One-Pot Curry Cashew Chicken and Rice

Meet one of my family’s most-requested one-pot meals: curry spiced cashew chicken and rice. They love it for the delicious mix of flavors – tender bites of chicken, crunchy cashews, curry, cilantro, peas, and fresh ginger. I love it because it’s ready in about 30 minutes, and most of that is hands-off time!

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Easy spiced cashew chicken and rice - a quick, delicious one-pot weeknight dinner with curry, cilantro, and fresh ginger.

No matter where you are in life, one thing is for sure – you can never have too many recipes in your back pocket for quick, reliable, delicious weeknight meals. Because I’m working part-time right now, it might seem like I’d have all the time in the world to prepare elaborate dinners, even Monday through Friday. But in truth, the hours seem to evaporate for me as they do for everyone else, and before you know it, everyone is hungry (including me!) and wondering what’s the deal with dinner.

Even for someone who loves to cook, dinner can quickly turn into a chore. I find it best to take it one week at a time – admittedly, sometimes just day by day – otherwise the perpetual nature of the task overwhelms me. As in… seriously, we need to eat dinner every single night for the next how many years!? 

Easy spiced cashew chicken and rice - a quick, delicious one-pot weeknight dinner with curry, cilantro, and fresh ginger.

That’s where it’s key to have an assortment of reliable, delicious, super fast recipes up your sleeve. Sure, some nights you’re up for experimenting and taking the long way around. Many other nights, you want a comforting, nutritious, crowd-pleasing dinner that can be cooked in one pot or skillet with minimal hassle or clean-up. This spiced cashew chicken is for those nights – the second bunch!

Easy spiced cashew chicken and rice - a quick, delicious one-pot weeknight dinner with curry, cilantro, and fresh ginger.

Of course, there are also nights when you just cry uncle and order pizza or go out for Thai. I can’t help you there, except to empathize. There are days, and then there are days, and like I said, even someone who thinks about food near constantly and loves to cook just throws in the towel from time to time.

Dinner in a hurry is no problem at all with this easy one-pot spiced cashew chicken and rice. Click To Tweet

Easy spiced cashew chicken and rice - a quick, delicious one-pot weeknight dinner with curry, cilantro, and fresh ginger.

This meal is perfect for busy nights when you don’t have much time or energy but still want to pull together a tasty home-cooked meal. You’ll start by chopping and browning some chicken – easy. Then, in the same pot, you’ll quickly saute some curry powder and fresh ginger. At this point your house will start to smell amazing and you’ll remember why you bother to cook from scratch in the first place. Aaaaah…

Rice, raisins, lemon juice, lemon zest, the browned chicken pieces, and some broth – everything goes back together in the pot for a nice 20 minute snuggle session. This is your chance to clean up and pour a glass of wine. No need to prep a separate side, unless your heart is really crying out for one. After the rice is good and plump, you’ll add peas, cilantro, and a handful of delightfully crunchy cashews, give it all a quick stir, and serve! Boom! One-pot meal, as good as can be.

Easy spiced cashew chicken and rice - a quick, delicious one-pot weeknight dinner with curry, cilantro, and fresh ginger.

Easy spiced cashew chicken and rice - a quick, delicious one-pot weeknight dinner with curry, cilantro, and fresh ginger.

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One-Pot Curry Cashew Chicken and Rice

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Meet one of my family's most-requested one-pot meals: curry cashew chicken and rice. They love it for the delicious mix of flavors - tender bites of chicken, crunchy cashews, curry, cilantro, peas, and fresh ginger. I love it even more because it's ready in about 30 minutes, and most of that is hands-off time!

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 lbs (750 grams) chicken breasts, cut into pieces approximately 1 inch long
  • kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 2-3 tablespoons minced fresh ginger
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons curry powder
  • 2 1/2 cups (625 ml) low-sodium chicken broth
  • 1 cup (220 grams) basmati or long-grain rice
  • 1/2 cup (90 grams) golden raisins
  • finely grated zest and juice from 1 lemon
  • 1 cup (155 grams) frozen baby peas
  • 1/2 cup (20 grams) fresh cilantro, minced
  • 1/2-1 cup (90-180 grams) roasted cashews, coarsely chopped

Instructions

  1. Season the chicken pieces generously with salt and pepper. In a large Dutch oven or heavy-bottomed skillet, warm the oil over medium-high heat, then saute the chicken pieces, turning occasionally, until they are lightly browned on all sides, 4-5 minutes. Transfer chicken to a plate.
  2. Add the ginger and curry powder to the pot and cook until fragrant, 30-60 seconds. Stir in the broth, scraping up any browned bits from the bottom of the pan. Bring to a boil, then add the rice, raisins, lemon zest and juice, and an additional 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt. Return the chicken and any accumulated juices to the pot.
  3. Bring mixture to a boil, then cover and reduce heat to medium. Cook for about 20 minutes, until the broth is absorbed, rice is tender, and chicken is cooked throughout. Remove pan from the heat, stir in the peas, re-cover and let stand for 5-10 minutes, until peas are warmed through.
  4. Sprinkle cilantro and cashews over the dish, stir to combine, and serve immediately. Any leftovers will keep in the fridge for 3-4 days.

Adapted from Williams-Sonoma Food Made Fast: One Pot

Looking for more quick weeknight inspiration? Don’t miss this quick bourbon chicken, lemon thyme chicken, or spaghetti with roasted tomatoes and garlic. And this 20-minute marinara sauce is the most popular recipe on the site for good reason – it’s a weeknight hero! Yum!


A 30-minute, one-pot wonder, with mild curry, crunchy cashews, rice, cilantros, ginger, peas, and tender pieces of chicken. Perfect for your busiest weeknight dinners! #cashewchicken #weeknightdinner

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    February 28, 2018 at 7:00 am

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    Lynn @ Fresh April Flours
    January 21, 2018 at 8:55 pm

    I just made this and adapted it for the Instant Pot. I reduced the chicken broth to just 2 cups. I lightly cooked the chicken in the oil on saute function, removed, and then deglazed the pot with spices and the broth. I did 10 minutes on high pressure, quick release. We just used broccoli instead of peas because my husband is legume intolerant. PERFECTION! Thanks so much for the recipe, Monica!

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      Monica
      January 22, 2018 at 12:49 am

      Hooray! I am so glad this worked out well for you, and so grateful that you came back to leave this detailed info. Thank YOU, Lynn!

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    heather (delicious not gorgeous)
    July 9, 2017 at 3:17 am

    ooh, this sounds like such a perfect dinner! summer makes me lazy, but this sounds like a hearty but still easy meal to put together. also can everything come with a 20 minute snuggle session? thanks.

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      Monica
      July 9, 2017 at 5:40 am

      Thanks, Heather! Yes, exactly – easy yet hearty dinners are just what the doctor ordered on summer days when you’d rather not be in the kitchen! And the time while the rice and everything else cooks together make a great break for you to relax and sip a glass of wine! 🙂

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    Beth Neels
    July 7, 2017 at 4:08 pm

    I just love the sound of this recipe! I has all of my favorite flavors! I don’t really feel like cooking tonight and I have chicken breasts in the freezer. Done and done! Thanks for the inspiration!

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      Monica
      July 9, 2017 at 5:41 am

      That’s fantastic! I hope you liked it, would love to hear how it turned out for you!

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    Catherine
    July 7, 2017 at 3:48 pm

    This is a perfect weeknight meal…it looks and sounds delish!

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    Tina Dawson | Love is in my Tummy
    July 7, 2017 at 3:20 pm

    One pot meals – particularly ones as flavorful as this – are the absolute best! Thank you for this recipe!

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    Dorothy at Shockingly Delicious
    July 7, 2017 at 2:58 pm

    I have just printed this because it looks sooooo good to me. I’ll take ALL the cilantro on my portion, please!

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    Helen @ Fuss Free Flavours
    July 6, 2017 at 11:50 pm

    I do enjoy a dinner that is as good as ordering pizza. Your chicken and rice dish looks really delicious and wholesome; and I’d prefer it over pizza! Would be a great evening supper meal or lovely for outdoor dining in the summer.

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      Monica
      July 9, 2017 at 5:45 am

      Hi Helen, thanks for your kind words! Yes, this meal is terrific to serve up on small plates and eat out on the patio, especially with a chilled glass of wine!

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    Sandhya Hariharan
    July 6, 2017 at 10:22 pm

    Spicy Cashew flavoured rice sounds absolutely delicious. I would love to try them with Paneer or Tofu .

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      Monica
      July 9, 2017 at 5:43 am

      That sounds delicious – great idea! I’m always looking for more vegetarian recipes, and especially right now because my stepson and stepdaughter are trying to eat meatless as often as possible. Thanks for the inspiration!

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    Garlic + Zest
    July 6, 2017 at 10:12 pm

    I love the flavors in this dish — especially the ginger and those pops of raisins! This is the kind of thing my husband and I love for dinner with a glass of wine!

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      Monica
      July 9, 2017 at 5:42 am

      Absolutely! We always love it with a glass of dry white!

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    Joyce
    July 6, 2017 at 9:07 pm

    A quick and delish rice dish is so comforting to me. I never think to add nuts to it. This sounds like a delightful idea to add so much texture and flavour to it! Love this!

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      Monica
      July 6, 2017 at 9:14 pm

      Thanks, Joyce! Yes – I’m pretty sure the cashews are my husband’s favorite part, so I highly recommend them! 🙂

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    Jenn - Peas and Crayons
    July 6, 2017 at 8:45 pm

    Monica this looks fantastic and so flavorful too! Can’t wait to try it!

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      Monica
      July 6, 2017 at 8:53 pm

      Thanks, Jenn! Hope you & yours love it like we do!

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