Cashew Sweet and Sour Chicken

Create a tasty, homemade Chinese dish with this 30-Minute Cashew Sweet and Sour Chicken recipe. Made with our Minute® Instant White Rice, it’s easier than it looks!

(21 votes, average: 3.00 out of 5)
Cooking time PREP TIME 10 mins
Cooking time COOK TIME 15 mins
Servings SERVES 6
Ready in TOTAL TIME 25 mins
Cooking time
PREP TIME 10 mins
Cooking time
COOK TIME 15 mins
Ready in
TOTAL TIME 25 mins


  • 2 cups Minute® White Rice
  • 1 can (20 oz) pineapple chunks
  • 2 tbsp cornstarch
  • 1 tbsp sesame oil
  • 6 boneless, skinless chicken thighs, cut into 1-inch pieces
  • 1 green bell pepper, cut into chunks
  • 3 tbsp hoisin sauce
  • 2 tbsp soy sauce
  • 1 tbsp packed brown sugar
  • 1/4 tsp garlic salt
  • 1/4 tsp ground ginger
  • 1 cup cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 1/2 cup chopped, toasted cashews


  • Whip up this saucy Cashew Sweet and Sour Chicken with Minute® Instant White Rice and enjoy a 30-minute meal that’s bound to satisfy your need for Chinese food. Topped with crunchy cashews, this mix of pineapple, peppers, cherry tomatoes and ginger is a jaw-dropping weeknight meal.

    Step 1

  • Prepare rice according to package directions; set aside.

    Step 2

  • Drain pineapple and reserve juice. Mix 1/4 cup juice with cornstarch; set aside.

    Step 3

  • Heat oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add chicken and brown for 5 minutes.

    Step 4

  • Add the bell peppers and cook for an additional 3 minutes.

    Step 5

  • Stir in plain pineapple juice, hoisin sauce, soy sauce, brown sugar, garlic salt, ginger and cook for an additional 5 minutes, or until the internal temperature of the chicken reaches 165°F.

    Step 6

  • Add pineapple chunks, tomatoes and cornstarch/juice mixture, Cook until the sauce thickens.

    Step 7

  • Serve over rice and top with cashews.

Delicious & Satisfying

Don’t forget the cashews with this sweet and sour chicken recipe. Easy to make, comforting and delicious served over a bowl of hot Minute® Instant White Rice, we love this recipe enough to eat it several times a week!

Before you start cooking your rice, gather all the ingredients. This recipe combines tasty chunks of chicken, succulent pineapple, crunchy bell peppers and cherry tomatoes, to name a few. They get tossed in a sweet and savory mix of ginger, brown sugar and garlic salt.

Hoisin Sauce

We use hoisin sauce here to bring all of these tasty flavors together. This Asian sauce is a salty, sweet sauce made from fermented soy beans, vinegar, sugar and other flavorings. It’s usually used as a thick glaze or dipping sauce for meat or as an addition to stir-frys. It’s perfect to balance this Cashew Sweet and Sour Chicken dish with fluffy Minute® Instant White Rice and crunchy cashews.

Want more recipes with hoisin sauce? Check out this Easy Sesame Hoisin Shrimp with Rice and Quinoa or maybe a Chinese Chicken and Rice Salad. You can even add it to other meals like a chicken and rice instant pot recipe. Looking for a no fuss recipe. Try our easy chicken and rice casserole.

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