Baked Chicken With Creamy Cashew Sauce

This Baked Chicken with Creamy Cashew Sauce is velvety and decadent. Made with tender chicken breasts marinated in garlic and herbs, baked to perfection, and drizzled with a silky cashew sauce. Perfect for a cozy evening.

Baked Chicken With Creamy Cashew sauce

This baked cashew chicken with creamy cashew sauce recipe is a healthy version of traditional chicken parmesan for people who can’t eat dairy. It’s delicious, packed with protein and good fat, and easy to make. This fantastic creamy cashew sauce gives the dish so much flavor that you want to eat more! It is a perfect homemade meal, and the dinner recipe is a must-try.

This homemade cashew chicken with creamy cashew sauce is topped with fresh chopped cilantro and guaranteed to delight. You are going to love this recipe! It is dairy-free, Whole30, and paleo without sacrificing any flavor. It is served on roasted asparagus for a nice crunch. The creamy cashew savory sauce just sets this dish apart. It doesn’t get much better than that!

Ingredients For Cashew Chicken

  • Chicken Breast or boneless chicken thighs
  • Asparagus
  • Cashew Sauce
  • Chicken Stock
  • Olive Oil
  • Garlic
  • Lemon
  • Fresh Herbs, green onions for garnish

How To Make Baked Chicken with Creamy Cashews Sauce

  1. Prepare the Sauce: Soak cashews in cold water for 3 hours. Drain the water and blend-soaked cashews, lemon juice, fresh basil, coconut milk, cashews, nutritional yeast, sage, salt, black pepper, and chicken broth together in a high-speed blender until smooth so that no cashew pieces are remaining and set aside.
  2. Cook the Chicken: Preheat the oven to 350 F . Season the chicken breasts generously with salt, pepper, and garlic powder on both sides. Heat oil over medium heat in a large skillet. Sauté the chicken breasts on each side for 8-10 minutes until golden brown. Transfer the cooked chicken breasts to a plate and set them aside.
  3. Cook the Asparagus: In the same skillet, melt the butter, ghee, or olive oil over medium heat and sauté the asparagus for 5 minutes.
  4. Return the chicken to the skillet and pour this delicious sauce over it. Move the skillet to the oven and bake for 20 minutes at 350F. Serve hot, and enjoy!

Some Tips on Making This Baked Chicken with Creamy Cashews Sauce

  1. Marinate the Chicken: Allow enough time for the chicken to marinate in the olive oil, garlic, lemon juice, and herbs mixture. Aim for at least 20 minutes, but overnight marinating in the refrigerator will yield the most flavorful results.
  2. Soak Cashews Adequately: When preparing the creamy cashew sauce, ensure that you soak the raw cashews in clod water for 3 hours or hot water for at least 30 minutes. This softens them, making blending into a smooth and creamy sauce easier.
  3. Blend Until Smooth: When making the cashew sauce, blend the ingredients until completely smooth and creamy. Stop occasionally to scrape down the sides of the blender to ensure that all the cashews are incorporated evenly.
  4. Adjust Consistency: Depending on your preference, you can adjust the consistency of the cashew sauce by adding more or less water during blending. Use less water for a thicker sauce; add more water; for a thinner sauce until you reach your desired consistency.
  5. Garnish for Freshness: To add a pop of color and freshness, garnish the finished dish with chopped fresh herbs, such as parsley or basil. This enhances the presentation and adds a burst of flavor to the dish.


  1. Over Rice or Quinoa: Serve the baked chicken alongside fluffy white rice or nutty brown rice or nutty quinoa. Spoon the creamy cashew sauce over the chicken and grains for a delightful combination of textures and flavors.
  2. With Roasted Vegetables: Pair the baked chicken with a colorful assortment of roasted vegetables, such as carrots, asparagus, broccoli, bell peppers, and zucchini. The roasted veggies add a lovely caramelized sweetness and provide a nutritious and satisfying side dish.
  3. On a Bed of Greens: Serve the baked chicken atop a bed of fresh mixed greens or baby spinach for a lighter option. Drizzle the creamy cashew sauce over the chicken and greens and add a sprinkle of chopped nuts or seeds for extra crunch.
  4. Alongside Mashed Potatoes: For a comforting and hearty meal, serve the baked chicken with creamy mashed potatoes. The potatoes’ creamy texture pairs beautifully with the tender chicken and rich cashew sauce.
  5. With Crusty Bread: Serve the baked chicken with slices of crusty bread or dinner rolls to soak up every last bit of the creamy cashew sauce. It’s a simple yet satisfying way to enjoy this delicious dish.
  6. With a Side Salad: Serve the baked chicken with a fresh and crisp side salad with a light vinaigrette. The refreshing salad provides a nice contrast to the richness of the chicken and cashew sauce.
  7. Cauliflower Rice: Serve over cauliflower rice.


  • Store the leftovers in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.
  • Freeze in an airtight, freezer-safe container for up to 1 month.
  • Reheat by letting it thaw in the refrigerator, then warm in a skillet over medium-low heat or in the oven at 350 F for 10 minutes.

This Baked Chicken with Creamy Cashew Sauce is a harmonious blend of savory, creamy, and slightly tangy notes.

The baked chicken, infused with garlic, lemon juice, and dried herbs, offers a succulent and tender texture with a subtle hint of citrusy brightness. 

The creamy cashew sauce contributes a luxurious creaminess to the dish, with a nutty undertone from the cashews and a hint of umami from the nutritional yeast.

The tender baked chicken with creamy cashew sauce create a symphony of flavors that dance on your palate, leaving you craving more. It’s a dish that perfectly balances indulgence and simplicity, making every bite a truly delightful experience.

​This easy cashew chicken will impress your entire family and friends.

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Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: baked chicken, cashew, sauce
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Total Time: 45 minutes
Servings: 4
Calories: 460kcal
Author: Angie


  • 2 lbs chicken breasts
  • 1 cup raw unsalted cashews soaked and drained
  • 2 tbsp olive oil ghee or butter
  • 4 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 cup vegetable broth
  • 1 cup coconut milk
  • 2 tbsp lemon juice
  • 2 tbsp nutritional yeast
  • 2 oz fresh basil
  • 1 tbsp fresh sage
  • onion powder
  • salt and pepper


  • Soak unsalted cashews in a small bowl covered with water for 4 hours at room temperature


  • Melt olive oil, butter or ghee, and garlic until slightly brown in a large cast-iron pan.
  • Add veggie stock, soaked-and-drained cashews, nutritional yeast, basil, sage, and coconut milk, to the pan. Simmer over low heat for 10 minutes, stirring gently. Add lemon juice and salt and pepper. (For a bit of spice, throw in a pinch of red pepper flakes, too.)
  • Transfer ingredients to a blender and blend until the sauce is smooth and creamy (no chunks). You can pour the sauce back into the pan to reduce the sauce to your liking. If sauce gets too thick, add some veggie stock to thin it back out.


  • Preheat the oven to 350°F. 
  • Brown chicken breasts in a skillet for 8-10 minutes on each side.
  • Move the cooked chicken breasts to a plate and set them aside.
  • When your asparagus is ready, transfer the chicken on the top of the asparagus, pour the sauce over and bake at 350 F for 20 minutes. Remove the dish from the oven and garnish it with fresh basil and lemon. Serve and enjoy!


Calories: 460kcal | Carbohydrates: 6g | Protein: 52g | Fat: 25g | Saturated Fat: 13g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 7g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 145mg | Sodium: 507mg | Potassium: 1106mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 942IU | Vitamin C: 10mg | Calcium: 62mg | Iron: 4mg

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