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Gluten Free Cashew Chicken

Updated: Oct 22, 2021

Serving size: 4-5

Prep Time: 20

Cook time: 30

FREE OF: gluten, dairy, tomato, coconut, fish, soy (option), cauliflower, nut option (see "alternatives")




  • 1/2 Cup GF soy sauce (or soy free alternative)

  • 1/2 Cup brown sugar

  • 1/2 Tbsp rice vinegar

  • 1 Tsp sesame oil

  • 2 Tbsp water

  • 2 Tbsp corn starch


Add all ingredients except corn starch and water to a bowl and mix

Taste to see if you want more sweetness (if so add more brown sugar)

Add sauce to the pan

Mix water and corn starch and add to the pan


Cashew Chicken


  • 2 lbs chicken cut up

  • 2 Tbs canola oil

  • 1/2 Tbsp salt

  • 1 Tsp black pepper

  • 1 diced red bell pepper

  • 2 zucchini quartered and diced

  • 2 cans water chestnuts

  • 1 can copped baby corn

  • 1 1/2 cup cashews


Put diced chicken in a large pan with salt and pepper on high heat

Add diced bell pepper and zucchini

Cook until chicken is done

Add sauce

Add corn starch to water and mix

Add corn starch and cook until thickened

Add the rest of the ingredients

Cook for 2 more minutes

Serve over rice



For nut free, we don't know of any alternatives however we're certain it will still be delicious without the cashews, so feel free to either add your alternative or leave them out.

We know soy isn't the best for you and some of ya'll have soy allergies so if you need to replace the soy sauce, we suggest either Oceans Halo No Soy, Primal Kitchen, or Coconut Aminos (if you can have coconut). If you like salt like we do, then for some of these options you may need to add salt to taste to give it more of the illusion of true soy sauce. All those options are also gluten free.


Story behind the recipe:

When the Chef first started to explore his creative side of cooking, the one thing he wanted to learn how to cook was Chinese food because its one of his favorite genres of food. He looked up a recipe for cashew chicken and over the years has made adjustments and additions until eventually it evolved into a gluten free recipe when he met Allergy Girl. It no longer resembles the inspirational recipe he started with and he's always looking for even further ways to improve it, but if you ask anyone else... they'd tell you it needs no improvement.

This is a dish that everyone in the Chef's life asks for. When they know he's gonna cook they request it and if he asks what they want they'll ask for this dish. It really should be put in a restaurant because it tastes like its straight from a Chinese restaurant, only no ones getting the gluten poisoning from this bad boy.

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