I must admit… I’ve never had cashew chicken at a restaurant so I don’t know what it is “supposed” to taste like. I saw a lot of pictures of cashew chicken going around Pinterest, and they looked good. Rather than clicking on the link to discover that the recipe probably called for a can of soda, or burlap, or something from IKEA, I figured I’d just experiment and figure out a good recipe for cashew chicken.
This is one of the few recipes that I’ve liked on the first try. The flavors blend really well together, and the lettuce as a wrap is the perfect crispy complement to the sweet and savory chicken.
Feel free to let me know in the comments what regular cashew chicken typically includes, but this recipe is a new family favorite at our house:
Cashew Chicken Lettuce Wrap Recipe
Yield 4 wraps
A simple and delicious one-pan chicken meal that adds cashews and maple syrup for the crunch and is served in a lettuce wrap for a light and refreshing meal.
- Melt the butter in a large skillet and add the chicken.
- Sprinkle with the garlic powder, salt, pepper, and basil (if using) and saute until the chicken is almost completely cooked.
- Add the coconut aminos and continue to stir until the liquid from the coconut aminos starts to evaporate off.
- Add the maple syrup and continue to stir for another 2-3 minutes or until maple syrup and coconut aminos have cooked down and there is very little liquid left in the pan.
- Add cashews and stir until heated.
- Let cool slightly and serve in lettuce leaves, topped with thinly sliced red onions.
This can also be served over cauliflower rice.
Serving Size 2 wraps
Amount Per Serving
% Daily Value
Total Fat 28.4 g
Saturated Fat 10.7 g
Cholesterol 52 mg
Sodium 718 mg
Total Carbohydrates 40.7 g
Dietary Fiber 2.3 g
Sugars 21.3 g
Protein 14.4 g
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
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