Slow cooker cashew butter chicken — take a break from typical peanut sauce

Dec 24, 2015 at 9:00 a.m. ET
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Weeknights are busy in my house, and with all that chaos, I don’t need extra stress at dinnertime. Chicken is always a go-to because of how easy and effortless meals can be, especially in the slow cooker.

This super-easy Asian-style dish is my take on the favorite peanut chicken. Using cashew butter instead makes a rich and flavorful sauce that is safe for those who need to avoid peanuts. Chicken, red peppers and onions are slow-cooked in a cashew butter sauce that is super flavorful and comes together so easily.

Serve this over fresh steamed quinoa as I did, or use white or brown rice if desired. If you aren’t a fan of cashew butter or cannot find it, almond butter is a great alternative.

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Slow cooker cashew butter chicken recipe

Serves 4

Prep time: 10 minutes | Cook time: 4 hours | Total time: 4 hours 10 minutes


  • 2 large chicken breasts, cubed
  • 1 red bell pepper, diced
  • 1/2 small sweet onion, sliced
  • 1/4 cup cashew butter
  • 1 cup chicken broth
  • 1/4 cup soy sauce
  • 1 whole lime, juiced
  • 1 tablespoon sesame oil
  • 2 tablespoons honey or agave
  • 2 tablespoons finely chopped parsley
  • 2 tablespoons finely chopped cilantro
  • 1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
  • Fresh cracked pepper and sea salt, to taste

For serving

  • Steamed quinoa or brown rice
  • Fresh chopped cilantro
  • Slivered almonds or cashew pieces


  1. To the bowl of the slow cooker, add the cubed chicken, diced red peppers and diced red onions.
  2. To a bowl, add the cashew butter, and heat for 30 seconds in the microwave or until warm.
  3. Add in the chicken broth, soy sauce, lime juice, sesame oil and honey, herbs and spices, and mix until smooth.
  4. Pour the sauce on top of the chicken, and cover the slow cooker with the lid.
  5. Set the cooker to cook on high for 4 hours or until the chicken is completely cooked and the juices run clear.
  6. When ready to serve, spoon the chicken over steamed quinoa, and garnish with fresh cilantro and slivered almonds.

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