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I can never resist a quick Asian inspired stir fry chicken recipe. This tasty Easy Cashew Chicken is no exception! Better than take out!

Easy Cashew Chicken in a white serving bowl

Easy Cashew Chicken

I’d much rather spend the day dusted in flour and covered with chocolate drips preparing a decadent dessert than making dinner. I DO want to eat something spectacular for my evening meal, but my heart isn’t always into fixing a recipe with a multitude of steps. Thank goodness McCormick has come to the rescue. I selected their Sesame Chicken Stir-Fry Skillet Sauce in hopes of creating a quick dinner that would please my hubby’s picky palate.

The result was better than takeout stir fry chicken. More wholesome ingredients and the bonus of knowing all the ingredients in your meal! Plus you can shake up the veggies to make your cashew chicken exactly how you want it.

Cashew Chicken ingredients on a white platter

Tips for Making a Stir Fry Recipe

  • Are you familiar with the French term mise en place? The literal translation is set in place and refers to having all your ingredients measured, chopped and ready to go before you start cooking. This process can happen early in the day so when dinner time approaches, the task of cooking or baking is less daunting. This is a terrific help for baking and cooking. Do the prep earlier in the day.
  •  As pictured above, when making this easy cashew chicken, have the meat and vegetables cut and cashews toasted. Sauces can be mixed ahead of time, too. This allows for more efficiency when it’s time to cook, just like a restaurant chef. Give it a try. 
  • Marinate the chicken (or other protein) while I prepping the other ingredients. Seafood does not need a long marinating time, but beef and pork can handle up to a few hours.
  • Stir fry your ingredients in batches of what takes a similar cooking time. For example, hard vegetables like carrots take longer than cabbage.
  • It took me less than a half-hour to have this better than take out stir fry chicken ready and—drum roll—Bill gave it two thumbs up. So this cashew chicken was quick, tasty and a hubby pleaser. Can’t beat that!
Overhead view of stir fried Cashew Chicken in a white serving bowl

More Asian Inspired Recipes You’ll Love:

It still shocks me that the picky hubby, who didn’t grow up with any ethic dishes unless you count pizza, loves the Asian food I make at home. Here are a few more recipes from our kitchen:


Cashew Chicken

Easy Cashew Chicken

A quick and healthy meal that will please your palate!

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Yield 4 servings


  • 1/2-3/4 cup toasted cashews (toast in a 350º oven for 5 minutes or until fragrant, watch carefully)
  • 1 tablespoon oyster sauce
  • 1 tablespoon dry sherry
  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce
  • 4 medium boneless, skinless chicken breasts, sliced into 1/4-inch-thick pieces
  • 1 red bell pepper, seeded and cut into 1/4 inch slices
  • 1 1/2 cups snow peas
  • 2 scallions, thinly sliced on the diagonal
  • Vegetable oil
  • McCormick Sesame Chicken Stir-Fry Skillet Sauce
  • Cooked rice, for serving


  1. Combine oyster sauce, dry sherry and soy sauce in medium bowl. Add sliced chicken, toss to coat and set aside while prepping ingredients.
  2. Using a large skillet or fry pan, heat about a teaspoon of oil and add bell peppers. Sauté till they just start to soften, about 2 minutes. Remove to large bowl. Repeat with snow peas, adding another teaspoon of oil to the pan and sauté the snow peas till they turn bright green and soften slightly. Remove to bowl. Add scallions to bowl with vegetables.
  3. Add about a tablespoon of oil to the pan and sauté the chicken in one layer till browned on both sides. Add the McCormick Sesame Chicken Stir-Fry Skillet Sauce and cook till hot and chicken is cooked through, just a minute or two.
  4. Add the scallions, peppers, and snow peas and sauté for 1-2 minutes till hot. Add cashews and serve immediately over rice.

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 647Total Fat: 32gSaturated Fat: 6gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 24gCholesterol: 116mgSodium: 1037mgCarbohydrates: 38gFiber: 5gSugar: 9gProtein: 54g


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42 comments on “Easy Cashew Chicken”

  1. Liz, this dish makes me hungry, for sure. Love the color combo, flavors, and…using just one skillet. Yum!

  2. Sounds like they have a nice variety of meal starters Liz! Love the great colors in your stir fry:@)

  3. I’m making this for my husband because he loves cashews.

  4. I’m a big fan of cashew chicken, but I’ve never got the same wonderful flavours at home as when I eat it in a restaurant. This sounds like the perfect way to get the best of both worlds!

  5. This looks so fresh and delicious!

  6. You hit on all my favorites here, Liz. Chicken, cashews and peapods! I also love that you included red bell peppers! So tasty!

  7. Now this stir fry is way healthier than the take away we get. It looks so good with all those fabulous colors too. I could totally just eat the stir fry and not miss the rice to help make it low carb. 🙂

  8. I just love those crunchy cashews on top…and so many colorful veges. Yum!

  9. Yum! I loved the stir-fry sauce as well – love that you made yours into a Cashew Chicken!

  10. This definitely looks like a crowd-pleaser!

  11. Love the toasted cashews!!! Sounds awesome Liz!

  12. Oh, this looks nice and tasty…and healthy, can’t beat that combination. Will give this a try, have never used pre-packaged mixes before, so might be fun to give that a go. Nice photos, as always.

  13. What a great dish, just look at all those gorgeous colors!

  14. I love a good stir-fry. Even better, I love how easy this dish is to make. Pinned.

  15. Stopping by from YG to let you know this is one tasty looking dish! Cashew Chicken was my introduction to Asian Cuisine and has been my favorite ever since – This version looks so health and fresh it makes me want to go throw some on the stove right now!

  16. Liz, I love cashew chicken!! can’t wait to try this!!

  17. What a wonderful recipe for the skillet sauce you choose to work with! I just realized a year or so ago that I love snow peas. This would be a hit in our home!!

  18. Love a quick stir fry for dinner! This looks good with cashews. 🙂

  19. I love cashew chicken too. This is a great stirfry, Liz.

  20. That looks absolutely delicious Liz!! I must check my local super market to see if they have these sauces!

  21. Mmm, love cashews! This looks so fresh and tasty. Beautiful!

  22. Now that looks like my kind of meal and as I was reading I thought I’d cook that for dinner tonight but then remembered we’re out at a Chinese restaurant tonight – maybe there will be something similar on the menu! I hope the super bowl has gone well and that there were no wardrobe malfunctions during the halftime entertainment xx

  23. Such an awesome recipe and the photography is just outstanding. Love the combination of flavors.

  24. I love quick and easy recipes and this one looks scrumptious! Have never seen the seasoning sauce. Great idea!

  25. Oh I love cashew chicken and I bet the Stir Fry sauce was an amazing addition!!

  26. Brilliant way to dress up the stir-fry mix, Liz! It is indeed wonderful that in America we have choices like McCormick’s meals.

  27. I love chicken with cashews.. one of my favorite dishes! Yummy!

  28. Hi, Liz! I make a version of this and it’s just one of the best quick and easy (and tasty!) midweek meals. I love to get everything ‘mise on place’, too, and then just chuck everything in the pan when it’s time to eat. I love how colourful this is with those peppers in, too! 🙂

  29. This looks great Liz! You have all my favorite veggies in there!

  30. I love all the colors in this. And the crisp veggies–yum!

  31. This is my all time favorite Chinese dish and yours looks gorgeous!

  32. This looks fantastic! Stir-fries are our favorite and I love how easy this is to whip up with the McCormick skillet sauce!

  33. I love cashew chicken and this definitely puts any that I have ever made before to shame! I must try your recipe Liz.

  34. Oooh that stir fry skillet sauce sounds so good! Great choice.

  35. Oh, I love me some take-out! I need to get this skillet sauce so I can make it at home.

  36. We love Cashew Chicken! I wasn’t aware that McCormick made a stir fry sauce! Thanks for sharing!

  37. This looks SO good. My kind of comfort food!

  38. Oyster and soy sauces, sherry, veggies… you are calling my name! Love it and it is so pretty, too!

  39. Just wanted to let you know I made this dish tonight for my husband and he really liked it!! Thanks for a great recipe for him!

  40. Hi Liz:)
    Huge, huge fan of McCormick products. Looks like this one doesn’t disappoint!

    Thanks for sharing, Liz…

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