Fried Chicken and Cashews in a Maple-Soy Glaze

Chicken / Mains

Recipe — Fried Chicken and Cashew Nuts in a Maple Soy Sauce Glaze
4 portions
Metric Imperial


  • 2 slices of chicken thigh meat, cut into 2-3 cm (1 in) cubes
  • Flour as needed
  • 3 tablespoons Dark maple syrup
  • 1 cup raw cashew nuts
  • 1 piece of 2 cm (7/8 in) raw ginger thinly sliced
  • Oil for deep frying
  • 1/4 oz soy sauce
  • 1 scallion cut into large chunks
  • 2 red peppers (seeds removed and minced)
  • Seasoning for the chicken
  • 1 tablespoon vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon medium maple syrup
  • 1 tablespoon ginger juices (from fresh ginger)
  • Salt, coarsely ground pepper as desired


  1. Combine the chicken with the seasoning and leave it for 20 minutes. Then remove the excess moisture from the chicken and dredge it with flour.
  2. While the oil for deep frying is cold, add the cashew nuts and place it over medium heat, frying the cashews until they turn golden brown.
  3. Fry the chicken until it becomes crisp and golden.
  4. Place the thinly sliced ginger and maple syrup in a wok and simmer. When it is slightly boiled down, add the soy sauce and boil up again.
  5. Add the fried chicken and cashew nuts, the red pepper, scallion, and pepper to finish.
  6. If desired, finish with a dash of coarsely ground salt.

Cashew and chicken are already a winning combination, but this dish takes things to another level with a crispy coating and a deliciously rich maple-soy sauce. We’ve opted for chicken thighs in this recipe, though you could easily replicate the dish with chicken breasts for a healthier option.

If you like the look of this fried chicken recipe, make sure to check out some of our other chicken recipes below.

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