Mama J’s Spicy Cashew Chicken

Sweet Pea Living | Mama J's Spicy Cashew Chicken | Whole30 | Paleo | Low Carb

Today’s post is a real treat. This is my wonderful Mama J’s Spicy Cashew Chicken. She has made it for me countless timesโ€“birthdays, holidays and whenever I need a heartwarming home-cooked meal. Last summer, she gave me this recipe at my bridal shower and I am absolutely honored to have it.

Sweet Pea Living | Mama J's Spicy Cashew Chicken | Whole30 | Paleo | Low Carb

As amazing as Mama J’s recipe is, many of you are Whole30 compliant and donโ€™t consume alcohol, soy products or sugar with your meals, so I adjusted the recipe to make it Whole30-friendly. I don’t mean to toot my own horn or anything, but this version of the recipe is just as good as the original (but I wouldn’t dare say it’s better)!

Sweet Pea Living | Mama J's Spicy Cashew Chicken | Whole30 | Paleo | Low Carb

I will warn you that this meal comes together very quickly. If you are serving cauliflower rice or regular rice with it, make sure it is ready to go before making the chicken. You’ll be surprised at how many complex flavors and smells come from this easy and quick dish!

Get ready for a meal that will have you dancing around your kitchen, no joke! As always, let me know if you make this dish and what you think of it by taking a picture and tagging Sweet Pea Living on Facebook and Instagram!

Mama J’s Spicy Cashew Chicken


AuthorSweet Pea LivingDifficultyBeginner

Yields4 Servings
Prep Time5 minsCook Time25 minsTotal Time30 mins

INGREDIENTS
 4 chicken breasts, sliced in half and cubed
 2 tbsp apple cider vinegar (or 4 tablespoons sherry)
 2 tbsp water (omit if using sherry)
 4 tbsp coconut aminos (or 4 tablespoons low sodium soy sauce)
 1 tbsp vegetable oil
 ½ tsp red pepper flakes
 1 tbsp garlic, minced
 2 tbsp chili paste (optional -- we use Sambal Oelek)
 1 cup cashews, whole
SAUCE
 ½ cup coconut aminos (or 1/2 cup low sodium soy sauce)
 2 tbsp arrowroot powder (or 2 tablespoons cornstarch)
 2 tbsp coconut oil, melted (or 4 teaspoons sugar)
 4 tsp white vinegar
GARNISH
 green onions, sliced
 sesame seeds

INSTRUCTIONS
1

Marinate chicken with apple cider vinegar, water and coconut aminos for 2-3 hours or overnight.

2

Drain chicken from marinade. Heat vegetable oil and red pepper flakes in cast iron skillet or stainless steel skillet over high heat. Brown chicken, stirring often for 10-15 minutes.

3

Once chicken is cooked and browned, add garlic and cook for 3-4 minutes. Turn off heat.
Combine sauce ingredients in microwave safe bowl and mix lightly. Heat in microwave for 30 seconds (if you skip the microwave, the arrowroot powder will clump together!). Whisk until fully combined.

4

Add sauce, chili paste and cashews to chicken. Stir until well coated.

5

Garnish with green onion and/or sesame seeds. Serve over cauliflower rice or regular rice and enjoy!

Ingredients

INGREDIENTS
 4 chicken breasts, sliced in half and cubed
 2 tbsp apple cider vinegar (or 4 tablespoons sherry)
 2 tbsp water (omit if using sherry)
 4 tbsp coconut aminos (or 4 tablespoons low sodium soy sauce)
 1 tbsp vegetable oil
 ½ tsp red pepper flakes
 1 tbsp garlic, minced
 2 tbsp chili paste (optional -- we use Sambal Oelek)
 1 cup cashews, whole
SAUCE
 ½ cup coconut aminos (or 1/2 cup low sodium soy sauce)
 2 tbsp arrowroot powder (or 2 tablespoons cornstarch)
 2 tbsp coconut oil, melted (or 4 teaspoons sugar)
 4 tsp white vinegar
GARNISH
 green onions, sliced
 sesame seeds

Directions

INSTRUCTIONS
1

Marinate chicken with apple cider vinegar, water and coconut aminos for 2-3 hours or overnight.

2

Drain chicken from marinade. Heat vegetable oil and red pepper flakes in cast iron skillet or stainless steel skillet over high heat. Brown chicken, stirring often for 10-15 minutes.

3

Once chicken is cooked and browned, add garlic and cook for 3-4 minutes. Turn off heat.
Combine sauce ingredients in microwave safe bowl and mix lightly. Heat in microwave for 30 seconds (if you skip the microwave, the arrowroot powder will clump together!). Whisk until fully combined.

4

Add sauce, chili paste and cashews to chicken. Stir until well coated.

5

Garnish with green onion and/or sesame seeds. Serve over cauliflower rice or regular rice and enjoy!

Mama J’s Spicy Cashew Chicken

Sweet Pea Living | Mama J's Spicy Cashew Chicken | Whole30 | Paleo | Low Carb

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