Cashew chicken:Whole30 & Paleo

This simple and delicious recipe adds flavor and spice to your weekly meal plan. Whole30 compliant, paleo, and a better for you version of your favorite take out.

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Cashew chicken
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 15 mins
Total Time 30 mins
Course Main Course
Cuisine Chinese, Paleo, whole30
Servings 6


  • Large skillet or wok
  • Immersion blender or whisk
  • Large bowl or zipplock
  • Knife, cutting board
  • Wooden spoon


  • 2 lbs Boneless, skinless chicken breast, cut into 1" chunks
  • 2 Tbsp Sesame oil
  • 1/2 Cup Coconut aminos
  • 3 Tbsp Whole30 compliant ketchup I use Primal Kitchen
  • 3 Tbsp Rice vinegar
  • 1 Clove Minced garlic
  • 1 Tbsp Minced fresh ginger
  • 2 Tbsp Arrowroot flour, divided
  • 1/2 Tsp Chinese five spice
  • 1/2 Tsp Red pepper flakes
  • 1/4 Tsp pepper, or to taste
  • 1 Cup Cashews, roasted. Check your label
  • 2 Tbsp water
  • 2 Whole Zucchini, chopped
  • 1 Can Bean sprouts, drained
  • 1 Can Bamboo shoots, drained
  • 1 Can Water chestnuts, drained


  • In a large measuring cup, combine 1 tbsp sesame oil, coconut aminos, ketchup, rice vinegar, garlic, ginger, five spice, red pepper flakes, water and half the arrowroot flour. I use my immersion blender to mix the sauce together, if you don't have one a whisk will do.
  • In a large zipplock bag or large bowl, combine chicken chunks with 1 tbsp arrowroot flour, salt and pepper. Shake/mix well.
  • In a large skillet or wok, add 1 tbsp sesame oil to the pan, then add the coated chicken. Pan sear the chicken 3-4 minutes over medium/low heat stirring occasionally. Add zucchini and cook additional 2-3 minutes.
  • Turn the heat to low and add the sauce mixture, bean sprouts, bamboo shoots, and water chestnuts, cover and let cook 2 minutes.
  • Add cashews right before serving.
  • If whole30 or paleo, serve over cauliflower rice or steamed broccoli.


Be sure to use Whole30 compliant ingredients if fowling the program.
I recommend Primal Kitchen ketchup
Keyword Healthy take out, Paleo, Whole30

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