An amazing slow cooker meal that is way better than takeout! The chicken is breaded to perfection and the sauce is full of flavor! The cashews hidden throughout are the best part!

My love for cashews run deep. One time I bought a big thing of cashews from Costco and ate the entire thing by myself. Cashews are amazing. And when added to this amazing chinese slow cooker meal. Mind blown.
I have made this cashew chicken several times. It was one of the first recipes on the blog. Since then, I have re-photographed it twice. I decided to make it again today, (4-1-15). But this time was different and I have been missing one simple step.
I haven’t been coating the chicken in cornstarch and browning it before putting it in the slow cooker. What a HUGE difference that made! It took this chicken to a whole different level and was so much better than takeout!

Instead of the sauce being thin, it thickens it up while it cooks and soaks the delicious marinade into the breading. As soon as it was done, I couldn’t believe that something that delicious was just made in the crockpot. I mean, I know that my crockpot has made some amazing things, but this was incredible! The breading on the outside resembled the same quality that you would get from takeout.
Of course, I have made the chicken without the breading. It is still amazing. But if you have 3 minutes and want to take this chicken to a delicious level, bread and brown the chicken!

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Ingredients

2 lb
boneless, skinless chicken thigh tenders or chicken breast tenders
1/4 c
all purpose flour
1/2 tsp
black pepper
1 Tbsp
canola oil


Ingredients

2 lb
boneless, skinless chicken thigh tenders or chicken breast tenders
1/4 c
all purpose flour
1/2 tsp
black pepper
1 Tbsp
canola oil
2 Tbsp
rice wine vinegar
2 Tbsp
ketchup
1 Tbsp
brown sugar
1 clove
garlic, minced
1/2 tsp
grated fresh ginger
1/4 tsp
red pepper flakes
1/2 c
cashews

How to Make :
1
Combine flour and pepper in large Ziploc bag. Add chicken. Shake to coat with flour mixture. Heat oil in skillet over medium-high heat. Brown chicken about 2 minutes on each side. Place chicken in slow cooker.
2
Combine soy sauce, vinegar, ketchup, sugar, garlic, ginger, and pepper flakes in small bowl; pour over chicken. Cook on LOW for 3 to 4 hours. Add cashews and stir. Serve over rice.
3
If you want extra sauce to pour over the chicken and the rice, double the sauce ingredients.
4
I also will dice celery, carrots, onions to put in the pot with the chicken. What goes in the pot depends on what I have on hand and my mood. Make sure it is a small dice so the veggies cook to a tender state.