Chicken Stir-Fry with Asparagus and Cashews


Good News Cashews contain oleic acid, the same monounsaturated fat that makes olive oil so heart-healthy. This chicken-cashew stir-fry is a lighter take on a dish that Stéphane Vivier orders at Rin's Thai in Sonoma, California. Its flavors come from a bright mix of fish sauce, oyster sauce and basil—and just a little oil.

Chicken Stir-Fry with Asparagus and Cashews
Photo: © Lucy Schaeffer
Active Time:
25 mins
Total Time:
40 mins


  • 1/2 cup raw cashews

  • 1 1/2 pounds skinless, boneless chicken breasts, cut into 1 1/2-inch pieces

  • 2 tablespoons fish sauce (such as Red Boat)

  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil

  • 1/2 cup chicken stock or low-sodium broth

  • 1 pound asparagus, sliced on the diagonal, 1 inch thick

  • 1 tablespoon oyster sauce

  • 1 tablespoon fresh lime juice

  • 1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper

  • 1/2 cup chopped basil

  • 1/4 cup chopped chives

  • Freshly ground black pepper


  1. Preheat the oven to 350°. Spread the cashews in a pie plate and toast in the oven for about 8 minutes, until they are nicely browned and fragrant. Let cool.

  2. In a medium bowl, toss the chicken with 1 tablespoon of the fish sauce. In a wok or large skillet, heat the oil until shimmering. Add the chicken in an even layer and cook over high heat, turning once, until browned and just cooked throughout, about 4 minutes. Using a slotted spoon, transfer the chicken to a clean bowl.

  3. Pour the chicken stock into the wok and bring to a simmer, scraping up any browned bits. Add the asparagus slices, cover and cook over moderate heat until they are crisp-tender, about 3 minutes. Using a slotted spoon, transfer the asparagus to the bowl along with the chicken.

  4. Add the remaining 1 tablespoon of fish sauce to the wok along with the oyster sauce, lime juice and cayenne pepper. Simmer until the sauce is reduced to 1/3 cup, about 2 minutes. Return the chicken pieces and sliced asparagus to the wok and toss to heat through. Remove the wok from the heat and stir in the cashews, basil and chives. Season the stir-fry with black pepper and serve right away.


One Serving 369 cal, 17 gm fat, 2.8 gm sat fat, 9 gm carb, 2.4 gm fiber.

Serve With

Steamed rice.

Suggested Pairing

Spicy, full-bodied Syrah.

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