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A bowl filled with a gluten-free cashew chicken recipe for a healthy dinner.
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Cashew Chicken Stir-Fry

Cashew Chicken Stir-Fry is loaded with healthy veggies, chicken, and a delicious stir-fry sauce. It is gluten-free, low-carb and better than takeout!

Course Main Course
Cuisine Chinese
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 6 servings
Calories 392 kcal


Stir-Fry Sauce:

  • ½ cup soy sauce or Tamari* gluten-free
  • 2 Tbsp. rice vinegar*
  • 2 Tbsp. coconut sugar or brown sugar
  • 2 Tbsp. fish sauce
  • 2 tsp. sesame oil

Cashew Chicken:

  • 1 ½ lbs. chicken breasts cut into thin, 2-inch long slices
  • ½ tsp. salt
  • ½ tsp. pepper
  • 4 Tbsp. tapioca flour or cornstarch
  • 3 Tbsp. olive oil
  • 2 cloves garlic crushed
  • 2 tsp. ginger or ginger paste crushed
  • 1 ½ cups bell pepper red or green, cut into bite-sized pieces
  • 1 ½ cups broccoli cut into bite-sized pieces
  • cup dry sherry*
  • 1 cup roasted cashews coarsely chopped, divided
  • ¼ cup green onions finely chopped


  1. In a small bowl combine stir-fry sauce ingredients. Whisk to combine and set aside.
  2. In a gallon-sized zip-top bag place chicken slices. In a small bowl combine ½ teaspoon salt, ½ teaspoon pepper and 2 tablespoons tapioca flour. Sprinkle over chicken in bag and toss to coat.

  3. Place a large skillet or wok over medium-high heat with 3 tablespoons olive oil. Cook chicken for 5-6 minutes, flipping halfway through.
  4. Add garlic and ginger. Saute for one minute.
  5. Add bell pepper and broccoli. Reduce heat to medium and cook for 2-3 minutes.
  6. Pour sherry into pan and scrape the bottom of the pan for any loose pieces. Reduce heat to medium-low.  Add stir-fry sauce and stir to combine.

  7. Sift remaining 2 tablespoons tapioca flour into pan and stir to combine. Sauce should begin to thicken.  Turn off heat and stir in ¾ cup cashews.

  8. Serve cashew chicken over rice or cauliflower rice with remaining cashews and green onions. Enjoy!

Recipe Notes

  • If avoiding soy, use coconut liquid aminos instead of the soy sauce.
  • You can also use other red wine or chicken broth for non-alcoholic.
  • Nutritional information is calculated without rice.
Nutrition Facts
Cashew Chicken Stir-Fry
Amount Per Serving
Calories 392 Calories from Fat 243
% Daily Value*
Fat 27g42%
Saturated Fat 5g31%
Cholesterol 40mg13%
Sodium 1798mg78%
Potassium 461mg13%
Carbohydrates 18g6%
Fiber 2g8%
Sugar 7g8%
Protein 17g34%
Vitamin A 1425IU29%
Vitamin C 69.8mg85%
Calcium 44mg4%
Iron 2.8mg16%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.