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Monday, January 21, 2013

Slow Cooker Cashew Chicken

Tired of the same ol' bland chicken dishes in your slow cooker?  Then this Cashew Chicken Recipe may be exactly what you are looking for!

slow cooker cashew chicken

I don't think I have ever actually had Cashew Chicken before, so I wasn't sure what to expect. (I am usually a sesame or teriyaki chicken kind of girl.)  I found this recipe for Cashew Chicken in a old Better Homes and Garden magazine and judging by the ingredient list, I figured it would be good.  And it was...  I especially enjoyed it cold the next day for lunch!

I made a few changes to the recipe which I am certain only improved it.  Like adding the veggies at the end instead of the beginning, can you imagine how gross and mushy would be it they cooked for 8 hours?

(While we are on this subject- I have to say, I think a bunch of their photos are fake and recipes must be untested- at least the ones in this magazine from 5 years ago are.  There is no way the recipe will turn out as photographed.  I tried another recipe for overnight creme brulee french toast in the slow cooker and it was a disgusting slimy mess that went straight into the trash.  They must have baked it in the oven for the picture.  After that disaster, I looked up the recipe on the internet and found the original it on their site.  There were about 22 reviews with the same results...)

Here is how I made this dish:

Cashew chicken in the Slow Cooker adapted from Better homes and Garden Magazine
Serves 5, calories w/out rice: 289 per serving

Ingredients:

  • 1 can of condensed golden mushroom soup (I didn't have this soup so I substituted with cream of mushroom soup, 1 tablespoon of ketchup and 1 tablespoon of chicken stock base- which is a solid form of chicken bullion)
  • 5 tablespoons of soy sauce
  • 2 tsp ground ginger
  • 1.5 lbs of chopped chicken breast 
  • 1 4 oz can of sliced mushrooms
  • 1 16 oz package of frozen broccoli stir fry blend, thawed
  • 1/2 cup of cashews
Instructions:
  1. Combine soup, soy sauce and ginger in the slow cooker.
  2. Stir in chicken and mushrooms
  3. Cover and cook on low for 5.5 to 7.5 hours.
  4. After the 5.5 to 7.5 hours of cooking time, add the thawed veggies (I recommend warming them slightly in the microwave first) and cashews to slow cooker.  Stir very gently so the chicken doesn't come apart.  
  5. Serve over rice.  Another option would be instead of adding the veggies at the end, just stir fry them and top with the chicken mixture.
Enjoy!



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14 comments:

  1. Thanks for your honesty. Good idea to wait before adding the veggies. Just pinned and will be trying soon.

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  2. Saw your recipe at Southern Lovely's link party. This looks delicious! Thanks for sharing!! Pinning ;)

    ~Brenda @ChattingOverChocolate.blogspot.com

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  3. This looks like the perfect comfort dish for the cold winter weather. YUM!

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  4. Hi Jamie,
    We are going to love this recipe and can't wait to try it. Hope you have a great weekend and thanks for sharing your tasty recipe with Full Plate Thursday.
    Come Back Soon!
    Miz Helen

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  5. Love cashew nut chicken and my crock pot - now I can combine the two! Thanks
    I'd love for you to come and join in over at Finding the Pretty & Delicious Linky Party.http://www.yourhomebasedmom.com/finding-the-pretty-delicious-linky-party-2/

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  6. That sounds great! And yes, I have tried cooking veggies for a stir fry type in the crock the whole time and they do come out mushy. Depending on the recipe carrots are ok in the crock pot but most others are not great in there.
    I would love it if you would share this (and anything else you have been working on) at my party! http://domesticrandomness.blogspot.com/2013/01/friday-fascinations-9-everything-linky.html

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  7. I love cashew chicken so I pinned this to try out!

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  8. I LOVE cashew chicken! Yours looks absolutely delicious, just looking at the picture is making me crave some! I will have to try making this at home! Thanks for sharing!

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  9. This sounds so, so good! I love anything in a crockpot! I am your newest follower!

    Christi
    http://the-not-so-perfect-momblog.blogspot.com/

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  10. this looks so nice

    would love it if you could share this on my link party

    Natasha @ www.serenityyou.com

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  11. I am featuring your recipe today... Thank you so much for linking it up to my party!

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  12. Sounds delicious!! Thank you for sharing at Sharing Saturday!!

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  13. This sounds so good, I love using my slow cooker, and now have a new recipe! Thanks!

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