Paleo Cashew Chicken
Paleo Cashew Chicken. Whole30 and Keto Cashew Chicken recipe with tender juicy stir-fry chicken breasts. This healthy, low carb, and flavorful Paleo Cashew Chicken is easy and quick to make, packed with big flavor. Learn how to make cashew nut chicken tender, soft, and moist for the best Cashew Chicken recipe !
Also check out my Thai Cashew Chicken recipe, if you love Thai food as much as I do!
Paleo Cashew Chicken – Tender and Moist Chicken Breasts
Ever wonder how to make stir-fry chicken tender and moist like your favorite Chinese takeout ? Good news ! My Paleo Cashew Chicken recipe will show you how to make cashew chicken healthy, low carb, and with a simple technique to keep stir-fry chicken tender, moist, and juicy.
The most flavorful and tender Paleo Cashew Chicken – Whole30, Keto, and Low carb
To make this Paleo Cashew Chicken truly flavorful, I used Entube’s harissa chili paste to mimic Sichuan flavor. There are two key points to make your Paleo Cashew Chicken packed with flavor –
Keep the sauté skillet dry (i.e. non-watery) when saluting the aromatics and harissa sauce in the recipe steps below. Saute ingredients separately to keep the vegetables crunchy. Be sure to follow the recipe instructions below for more info.
Check out my article on 7 stir-fry mistakes every home cook should know.
How to make stir-fry chicken tender and soft
- Thin slice chicken breasts
- Coat the chicken breasts with one lightly whisked egg white, salt, white pepper, and arrowroot powder
- Blanch them in hot boiling water until the pieces turn white color. Set aside to drain.
- Stir-fry the chicken further with sauce and vegetables.
This is the secret to make stir-fry chicken tender just like your favorite Chinese restaurant and it’s a technique called velvet.
This Paleo Cashew Chicken is the perfect example for Chinese stir-fry. It hits all the remarks and characteristics – color, flavor, and texture. The vegetables are colorful and crunchy and the chicken breasts are moist and tender.
Check out this YouTube video I made a few years back. Same technique and method for my Paleo Cashew Chicken ![embedyt] https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7CtcwfHbVIA[/embedyt]
So my friends, be sure to follow the instructions below. I guarantee you’ll use the velvet technique whenever you make stir-fry chicken and this Paleo Cashew Chicken will become one of your favorite chicken stir-fry dishes !
This Paleo Cashew Chicken is –
Tender, moist, soft
Big on flavor
Paleo, Whole30, Keto, Low carb
If you give this Paleo Cashew Chicken a try, let me know ! Leave a comment and rate the recipe. And don’t forget to take a picture and tag it #IHeartUmami on Instagram. I’d love to see what you come up with. XOXO !
Paleo Cashew Chicken
- 1 ½ lbs chicken breasts, thin sliced (think sashimi thin slices)
- 1 small yellow onion, diced
- 1 red and 1 green bell peppers, diced (or replace green bell pepper for ¾ pint shishito peppers)
- 3 garlic cloves, minced
- 3 tsp fresh ginger, finely chopped
- 2 tbsp Entube’s Harissa chili paste, alternative: tomato paste
- ⅓ cup raw or toasted cashew
- Coarse salt and white pepper to taste
- Coconut oil or ghee, saute use
Stir-fry sauce : (stir and dissolve well)
- 2 tbsp coconut aminos
- 1 tbsp Red Boat fish sauce
- ¼ tsp arrowroot powder
My signature formula to make stir-fry chicken tender:
- 1 egg white, lightly beaten
- ½ tsp sea salt
- Pinch of white pepper
- ¾ tbsp arrowroot powder
- Combine thin sliced chicken breasts with ingredients under “my signature formula to make stir-fry chicken tender”. Mix everything well. Set aside in the fridge.
- Velvet technique: Bring a pot of water to boil. After boiling, lower the temperature to simmering, add 1 tbsp oil, and add chicken from the previous step. Stir the water gently to separate the chicken pieces and prevent them from sticking to each other. After about 1 minute, or as soon as the chicken turns white color, set the chicken aside and drain well. (*Note: the chicken is not cooked through at this stage. We will finish cooking in the following steps)
- Saute peppers: In a large saute skillet, heat 1 ½ tbsp avocado oil over high heat. When hot, saute diced onions, shishito peppers (or green bell peppers), and red bell peppers with a pinch of salt and white pepper. When the onions just turn translucent and the peppers are still crunchy. Set them aside over a large serving bowl along with any juice/liquid in the skillet.
- Saute aromatics: Use the same saute pan (there should be no liquid juice in the skillet), heat 1-2 tbsp avocado oil over medium-high heat. When hot lower the heat to medium. Add minced garlic, chopped ginger, harissa paste, and a small pinch of salt. Stir-fry the aromatics for about 10 seconds until fragrant. If it feels too dry when sauteing the aromatics, add a bit more cooking oil.
- Add chicken: Drain the chicken well and make sure there’s no additional liquid before adding them back to the skillet. Stir-fry with the aromatics and harissa paste for an additional minute. Add “stir-fry sauce combo”. Keep stir-frying until the chicken is cooked through. A few minutes before turning off the heat, add ⅓ cup cashew to the skillet. Coat the sauce over.
- Serve: Pour the sauce, chicken, and cashew nuts over bell peppers and onions. Serve hot.
Love Paleo Chinese Takeout food ?
Check out my Paleo Beef with Broccoli, Paleo Kung Pao Chicken, Paleo Sesame Chicken, Chinese Pepper Steak, and Paleo Sweet and Sour Chicken.
Hi! I’ve done several of your recipes – and they’re always GREAT! – but I haven’t seen this chicken prep before. Usually, you mix it with arrowroot and/or baking soda and put in fridge then later stir fry. To me, poaching the chicken first is new.
Does this method REPLACE how other of your recipes do it or is this method just for THIS recipe?
Hi Rolland, thanks! This is a different way of approaching stir-fry chicken. The technique is called velveting. The chicken tastes silky smooth through this method. You can definitely use the usual way – saute them – like my other chicken stir-fry recipes. When using velveting technique, please make sure that the chicken is drained well after it’s quickly “poached” in the water. Also, please watch the video first if you aren’t familiar with this new technique. Thanks!
This was so good! I used tomato paste as I didn’t have the Harissa paste. So exited to have leftovers for lunch tomorrow. 😀 Thank you for this great recipe.
Thanks so much. So happy to hear!
This was so amazing! I added celery, and sesame coated cashews. So simple and delicious ♥️
Thank you, Luda! So happy to hear. We love this cashew chicken very much, too!
Such beautiful tender chicken breast using the Velveting method. Something we will forever do now. We loved the spicy kick from the Harissa paste too.
Thank you, JoJo!
Tried this tonight and it was great. Last night we had the sesame chicken and that was good as well. Thanks so much for sharing these recipes. Can’t wait to try more.
Thank you so much, Audre! Appreciate it.
Most recipes I make I end up not liking! This was really tasty! I did not think there would be enough “sauce” but it was perfect! I forgot to add the oil to the water when poaching the chicken, and probably cooked a tad too long but the flavor was great!!!!!
This looks awesome – I love harissa, so I’m sure I’d love this recipe! And then add cashews and I’m basically sold! Can’t wait to try it.
This sauce sounds awesome – I love the velveting techniques, very interesting and something I have not tried before.
Thanks, Katie ! It’s a simple and awesome way to make stir-fry chicken breasts tender and moist !
I love cashews with chicken, probably the only time I eat either! Thanks for another tasty recipe.
Thank you, Darryl !
This is such a great dinner idea. I love cashews! Thanks for the recipe.
Sounds amazing. The cashews and chili paste are seriously tugging on my heartstrings. this is a definite must try for my family.
Thank you, Yvonne !!
The cashews are calling to me…come eat me! I love that you made this paleo, too!
Thanks so much Heather !
I always wondered what “velveted” meant!
And now you can totally use this velvet technique to any chicken breast stir-fry dishes !