Slow Cooker Cashew Chicken

20/09/2018
Slow Cooker Cashew Chicken | A gluten free Chinese dish #slowcooker #chinese #food #glutenfree #gfree #dinner #recipes

 

This delicious slow cooker cashew chicken recipe is just as tasty as the one from your favourite Chinese takeaway.  It’s easy to make plus it is both gluten and dairy free.   

 

Slow Cooker Cashew Chicken 

 

 

Slow Cooker Cashew Chicken | A gluten free Chinese dish #slowcooker #chinese #food #glutenfree #gfree #dinner #recipes

 

Now that the weather is turning to Autumn there is nothing I love more than having slow cooked food for dinner.  Whether you have been busy in the house all day or out of the house at work having a meal ready with minimum effort is such a time saver. You just throw all the ingredients into the pot, put on the lid and *switch the machine on and go about the rest of your day. *Very important: I’ve not noticed until much later that I hadn’t turned the slow cooker on! I only noticed because there were no delicious smells wafting around the house. and go about the rest of your day.  When it’s time for dinner it is ready to eat.  Depending on what you are making you might have to cook some sort of side dishes like rice, potatoes, veg, etc.

 

Chinese food is probably my favourite food (it varies between that and Mexican).  However a lot of dishes contain soy sauce which has fermented wheat in it.  This is a no-no if you are gluten free!  So if I fancy some Chinese food then I have to make it myself.  I have been slowly trying to adapt my favourite dishes into gluten free versions and have come up with this Slow Cooker Cashew Chicken recipe.    

 

Slow Cooker Cashew Chicken | A gluten free Chinese dish #slowcooker #chinese #food #glutenfree #gfree #dinner #recipes

 

Slow Cooker Cashew Chicken | A gluten free Chinese dish #slowcooker #chinese #food #glutenfree #gfree #dinner #recipes    

 

As the chicken is slow cooked it means that it is very soft and tender.  I used chicken breast for this recipe but you can use thighs if you prefer.  Also if you like the veg and cashew nuts with a bit of a crunch then I would probably add these in towards the end of the cooking time.    

 

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Slow Cooker Cashew Chicken

This delicious slow cooker cashew chicken recipe is just as tasty as the one from your favourite Chinese takeaway.  It’s easy to make plus it is both gluten and dairy free.  

Course Main Course
Cuisine Chinese
Keyword Chicken
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 4 hours
Total Time 4 hours 15 minutes
Servings 4 People
Author Denise

Ingredients

  • 500 g Chicken Breasts
  • 3 Tbsps Cornflour
  • 1/2 Tsp Ground Black Pepper
  • 1 Tbsp Olive Oil To brown the chicken
  • 1 Red Pepper Chopped
  • 100 g Cashew Nuts Unsalted
  • 2 Tbsps Gluten Free Soy Sauce
  • 4 Tbsps Honey
  • 2 Tbsp Brown Sugar
  • 2 Cloves Garlic Minced
  • 1/4 Tsp Dried Chilli Flakes
  • 2 Tbsps Rice Wine Vinegar or White Wine Vinegar
  • 2 Spring Onions Chopped; To Garnish

Instructions

  1. Add the cornflour and black pepper into a bag

  2. Cut the chicken into 1 inch chunks and then place it into the bag and shake to coat the meat in cornflour

  3. Heat the oil in a frying pan and once hot enough brown the chicken pieces for 2 minutes each side.  Once the chicken is browned chuck it into the slow cooker along with the chopped red pepper

  4. Combine the soy sauce, wine vinegar, honey, brown sugar, garlic and chilli flakes in a bowl.  Pour over the chicken and red pepper in the slow cooker.  You can either add the cashew nuts now before cooking or if you like them with a bit more of a crunch then add them to the last 30 minutes of cooking.

  5. Cook on LOW for 4 hours.

  6. Serve with rice and chopped spring onion.

 

 

Slow Cooker Cashew Chicken | A gluten free Chinese dish #slowcooker #chinese #food #glutenfree #gfree #dinner #recipes

 

Possible Variations:

Use a different protein: Instead of chicken you can use pork, prawn or even beef.

Add more veg:  Try adding some broccoli, carrots or onion to the slow cooker.  Remember and add it in towards the end of the cooking time if you like your veg crunchy.

More spice:  Increase the quantity of chilli flakes if you want a bit more heat to the dish.

Want it a bit sweeter:  Add some more brown sugar.

 

 

If you try out this recipe or anything else from my blog, I’d really love to hear any feedback!

If you are looking for other Chinese dishes:

Gluten Free Prawn Toasts & Honey Chilli Chicken

 
 
Slow Cooker Cashew Chicken | A gluten free Chinese dish #slowcooker #chinese #food #glutenfree #gfree #dinner #recipes

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18 responses to “Slow Cooker Cashew Chicken”

  1. I’d never thought of cooking Chinese food in the slow cooker! This looks delicious

  2. Jade says:


    This looks delicious I am going to try it over the weekend x

  3. Tracy says:

    This looks delicious. I love being able to cook with our slow cooker but always struggle to find inspiration for what to make. I’m looking forward to giving this a try. Thank you.

  4. Renee says:

    Oh my goodness, we were taking about slow cookers in work yesterday and how it’s the perfect time of year to get it out. Great yummy looking recipe to try it out on. Thanks x

    • Denise says:

      This is definitely the time of year to get the slow cooker out. Coming home to a meal that’s ready to eat is the best thing about slow cookers.

  5. Helen says:


    I love Chinese food and love adding cashew nuts to food. This looks delicious, will def be trying it x

  6. Kelly Walton says:

    It’s that slow cooker time of year, I’ve never done chinese before and this looks sooo good.

    • Denise says:

      It’s the first Chinese recipe I’ve tried in the slow cooker so will be looking out for more to try. It is so handy just to chuck in the ingredients and then walk away and leave it.

  7. Chloe says:

    This looks delicious – I would never have thought to make Chinese dishes in a slow cooker!

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  8. Helen Copson says:

    I was only thinking this week I needed to get my slow cooker out. I would never have thought to do Chinese in it. This looks amazing!

  9. This looks delicious! I may need to buy a slow cooker now!

  10. Emma says:


    Wow that sounds absolutely delicious and perfect for someone like me with a whole bunch of new food intolerances!

  11. Deborah Kos says:


    I love to cook in my slow cooker. I can’t wait to try Cashew Chicken. This would be a great dinner. Any time I can just put food in a crock pot, set it and forget it, I am a happy cook.

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