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Spicy Chicken with Cashew Nuts Recipe

Spicy Cashew Chicken – easy and delicious chicken with cashew nuts with just the right amount of heat. Takes 20 mins to make and much better than takeout.

Course Main Course
Cuisine Thai
Keyword Spicy Chicken with Cashew Nuts
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 2 people
Calories 474 kcal


  • 2 tablespoons oil
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/2 small onion, cut into halves
  • 6-8 finger-length dried red chilies, seeded and cut into halves
  • 1/2 cup roasted cashew nuts, rinsed and drained
  • 8 oz chicken, cut into small cubes
  • 1 scallion, trimmed and cut into 1 1/2-in lengths


  • 1 teaspoon regular soy sauce or Maggi seasoning sauce / Golden Mountain sauce
  • 1 tablespoon sweet soy sauce
  • 1 teaspoon fish sauce
  • 1/4 teaspoon sugar or to taste
  • 2 tablespoons water


  1. Heat up a wok and add the oil. When the oil is heated, add the garlic, onion, dried red chilies and stir-fry until fragrant or when you smell the spicy aroma of the chilies. Add the cashew nuts and follow with the chicken. Stir-fry the chicken until the surface turns opaque. Add all the ingredients for the Sauce into the wok and continue to stir-fry until the chicken is cooked. Stir-in the scallion, dish out and serve immediately with steamed rice.

Recipe Notes

To learn more about the different soy sauces used in Thai cooking, please check out this great post by She Simmers.

Nutrition Facts
Spicy Chicken with Cashew Nuts Recipe
Amount Per Serving (2 people)
Calories 474 Calories from Fat 324
% Daily Value*
Fat 36g55%
Saturated Fat 16g100%
Cholesterol 40mg13%
Sodium 585mg25%
Potassium 355mg10%
Carbohydrates 22g7%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 10g11%
Protein 17g34%
Vitamin A 225IU5%
Vitamin C 5mg6%
Calcium 30mg3%
Iron 2.6mg14%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.