Slow Cooker Cashew Chicken + Weekly Menu

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Mr. Prevention is a really great gift-giver. Not only is he thoughtful and generous, but he’s also really creative. I mean, this psychedelic bulldog canvas truly completes my home. Every home needs such a conversation piece occupying real estate on their walls. At least one wall. Really.

He also got me tennis lessons for Christmas (!!). I’ve only been saying I want to play since high school gym class. At a not-so-spry 28, this tennis dream is becoming a reality. You won’t see me at Wimbledon in 2014, but I’m shooting for 2015. It’s good to have goals, realistic or not. As soon as I can serve the ball, return anything on my forehand in decent fashion, keep the ball -in- the court, or quit holding the racquet like a hockey stick, you just never know what greatness could come to be. Just sayin’.

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I was also gifted with new Rachel Ray cookware. My baking sheet, loaf pans, and 8×8 were in dire need of replacement, but I had become very accustomed to just layering everything with parchment paper. No one had to know that my cookware was…used, abused, and turning rusty from my refusal to hand wash anything. With my cookware came a new knife block and set of knives. It’s never good when you can justly refer to every knife in your kitchen as a “butter knife”.

But it didn’t end there. The man who complains on a daily basis about my over-stuffed kitchen, got me new kitchen utensils…just because they were fun colors. Do I need a white, red, purple, and red spatula? This is debatable, but I sure as heck am not complaining. He’s just enabling an addict, but that can be our little secret…

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While a rainbow of colored spatulas isn’t “necessary”, a new crock pot would’ve been, perhaps a bit more…practical? Mine has seen better days, and I don’t know that I can attribute that to the lack of hand-washing (you betcha that thing gets cleaned in the dish washer!). It’s just…old.

Sundays are hockey days and seeing as I leave at 4:45 to make it to hockey by 5:45, play until 6:45 and walk in the door sometime between 7:45 and 8pm, hockey interferes with my beloved dinner time. So, I’ve decided Sundays are going to be crock pot nights. And late dinner nights, but lord knows I’m ready for dinner after hockey. My sister-in-law found this gem of a recipe on Pinterest and after she and the in-laws gave it 2 thumbs up, it was next on my Sunday crock pot rotation. Delicious!

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3.7 from 3 reviews
Slow Cooker Cashew Chicken
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Serves: 6
 
Ingredients
  • 2 lbs boneless skinless chicken breasts
  • ¼ cup whole wheat flour
  • ½ tsp black pepper
  • 1 Tbsp olive oil
  • ¼ cup low-sodium soy sauce
  • 2 Tbsp rice wine vinegar
  • 2 Tbsp ketchup
  • 1 Tbsp brown sugar
  • 2-3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 Tbsp grated fresh ginger
  • ½ tsp red pepper flakes
  • ½ cup whole cashews
Instructions
  1. Cut chicken into large, 1½-inch pieces. Combine flour and pepper in ziplock bag, add chicken, and shake to coat with flour mixture.
  2. Heat oil in large skillet over medium-high heat. Add chicken to skillet and brown chicken about 2 minutes on each side (note: do not cook chicken completely); transfer chicken in slow cooker.
  3. Combine soy sauce, vinegar, ketchup, sugar, garlic, ginger, and pepper flakes in small bowl; pour over chicken.
  4. Cook on low for 3 to 4 hours. Add cashews and stir. Serve over rice, if desired.
Notes
Recipe from The Recipe Critic
Nutrition Information
Serving size: ⅙ recipe (about 5 ounces chicken) Calories: 291 Fat: 9.2 Carbohydrates: 13.5 Sugar: 5.8 Sodium: 582 Fiber: 1 Protein: 37.8 Cholesterol: 73

 Weekly Menu: January 12th – 16th

 As much fun as tennis was this morning, I’m very much so looking forward to no alarm tomorrow morning 🙂

Be well,

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12 Comments

  1. Kelly
    January 12, 2014 / 9:14 am

    Wow, Mr.Prevention is a great gift giver. I love that he gave you tennis lessons- sometimes it’s the signing up that’s the hardest part.

  2. January 12, 2014 / 1:48 pm

    Wow, he really is a great gift-giver! Have fun with those tennis lessons.

    This chicken dish is something that my family would love. We always have cashews in the house, so I’m tempted to try it this week.

    • Nicole, RD
      Author
      January 13, 2014 / 7:07 am

      Looks great! Will be trying! Thanks, girl 🙂

  3. January 13, 2014 / 3:22 pm

    Oooh tennis lessons! That should be fun and it really is a sweet gift idea. Will you guys play together?

  4. Jenny
    January 13, 2014 / 7:26 pm

    Just wanted to say a quick thanks. I stumbled upon this recipe online and emailed it to myself to print later. I was struggling with menu planning yesterday because I had no time when I noticed your Weekly menu. We did the Cashew chicken last night and loved it. We liked the barbecue chicken salad tonight even better. Looking forward to trying the rest of the recipes on the list. Great big thanks!

    • Nicole, RD
      Author
      January 13, 2014 / 8:55 pm

      Thanks Jenny! 🙂

  5. Cindy
    January 21, 2014 / 7:10 pm

    Nicole, tj
    Thanks so much for sharing the recipe. It’s such a hit at my home. The recipe makes enough for lunch the next day and it taste even better on day two. 🙂

  6. Caro
    April 28, 2014 / 11:58 am

    I tried this recipe but it didn’t turn out as the picture. My sauce is very dark, almost black. Any idea where it could have gone wrong? The sauce taste very acidic also.

    • Nicole, RD
      Author
      April 28, 2014 / 6:36 pm

      Hi Caro, what a bummer! Did you use the low setting on the crock pot? The cooking length is only 3-4 hours but it is on low, not high. Otherwise, no idea 🙁 My mother-in-law recommended this recipe and we loved it with great results :-/

      • Caro
        April 28, 2014 / 8:12 pm

        I did use the low setting but my slow cooker tend to heat a lot even on that setting. I didn’t leave it more than 4 hours. I used regular soy soy sauce, could it be it? I also used rice vinegar, not rice wine vinegar but I searched online and it supposedly is the same thing.

        Right out of the slow-cooker it was not good but once re-heated and with cashews it’s edible even if it def doesn’t look like your pic..! Also I think there is too much ginger. This is really confusing! It’s probably something I did or an ingredient I used but I can’t put my finger on it.

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