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Crockpot Cashew Chicken

Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 2 hours
Total Time: 2 hours 15 minutes
Servings: 4 servings
Calories: 700kcal
Author: Becky Hardin
Cook up cashew chicken in a crockpot for an easy version of this classic takeout dish.
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  • 1 tablespoon canola oil
  • 2 pounds boneless, skinless chicken tenders sliced into small strips
  • ¼ cup low-sodium soy sauce
  • 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar or rice wine vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons ketchup
  • 1 tablespoon dark brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon minced garlic from about 3 cloves
  • ½ teaspoon freshly grated ginger
  • ½ teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
  • 8 ounces water chestnuts diced
  • 1 cup cashew halves
  • 3 cups cooked rice for serving
  • Sliced green onion optional, for garnish


  • Heat oil over medium-high heat in a large skillet. Add the chicken and cook each side for 2 minutes until browned.
    2 pounds boneless, skinless chicken tenders, 1 tablespoon canola oil
    cooked chicken in a crockpot.
  • Place chicken in the slow cooker and top with soy sauce, vinegar, ketchup, brown sugar, garlic, ginger, red pepper flakes, and water chestnuts.
    ¼ cup low-sodium soy sauce, 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar, 2 tablespoons ketchup, 1 tablespoon dark brown sugar, 1 tablespoon minced garlic, ½ teaspoon freshly grated ginger, ½ teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes, 8 ounces water chestnuts
    cooked chicken and cashews in a crockpot.
  • Stir to combine.
  • Cook for 2 hours on high or 4 hours on low.
  • A few minutes before done, stir in cashews.
    1 cup cashew halves
    cashew chicken in a crockpot.
  • Serve over rice. Enjoy!
    3 cups cooked rice, Sliced green onion



  • You can also use chicken thighs in the recipe (boneless and skinless).
  • To make this gluten-free, swap the soy sauce for tamari or coconut aminos.
  • Add more or less red pepper flakes to your preference.
  • Don't be tempted to add more liquid it doesn't seem like much in the crockpot but it's enough.
  • Make sure to add the cashews in at the end so they have crunch and bite to them.
  • Use this as an easy meal prep recipe and portion it out for dinner every night.
Storage: Store crockpot cashew chicken in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days or in the freezer for up to 3 months.


Calories: 700kcal | Carbohydrates: 61g | Protein: 60g | Fat: 24g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 5g | Monounsaturated Fat: 12g | Trans Fat: 0.04g | Cholesterol: 145mg | Sodium: 922mg | Potassium: 1298mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 9g | Vitamin A: 181IU | Vitamin C: 5mg | Calcium: 52mg | Iron: 4mg