Cashew Butter Chicken

Cashew Butter Chicken

I have seen a few recipes that use a spicy peanut butter sauce that have sounded pretty tasty. Since I had just invested in a jar of cashew butter I though it would be nice to try making a cashew butter sauce. I was aiming for a tasty cashew butter sauce with a nice balance of sweet, salty, tart and spicy. I decided to use the cashew butter sauce on some chicken. Of course I had to add an herb and since I was already going with some Asian flavours I decided to throw in some cilantro. The dish came together really quickly and easily. The cashew butter chicken turned out really good! The sauce was nice and creamy and flavourful. I first had the cashew butter chicken on a simple salad but I made enough to have leftovers so that I could try it in a pasta and on some rice.

Cashew Butter Chicken Pasta

Cashew Butter Chicken on Rice

Cashew Butter Chicken

Cashew Butter Chicken

  • 2 teaspoons olive oil
  • 1 pound chicken (cut into bite sized pieces)
  • 1 tablespoon cashew butter
  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce (gluten free for gluten free)
  • 1 lime (juice and zest)
  • 2 cloves garlic (grated)
  • 2 teaspoons ginger (grated)
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar
  • 2 teaspoons chili sauce
  • 1 teaspoon sesame oil
  • 1/4 cup cilantro (chopped)
  • 1/4 cup cashews
  • 2 green onions (chopped)
  1. Heat the oil in a pan.
  2. Add the chicken and saute until cooked, about 4-7 minutes.
  3. Mix the cashew butter, soy sauce, lime juice, lime zest, garlic, ginger, brown sugar, chili sauce and sesame oil in a bowl.
  4. Toss the chicken and cilantro in the cashew butter sauce to coat.
  5. Serve on salad, rice or pasta and garnish with cashews and green onions.


Elly said...

looks delicious! i love cashews in anything and i really love cashew butter. almond butter too!

Coffee & Vanilla said...


Your recipe sounds very good to me... I use peanut butter with soy sauce for vegetables, I used also recently cashew nuts in risotto with carrots, instead of pine nuts and it came out delicious.
I must look for cashew butter in the shops :)


Peter M said...

This looks very appetizing Kevin and the peanut concept is interesting and I've gotta try it.

StickyGooeyCreamyChewy said...

Really nice recipe! My husband loves cashew chicken when we get Chinese. I'll bet he'll love this one too.

MrsPresley said...

i've never had cashew butter before; this sounds great though. good idea! :)

Emiline said...

I like how you don't ramble on. You get right down to it. I try not to ramble, but it happens. Like right now.

LOVE your cashew butter chicken.

Cooking and the City said...

Kevin your cashew butter chicken looks delicious & so versatile :-)

Ruth Daniels said...

Kevin, the dish has me drooling no matter how it's served. Thanks for sharing with Presto Pasta Nights.

Bellini Valli said...

Sounds delicious Kevin. I have to add it to my evergrowing list of recipes from your blog to try :)

sher said...

That's heavenly! I love cashews so much, I only buy them about 2 times a year. And this recipe is the perfect excuse for me to buy some, don't you think?

Gloria said...

mmm....Looks wonderful Kevin, really wonderful and nice picture!!! Gloria

Helene said...

I don't know if I can find cashew butter around here. This looks delicious.

Dhanggit said...

first time i tasted this was whenn i dined in a small restaurant in hanoi..really good! thanks for sharing the recipe :-)

amysep said...

This looks yummy. When I saw it, I immediately imagined myself rolling it up with a sprig of extra cilantro or some mint in some boston bibb lettuce and eating it that way. Great way to use cashew butter! amy @

Pam said...

I'll have to look for some cashew butter at the store, because this sounds so good!

Adrienne.McAvoy said...

Awesome recipe! I made it tonight after I tried to figure out what to do with some cashew butter that's been in the fridge a little too long. Great over mixed organic greens.

Meg. said...

We really loved this. The only changes I would make would be to thin out the sauce a little, maybe with some chicken broth, and leave out the sesame oil, because I honestly just can't stand the flavor of it. Otherwise this was a hit, and we will be making it again!

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