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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!
Prep Time10 minutes
Cook Time20 minutes
Total Time30 minutes
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Chinese
Servings: 6 servings


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


  • In a small bowl combine stir-fry sauce ingredients. Whisk to combine and set aside.
  • 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.
  • Place a large skillet or wok over medium-high heat with 3 tablespoons olive oil. Cook chicken for 5-6 minutes, flipping halfway through.
  • Add garlic and ginger. Saute for one minute.
  • Add bell pepper and broccoli. Reduce heat to medium and cook for 2-3 minutes.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Serve cashew chicken over rice or cauliflower rice with remaining cashews and green onions. Enjoy!


  • 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.


Calories: 392kcal | Carbohydrates: 18g | Protein: 17g | Fat: 27g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Cholesterol: 40mg | Sodium: 1798mg | Potassium: 461mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 7g | Vitamin A: 1425IU | Vitamin C: 69.8mg | Calcium: 44mg | Iron: 2.8mg