Sometimes you just get a craving for a takeout favorite. While most restaurants won’t include a vegetable in their version of cashew chicken, quick cooking snap peas adds a light crunch and fresh flavor that cuts through the garlicky, sweet and tangy sauce.
Cook the rice as the label directs. Set aside off the heat, 5 minutes, then fluff with a fork.
Meanwhile, toss the chicken with 1 tablespoon cornstarch and 2 teaspoons soy sauce in a large bowl; set aside 5 minutes. Stir together the hoisin sauce, remaining 2 tablespoons soy sauce, the vinegar, sugar, ginger, garlic, remaining 1 teaspoon cornstarch and 1 tablespoon water in a separate bowl until smooth; set aside.
Heat the vegetable oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add the chicken in a single layer and cook, stirring once or twice, until golden and almost fully cooked through, 5 minutes. Transfer to a plate, leaving any drippings behind. Add the snap peas to the skillet and cook until bright green, 1 to 2 minutes. Stir in the cashews to lightly toast, about 1 minute.
Return the chicken to the skillet and pour in the hoisin sauce mixture. Cook, stirring, until the sauce thickens slightly and coats the chicken and vegetables, 1 to 2 minutes.
Divide the rice among plates or shallow bowls. Top with the chicken mixture and sauce.