Skinny Cashew Chicken (Paleo) – a nutritious and tasty, lightened-up takeout meal, ready in only 20 minutes!
Need a quick dinner fix? Instead of calling for Asian takeout, save on all the extra fat and sodium and make your own! This recipe is a lighter version of one of my favorite restaurant dishes but doesn’t sacrifice flavor one bit.
Customize this recipe with your favorite vegetables or use my time saving trick and buy the pre-bagged stir fry veggies in the produce section! This family friendly dish is ready in about 20 minutes and can be paired with sides according to your preferences. For Paleo diets, serve over cauliflower rice or even on it’s own. For non-Paleo, try serving it over brown rice or rice noodles. My family prefers it mild but I like to add a little hot sauce to mine for some extra kick. Make this a regular on the weeknight rotation!
- 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
- 1 lb boneless skinless chicken breast
- 1 red bell pepper, chopped
- 12 oz bag fresh stir fry vegetables
- 1/2 cup unsalted roasted cashews
- 1/3 cup coconut aminos (or lite soy sauce for non-Paleo)
- 1/4 cup low sodium chicken broth
- 2 tablespoons honey
- 2 tablespoons rice vinegar
- 1 teaspoon sesame oil
- 1 teaspoon minced garlic (2 cloves)
- 1 teaspoon grated ginger
- 1 tablespoon arrowroot powder (or cornstarch for non-Paleo)
Make the sauce by combining all ingredients in a bowl or glass measuring cup. Whisk well and set aside. Heat olive oil in a large skillet over medium high heat. Add chicken and saute for 3 minutes, until chicken starts to brown.
Add red bell pepper and stir fry vegetables to the skillet. Cook, stirring frequently, for about 2 minutes, until vegetables begin to soften slightly.
Add sauce and cashews to the skillet and stir until sauce begins to thicken, 1-2 minutes. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
Serve over cauliflower rice, brown rice, or noodles.