Chinese Cashew Chicken

by hintofhelen
Healthy Cashew Chicken Recipe

Cashew Chicken is a popular Chinese takeaway dish. Here i’ve created a slightly different version – a tasty recipe which is simple and easy to follow, even if you’re not very confident in the kitchen! 

Healthy Cashew Chicken Recipe

It’s a healthy dinner, with fresh spinach, lean chicken breasts and cashew nuts as the core ingredients. 

You’ll notice the difference in this fresh, home-prepared Chinese dish, rather than the heavy Chinese food you’d get from a takeaway.

If you’re looking for more Chinese takeaway recipes, check out my Salt & Pepper chips and Crispy Shredded Beef recipes. 

Healthy Cashew Chicken Recipe

How to make Healthier Cashew Chicken at home:

Scroll down for recipe and ingredient list. 

1. Chop the chicken breast and onion – mince the garlic – and add all to a large dish. 

2. To the dish, add the soy sauce and cornflour 

3. Mix to evenly coat

4. Cover, and place in the fridge for 30 mins – 2 hours, to marinate 

5. Once marinated, remove the chicken and onions from the fridge

6. Heat oil in a large wok

7. Then add the cashew nuts

8. And stir fry the cashew nuts for 2 minutes – stirring constantly 

7. After 2 minutes, add the chicken and onions to the cashew nuts – stir fry for 5 minutes

8. Then add 5 tbsp water, stir and continue to cook for 3 minutes

9. Add the spinach to the pan, stir to incorporate – and cook until reduced down

10. By now, you’ll have a thick sauce and reduced spinach – check the chicken is cooked through – then it’s ready to serve! 

11. Serve alongside rice or noodles for a healthy, quick, Chinese fake-away! 
Healthy Cashew Chicken Recipe

Yield: 4 People

Chinese Cashew Chicken

Healthy Cashew Chicken Recipe

A delicious, Chinese inspired recipe for Cashew Chicken. Made healthy with lean chicken and fresh spinach.


  • 4 Chicken Breasts
  • 1 Onion
  • 2 Garlic Cloves
  • 2 Tbsp Cornflour
  • 8 Tbsp Soy Sauce
  • 5 Tbsp Water
  • 120g Cashew Nuts
  • 2 Handfuls Spinach Leaves


  1. Finely chop the onion and crush the garlic cloves
  2. Slice the chicken into bite-sized pieces
  3. Add the onions, garlic and chicken to a large bowl
  4. To the bowl, add the cornflour and soy-sauce and stir to evenly coat the chicken and onions
  5. Cover the bowl and set in the fridge for a minimum of 30 minutes (ideally 2 hours) to marinate
  6. After the chicken has marinated, add the oil to a wok
  7. Add the cashew nuts to the wok and stir fry for 2 minutes
  8. Then add the chicken and onions, stir fry for a further 5 minutes
  9. Then add the water, mix and cook for a further 3 minutes
  10. Add the spinach to the wok, stir and cook until the spinach reduces down - about 2 minutes
  11. The chicken should now be cooked through, the sauce thickened, and spinach cooked - serve alongside noodles or rice


If you have little sauce when cooking - add a little more water. It seems dry at first, but by step 10 you'll have quite a bit of sauce.

Nutrition Information



Serving Size


Amount Per Serving Calories 406Carbohydrates 15gFiber 2gSugar 3gProtein 46g
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