Cashew Chicken Stir Fry

It doesn't get easier than this stir fry bowl. Or more delicious...unless you decide to step it up and add some white rice to it (spoiler alert: it's awesome). Apparently my new thing is dumping as many things as I can into a single skillet, cooking it in less than 10 minutes, and scarfing it down in under 5....because I eat every meal as though it's my last. I mean, honestly...it's ridiculous. I've had this issue since I was 10 and no matter how hard I try, I cannot seem to slow down. You know how studies show that Oreos stimulate the same hormone release and brain activity as seen in those addicted to cocaine? I'm pretty sure that phenomenon applies to me, but with the whole genre of food. I digress...my point is, paleo does not have to mean elaborate.

Many people are turned off to the lifestyle because of how much cooking it entails. A) Cooking doesn't have to take hours. Most of my daily meals are thrown together in under 10 minutes...like this recipe! B) I digress again...but you can still certainly can eat out and make healthy choices when "paleo." It's not like the server as your favorite burger joint  has a gun to your head about ordering fries and coke...check out my overly sassy post here on how to make healthy, paleo choices at just about any restaurant! 

NOW EAT ALL THE CASHEW CHICKEN!

 

Ingredients

  • 1 tbsp coconut oil
  • 1 lb chicken breast, cut into pieces
  • 1 1/2 cups chopped broccoli florets
  • 1 red bell pepper, sliced
  • 1/2 cup carrots (I like baby carrots but chopped also works)
  • A big handful of snap peas (super precise measurement)
  • 1/4 cup sliced water chestnuts (can be omitted if you have trouble finding them in the store)
  • 1/2 cup sliced white mushrooms
  • 1/4 red onion, sliced
  • 1 tbsp coconut aminos
  • 1/2 tbsp fish sauce
  • 2-3 tbsp cashew butter (depending on how creamy you want the end product)
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Method

  1. In a large skillet (preferably cast iron), heat the coconut oil over medium/high heat. When hot, add the chicken.
  2. When the chicken is almost cooked through, add all the vegetables, the coconut aminos and fish sauce. Saute until the chicken is cooked and the vegetables are softened to your liking. I like mine softened with a slight crunch, so I saute it all for about 5-7 minutes.
  3. Add the cashew butter, garlic powder, salt and pepper and stir to coat evenly.
  4. Serve and eat up!
  5. Optional: garnish with chopped almonds or cashews!

Servings: 2-4