Many thanks to LuminousMom who provided this week's One-Pot Wednesday recipe! Last night I successfully made her Cashew Chicken One-Pot Meal recipe in my crock pot. I have to admit, I'm not used to cooking with creamy soups (this one calls for one can of cream of chicken soup) and was a little wary about using said product. But for LuminousMom, I made an exception.
It wasn't my favorite smell during the cooking process—it was sort of like smelling a whole lot of chicken bouillon cubes—BUT the results were quite a different matter. I believe my family would even describe it as light and delicious. In fact, I would definitely make this again, especially if I was feeding picky eaters. My favorite part about this recipe? It requires so few ingredients (see photo) and took me literally negative two seconds to throw together.
Cashew Chicken One-pot Meal Recipe from LuminousMom
4 skinless, boneless chicken breasts, thawed and trimmed of fat
1 can cream of chicken soup
4 cups chicken broth (or water, it's fine either way!)
1 cup whole raw cashews (you can use canned/roasted if you can't find raw)
1 bunch green onions, cut into 1-2" pieces
1/2 tsp cayenne pepper (adjust to taste.. more if you like spicy, maybe less if you don't like heat at all) **Cafe Kim had to use one fresh chile because Mr. Cafe Kim forgot to buy cayenne pepper last time he was at the store, but this worked just fine.
1/2 tsp cracked black pepper
Place your chicken breasts in the bottom of a lined crock pot (I line mine with heavy duty aluminum foil, but they also sell plastic liners). Pour over the water, soup, spices, onions, and cashews and set on low for 8-10 hours or high for 4-6 hours. You will know it's done when the cashews are soft enough you can pierce with a fork, and the chicken easily pulls apart/shreds and should be 165 degrees internally.
During the cooking process the chicken breasts will break apart a bit, you can either shred them right before serving or serve whole over white rice or brown rice. I usually top with a few more cashews before serving! The cashews in the sauce will be soft, so crunchy ones on top are a nice contrast.
Got a one-pot meal you'd like me to try for next week? Please post it here!