Friday, June 28, 2013

Quinoa Cashew Chicken with Sesame Peanut Drizzle

Quinoa Cashew Chicken with Sesame Peanut Drizzle

I know I am not alone in this sentiment – but holy cowwww, where is the summer going?  I can’t believe how fast the days, weeks and months are flying by this year.  I’ve been doing my fair share of work travel lately (which could explain my random absence here!) and Paul has been busy with summer youth group trips and projects.

He spent last week with about 15 middle school students doing mission work throughout our city and the surrounding areas.  I didn’t get to be a part of much of it be he had an absolute blast.  It’s so great to see him building relationships with these kids.  While he was wrangling 6th, 7th and 8th graders doing yard work last week, I was catching up on some blog projects.

This quinoa cashew chicken is one of them and now that I’m telling you about it, I’m really sad that I didn’t get to share it with anyone.  Cashew Chicken has long-been a favorite meal of mine.  And since I’ve been on a cashew-chicken kind of kick lately, I made a quick version of one of my favorite dishes, adding some cooked quinoa, purple cabbage and just about every vegetable I had on hand.

I loved every last bite of this meal.  Lots of different textures flavors and actually really healthy.  And I really love how colorful it turned out!

Quinoa Cashew Chicken with Sesame Peanut Drizzle

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Quinoa Cashew Chicken with Sesame Peanut Drizzle

Yield: 4 servings

Total Time: 30 min

Classic stir-fried cashew chicken with quinoa! Loaded with vegetables and a savory stir fry sauce and serve with a sesame peanut drizzle.


for the quinoa:
2 tsp. olive oil
2 cups chicken stock
1 cup rinsed quinoa
1/2 tsp. sea salt

for the stir-fry sauce:
1/4 cup reduced sodium soy sauce
2 Tbs. toasted sesame oil
2 tsp. oyster sauce
1 clove garlic, minced
1 tsp. rice wine vinegar
1 tsp. Sriracha sauce (or to taste)
Juice of 1/2 lime
1 tsp. toasted sesame seeds
Salt and pepper to taste

for the cashew chicken:
1 Tbs. grapeseed oil
2 green onions, sliced
1 clove garlic, minced
1-inch piece of fresh ginger, grated
1 cup bell pepper, diced
1 cup mushrooms, sliced
1 (5-ounce) can sliced water chestnuts
1 cup cooked chicken, cubed or shredded
1 cup red cabbage, shredded
3/4 cup cashew halves

for the sesame-peanut drizzle:
1/4 cup creamy peanut butter
2 tsp. soy sauce
1 tsp. toasted sesame oil
1 tsp. honey
1/2 tsp. grated ginger
Salt and pepper to taste


cook the quinoa:
Heat the olive oil in a medium sauce pan over medium high heat and add the quinoa and sea salt to the pan and stir until the quinoa is well-coated. Toast for a few minutes, until the quinoa just starts to brown. Slowly add in the water. Cover and reduce the heat to medium-low and cook for about 15 minutes, stirring occasionally. Remove the lid, stir and continue to cook until the water is absorbed and the germ of the quinoa is exposed. Remove from heat and set aside.

While the quinoa cooks, stir together the sauce ingredients (for both sauces) until blended and set aside. Prepare all of the veggies before starting.

After removing the lid from the quinoa, heat the grapeseed oil in a wok over high heat. Add the green onions, garlic and ginger and cook for about 2 minutes until soft and fragrant. Add the bell pepper, mushrooms and water chestnuts and cook, stirring constantly until the mushrooms and pepper begin to soften.

Add in the chicken, cooked quinoa, cashew halves, cabbage and the sauce and stir well. Allow the mixture to cook for a couple more minutes until very fragrant. Season with additional salt and pepper if desired. Serve with the peanut drizzle.

Cassie's Notes:
I know this looks like a lot of ingredients and a lot of steps but several of the ingredients overlap. To simplify the cooking process, pre-measure all ingredients and have everything nearby, ready to be used.

Quinoa Cashew Chicken with Sesame Peanut Drizzle


38 Responses to “Quinoa Cashew Chicken with Sesame Peanut Drizzle”

  1. #
    Jen @ Savory Simple — June 28, 2013 @ 6:05 am

    It seems like every year goes by a little bit faster, doesn’t it? I guess that comes with age but it kind of sucks (or is useful during the dead of winter, I suppose). This looks like a wonderful meal.

  2. #
    DessertForTwo — June 28, 2013 @ 7:30 am

    I’ve been collecting recipes that use red cabbage. This one makes the list for sure! 🙂

  3. #
    Angie — June 28, 2013 @ 7:30 am

    I really need to use more quinoa in my cooking, can’t wait to try this recipe!

  4. #
    tanya — June 28, 2013 @ 7:34 am

    I cannot believe July is practically here! The summer always goes way to fast! I too love cashew chicken. I absolutely love this quinoa version!

  5. #
    Katrina @ In Katrina's Kitchen — June 28, 2013 @ 8:43 am

    Such a colorful dish! I love it!

  6. #
    Laurie {SimplyScratch} — June 28, 2013 @ 8:53 am

    Seriously! Summer needs to sloooooow down! At least slow down long enough for me to shovel this salad in! Looks great Cassie!

  7. #
    Paula - bell'alimento — June 28, 2013 @ 9:02 am

    I am not happy about the lightning speed at which summer is flying by. It’s JULY on MONDAY augh! This chicken on the other hand. Want. Now.

  8. #
    Anna @ Crunchy Creamy Sweet — June 28, 2013 @ 9:04 am

    I feel the same way – time is going way too fast!
    Love this dish, perfect for summer day!

  9. #
    Sommer @ ASpicyPerspective — June 28, 2013 @ 9:24 am

    Great-looking dish, Cassie!

  10. #
    Cathy Pollak ~ Noble Pig — June 28, 2013 @ 9:29 am

    I could eat a whole bowl of this without stopping! How great your husband is working with the youth of your city, it’s a great calling for him and these kids! Hope you have a wonderful day.

  11. #
    Meagan @ A Zesty Bite — June 28, 2013 @ 9:31 am

    I love cashew chicken too! Loved that you paired it with quinoa.

  12. #
    Lauren at Keep It Sweet — June 28, 2013 @ 10:13 am

    I totally agree, this summer is FLYING! Scary… This dish would be a great addition to a picnic with friends!

  13. #
    Jackie — June 28, 2013 @ 10:27 am

    I might be crazy, but doing yard work with a bunch of middle schoolers sounds like fun to me! And this chicken looks like the perfect make ahead meal for a busy day, beautiful job lady 🙂

  14. #
    Tahnycooks — June 28, 2013 @ 10:34 am

    I can’t believe it’s the 4th already either! I could take a big bowl of that right now! Looks great!

  15. #
    Georgia @ The Comfort of Cooking — June 28, 2013 @ 10:52 am

    This is awesome, Cassie! Such a colorful, tasty and nutritious dish for the summer. Perfect recipe!

  16. #
    natalie@thesweetslife — June 28, 2013 @ 11:01 am

    hope your work travels have been to somewhere fun!!

    yum–love cashews in everything!

  17. #
    Meghan — June 28, 2013 @ 11:38 am

    Seriously! Summer needs to slow down! Great looking dish with all those flavors & colors! Can’t wait to give this a try!

  18. #
    Alaina @ Fabtastic Eats — June 28, 2013 @ 11:41 am

    This sounds absolutely fantastic! And Im with you, Summer needs to slooooow its roll!

  19. #
    Kari@Loaves n Dishes — June 28, 2013 @ 11:51 am

    Love how the purple color of the cabbage jumps out, it’s so pretty. And the sesame peanut drizzle…Hello!

  20. #
    ashley - baker by nature — June 28, 2013 @ 12:50 pm

    I am just in LOVE with this dish, Cassie! So bright and pretty, too 🙂

  21. #
    Laura (Tutti Dolci) — June 28, 2013 @ 2:04 pm

    I love cashews in anything, and that sesame peanut drizzle sounds incredible!

  22. #
    Tieghan — June 28, 2013 @ 2:32 pm

    Cassie, this looks awesome! I love cashew chicken and quinoa so this is perfect!

  23. #
    Nessa — June 28, 2013 @ 4:28 pm

    This looks so flavorful!

  24. #
    Stephanie @ Girl Versus Dough — June 28, 2013 @ 4:57 pm

    I canNOT believe it’s almost July. Holy cow, indeed!

    Also, holy cow to this recipe — it’s so fresh-looking and colorful!

  25. #
    sally @ sallys baking addiction — June 28, 2013 @ 6:51 pm

    I love (love love love!!!!) cashew chicken, Cassie. I have to try this – because quinoa is another favorite of mine. My mouth waters with every new creative recipe of yours. And yes – summer…. slow down!

  26. #
    Audra | The Baker Chick — June 28, 2013 @ 7:21 pm

    Cassie this is such a wonderful dinner idea! I have been looking for more quinoa recipes and Cashew Chicken is my favorite Chinese food indulgence!

  27. #
    Joanne — June 28, 2013 @ 8:31 pm

    I feel like I’ve been more busy than EVER this summer! It’s crazy. I love the sound of this dish. Quinoa ALWAYS has a place in my dinners!

  28. #
    Deborah — June 29, 2013 @ 8:29 am

    I know – summer is flying by much too quickly!! And this dish looks amazing – I have got to try it!

  29. #
    Nicole @ Young, Broke and Hungry — June 29, 2013 @ 5:19 pm

    Oh summer, I look forward to it every year but the months seems to fly by. This dish looks so colorful and rich in flavor.

  30. #
    Chung-Ah | Damn Delicious — June 29, 2013 @ 7:57 pm

    This year is definitely just flying by! Before you know it, we’ll be posting pumpkin recipes again!

    And dude, that peanut drizzle there – yes and yes!

  31. #
    Kiran @ — June 29, 2013 @ 10:44 pm

    Bright and delish!! Love the addition of quinoa here, Cassie 🙂

  32. #
    Ali | Gimme Some Oven — June 29, 2013 @ 11:27 pm

    I have loved cashew chicken for ages — adding the quinoa is brilliant! The pop of color is awesome too! 🙂

  33. #
    Stephanie @ Eat. Drink. Love. — June 30, 2013 @ 12:54 am

    Summer is flying by so fast, it’s scary! Quinoa is such a great swap for rice and this looks fabulous! I love the sesame peanut drizzle!

  34. #
    Kathryn — July 1, 2013 @ 4:48 am

    This sounds so tasty and so filling without being too heavy. Love it!

  35. #
    Jenny @ BAKE — July 1, 2013 @ 7:31 am

    this looks and sounds incredible! just what you need when you come in from a busy day!

  36. #
    Erin @ The Spiffy Cookie — July 2, 2013 @ 4:15 pm

    Such a great meal!

  37. #
    Nutmeg Nanny — July 13, 2013 @ 7:56 pm

    Oh goodness, this dish looks mouthwatering! I love the sesame peanut drizzle 🙂

  38. #
    Kim Beaulieu — July 15, 2013 @ 1:27 am

    Cassie this is such a wonderful recipe. I love everything about it.

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