Crock Pot Cashew Chicken will quickly become a family favorite. The recipe is easy to make and with one easy substitution, you have a great Gluten Free Cashew Chicken recipe too!
Summer can be a struggle when it comes to cooking dinner every night. Between vacations and kids running every which way, getting dinner on the table can be a challenge. It has also been pretty hot here in Portland so I don’t like turning on the oven so my crockpot helps out in both those areas- easy and no oven. We are big fans of Cashew Chicken at our house so I was excited to try this recipe for Crockpot Gluten Free Cashew Nut Chicken.
I’ve got my gluten free girl home for a couple of weeks so I am always looking for new recipes that can be made gluten free. With just a couple of ingredient switches this one becomes gluten free Crockpot Cashew Nut Chicken. The chicken is coated in almond flour and browned a bit in oil before putting it in the crockpot so a little bit of heat is required.
I used four chicken breasts that I cut into chicken tender size pieces or you could just buy chicken tenders! After the chicken is browned it is placed in the crockpot with some soy sauce (use Tamari for gluten free), vinegar, ketchup (be sure it is gluten free), sugar, garlic, ginger and red pepper flakes.
All that gets poured over the top of the chicken and then set it on low for 3-4 hours. It doesn’t need to cook as long as most crockpot recipes which is an advantage when you forget to turn it on first thing in the morning!
After you take it out of the crockpot don’t forget the cashews – that’s my favorite part. Lots of cashews!! We love it served over rice the best.
I had a lot of fresh snap peas in the garden so I decided to add a little green to my cashew nut chicken. I blanched the pea pods in some boiling water for about two minutes and then rinsed them with cold water. That left them with just the right amount of crunch to add to the dish. Besides that, the green just looked pretty!
So for your next quick and easy dinner night pull out the crock pot!
My favorite kitchen items I used to make SLOW COOKER CASHEW NUT CHICKEN:
SLOW COOKER – My favorite one is the classic, the Rival CrockPot. In fact, I love it so much I own three of them. Two 6 qt and one 4 qt.
CROCK POT LINER BAGS – These liner bags are a life saver and make clean up so much easier and faster! Stock up on them!
HOLIDAY SLOW COOKER COOKBOOK – For more delicious slow cooker recipes check out my new cookbook – 100 recipes!
Crock Pot Cashew Chicken
Crockpot Cashew Chicken
- 4 chicken breasts cut into tender size pieces
- 1/4 all purpose flour use almond flour for gluten free version
- 1/2 tsp black pepper
- 1 Tbsp canola oil
- 1/4 C soy sauce
- 2 Tbsp rice wine vinegar
- 2 Tbsp ketchup
- 1 Tbsp brown sugar
- 2 cloves garlic minced
- 1/2 tsp ginger minced
- 1/4 tsp red pepper flakes
- 1/2 C cashews
- 2 C snap peas blanched
- Combine flour and pepper in zip loc bag.
- Add chicken and shake to coat.
- Heat oil in skillet over medium heat.
- Brown chicken about 2-3 minutes on each side.
- Place chicken in crockpot.
- Combine soy sauce, vinegar, ketchup, sugar, garlic, ginger and red pepper flakes in a bowl.
- Pour over chicken.
- Cook on LOW for 3-4 hours.
- Add cashews and snap peas if desired.
- Serve over rice.
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