Keto Cashew Chicken

Keto cashew chicken is an easy dinner idea that is ready in a pan in just 25 minutes. Flavorful, colorful and healthy meal for your family.

This keto cashew chicken recipe will be your family favorite. It is spicy, crunchy, with juicy chicken bites. One of the best keto chicken dinner ideas to make!

You can eat it hot or cold for dinner or lunch. Keep in the fridge for a couple days and use in a meal prep.

Chicken with cashew nuts is a complex but comfortable and healthy meal. No special equipment needed for this Asian stir fry!

Keto Cashew Chicken in a white bowl, served for dinner. Great gluten-free chicken recipe. Easy, quick and flavorful meal.

Low Carb Cashew Chicken

Keto cashew chicken recipe is inspired by Thai cuisine. This is a low carb Asian recipe adjusted in our small kitchen.

The combination of poultry, seasoning and vegetables makes it a great low carb dish.

If you want to serve something on the side and still keep it keto friendly, look at our Cauliflower rice recipe.

Are cashew keto frendly?

According to Carb Manager, half serving of cashews needed for this recipe  contains 9 carbs. So if you are on a low carb keto diet, be careful with adding too much cashews in your diet. I keep them in a separate box and add to each serving separately.

Keto Cashew Chicken served in a white bowl with chop sticks on a table

Ingredients for keto cashew chicken

Chicken. I used chicken breast, cut into smaller pieces. You can use other parts of chicken, but it will impact cooking time and calories.
Oil for frying. I had peanut oil for frying. You can use other vegetable oil instead.

Seasoning. I used salt and pepper to season chicken, while frying. Ground ginger, garlic powder and chili powder are dry seasoning that gets this easy keto chicken dish to another level.

Aminos is a low carb substitute to soy sauce. Liquid aminos is really similar to the soy sauce in taste and look. It is made by fermenting soybeans, some are derived from coconut. It is naturally gluten-free.

Cashews. Just a pinch of cashews will provide the delicious and desirable crunch in your mouth.

Sesame. It is totally optional, but I love serving keto cashew chicken with a sprinkle of sesame seeds.

Marinated peppers. A mix of marinated peppers will add an oomph and flavor. You can use chopped fresh bell peppers instead.

Onion. Chopped onion is a must for almost any delicious and flavorful recipe.

Eating keto cashew chicken with chop sticks

How to make keto cashew chicken

Start frying the chicken on both sides, seasoned with salt and pepper. Set aside to cool, while making the sauce and the vegetables.

Clean the pan on heat another one. Fry cashews on a dry pan for five minutes until browned. Set aside until needed for serving.

Heat more oil in a pan and fry chopped onion.

Add rice vinegar and liquid aminos. Cook on low until it is bubbling and reduced.

Add seasoning and stir together until fragrant.

Finally add chopped marinated or fresh vegetables -peppers. Cook few minutes, stirring together.

Add back cooked chicken and stir everything together in a pan.

Serve with cashews and sprinkle sesame seeds.

Holding Keto Cashew Chicken piece

How to store keto cashew chicken

Let it cool and store in the air tight container up to 4 days. Store cashews separately at room temperature.

You can also freeze keto cashew chicken in appropriate containers.

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Keto Cashew Chicken recipe in a white bowl

Keto Cashew Chicken

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Keto cashew chicken is an easy dinner idea that is ready in a pan in just 25 minutes. Flavorful, colorful and healthy meal for your family.
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Prep Time 8 mins
Cook Time 16 mins
Total Time 24 mins
Course dinner
Cuisine Asian cuisine
Servings 4
Calories 342 kcal
Equipment
  • tongs
  • wok pan or large pan
  • spatula




Ingredients
 
 

  • 500 g chicken breasts cut into pieces
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 2 tsp black pepper ground
  • 2 tbsp peanut oil or other frying oil
  • 50 g cashews
  • 1 tbsp rice vinegar
  • 3 tbsp liquid aminos
  • 2 tsp sesame oil
  • 1 tsp ginger ground
  • 1 tbsp garlic powder
  • 1/4 tbsp chili powder
  • 3 peppers marinated, chopped
  • 1 onion chopped
  • 1 tsp sesame seeds optional



Instructions
 
  • Heat peanut oil in a pan.
    2 tbsp peanut oil
    Heat peanut oil in a pan.
  • Add chicken pieces to the pan.
    500 g chicken breasts
    Add chicken pieces to the pan.
  • Add ½ tsp salt and 1 tsp pepper. Fry around 4 minutes.
    1 tsp salt, 2 tsp black pepper
    Add ½ tsp salt and 1 tsp pepper. Fry around 4 minutes.
  • Turn the chicken on the other side.
    Turn the chicken on the other side.
  • Add leftover salt and pepper. Fry 4 minutes more until cooked through. Transfer chicken to the plate.
    1 tsp salt, 2 tsp black pepper
    Add leftover salt and pepper. Fry 4 minutes more until cooked through. Transfer chicken to the plate.
  • On a dry pan, medium heat, toast cashews for 5-6 minutes until browned, stirring. Transfer to the plate to cool.
    50 g cashews
    On a dry pan, medium heat, toast cashews for 5-6 minutes until browned, stirring. Transfer to the plate to cool.
  • Add oil in a pan.
    2 tsp sesame oil
    Add oil in a pan.
  • Add chopped onion in a pan. Cook, stirring couple minutes.
    1 onion
    Add chopped onion in a pan. Cook, stirring couple minutes.
  • Add vinegar and aminos. Cook around 2 minutes, stirring, until reduced.
    1 tbsp rice vinegar, 3 tbsp liquid aminos
    Add vinegar and aminos. Cook around 2 minutes, stirring, until reduced.
  • Add dry spices, stir with onion.
    1 tsp ginger, 1/4 tbsp chili powder, 1 tbsp garlic powder
    Add dry spices, stir with onion.
  • Cook together for couple minutes.
    Cook together for couple minutes.
  • Add chopped marinated peppers.
    3 peppers
    Add chopped marinated peppers.
  • Add cooked chicken pieces back to the pan and cook together few minutes, stirring.
    Add cooked chicken pieces back to the pan and cook together few minutes, stirring.
  • Serve with cashews and sesame seeds.
    1 tsp sesame seeds
    Serve with cashews and sesame seeds.
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Notes
Let it cool and store in the air tight container up to 4 days. Store cashews separately at room temperature.
You can also freeze keto cashew chicken in appropriate containers
Nutrition Facts
Keto Cashew Chicken
Amount per Serving
Calories
342
% Daily Value*
Fat
 
18
g
28
%
Saturated Fat
 
3
g
19
%
Trans Fat
 
0.01
g
Polyunsaturated Fat
 
5
g
Monounsaturated Fat
 
8
g
Cholesterol
 
80
mg
27
%
Sodium
 
1461
mg
64
%
Potassium
 
793
mg
23
%
Carbohydrates
 
13
g
4
%
Fiber
 
3
g
13
%
Sugar
 
4
g
4
%
Protein
 
32
g
64
%
Vitamin A
 
522
IU
10
%
Vitamin C
 
75
mg
91
%
Calcium
 
39
mg
4
%
Iron
 
2
mg
11
%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
Keyword easy, gluten free, low carb, quick

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