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Instant Pot Cashew Chicken Recipe

When your family wants takeout but you want to make sure they are eating as healthy a possible, making a big batch of Cashew Chicken in your Instant Pot solves both problems. Skip the take-out and control what is in your family’s meals.

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If you like Asian take-out and want to control the healthy ingredients for your family you may also like a super simple but delicious Japanese dish.

Easy Japanese Beef and Vegetable Sukiyaki Stir Fry

While our family loves to go out to eat, we have found that it is even more fun to make a quick delicious homemade Asian dinner at home. After a long week of the week to just stay home in comfortable clothes, put on a new move, and enjoy our dinner in the lining room with the whole family.

Each person can serve themselves, find a beverage that they like, and snuggle together on the couch for a movie night. We do not have to decide who goes out to find food or spend half the evening at a restaurant.

Instant Pot cashew chicken in green yellow bowl with another bowl with brown rice and chop sticks on a white would table with chopped green onion and cashews on the table

This is our go-to plan on Friday nights, especially in the winter here in Ohio. For more months than we like to admit it is dark by 4:30 pm and so cold no, one wants to go out for dinner. It is a fun family movie and a fire in the fireplace. This is the feeling of family and home I try to create as often as I can.

When having our take out dinner made at home it is so easy with a warm fire to make dessert with indoor s’mores. Just mention the word s’more and the kids will be all in for a home cooked meal.

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Tips for Making Instant Pot Cashew Chicken

  • Find all of your ingredients so that you do not have to look around when you are in the middle of cooking.
  • Find all of the measuring cups, spoons, and mixing utensils.
  • Use a different cutting board for meat and veggies. It is important not to cross-contaminate fresh fruits and veggies with meat products.
  • Cut the green pepper and set aside. You can add more than one if you want more veggies. I usually want to have two green peppers in my dish.
  • To make the cutting of the chicken better, have the chicken slightly frozen. You can also use garden scissors instead of a knife if that is easier for you.
  • I also use disposable latex-free gloves I get at a big box store when I am cutting chicken.
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Instant Pot Cashew Chicken Recipe

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  • Author: Crafting a Family Dinner
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 10 minutes
  • Total Time: 25 minutes
  • Yield: 8 servings 1x
  • Category: main dish
  • Method: Instant Pot


Instant Pot Cashew Chicken is a delicious take-out recipe you make right at home in minutes. Juicy tender chicken with crunchy cashews in a traditional garlic sauce that will satisfy the whole family. Almost quicker than ordering and driving to your local restaurant.


Units Scale
  • 4 chicken breasts cut into cube
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon minced garlic (about 3 cloves chopped)
  • 1 green pepper sliced
  • 1/2 cup soy sauce
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1 tablespoon rice vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon hoisin sauce (or sriracha or barbeque sauce)
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1 and 1/2 cups of unsalted cashews (at the end of the recipe)
  • Serve with cooked white or brown rice


  1. Mix together soy sauce, water, vinegar, brown sugar, and ginger and set aside.
  2. Set the instant pot to saute for 10 minutes.
  3. Add oil to the pot and let warm for 2 minutes.
  4. Add the diced chicken and brown for about 5 minutes. 
  5. When the chicken is done, set the instant pot to high pressure for 8 minutes.
  6. Add the remaining ingredients, liquid mixture, and the green pepper (but not the cashews), secure the lid, and set the valve to seal. 
  7. When the 8 minutes are complete allow a 10-minute natural release. 
  8. Open the lid and add the cashews and stir all together. 
  9. Serve over cooked rice. 

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