Paleo Cashew Chicken Recipe

Whether you follow a paleo diet or not, this bold and tasty Paleo Cashew Chicken Recipe, will easily become a favorite mid-week go-to meal. 

Paleo Cashew Chicken Recipe #paleo

Thinking healthy thoughts…. Thinking healthy thoughts.

Our New Year Detox is underway, and I’m trying my best to ramp up our intake of greens, and get rid of processed ingredients this month. Yet one week in, and I’m already tired of salad for every meal. Something’s got to give.

Easy Paleo Cashew Chicken Recipe #paleo

My plan to stay on the straight and narrow is to recreate some of our most-loved dishes into lighter cleaner versions of themselves.

You can find quite a few “comfort food reborn” recipes sprinkled around our site.  And today’s cleaned-up meal idea, my Paleo Cashew Chicken Recipe, is an instant favorite. Guaranteed.

I’ve taken our classic cashew chicken recipe and substituted several paleo-friendly ingredients to make it (hopefully) fit into your eating plan this month.

Since paleo eaters avoid grains, legumes, and processed sugar, I’ve removed the typical cornstarch, soy, and sugar. Then replaced them with arrow root powder to thicken, coconut aminos to add savory flavor, and palm sugar (or raw honey) to sweeten the Paleo Cashew Chicken Recipe.

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The verdict in my house is that this paleo version of cashew chicken is just as good, if not better, than the original.

You still have the strong tangy essence of the original recipe, yet without the junk. The savory sauce is kissed with garlic, fresh ginger, a touch of palm sugar, and crushed red pepper. So it’s savory and a little spicy, bringing out the natural sweetness in the red bell peppers.

Honestly, I love my new Paleo Cashew Chicken Recipe. I have a feeling we will be eating it a lot this year, no matter what diet we are following.

And if you are planning to make some dietary adjustments this year, the substitute ingredients used in this recipe are nice to have on hand.

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50 Responses to “Paleo Cashew Chicken Recipe”

  1. Liz @ The Lemon Bowlposted January 7, 2015 at 6:30 am

    Funny – we had cauliflower chicken fried rice two nights ago for dinner! So good and easy!

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  2. Miss @ Miss in the Kitchenposted January 7, 2015 at 7:08 am

    I was just looking for a great Cashew Chicken recipe and this sounds amazing!

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  3. Jenny Flakeposted January 7, 2015 at 7:24 am

    Yes and Yes! Dinner perfection!

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  4. Tieghanposted January 7, 2015 at 8:03 am

    Wow, this looks so good and something my whole family would! Dinner tonight for sure!

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  5. Amandaposted January 7, 2015 at 8:30 am

    This looks absolutely delicious. Love all the colors in this, beautiful photos :)

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  6. Lauren @ Climbing Grier Mountainposted January 7, 2015 at 8:48 am

    I need more healthy, comforting meals during the week! This looks fabulous!!

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  7. Marla Meridithposted January 7, 2015 at 9:53 am

    Sommer, this looks wonderful & I LOVE that it’s paleo too!

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  8. Faleenposted January 7, 2015 at 9:54 am

    This recipe looks quite good and i see that you list the replacement ingredients. IF i wanted to utilize the original recipe, would the amounts that are given for the replacement ingredients the same as would be for those original ones? Thank you in advance.

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    • Sommer — January 7th, 2015 @ 10:48 am

      Hi Faleen, Almost! You can substitute the original ingredients in the exact same measurements, except for the cornstarch. Use 1 tablespoon of cornstarch instead of 2. :)

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  9. Amanda @ Cookie Named Desireposted January 7, 2015 at 2:25 pm

    wow This is perfect for me. I just discovered coconut vinegar and had no idea what I wanted to make with it yet. I’m definitely making this tonight!!

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  10. Amandaposted January 7, 2015 at 4:35 pm

    I am making this right now, AMAZING!!!

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  11. Mariaposted January 7, 2015 at 8:33 pm

    This is totally going on the menu for next week! Yummmm.

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  12. Carolineposted January 7, 2015 at 9:16 pm

    This has such pretty colors and looks both fresh and flavorful. Must give it a try!

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  13. Kiran @ KiranTarun.composted January 7, 2015 at 11:40 pm

    Love cashew chicken and your healthy version is more reason to devour this, soon!

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  14. Jen and Emily @ Layers of Happinessposted January 8, 2015 at 2:39 pm

    My mouth is seriously watering… I totally feel you about the new years resolution… I debated whether or not to make my resolution as “eat more sugar.” ;) Because I know that’s what’s going to happen anyway. But the way I think about it is if I can cut back on the amount of junk I eat… I’m still making progress!

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  15. Lori @ RecipeGirlposted January 11, 2015 at 1:30 pm

    Great dinner idea! My family would go crazy for it!

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  16. Maryposted January 13, 2015 at 8:34 pm

    We just made this for dinner- it was fantastic- thanks for the recipe!

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  17. Tashposted February 3, 2015 at 12:34 am

    Hi,
    What would be a good substitute for the Coconut Vinegar? I cannot seem to find it in Australia? Would Apple Cider Vinegar be ok?

    I’m following Paleo diet so can’t use rice vinegar as the replacement.

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    • Sommer — February 3rd, 2015 @ 7:41 am

      Hi Tash, Yes I think apple cider vinegar would be acceptable in small amounts. Happy Cooking!

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      • Alison Windsor — September 14th, 2016 @ 2:37 pm

        So should I decrease the amount on your recipe instead of 1/4 cup?

        • Sommer — September 17th, 2016 @ 11:14 am

          Hi Alison,

          Apple Cider Vinegar does seem to be a little more potent. Maybe go with 3 tablespoons. :)

  18. Michelleposted March 9, 2015 at 9:11 pm

    I made this for dinner tonight, and it was so fabulous! I even made the cauliflower rice. I added some asparagus to mine, since I already had it. I will absolutely be making this again. Thank you for the recipe :)

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    • Sommer — March 9th, 2015 @ 9:23 pm

      So glad you liked it Michelle!

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  19. Kelli H (Made in Sonoma)posted March 18, 2015 at 10:50 pm

    I made this tonight for dinner. I added chopped broccoli to it. The husband and I loved it! Thanks for the delicious recipe.

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  20. Amyposted March 22, 2015 at 10:26 am

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  22. Kristinaposted May 8, 2015 at 8:20 am

    Wonderful. Just made this and I definitely repeat it :)

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  23. Aleah Axiomposted June 22, 2015 at 9:25 pm

    Yum yum! Just like the real deal! Topped it with sesame seeds too :)

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  24. RENIE'Sposted June 29, 2015 at 10:59 pm

    Made this tonight along with the cauliflower rice and both were delicious. Made with chicken breasts since that’s what I had on hand but next time I’ll use the thighs. Thanks so much. Have been working hard to find great recipes. My husband loved it too. Appreciate your efforts.  

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  25. Rachelposted August 27, 2015 at 8:16 pm

    seriously easy and super delish

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  27. Callieposted November 29, 2015 at 2:06 pm

    Just made this for lunch and my husband couldn’t quit talking about how amazing it was! So good!

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  33. Alisonposted April 2, 2016 at 6:25 pm

    Made this for dinner tonight. Fantastic!!  We loved it. We will definitely make this part of the regular rotation, plus it’s special enough to make for company. 

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  34. Susanposted April 7, 2016 at 7:47 pm

    Quick and healthy recipe. I personally would prefer a more savory, less sweet version… I made it with only half the honey and would cut actually back to just two teaspoons next time. Will make it again and try it with cauliflower rice next time!

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