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Slow Cooker Cashew Chicken in a bowl

Slow Cooker Cashew Chicken

Jennie Duncan
This Slow Cooker Cashew Chicken is so simple to make and just as good as takeout. With just a little prep you can let the slow cooker do the work for this dinner recipe. 
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 4 hrs
Total Time 4 hrs 15 mins
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Servings 4 servings
Calories 336 kcal


  • 1 pound chicken (boneless and skinless)
  • 1 teaspoon oil
  • salt and pepper (to taste)
  • ¼ cup soy sauce
  • 2 tablespoons ketchup
  • 2 tablespoons rice vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar
  • ½ teaspoon ground ginger
  • ½ teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • ¼ teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 cup cashews (unsalted)


  • Dice chicken in bite-size pieces and season with salt and pepper to taste. Heat oil on a skillet and cook chicken for 3-5 minutes just until chicken is cooked on the outside.
  • Place chicken into the slow cooker.
  • In a separate bowl whisk soy sauce, soy sauce, rice vinegar, brown sugar, ground ginger, red pepper flakes, and garlic powder. Pour this over the chicken in the slow cooker.
  • Cook on low for 3-4 hours. Add in cashews and allow to cook for 15 minutes. Serve and enjoy.


Make-ahead directions: This recipe is great to make ahead of time to eat later.
  • Fridge: Cook your chicken on the stovetop and allow it to cool completely. Mix your sauce and place it with your chicken in an air-tight container. Keep this in the fridge for 1-2 days then add to the slow cooker the day you are ready to serve it.
  • Freezer: Cook your chicken on the stovetop and allow it to cool completely. Mix sauce together and then place sauce and chicken in a freezer bag. Keep in your freezer for up to 3 months. When you are ready to serve you can place it in the slow cooker to cook.
Can I add vegetables to this recipe? Yes, add broccoli, diced bell peppers, snap peas, or even zucchini. You can steam them and toss them in or add them in with your cashews.
Can I skip the green onions? I added green onions for garnish at the end of this recipe but it's definitely not necessary.


Calories: 336kcalCarbohydrates: 16gProtein: 18gFat: 23gSaturated Fat: 5gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 41mgSodium: 925mgPotassium: 385mgFiber: 1gSugar: 7gVitamin A: 189IUVitamin C: 1mgCalcium: 26mgIron: 3mg
Keyword Slow Cooker Cashew Chicken
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