Savory, sweet, and sour fried rice topped with glazed cashews and chickpeas. This recipe for Sweet & Sour Cashew and Chickpea Fried Rice is so simple, easy, and will be ready in no time.

Sweet & Sour Cashew and Chickpea Fried Rice [Vegan]

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For the Sweet & Sour Sauce:

  • 1/3 cup low-sodium soy sauce such as tamari
  • 1 tablespoon rice vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon sesame oil
  • 1 tablespoon maple syrup
  • Juice of 1 lime
  • 2 teaspoons minced garlic
  • 1/2 teaspoon sriracha
  • 1 teaspoon corn starch

For the Fried Rice:

  • 1 1/2 cups short-grain brown rice
  • One 15 ounce can chickpeas, rinsed and drained
  • 1 tablespoon neutral-flavored oil
  • 1 teaspoon minced garlic
  • 1/2 white onion, diced
  • 1 red bell pepper, diced
  • 2 cups frozen peas and carrots
  • 2 tablespoon low-sodium soy sauce
  • 1 teaspoon sesame oil
  • 1 teaspoon rice vinegar
  • 1/2 cup cashews


  1. Cook rice in a rice cooker or over the stovetop in a saucepan. Preheat the oven to 425°F degrees.
  2. Add rinsed and drained chickpeas to a baking sheet. Bake for 25 minutes. While chickpeas and rice are cooking, prepare sweet and sour sauce.
  3. Whisk together corn starch and 3 teaspoons of water. Add to a small saucepan along with the rest of the sauce ingredients. Whisk to combine. Bring mixture to a low boil over medium heat. Simmer for 1-2 minutes until thick, sticky, and coats the back of a spoon. Set aside.
  4. When rice is done cooking, heat a large skillet with 1 tablespoon oil over medium-high. Add onion, garlic, bell pepper, and a pinch of salt. Cook for 3-4 minutes until onions are translucent and soft. Add frozen peas and carrots. Add rice and stir to combine all ingredients. Flatten rice in an even layer. Allow to cook for 4-5 minutes until bottom side is golden brown and crispy. You may need to turn up the heat to achieve that texture.
  5. Add soy sauce, sesame oil, and rice vinegar. Stir to combine. Cook for an additional 3-4 minutes.
  6. Turn heat to low and keep warm while preparing the sweet and sour cashews and chickpeas.
  7. Toast cashews in a small skillet until golden brown. Add to a small bowl along with chickpeas.
  8. Pour over sweet and sour sauce and stir to coat.
  9. Serve fried rice topped with sweet & sour cashews and chickpeas. (Optional): Sprinkle over sliced green onion.


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