The crock pot is one of the easiest tools to help you stay on your healthy eating path. This recipe for crock pot cashew chicken uses a couple alternative ingredients but it’s well worth visiting the health food store to find them. Things such as coconut oil, arrow root, and coconut aminos allow you to eat gluten free and still make amazing tasting dishes. Never underestimate the value of a great healthy recipe!
* If you don’t have arrowroot in your pantry, you can also coat the chicken with coconut flour, gluten free flour, tapioca flour, and even almond flour.
Crock pot cashew chicken pairs well with steamed vegetables for a low carb version, cauliflower rice, or even regular rice (in moderation of course).
Ingredients for Paleo Crock Pot Cashew Chicken
1/4 cup arrowroot starch (or other flours listed above)
1/2 tsp. black pepper
2 lbs. chicken thighs, cut into bite-size pieces – You can also use chicken breast but you may have to alter the cooking time.
1 tbs. coconut oil or MCT Oil
3 tbs. coconut aminos or gluten free soy sauce
2 tbs. rice wine vinegar
2 tbs. organic ketchup
1/2-1 tbs. palm sugar or regular sugar
2 garlic cloves minced
1/2 tsp. minced fresh ginger
1/4-1/2 red pepper flakes
1/2 cup raw cashews
In a Ziploc Bag, add in your pepper and choice of flour. Add your chicken pieces to the bag, seal, and shake to coat chicken evenly.
In a skillet or wok, heat MCT oil or coconut oil over medium heat. Allow it to melt then add in your chicken. Cook chicken on all sides, until brown. This should take about 5 minutes. After browning, add the chicken pieces to the crock pot.
Mix in your coconut aminos or gluten free soy sauce in a bowl with your red pepper flakes. Pour the mixture over the chicken in the crockpot and coat chicken evenly. Place lid on and cook for 3 – 4 hours on low.
*If you choose to use a different cut of chicken, such as chicken breast, it may take less time to cook. You will need to test this after about 2 hours to see how cooked the chicken breast is.
Lastly, stir in your cashews right before serving.
*These nutrition facts are using boneless / skinless chicken thighs.