Thai cashew nut chicken (or fish)

My sister and her boyfriend are living with me while they renovate their house, which means I have lovely people to cook for! He is a vegetarian, so I need to be creative when we feel like chicken. This dish works well because you can make the sauce separately and then just spoon over the protein and veg. This recipe serves 4.


Ingredients for the sauce

  • 3T hoisin sauce (this does contain sugar, so use sparingly)
  • 3T soya sauce
  • 1T lemon juice
  • 1/2 packet coriander (chopped)
  • 1/2 packet basil (torn)
  • 1 onion, halved and sliced
  • 1 packet raw cashew nuts
  • 1T oil
  • Chilli to taste


  • Heat the oil in a small pan, add the onion and fry for a few minutes until starting to soften
  • Add all the remaining ingredients for the sauce and warm together for a few minutes

Ingredients for the dish

  • 1 chicken breast per person / 1 piece of firm fish, like tuna
  • salt and pepper
  • 3 or 4 T almond flour
  • 1 packet of tender steam broccoli
  • 1 packet of courgettes, chopped in 1 inch sized pieces
  • 3 T olive oil
  • 1 half packet basil (torn)
  • The other half packet coriander (chopped)


  • Steam the broccoli and courgettes
  • If doing chicken, slice the breasts in half (butterfly them, but slice into 2 separate pieces) and bash them in clingfilm until they are all roughly the same heigh
  • For fish and chicken, dust in a mix of the almond flour and salt / pepper
  • Heat the oil in a large pan on a medium high heat, add the protein
  • If doing chicken, fry on each side for +- 1.5 minutes
  • If doing tuna, fry until rare/medium/dead
  • Plate up with veggies and protein and spoon over the sauce
  • Top with fresh basil and coriander


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