Sweet & Spicy Cashew Chicken

Prep time: 10 mins
Cooking time: 20-25 mins

I made this recipe (not pictured) when my in-laws were visiting last weekend. It served nine of us – four adults, five children. And I even had some leftovers.

There’s no story behind it. It’s something that my mom used to make regularly when I was growing up. I loved it as a kid; I love it even more now. It’s packed with good vegetables, which I didn’t appreciate as a kid. My kids have never complained about eating it. It always goes down well. I consider it one of my ‘no-brainer’ dishes when and if we’re in the mood for chicken. The cooking process is short; the prep takes some time and consideration, simply because the quantity of vegetables that need cutting.


  • 4 chicken breasts
  • 1 cup ketchup
  • 8 tsp soy sauce
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 4 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 4 tbsp white/caster sugar
  • 3 tsp sesame oil
  • 1 cup chicken broth
  • pinch of cayenne pepper


  • 2 red (bell) peppers (cut into chunks)
  • 1 large brown onion (diced)
  • a thumb-size piece of ginger (finely chopped)
  • 2-3 cloves of garlic (sliced – not too fine, or it will burn)
  • 2 large carrots (thinly chopped)
  • 1-2 cups snow peas
  • cashews for garnish
  • toasted sesame seeds for garnish
  • cornstarch
  • cooking oil


  1. Start with the sauce and set aside. Mix together all the ingredients in whatever order you like!
  2. Wash and chop all the vegetables, making two separate piles: one for garlic, ginger, and onion; the other with the remaining vegetables.
  3. Cut the chicken to your liking.
  4. Place chicken in a ziplock bag.
  5. Add a little bit of salt, a couple teaspoons of white sugar, and enough cornstarch to lightly coat. Shake well.
  6. Meanwhile…heat up a large frying pan or wok on high heat with some cooking oil.
  7. Add chicken, cook for 1-2 minutes until browned on the outside.
  8. Add garlic, ginger, and onion. Sauté for a few minutes.
  9. Add everything but the snow peas. Cook until translucent with still a little crunchy.
  10. Add the sauce and snow peas. Simmer for a good 10-15 minutes.
  11. Enjoy over some rice or noodles. Garnish with cashews and toasted sesame seeds.

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