Paleo Recipes

Chinese Cashew Chicken

This recipe is amazing! I love Chinese food but try to avoid it because of the MSG and soy products. This recipe does not have MSG, soy or gluten in it and you can make it strictly paleo. The flavor of the sauce is divine and worth the time it takes to prepare this by scratch. I found this recipe from WholeKitchenSink.com, but modified it to what I had in the kitchen. She has lots of great recipes on her site, so be sure to check it out!

Main Ingredients:

  • 1 lb pre-cooked sliced or shredded chicken
  • 1 cup cashews
  • 1 Tbsp sesame oil
  • 1 Tbsp minced garlic
  • 1 small onion diced
  • 1 Tbsp arrowroot flour
  • 2 Tbsp water
  • Optional- green onions  
  • Optional- jasmine rice, 1 cup riced cauliflower or zoodles

Sauce Ingredients:

  • 1 Tbsp sesame oil
  • 1/2 cup coconut aminos
  • 3 Tbsp ketchup
  • 3 Tbsp apple cider vinegar
  • 2 Tbsp maple syrup or honey
  • 1 Tbsp minced ginger
  • 1/2 tsp Chinese Five Spice
  • 1/2 tsp red pepper flakes
  • pinch of salt & pepper
  • optional- hot sauce

Directions:

  • In a small bowl, whisk sauce ingredients together and set aside.
  • In a separate small bowl, whisk together arrowroot flour and water and set aside.
  • Heat up a large sized skilled over medium to high heat. Add in sesame oil and sauté garlic and onions for a few minutes.
  • Optional- sauté riced cauliflower with garlic and onions.
  • Mix in cashews and sauté until they’re warm.
  • Add in chicken, sauce & arrowroot mixture.
  • Stir until all ingredients are hot.
  • Serve over rice, zoodles or broccoli.
  • Garnish with additional cashews, green onion or sesame seeds.
  • For an additional kick you can add in some hot sauce!

Tips:

  • You can find Chinese Five Spice on Amazon or you can make it yourself. Click here for the recipe I used.
  • If cooking rice, start by making that first.

JUST EAT REAL FOOD – Stop focusing on calories & focus on what you’re eating and how it makes you feel. Your body is always giving you signals, but many times we ignore them. Pay attention if you develop nausea, gas, bloating, abdominal pain, diarrhea, constipation, headaches, joint pain, rashes, or cold sores. If you develop any of these things after eating, it’s a good indicator that your body is giving you a clue to stop consuming something in your food. Many times these symptoms come from consuming chemicals, artificial coloring, and preservatives. Other times these symptoms can occur from a food allergy or sensitivity. Pay attention. Creating a food diary is a really great way to help you figure out what your triggers are.

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