Take Out Style Spicy Cashew Chicken

One of my favorite things about ordering takeout is how many yummy things there are to choose from… my absolute favorite thing to order is chicken in garlic sauce (which I’m on the hunt for a killer recipe for), but my verrrrrry close second favorite is cashew chicken. I love that savory sauce, tender chicken, and crunchy cashews… it’s just about a perfect combination.

You’ll Need:

  • 3 pieces chicken breasts cut into bite sized
  • 2 tsp hoisin sauce
  • 2/3 cup soy sauce
  • 1/4 c . oil
  • 2 tsp red pepper flakes
  • 4 green onions sliced
  • 4 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 cup broccoli florets
  • 3 Tbsp cornstarch
  • 8 tsp sugar
  • 4 tsp white vinegar
  • sesame seeds
  • cashews as many as you'd like


  1. Slice chicken breasts into bite sized pieces. Pour 1 tablespoon soy sauce and 2 tsp of hoisin sauce into a bowl. Place chicken in soy sauce. Let sit.
  2. In a small bowl, whisk together the remaining soy sauce, cornstarch, sugar, and vinegar. Slice the green onions, mince garlic, and measure out red pepper flakes.
  3. Pour chicken into a strainer to drain and remove as much marinade as possible. Heat oil in a large deep skillet (or wok if you have one) over high heat. Add red pepper flakes to oil, stir a few times.
  4. Add chicken and cook for 2 minutes until golden, then stir chicken. Add garlic and broccoli and cook until chicken is cooked through, then drain oil (if necessary).
  5. Add cashews. Turn off heat and pour in sauce. Stir until chicken is covered in sauce. Sauce will thicken considerably. Add green onions and sesame seeds and serve over white rice.