Zucchini, Mushroom and Cashew Chicken


Comments are back on! I can finally hear you guys! Oh, it feels so nice to have you back. So, so nice.

I’m truly sorry for all of you who actually took the time to write a comment that never made it through. I really wish that I could get them all back somehow and read them. You guys can’t even begin to imagine just how much I enjoy reading what you have to say.

I only hope that you haven’t cursed me too much when you noticed that your comment never made it to this site.

Oh, and please, please, don’t let that stop you from conversing or sharing your thoughts and impressions with me in the future.

‘Cuz THAT would be a disaster.

Let’s just pray that this never happens again.

Now, on with the eats, shall we? Care to guess what’s for dinner tonight?

Chicken, what else?

I guess I better warn you right away, I’ve been on this big chicken kick lately.

So of course, a few recipes involving chicken are to be expected in the next few days. I promise not to give them to you all at once…

This recipe here hardly qualifies as a chicken recipe, though. It’s more like zucchinis and mushrooms with a few pieces of chicken. I was in the mood for LOTS of zucchinis, that night.

Alright, alright, I fess…

I had LOADS of zucchinis to use up. There. I said it.

Still, I’m real happy I did, because trust me, I wouldn’t even take one out of the ingredients list. It was just perfectly good with all the huge chunks of courgettes, big pieces of mushroom and jumbo cashew nuts.

Talk about amazing texture!

The flavor combination was just superb too. I mean, you have cashews, almond butter, sesame oil and toasted sesame seeds… so of course, a very intense nutty flavor is to be expected. But, it also has just what it takes of a tang zing from the vinegar as well as a serious hint of heat kick from the Sambal Oelek.

Perfect combination if you ask me. And talk about healthy, too! I would honestly not change a thing.

And I will honestly be making this one again…

And again…

And again!

Zucchini, Mushroom and Cashew Chicken

Yield: Serves 2

Zucchini, Mushroom and Cashew Chicken


  • 1 boneless, skinless chicken breast, cut into 1" cubes
  • 6 small grey zucchinis, cut into 1" quarter slices
  • 225g button mushrooms, quartered
  • 1 small onion, chopped
  • 1 clove garlic, chopped
  • 2 green onions, chopped (save a few pieces for garnish)
  • Sauce
  • 2 tbsp gluten free tamari sauce
  • 1 tbsp sesame oil
  • 2 tbsp white wine vinegar
  • 75g unsalted cashews
  • 2 tbsp all natural almond butter
  • 1 tsp sambal oelek
  • 2 tbsp toasted sesame seeds


  1. Coat a skillet with cooking spray and heat over medium-high heat. When pan is nice and hot, add mushrooms, sprinkle with a little bit of salt and pepper and cook for about 2-3 minutes, then turn each piece to cook the other side until nice and golden brown. Transfer to a bowl and set aside.
  2. Put the skillet back over medium heat and when hot enough, add chicken, sprinkle with salt and pepper and cook for about 5 minutes, then flip the pieces and and cook until nice and golden. Add onion and garlic, stir and cook for another 2-3 minutes.
  3. Throw in the zucchini, stir and continue cooking for a minute or two.
  4. Meanwhile, add ingredients for the sauce to a medium mixing bowl and whisk until well combined.
  5. When zucchinis start to become tender, go ahead and add the mushrooms, green onions, cashews and sauce then give that a good stir and simmer for a couple of minutes.
  6. Divide between 2 serving bowl and garnish with green onions, if desired.


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  1. megan says

    oh yummo, cant wait to cook this. what could i substitue for the almond butter? as i dont have any. cheers

    • says

      I guess any nut butter would do, Megan. I tend to have many varieties in my cupboards, but plain almond happens to be my favorite, so that’s why I used that one. You could very well use peanut, or hazelnut, or even tahini might work great, why not? ;)

      Hope this recipe works as good for you as it did for me! :)

  2. pluvk says

    Yum, yum, yum! One more time… yum!! This looks wonderful. I love “Chinese-inspired” type of dishes, especially when they’re healthy. I can’t wait to try this! Pinned and thank you. :-)

    • says

      Hey, if it’s got nut butter in it, it’s gotta be good, right?

      Do you not eat meat, Michelle? Am I really THAT disconnected as to not know that detail about you? Oh my… I think I need to visit your site way more often, then!

    • says

      Looks like we have very similar tastes! I too LOVE mushrooms and zucchinis. Now I’m thinking I have to turn them into an omelette. Oooh yeah. This will definitely happen sometime next week. Egg white omelet with zucchinis, mushrooms and goat cheese! YUM! I can already taste it. Thanks for inspiring me, once again!:)

    • says

      Thanks Gomo! Coming from you, I take that as a MAJOR compliment! I just checked out your blog and your Grilled Skirt Steak just got me craving beef even more than I already were! I feel beef will be happening real soon in this foodie’s life, and your recipe will most probably be the dish that gets elected to satisfy this craving!

      Thanks a bunch for dropping by, I truly appreciate your visit! :)

  3. says

    Very interesting combination of ingredients. I would not have guessed that chicken would pair well with zucchini mushrooms and cashews in a stir fry but this dish looks delicious – I’ll have to try this soon!

  4. Vanessa says

    So awesome and so simple!! Love that I always have stuff like this on hand for a last minute meal! Thank you!!


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