This Crock Pot Cashew Chicken is better than most Chinese takeout cashew chicken. Throw it all in the slow cooker and have a delicious, no fuss dinner!
In addition to being delicious, this Crock Pot Cashew Chicken is super easy to make! You can have this ready and in the crock pot faster than you can get your kids in the car and drive to the nearest Chinese place for take-out. My family absolutely LOVED this recipe! We served it with some steamed veggies and it was the perfect pairing. You can throw veggies in the crock pot with this dish or you can serve it on the side — whatever is easiest for you!
Did you know that Cashew Chicken was not invented in China? It was invented in Springfield, Missouri in the United States in 1963. A chef from China, David Leong, created the dish as he was trying to incorporate the flavors of his homeland with the tastes of the local residents. It became a very popular dish and he was very open to sharing the recipe with other restaurant owners. Now over 50 years later, the entree that consists of bite-sized pieces of fried chicken in the rich brown sauce with crunchy cashews is on the menu of almost every Chinese restaurant in the United States.
This recipe for this version of Crock Pot Cashew Chicken came from Karen at 365daysofcrockpot.com. She is such a sweetheart. I have had the pleasure of meeting her several times and she has some awesome recipes. She gave this one a 5-star rating and I couldn’t agree more. It is delicious! Check out her blog for even more amazing crock pot recipes!
Crock Pot Cashew Chicken
- 2 lbs chicken breasts boneless skinless , about 4 pieces, cut into smaller pieces
- 1/4 cup flour all purpose
- 1/2 tsp black pepper
- 1 Tbsp canola oil
- 1/2 cup low-sodium soy sauce
- 1/4 cup rice vinegar
- 1/4 cup ketchup
- 2 Tbsp brown sugar
- 2 garlic cloves minced
- 1/2 tsp fresh ginger grated
- 1/4 tsp red pepper flakes
- 1/2 cup cashews UNSALTED
Combine flour and pepper in resealable food storage bag. Add chicken. Shake to coat with flour mixture.
Heat oil in skillet over medium-high heat. Brown chicken about 2 minutes on each side. Place chicken in slow cooker.
Combine soy sauce, vinegar, ketchup, sugar, garlic, ginger, and pepper flakes in small bowl; pour over chicken.
Cook on LOW for 2 to 3 hours. Add cashews and stir.
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