with crunchy cashews and an incredible sweet and savory sauce.
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Author Kelly Kwok
Servings: 4


For the Sauce

  • 6 tablespoons low sodium-soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon hoisin sauce
  • 3/4 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 1 teaspoon toasted sesame oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon fresh minced ginger
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 1/2 cup water plus more as needed to thin out sauce

For the chicken and vegetables

  • 2 medium skinless boneless chicken thighs or breasts cut into 1" inch cubes
  • Salt and black pepper to taste
  • 1 1/2 cups broccoli florets about 1 head
  • 1 red bell pepper cut into chunks
  • 1/2 green bell pepper cut into chunks (optional - for extra color)
  • 2/3 cup roasted unsalted cashews

Optional garnishes

  • Toasted sesame seeds and chopped green onions


!For the sauce:

  • In a medium saucepan over medium heat, whisk together soy sauce, hoisin sauce, vinegar, honey, sesame oil, garlic, ginger, cornstarch and water until combined. Bring to a simmer, stirring frequently, until sauce thickens and bubbles. Remove from heat and set aside.

!For the chicken and vegetables

  • Preheat oven to 400°Line a large sheet pan with parchment paper or foil coated with cooking spray and set aside.
  • Season chicken with salt and black pepper then drizzle spoonfuls of sauce over the chicken coating well on both sides. Reserve at least half of the sauce for later.
  • Cook in preheated oven for 8 minutes then remove the pan.
  • Arrange the broccoli florets, bell peppers and cashews in a single layer around the chicken. Season the vegetables with salt and pepper and drizzle spoonfuls of the sauce and toss everything to coat. Return to the oven and cook for another 8-12 minutes, or until the chicken is cooked through and juices run clear.**
  • Remove pan from oven and drizzle with remaining sauce. Serve over rice or quinoa and garnish with green onions and sesame seeds, if desired.



Serves: 4

Calories95kcal (5%)Carbohydrates21g (7%)Protein3g (6%)Fat1g (2%)Saturated Fat1g (5%)Cholesterol1mgSodium880mg (37%)Potassium240mg (7%)Fiber2g (8%)Sugar12g (13%)Vitamin A1200IU (24%)Vitamin C80.9mg (98%)Calcium23mg (2%)Iron0.9mg (5%)

All nutritional information is based on third party calculations and is only an estimate. Each recipe and nutritional value will vary depending on the brands you use, measuring methods and portion sizes per household.

Course Dinner
Cuisine Asian American
Keyword Cashew Chicken, sheet pan cashew chicken
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Kelly Kwok

Kelly is the blogger behind Life Made Sweeter. She is a self-taught baker and loves using her slow cooker. You can often find her in the kitchen dreaming up tasty new dishes that are quick and easy to make for her family. She also enjoys adding a fun and healthy twist to many classic favorites.

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  1. 5 stars
    THIS WAS OUT OF SIGHT! We were SO hungry for Chinese and are in a new town and haven’t found a Chinese restaurant, so we ended up eating with the Panda last night! I saw this recipe late last night and made it tonight in under 30 minutes! I had an Uncle Ben’s micro rice and that was done in 90 seconds! MY FAMILY COULDN’T STOP RAVING! It has such intense flavor! This would work on a crazy busy day…cut all ingredients up the night before…have the sauce all mixed and it could be done in less than 20 on that busy night! I am a SHEET PAN BELIEVER! Thank you for sharing! 🙂

    1. Awe, that is SO AWESOME! I love stories like this! This makes me SO happy to hear! Thank you so much for your wonderful story! I am so glad it tasted and turned out so well for you all! That makes my heart happy! Thank you for sharing! Xo

      Your Recipe Critic,

  2. 5 stars
    Made this for the first time for dinner tonight and it tasted as good as it looks….even better!!! And the clean up was a breeze. Thanks for a great and easy recipe – making this again soon.

  3. 5 stars
    I made this last night. It was easy to prep, and hubby and I both really enjoyed it. He asked me to make it regularly. We’re trying to eat healthy and this is a healthy dish. It made enough for two nights. Last night I served it over crushed baked potatoes and tonight it will be over brown rice. Thank you for this recipe!

  4. 5 stars
    Made this for dinner the other night and loved at how great this tasted and how quickly the meal came together. Thanks for the recipe!

  5. 5 stars
    OH MY GOODNESS! Im not a realluy great “chinese food” chef and this was the easiest and most delicious recipe I have ever made! Sweet, salty, savory, crunchy, full of protein, low in calories (per serving) and just absolutely wonderful! I MUST MAKE THIS FOR MY FAMILY!!
    So Simple and yet SOO GOOODDD
    Thanks for sharing this recipe!

    1. 5 stars
      This is such a hit in my house! I up the honey and we use Quorn chunks in place of the chicken, since I am vegetarian.

  6. 5 stars
    Great dinner! My family loved it, the sauce was perfect. I added a 1/2 head of red cabbage. I ? sheet pan dinners & this one is a winner! Thank you!

  7. 5 stars
    This was really, really good! My entire family enjoyed it served over brown rice. I added more veggies (I am the only vegetarian in the household) and cooked the chicken on a separate small plan so that I could eat almost the same meal. This has been requested to be added to our meal rotation list!

  8. This was AMAZING and quite simple to make. A definite keeper! The flavor is pretty bold, but in a good way. I loved all the veggies in it. The chicken came out tender and the veggies were just right (still some texture but not crunchy). We will be making this again soon. This recipe satisfies that “Chinese take-out” craving big time, and I’d rather have this than take-out Chinese any day. Thank you!!

  9. 5 stars
    This is one of our favorites! I make it at least once a month! Thank you! Just realized that I need to explore your site more, because I am sure I’ll find more favorite recipes. Everything looks amazing!!

  10. The chicken was cooked perfectly-tender and juicy and the sauce was so tasty my 3 year old loved it! I would double the sauce recipe next time because I didn’t have enough to drizzle over my rice.

  11. 5 stars
    Paired with basmati rice, perfect combination! My favorite cashew chicken recipe thus far and WAY easier than any of the others I’ve tried!

  12. How do you keep the veggies and chicken from releasing lots of juice ? Dish had good flavor but it was soggy and the sauce did not thicken. Any thoughts on what went wrong?

  13. 5 stars
    I followed your directions exactly and this turned out wonderfully! It was so tasty! My husband said it was way better than the local Chinese restaurant that we patronize. I have one question. I was wondering about the calorie count per serving just being 95 calories. With the recipe saying there were 4 servings I thought with the cashews and chicken the calorie count would be higher. If each serving were only 95 calories that would be a bonus! Doesn’t matter, though, I am definitely making this again!

  14. 5 stars
    This was a family hit—-SOO GOOD!!! I couldn’t find hoisin sauce (sold out) but substituted with Trader Joe’s General Tsao Stir Fry Sauce which worked out well. I didn’t have minced FRESH ginger and substituted powdered which I wouldn’t recommend doing, not because it wasn’t still wonderful but because I prefer the ginger flavor to be more pronounced. I did add about 5 fresh mushrooms only because I had them on hand and my family loves anything with fresh mushrooms. I served it over Brown Jasmine Rice made in the Instant Pot (came out perfect) and the entire meal was a winner. By the way, the 4 servings are very generous and what’s left over won’t last long!

  15. 4 stars
    Easy to make, I added a bit more honey and jalapeño jelly. Hot and sweet. We are big veggie fans so added carrots, fennel, jalapeño, onion, cauliflower. Soo colorful!
    Husband asked why I didn’t use my wok. Probably will next time but for those who don’t have one, oven is perfect.

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