Instant Pot Cashew Chicken Recipe

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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