This slow cooker cashew chicken recipe is a huge time saver and perfect for a weeknight meal!
It is filled with flavor that the whole family will love. I would even dare to say that this recipe is even better than an actual Chinese take out recipe!
Ingredients Needed For Slow Cooker Cashew Chicken Recipe:
- Boneless chicken thighs or chicken breast tenders
- All-purpose flour
- Soy Sauce
- Brown Sugar
- Rice Wine Vinegar
- Red Pepper Flakes
- Canola Oil
- Black Pepper
Need a dish that’s not spicy? Try our Slow Cooker Sticky Garlic Chicken!
How To Make Slow Cooker Cashew Chicken:
Start by cutting the chicken into pieces. Make them bite-sized but not too small.
Grab a large Ziploc bag and combine all-purpose flour and black better. Add chicken to the Ziploc bag.
Shake the bag well to coat the chicken with the flour mixture making sure all pieces are covered.
Next, heat the oil in a skillet over medium-high heat.
Place the chicken in the skillet and cook it for about 2 minutes on each side or until it is golden brown. Then place the chicken in a slow cooker.
In a small mixing bowl, mix together soy sauce, wine vinegar, ketchup, brown sugar, garlic, ginger, and red pepper flakes. Then pour the mixture over the chicken.
Cover the slow cooker and cook the chicken on low for 3 to 4 hours. Then add the cashews, serve, and enjoy!
This recipe is great served over white rice!
BONUS: If you have someone who loves sauce, you can double the sauce ingredients and make sure there is extra to drizzle over your chicken.
What vegetables could I add to this recipe?
This dish is easy to serve with vegetables on the side or you could throw some in the slow cooker.
- Zucchini Squash
- Yellow Squash
- Cherry Tomatoes
- Red and Green Bell Peppers
- Red Onion
- Sweet Potatoes
- Red Potatoes
- Potato Fingerlings
Any of these vegetables would be delicious with the these vegetables mixed in, but you could also serve them separately. They also pair nicely with rice, which is what we serve this chicken over.
Related recipe: Short on time? Try our Instant Pot Cashew Chicken instead!
Could I leave out the cashews?
The cashews in this recipe add the perfect amount of taste and texture. However, you could easily make this recipe without them.
I highly recommend making it with the cashews, but it would be just a s delicious without the cashews. You could also use almonds.