Paleo Cashew Chicken Recipe

Paleo Cashew Chicken Recipe

Yield: 4-6 servings

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 15 minutes

Ingredients:

  • 2 pounds boneless skinless chicken thighs, cut into bite-size pieces
  • 2 tablespoons coconut oil
  • 2 red bell peppers, seeded and cut into bite-size pieces
  • 1 1/3 cups raw whole cashews
  • 1 large bunch scallions, chopped
  • 2 tablespoons arrow root powder ( instead of 1 tablespoon cornstarch)
  • 1/2 teaspoons sea salt
For the Sauce:
  • 1/3 cup coconut aminos (instead of soy sauce)
  • 1/4 cup coconut vinegar (instead of rice vinegar)
  • 2 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 3 tablespoons palm sugar or raw honey (instead of sugar)
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 tablespoon fresh grated ginger
  • 1/4 - 1/2 teaspoons crushed red pepper

Directions:

  1. Preheat a large deep skillet to medium high. Add the coconut oil and once melted, add the red bell pepper. Saute for 2-3 minutes to softened. Then scoop out the bell pepper.
  2. Sprinkle the arrow root powder and salt over the cut chicken pieces and toss to coat. Add the chicken to the skillet. Stir and saute for 5-8 minutes until the chicken is mostly cooked through and seared on the outside.
  3. Meanwhile, whisk all the ingredients for the sauce in a small bowl. Once the chicken is mostly cooked, add the sauce to the skillet and stir. Add the red bell peppers and cashew to the skillet. Once the sauce starts to simmer, lower the heat to medium-low, and simmer another 3-5 minutes to thicken.
  4. If the sauce tightens up too much, add a little water to loosen it. Turn the heat off and add the chopped scallions. Serve warm with Roasted Cauliflower Rice.

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50 comments on “Paleo Cashew Chicken Recipe

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

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

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

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

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

    Yes and Yes! Dinner perfection!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    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.

    • Sommerposted January 7, 2015 at 10:48 am Reply

      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. :)

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

    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!!

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

    I am making this right now, AMAZING!!!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    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!

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

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

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

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

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

    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.

    • Sommerposted February 3, 2015 at 7:41 am Reply

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

      • Alison Windsorposted September 14, 2016 at 2:37 pm

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

      • Sommerposted September 17, 2016 at 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 Reply

    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 :)

    • Sommerposted March 9, 2015 at 9:23 pm Reply

      So glad you liked it Michelle!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    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.  

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

    seriously easy and super delish

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

    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 Reply

    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. 

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

    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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