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Slow Cooker Cashew Chicken

By: Bella Bucchiotti
Sweet and spicy flavors unite in this slow cooker cashew chicken with snap peas. Although a lot of Chinese chicken recipes involve stir frying, this one uses a Crockpot. You will love this slow cooker chicken recipe with cashews.
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 7 hours
Total Time: 7 hours 10 minutes
Servings: 6



  • 2 Pounds chicken breast, cut into 1” pieces
  • 3 Tablespoons cornstarch 
  • 1 Teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 Teaspoon pepper 
  • 1 Tablespoon olive oil 
  • 2 Cups snap peas
  • 1 Cup cashews, divided, unsalted

Cashew Chicken Sauce 

  • 3/4 Cup Tamari sauce , or soy sauce, lite or low sodium recommended
  • 1/4 Cup rice wine vinegar 
  • 1/4 Cup sweet chili sauce
  • 1 Tablespoon gochujang, or sriracha
  • 2 Tablespoons ketchup
  • 1 Tablespoon hoisin sauce
  • 1 Tablespoon ginger, grated
  • 4 Cloves garlic, minced 
  • 1 Pinch red pepper flakes 
  • 1 Tablespoon honey 
  • 1 orange, juiced about ¼ cup
  • 1 green onion , diced


  • Heat a frying pan or skillet on the stove over medium high heat.  
  • Add diced chicken to a bowl with cornstarch, salt, and pepper. Toss to coat  
  • Add olive oil to the hot pan and swirl to coat. Add chicken and brown for 4 minutes, tossing frequently as it cooks.  
  • Remove chicken from heat and add to the slow cooker. Chicken should not be fully cooked. Cover and cook on low for 1 hour. 
  • Add sugar snap peas and half of the cashews to the slow cooker.  
  • At the one hour mark, prepare the sauce. In a large mixing bowl, combine ingredients for and whisk well.  
  • Pour cashew sauce into the slow cooker over the chicken, sugar snap peas, and cashews. Toss lightly. 
  • Cover and cook on low for 6 hours. Add remaining cashews when 30 minutes are remaining.  


Lite or low sodium tamari (or soy) sauce is recommended. If trying to reduce salt intake, reduce tamari/soy sauce to 1/2 cup and add 1/4 cup chicken broth.


Calories: 422kcal | Carbohydrates: 29g | Protein: 41g | Fat: 16g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 3g | Monounsaturated Fat: 8g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 97mg | Sodium: 2384mg | Potassium: 920mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 15g | Vitamin A: 507IU | Vitamin C: 35mg | Calcium: 54mg | Iron: 4mg
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