Crunchy Cashew Chicken & Rice- Recipe


If you are looking for a fast and frugal meal your whole family will swoon for, this Crunchy Cashew Chicken and Rice will surely fit the bill. It is not only fast to make, but you can purchase all of the ingredients fairly inexpensively. So grab your chopsticks and head to the kitchen, it is time to cook up this tasty meal!

Crunchy Cashew Chicken & Rice

Crunchy Cashew Chicken & Rice- Recipe


1 pound of boneless, skinless chicken
1 green pepper, chopped
1 white onion, chopped
1 can of water chestnuts, sliced
1 cup of cashews
2 cups of instant white rice
Salt and pepper to taste
Soy sauce
Non stick cooking spray

Side note

Many people have a hard time finding water chestnuts. They are a canned product, so you can typically find them either by the canned vegetables or near the ethnic foods section.


1. First, spray a small pan with the non-stick spray. On a medium heat, roast the cashews stirring often. Once they are golden, set them aside on a paper towel.

2. Slice the chicken into thin slices and toss them into a pan again coated with some non-stick cooking spray. Keep stirring so the chicken does not stick or overcook. Add in the green pepper and onion and continue to stir well for 10-12 minutes or until the chicken and vegetables are cooked through.

3. Drain and rinse the water chestnuts. Toss them into the mixture. You want to keep them crispy so you do not want to cook the dish for much longer.

4. Add salt and pepper to taste as well as a tablespoon of soy sauce. You can add more soy based on your own tastes if you would like.

5. Remove the mixture from heat and set aside.

6. Cook your instant rice according to directions. It should only take about 7-8 minutes to cook, just enough time for your chicken to set and cool.

7. Stir the cashews into the mixture and pour over your rice. Add additional salt and pepper if you wish as well as additional soy sauce.

Now it is time to dig in! This meal if fun to make, tastes fresh, and is wonderfully frugal. Enjoy it on a night where you think there just isn’t time to sit down to a homemade dinner. You will soon begin to think otherwise!

Head to the store and grab these simple ingredients and see how easy it is to whip up this Crunchy Cashew Chicken. It will soon become one of your new favorite recipes.


  1. This is one both my hubs and I would love. We are trying to eat a lot more chicken than we have in the past, so this is a perfect recipe for us.

  2. You hit my week spot! I love Chineese. I think that is actually why Chris and I ended up together he took me to out alot of Chineese when we dated

  3. Our Cashew Chicken recipes are strikingly similar (and the family does love when we make it here). Yours sounds like it would be a big hit here too. 🙂

  4. My kids love this and always get cashew chicken whenever we go to the chinese restaurant. I don’t make it since I have nut allergies. Maybe hubby might make it for them. Thanks for the recipe.

  5. Looks delicious and easy to make. We love to mix Asian cuisine with traditional convenience foods like instant rice. Its a huge timesaver!!

  6. This looks delicious and a better alternative than the take out I usually get. I’m going to add this to the rotation.

  7. I had something similar at an Asian buffet once and discovered I really liked it. Would be great to make my own at home. Thanks for the recipe!

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