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(Better Than Takeout!) Cashew Chicken 🥡 keto & paleo

Surely better than takeout, this paleo and keto cashew chicken makes for one super scrumptious (and ultra speedy!) weeknight meal!

Paleo & keto cashew chicken with cauliflower rice and chopsticks
Paleo & Keto Cashew Chicken

Paleo & Keto Cashew Chicken

Totally Better Than Takeout!

Fresh, simple, and ultra saucy! This cashew chicken is one of those low carb dishes that you’re bound to have on repeat throughout the week (week after week after week!).

Its explosive flavors are totally addictive, and its just so (so!) easy to whip up.

And talking flavors, I felt the need to take a few liberties with the ingredients. As many of you know, Chinese cuisine uses incredible sauces which are unfortunately not keto. But fear not, because with a few swaps here and there you still get super yummy results (if albeit, a little different!).

Closeup keto cashew chicken with red peppers and broccoli
Paleo & Keto Cashew Chicken

The Ingredients

As mentioned, this isn’t your classic cashew chicken (i.e. with oyster sauce etc). Keep in mind that yumminess aside, these ingredients are high in sugar and have cornstarch and soy.

So I took a different route and used some coconut aminos, fish sauce and a little ginger (i.e. I went a little Thai!). In place of the Chinese wine (Shaoxing), I just use a little chicken broth (think extra collagen and goodies!)… but do feel free to use some white wine instead!

Also note that cashews are a little higher in carbs than other more keto-friendly nuts and legumes. So just be sure to adjust the amount to fit your macros, or you can even do some peanuts instead (ahem, peanut chicken!).

Serving Suggestions

If keto (and paleo or whole30!), I cannot recommend enough that you serve it up with cauliflower rice. It’s wonderful this way, trust me!

Just keep in mind that I prefer to rice my cauliflower slightly bigger here, so you get more of a ‘mouthful’ and it doesn’t completely blend into the cashew chicken.

And if you’re looking for something a little extra special, whip up our coconut cauliflower rice from Keto Speedy Comfort Foods (it’s what I did here!).

Freshly made keto cashew chicken in a skillet
Paleo & Keto Cashew Chicken
Eating paleo cashew chicken with chopsticks
Paleo & Keto Cashew Chicken

Looking for more keto Asian dishes?! Be sure to check out our famous pad Thai and coconut curry chicken!

Paleo & keto cashew chicken with cauliflower rice and chopsticks

Paleo & Keto Cashew Chicken

Course: Main
Cuisine: Asian, Chinese
Keyword: keto cashew chicken, paleo cashew chicken
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Servings: 4
Calories: 314 kcal

Surely better than takeout, this paleo and keto cashew chicken makes for one super scrumptious (and ultra speedy!) weeknight meal!

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Ingredients

For the sauce

For the stir fry

  • 500 g chicken thigh (skinless, boneless) diced into bite-size pieces
  • 1 tablespoon coconut oil as needed, for cooking
  • 2 cloves garlic finely chopped
  • 1/2 medium onion diced
  • 1 red bell pepper or color of choice, seeded & diced
  • 1-2 cups broccoli optional
  • 1/2-3/4 cup cashews roasted**
  • 1/3 cup chicken stock or water
  • 2 teaspoons arrowroot or 1/4 teaspoon konjac powder, as needed***
  • 2 tablespoons water

Serving suggestions

  • cauliflower rice

Instructions

  1. Mix all the ingredients for the sauce in a small bowl. See notes, but feel free to adjust the amount of ginger and sweetener to taste. 

  2. Add 2-3 tablespoons of the sauce to the chicken, and allow to marinade for 10 minutes while you prep the veggies. 

  3. Heat up the oil in a skillet or wok over medium high heat. Add the garlic and onion and cook for a couple minutes. Add in the chicken and cook for a couple more minutes. 

  4. Add in the bell pepper, broccoli, sauce and stock. Make a slurry with the arrowroot and water (i.e. mix them together until completely dissolved!) and pour it into the pan. Mix well and cook until just thickened. 

  5. Stir in the cashews and serve right away over a bed of cauliflower rice (highly suggested!). 

Recipe Notes

*While ginger isn't a traditional cashew chicken ingredient (though sometimes you will find it added!), I find it livens up the dish a tonne! I like to add a full tablespoon of it, but feel free to do just 1 tsp for a lighter note. 

**Also note that cashews are a little higher in carbs than other more keto-friendly nuts and legumes (think 27g net carbs per 100g vs 7g net in peanuts). So just be sure to adjust the amount to fit your macros!

***While the thickener is in a way optional, it does make for an ultra silky (and rather beautiful!) sauce. You can use arrowroot (I do 2tsp, but you can do 3tsp for a thicker sauce) or glucommanan/konjac powder (1/4-1/2 teaspoon will do, as its potent stuff!). 

Nutrition Facts
Paleo & Keto Cashew Chicken
Amount Per Serving
Calories 314 Calories from Fat 162
% Daily Value*
Fat 18g28%
Saturated Fat 5g25%
Cholesterol 118mg39%
Sodium 637mg27%
Potassium 508mg15%
Carbohydrates 8g3%
Fiber 2g8%
Sugar 2g2%
Protein 27g54%
Vitamin A 960IU19%
Vitamin C 39mg47%
Calcium 20mg2%
Iron 2.2mg12%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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7 comments

  1. Jo says:

    Made this tonight for dinner. My husband and I loved it! Thank you for this awesome alternative to Chinese take out 🙂

  2. Jacquelyn Zweck says:

    Great recipe, had fresh brusselsprouts so substituted also used walnuts. Sauce was sooooo good too, will make it often!

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