Thai Cashew Chicken – Take 2

As some of you may know, I already have a Thai Cashew Chicken recipe on here, but wanted to post this other version of Gai Pad Med Ma-Muang (the official name) as it’s one that definitely should be shared. And if my memory serves me right, I thought this recipe was even tastier than the original one!

Thai Cashew Chicken (Gai Pad Med Ma-Muang)


  • 3 tbsp canola oil, divided
  • 1 lb boneless, skinless chicken breasts, thinly sliced (usually about 3-4 chicken breasts, depending on size)
  • 2  1/2 tbsp Thai chili paste (Mae Pranom brand or Thai Kitchen Roasted Red Chili paste)
  • 1/2 cup low-sodium chicken broth
  • 1 large red bell pepper, seeded & cut into 1/2 inch pieces (I have used yellow and/or orange bell peppers)
  • 1/2 large onion, cut into 1/2 inch pieces
  • 1/4 cup oyster sauce
  • 1 tbsp sugar
  • 6 dried red chiles (such as chiles de arbol) *
  • Generous 1/2 cup raw cashews, toasted
  • 5 scallions, cut into 1 inch pieces
  • Salt & pepper to taste
  • Steamed Thai jasmine rice, or your favorite rice, for serving


  1. Heat 1 tbsp oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add half the chicken, season with salt & pepper, and stir fry until cooked through.
  2. Put the chicken in a bowl & set aside. Repeat with 1 tbsp of the oil and the rest of the chicken.
  3. Add the remaining oil to the empty skillet & heat.
  4. Add the chili paste, stirring constantly to break it up for 1-2 minutes. Add the chicken broth, red bell pepper, onion, oyster sauce and sugar. Stir well and simmer for 3 minutes.
  5. Lower the heat to medium, return the chicken to the skillet and cook until the sauce is slightly thickened, and the vegetables are tender, about 4-5 minutes.
  6. Add the chiles, cashews & scallions, stir to combine and serve immediately over rice.

* If you don’t have dried chiles, sprinkle in some hot red pepper flakes as you really should have a little heat in this dish.

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Published by Denise

My name is Denise and I love good food, but enjoy preparing it more. I spend a good portion of my free time searching recipes, experimenting in the kitchen and coming up with tasty creations. Some of my other favorite things are my pets, family, friends, traveling (especially to tropical destinations and Paris), the beach, music, movies, and shopping, to name just a few ;)

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