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Paleo Cashew Chicken

5 from 6 votes
Nicole Modic
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Total Time 30 mins
SERVES 4 people
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Move over Panda Express, this Paleo Cashew Chicken is about to rock your world! The chicken is coated with lots of sauce, which sticks to the chicken easily because it's first coated in arrowroot/tapioca flour. Add some broccoli, toss everything together well, and dinner is ready to serve in under 30 minutes! This recipe is a quick and easy weeknight dinner that the whole family is guaranteed to love for years to come!



  • 1 pound boneless skinless chicken breasts cut into small pieces
  • 1/2 cup tapioca flour or arrowroot flour or corn starch
  • 4 tablespoons avocado oil or olive oil divided
  • 1 head broccoli cut into small, even size florets (about 1 1/2 -2 cups)
  • 1 small onion diced
  • 3/4 cup raw cashews
  • 3 tablespoons black sesame seeds
  • 1/4 cup cilantro chopped


  • 1/2 cup coconut aminos or low-sodium soy sauce or tamari
  • 1/4 cup chicken broth
  • 1/4 cup maple syrup
  • 2 cloves garlic mashed
  • 2 teaspoons fresh ginger grated (or ground ginger)
  • 1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper


  • Chop the chicken breasts into small pieces and place them in a medium bowl.
  • Next, toss the chicken pieces in the tapioca/arrowroot flour, to coat well. Set aside.
  • Next, in a large skillet over medium heat, add 2 tablespoons of the oil.
  • Once the pan gets hot, add the chicken pieces, and cook for 5 to 8 minutes, until just cooked through. They don’t need to be fully cooked, just browned on all sides.
  • Transfer the chicken to a plate.
  • Add remaining 2 tablespoons oil to the skillet.
  • Once hot, add the broccoli florets and the diced onion. Sauté for about 3-4 minutes.
  • While that is cooking, prepare the sauce, either by whisk together the sauce ingredients in a bowl, or by blending in a blender (preferred)!
  • Add chicken back to the skillet.
  • Pour sauce on top and coat everything well. Cook for another 5 minutes or so, until the broccoli is tender and chicken is cooked through!
  • Add cashews, sesame seeds and cilantro on top.
  • Serve alone or over white rice, and enjoy!

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