Baked Cashew Chicken Recipe

Serve this easy, make-ahead potluck dish hot or cold

Make cashew nuggets or whole chicken breasts. Converted from fried to baked, this recipe has a wonderful option to roll chicken in coconut in addition to cashews.

Your dish will be the talk of the potluck party!

Baked Cashew Chicken with Coconut dish
Cashew chicken thigh with coconut
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Cashew Chicken

Easy make-ahead recipe that's a great dish for potlucks or family dinners. This is a favorite with kids and adults. These can be made as chicken fingers or entire breasts or thighs. Great cold too for summer picnics. Originally a recipe for frying in oil in a wok, I've adapted it for baking in the oven.
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Course Main Courses
Cuisine American


  • 1/4 cup cornstarch
  • 2 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp sugar
  • 1 1/2 tbsp dry sherry
  • 2 egg whites
  • 1 1/4 cup finely grated cashews
  • 2 whole chicken breasts, boned and thinly sliced
  • 1/2 cup coconut, shredded optional


  • Combine cornstarch, salt, sugar and sherry in small bowl.
  • In another bowl, combine egg whites, beaten, but not frothy. Gradually and gently stir into sherry mixture.
  • Chop cashews in food processor. Place them on a platter.
  • Dip chicken into sherry-egg mixture and roll in cashews.
  • Option: Roll in coconut if desired.
  • Put slices on pre-greased sheet pan.
  • Bake 400° for about 20 minutes.
  • Alternatively: cook 4 chicken thighs at 375° for 30 minutes.


The image is a chicken thigh with cashew and coconut crust. Thighs take a little longer to cook. You might like to add a little blue cheese or ranch dressing on the side.
Keyword chicken, make-ahead salad, nuggets, party dish, potluck

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  1. May 22, 2022

    […] Make cashew nuggets, use chicken thighs or whole chicken breasts with a cashew and coconut crust. Be the talk of your next potluck party. This dish is great cold for a picnic too. Get the recipe here. […]