Cashew Chicken recipe

Here’s the Cashew Chicken recipe along with the Weight Watchers points calculation:

Cashew Chicken


  • 1 ½ lbs. boneless, skinless chicken breasts or thighs, cut into bite-size pieces
  • ⅓ cup cornstarch
  • ¼ cup vegetable oil
  • 2 tablespoons Hoisin sauce
  • 2 tablespoons ketchup
  • ¼ cup low-sodium soy sauce
  • ¼ cup water
  • 2 tablespoons rice vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons grated ginger
  • 2 tablespoons ground fresh chili paste (Sambal Oelek)
  • 1 red bell pepper, diced
  • 2 cups chopped broccoli crowns
  • ¾ cup roasted unsalted cashews


  1. In a bowl, toss the chicken pieces with cornstarch until well coated.
  2. Heat vegetable oil in a large skillet or wok over medium-high heat. Add the chicken and cook until golden brown and cooked through, about 5-6 minutes. Remove chicken from the skillet and set aside.
  3. In the same skillet, add the Hoisin sauce, ketchup, soy sauce, water, rice vinegar, brown sugar, grated ginger, and chili paste. Stir well to combine.
  4. Add the diced bell pepper and chopped broccoli to the skillet. Cook for 3-4 minutes, or until vegetables are slightly tender.
  5. Return the cooked chicken to the skillet and toss to coat with the sauce.
  6. Add the roasted cashews to the skillet and stir to combine.
  7. Cook for an additional 2-3 minutes, or until everything is heated through and coated in the sauce.
  8. Serve hot over cooked rice or noodles.

Enjoy your delicious Cashew Chicken!

Weight Watchers Points Calculation

To calculate the Weight Watchers points, we need to evaluate each ingredient. The latest Weight Watchers program (WW PersonalPoints) assigns points based on calories, protein, sugar, and saturated fat content. Here’s the breakdown:

  • Chicken breasts or thighs (1.5 lbs.):
    • Chicken breast: 0-6 points (depending on plan)
    • Chicken thigh: 8-12 points
  • Cornstarch (⅓ cup): 6 points
  • Vegetable oil (¼ cup): 28 points
  • Hoisin sauce (2 tablespoons): 4 points
  • Ketchup (2 tablespoons): 2 points
  • Low-sodium soy sauce (¼ cup): 0 points
  • Water (¼ cup): 0 points
  • Rice vinegar (2 tablespoons): 0 points
  • Brown sugar (2 tablespoons): 5 points
  • Grated ginger (2 tablespoons): 0 points
  • Ground fresh chili paste (Sambal Oelek) (2 tablespoons): 0 points
  • Red bell pepper (1, diced): 0 points
  • Broccoli crowns (2 cups, chopped): 0 points
  • Roasted unsalted cashews (¾ cup): 28 points

Total Points:

  • Chicken breast: 73-79 points (depending on individual plan)
  • Chicken thigh: 81-85 points

Per Serving: If the recipe serves 4, the points per serving are:

  • With chicken breast: 18-20 points per serving
  • With chicken thigh: 20-21 points per serving

Please note that these calculations can vary based on specific Weight Watchers plans and the exact brand of ingredients used. Always double-check with the official Weight Watchers app or website for the most accurate points.

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