Healthy Cashew Chicken Recipe

Healthy Cashew Chicken Recipe

This Healthy Cashew Chicken recipe will be your new favorite weeknight dinner idea. Simply made, this sheet pan dinner idea is loaded with veggies and an amazing sauce.

This Healthy Cashew Chicken recipe will be your new favorite weeknight dinner idea. Simply made, this sheet pan dinner idea is loaded with veggies and an amazing sauce.

Healthy Cashew Chicken recipe – The perfect sheet pan dinner!

If you love take-out, but don’t like all the calories, carbs and fat that come along with it, then my Healthy Cashew Chicken recipe is for you! This simple sheet pan recipe is perfect for a busy weeknight when you don’t have time to cook. It’s also the perfect option for when you want to make something healthy for your family. It’s also great as a meal prep idea! Prepare with cauliflower rice, which I love, and take to work as a healthy lunch or reheat for a simple dinner idea at the end of the day.

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My son Harrison’s favorite take-out order is cashew chicken. He loves the savory sauce, and especially loves the crunchy cashews that top this chicken dish. When he asked what I was making for dinner the other night, I told him, “Cashew Chicken!” He then did a series of Fortnite dances in celebration of his favorite meal.

The fact of the matter is, this cashew chicken recipe is much more healthy than it’s restaurant counterpart. The average take-out Cashew Chicken order contains over 1000 calories, and is loaded with sodium. Not exactly what I want to be feeding my child on a regular basis. My recipe is much healthier, as it includes more vegetables, is made with boneless, skinless chicken breasts, and the sauce (although very flavorful) has just a small fraction of the sodium and sugar than the restaurant version.

Here’s how I “skinnied up” this Cashew Chicken recipe, and made it healthy AND tasty:

This Healthy Cashew Chicken recipe will be your new favorite weeknight dinner idea. Simply made, this sheet pan dinner idea is loaded with veggies and an amazing sauce.

Step 1: Cut and Bake the Chicken Pieces

You’ll begin by trimming and cutting up about 1 1/2 lbs of boneless, skinless chicken breasts. (This is approximately 2 medium-large breasts.)

While your oven is preheating, cut the boneless, skinless chicken breasts and place them directly on a sheet pan. Because the chicken needs a little longer to cook than the vegetables, you’ll cook the chicken for 12-15 minutes before adding the vegetables, sauce and cashews.

While the chicken is baking for the first 15 minutes, cut the vegetables and mix together the sauce so it is ready to go.

 

This Healthy Cashew Chicken recipe will be your new favorite weeknight dinner idea. Simply made, this sheet pan dinner idea is loaded with veggies and an amazing sauce.

Step 2: Add the Vegetables to the Chicken Pieces and bake for a few more minutes

Remove the chicken from the oven, and add the vegetables to the same pan as the chicken.

FYI – for photography purposes, I neatly placed the vegetables on the pan with the chicken so you can see both the chicken and the vegetables. When making, feel free to just dump them on. ๐Ÿ™‚

This Healthy Cashew Chicken recipe will be your new favorite weeknight dinner idea. Simply made, this sheet pan dinner idea is loaded with veggies and an amazing sauce.

Step 3: Coat the chicken and Vegetables with the sauce

For this healthy cashew chicken, I made a sauce that is much healthier than your average take-out cashew chicken. It’s lighter, but still full of flavor. It includes fresh ginger, which I love, and also slightly sweetened with honey.

Pour the sauce all over the chicken pieces and vegetables. Using a spatula or rubber scraper, toss the ingredients together to ensure everything is evenly coated.

 

This Healthy Cashew Chicken recipe will be your new favorite weeknight dinner idea. Simply made, this sheet pan dinner idea is loaded with veggies and an amazing sauce.

Step 4: Add Cashews and Bake for another 10-12 minutes.

It wouldn’t be a cashew chicken recipe without cashews, right?! Toss on the cashews to the coated chicken and vegetables and then place the pan back into the oven for another 10-12 minutes. The vegetables will roast, the chicken will cook more completely and the cashews will be perfectly toasted.

 

This Healthy Cashew Chicken recipe will be your new favorite weeknight dinner idea. Simply made, this sheet pan dinner idea is loaded with veggies and an amazing sauce.

Once this healthy cashew chicken comes out of the oven it is ready to enjoy! Serve with white or brown rice, or for a healthier low-carb option, I like to enjoy it with cauliflower rice.

There you have it! The perfect healthy weeknight dinner idea that everyone in your family will love.

This Healthy Cashew Chicken recipe will be your new favorite weeknight dinner idea. Simply made, this sheet pan dinner idea is loaded with veggies and an amazing sauce.

Meal Prep Option: Add a serving of cauliflower rice to the bottom of your meal prep containers. Place a 1 1/2 cup serving of the Healthy Cashew Chicken to each container. Refrigerate for up to five days, or freeze for up to two months. These make for a fantastic healthy lunch to take to work, or for a simple make-ahead dinner idea.

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Here’s the recipe for my delicious, Healthy Cashew Chicken:

Nutrition

Calories

1656 cal

Fat

65 g

Carbs

75 g

Protein

181 g
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Yields 6 servings

Healthy Cashew Chicken Recipe

This Healthy Cashew Chicken recipe will be your new favorite weeknight dinner idea. Simply made, this sheet pan dinner idea is loaded with veggies and an amazing sauce.

15 minPrep Time

25 minCook Time

40 minTotal Time

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Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 lbs. boneless, skinless chicken breasts, trimmed and cut into cubes
  • salt and pepper
  • 1 large yellow bell pepper, cut into pieces
  • 1 large red bell pepper, cut into pieces
  • 2 c. broccoli florets
  • 3/4 c. whole cashews or cashew halves
  • Sauce:
  • 1/3 c. water
  • 1/3 c. low sodium soy sauce
  • 2 Tbsp. rice vinegar
  • 1 Tbsp. Hoisin sauce
  • 1 Tbsp. honey
  • 2 tsp. vegetable oil
  • 2 tsp. minced garlic
  • 2 tsp. grated fresh ginger
  • 1 Tbsp. corn starch

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Spray a baking sheet with non-stick baking spray or coconut oil spray and set aside.
  2. Trim and cut the chicken breasts into cubes and place on to the baking sheet. Bake for 12-15 minutes.
  3. While the chicken is cooking, (using a clean cutting board and knife), cut the vegtetables and set aside in a bowl. Measure out the cashews and set aside.
  4. In a medium bowl, whisk together the sauce. Add the water, soy sauce, vinegar, Hoisin sauce, honey, oil, garlic and ginger and whisk together well. Then add the corn starch and whisk well, ensuring there are no lumps of starch.
  5. Once chicken has precooked, place the vegetables on the sheet pan with the chicken. Pour the sauce over the top of the chicken and vegetables and toss together well to coat the ingredients. Top with the cashews. Bake for another 10-12 minutes.
  6. Remove from the oven and let cool for 5 minutes before serving.

Notes

To keep this recipe low-carb, serve or meal prep with cauliflower rice, versus white or brown rise.

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This Healthy Cashew Chicken recipe will be your new favorite weeknight dinner idea. Simply made, this sheet pan dinner idea is loaded with veggies and an amazing sauce.

 

Comments

  1. Mother of 3 says
    That sounds delicious!! I can't wait to try it. Pinned.
  2. So deliciously simple - Thanks for sharing at the What's for Dinner Party - hope your week is fantastic!
  3. This looks marvelous and I love Cashew Chicken - I can't wait to try your healthier sheet pan version! Thanks for sharing at Fiesta Friday! Mollie
  4. Your sheet pan cashew chicken looks delicious! Hope you are having a great week and thanks so much for sharing your post with us at Full Plate Thursday. Miz Helen

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