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Gluten-Free Slow Cooker Cashew Chicken

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I’m always looking for a way to convert delicious recipes into something that is:

  1. Gluten-Free
  2. Easy {as in slow cooker}
  3. Healthy and nourishing

Today I have a family favorite that meets all of these requirements ~

Gluten-Free Slow Cooker Cashew Chicken

Gluten-Free Crock Pot Cashew Chicken

It’s so easy to put together that I didn’t take any photos of the steps. With the exception of shaking the chicken tenders in some arrowroot powder, everything else is just mix and pour.

Gluten-Free Slow Cooker Cashew Chicken

Gluten-Free Crock Pot Cashew Chicken

Gluten-Free Slow Cooker Cashew Chicken

Ingredients

  • 2 lbs. Boneless, skinless Chicken Breasts - cubed
  • 1/4 C. Arrowroot Starch/Powder
  • 1/2 tsp. Black Pepper
  • Sauce:
  • 1/4 C. Coconut Aminos*
  • 2 Tbl. Rice Wine Vinegar
  • 2 Tbl. Organic Ketchup
  • 1 Tbl. Coconut Sugar or Coconut Crystals*
  • 1 tsp. Garlic Granules
  • 1/2 tsp. Ginger
  • 1/4 tsp. Red Pepper Flakes
  • 1/2 C. Cashews (I use raw, unsalted cashews)
  • 1/4 C. Green Onions (chopped)

Instructions

  1. Add the arrowroot powder and pepper to a large Ziplok bag. Put the chicken cubes in the bag and shake until the chicken is coated.
  2. Spray the slow cooker with cooking spray and place chicken in slow cooker.
  3. Combine coconut aminos, vinegar, ketchup, coconut sugar, garlic, ginger, and red pepper flakes. Stir and pour over chicken. Hint: I always double the sauce ingredients for EXTRA SAUCE.
  4. Cook on LOW for 3-4 hours.
  5. Just before serving add cashews and stir.
  6. Serve over rice and top with green onions.

Perfect Brown Rice

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Never heard of coconut aminos or coconut sugar?  I use Coconut Secret aminos and love this products because it’s made from coconuts. That means it won’t add any unnecessary sodium into your diet or cause your blood sugar to shoot through the roof. Of course, you can always use tarmari sauce and brown sugar as replacements and still keep the recipe gluten-free.

Did you notice how perfect my brown rice looks. It’s not gummy or {even worse} crunchy.

I have a secret to making perfect brown rice. It’s so easy you will be smacking your forehead wondering why you’ve never done it this way before. I always soak my rice overnight in a little whey. However, you do not have to soak your rice in order to have it turn out perfectly. Soaking it will make it easier for your body to digest and absorb nutrients, but won’t alter the recipe.

Perfect Brown Rice

Cashew Chicken with Perfect Brown Rice

Perfect Brown Rice

Ingredients

  • 1 C. Short Grain Brown Rice
  • 2 C. Broth (or water)
  • Pinch of Salt

Instructions

  1. Rinse your rice and strain.
  2. Place rice in pot and add broth and salt.
  3. Cook on high until it comes to a boil.
  4. Lower the heat to a simmer and let it simmer UNCOVERED for 25-30 minutes.
  5. When almost all of the liquid is absorbed, turn off the heat and remove the pot from heat source.
  6. Cover the pot with a lid and let sit 10 minutes.
  7. Perfect brown rice.
  8. And, it will work just as well with long grain rice, you just need to adjust your liquids accordingly.

Gluten-Free Cashew Chicken and Perfect Brown Rice. Like I said: Gluten-Free, Easy, and Nourishing. What’s not to love.


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