Cashew Basil Turkey Stir Fry

Packed with flavor and red bell pepper, this lightened up cashew basil turkey stir fry is a quick and easy weeknight meal ready in under 20 minutes.

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Cashew Basil Turkey Stir Fry

I really love this recipe for Cashew Basil Turkey Stir Fry. It’s all the delicious flavors of my favorite take-out meals without the extra cost (or calories).

Sweet and salty, the soy based sauce coats the ground turkey and red pepper perfectly, just thick enough to keep everything together. The simple ingredient list comes together quickly, and even the slowest prep cook can get this meal from cutting board to table in less than half an hour. Best of all, one serving is less than 300 calories, making it a healthy and satisfying meal you can eat whenever the craving strikes.

Serve over your favorite rice, or even in lettuce cups for an even healthier option. Either way, you won’t be disappointed. This simple stir fry is sure to become one of your go-to dinner staples.

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Cashew Basil Turkey Stir Fry

Adapted from Eating in the Middle: A Mostly Wholesome Cookbook
Packed with flavor and red bell pepper, this lightened up cashew basil turkey stir fry is a delicious weeknight meal ready in 20 minutes or less.
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Course Main Course
Cuisine American, Chinese
Servings 4 servings
Calories 272 kcal


  • 1/3 cup unsalted cashews
  • ¼ cup low sodium chicken broth
  • 2 tablespoons hoisin sauce
  • 2 tablespoons tamari (or soy sauce)
  • 1 teaspoon raw sugar
  • 1 teaspoon cornstarch
  • ½ teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 2 teaspoon vegetable oil
  • ½ cup fennel bulb, diced
  • 1 cup red bell pepper, diced
  • 1 pound ground turkey (or chicken)
  • ½ cup fresh basil, roughly chopped
  • Serve over rice or in lettuce cups


  • Heat oven to 350 degrees F. Spread the cashews out on a foil lined baking sheet and bake for 10 minutes. Remove and let cool.
  • Whisk together the broth, hoisin sauce, tamari, sugar, and cornstarch.
  • Heat the olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Saute the fennel for 1 minute, then add the bell pepper and saute another 30 seconds. Stir in the ground turkey and cook until browned, about 4-6 minutes.
  • Stir the sauce into the mixture and cook until thickened, about 2 minutes. Stir in the fresh basil.
  • Serve over rice or in individual lettuce cups. Top with a sprinkling of cashews to taste.


Calories: 272kcalCarbohydrates: 11gProtein: 25gFat: 14gSaturated Fat: 3gPolyunsaturated Fat: 6gMonounsaturated Fat: 4gCholesterol: 79mgSodium: 466mgPotassium: 434mgFiber: 1gSugar: 7g
Keyword basil, cashews, dinner, turkey
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Nutrition Facts
Cashew Basil Turkey Stir Fry
Amount Per Serving
Calories 272 Calories from Fat 126
% Daily Value*
Fat 14g22%
Saturated Fat 3g19%
Polyunsaturated Fat 6g
Monounsaturated Fat 4g
Cholesterol 79mg26%
Sodium 466mg20%
Potassium 434mg12%
Carbohydrates 11g4%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 7g8%
Protein 25g50%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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