Cashew Chicken made simple in the Instant Pot. You will love how easy this recipe is to make and in just minutes. I will definitely make a double bath next time because we devoured this for dinner.
Cashew Chicken is a great recipe, but to be able to make it from home makes it sooo much better!
I can’t believe how easy it is to throw Cashew Chicken together in the Instant Pot that before you even know it, Dinner is done and a great dinner recipe at that!
If you are a fan of Chinese or Thai food, you will love this simple easy recipe for Cashew Chicken.
Cashew Chicken served with rice is delicious and a wonderful dinner recipe. Made quick and easily in the Instant Pot, you will be eating before you know it.
My family just loves this recipe. It’s an easy recipe and a great change from our traditional meal choices.
Is Cashew Chicken Spicy?
No Cashew Chicken is not spicy. It’s a soy base and balances nicely with rice.
Is Cashew Chicken Gluten Free?
It can be! Use Gluten Free Soy sauce, and Gluten Free Hoisin Sauce.
How to make Cashew Chicken Sauce:
The Sauce for Cashew Chicken is easily made with a combination of soy sauce, vinegar, water, brown sugar and hoisin sauce.
To thicken sauce, mix corn starch and water and add to sauce and the sauce will easily thicken.
What Vegetables are in Cashew Chicken?
The recipe call calls for Green Bell Pepper and Onion slices. However, you can add sliced carrots, sprouts, or other vegetables if you wish.
What do you serve Cashew Chicken with?
Cashew Chicken is best served with rice, either white or brown. However you can serve it with a bowl of steamed veggies too. It’s delicious.
If you love Chinese Take Out as much as we do, then please try Honey Garlic Chicken. I have told my husband I’m never ordering either of these ever again because I can make it at home so quickly and it’s so much better! I’m not even kidding.
My son has taken leftovers to school lunch even. That NEVER happens. I’m thrilled to have both these recipes, and will continue to make them in my meal rotation.
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Cut your chicken in small bite size cubes. The chicken will cook faster and more evenly.
Step by Step Instructions
- Cube boneless skinless chicken breasts into even size cubes.
- Heat Instant Pot on Saute’ and add Olive Oil and garlic. When hot add cubed chicken and cook through.
- Add Soy Sauce, Hoisin Sauce, Water, Vinegar, Brown Sugar and mix together. Add in bell pepper and onion chunks
- Cook on Manual for 5 minutes. Quick Release and open lid. To thicken sauce (if necessary) add 1 tbs corn starch to 2 tbs water and add to mixture.
- Stir in Cashews and serve over rice. Enjoy!
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Here are some quick and easy Chinese Take Out Recipes
- Japanese Teriyaki Noodles
- Asian Noodles
- Sweet and Sour Chicken
- Cashew Chicken
- 30 Minute Beef Teriyaki
- Instant Pot Mongolian Beef
- Best Teriyaki Sauce
- Instant Pot Chicken Teriyaki
- 3 Chicken Breasts
- 2 tbs olive oil
- 2 cloves garlic Crushed
- ⅓ Cup Soy Sauce
- ¼ Cup water
- 1 Tbs Vinegar
- 3 Tbs Brown Sugar
- 1 Tbs Hoisin Sauce
- 1 Green Bell Pepper
- 1 Onion
- ½ cup Cashews *Garnish
- Green Onions *Garnish
- 1-2 tbs Corn Starch Mixed w/ ¼ cup water to thicken sauce *optional
- Cube chicken breasts about 2+ pounds
- Heat Instant Pot using Saute and add Olive Oil and garlic. Add cubed chicken and cook through.
- Add soy sauce, water, vinegar, brown sugar, hoisin sauce. Stir to combine. Throw in sliced bell pepper and onions.
- Set to manual for 5 minutes.
- Quick Release, and open lid. If necessary mix 1 Tbs Corn Starch with 2Tbs water and mix into sauce to thicken.
- Add Cashews and serve over rice.
- Garnish with green onions and sesame seeds.
Made it tonight. Super fast and easy!
Hi Elissa, this is my personal favorite recipe. So glad you loved it too!
So yummy and easy! I appreciated the options you provided to add in more veggies. I used coconut aminos to lower the sodium amount. This recipe is going in our regular meal rotation! Thanks!
Hi Susan. Thanks for the wonderful feedback. It's my personal favorite recipe. I adore it.
Looks like delicious recipe but I don't have an insta pot! What other cooking method would work best?
Hi Nancy, You could cook on the Stove over Medium/High Heat. You will want to cook the chicken cubes until fully cooked and then add the ingredients for the sauce.
We just tried this recipe tonight and it was delicious. I'm so happy I made extra because we have leftovers!! Thanks for sharing such a tasty and easy recipe.
Hi Denise, this is my favorite recipe and I love how the flavors come together. So glad you made extra for the leftovers.
What do you suggest I substitute for the green pepper. We don't eat them.
Great question. You can always substitute a red/orange/or yellow bell pepper if you prefer. But if you don't like Bell Peppers at all, you can substitute Celery. You could leave it out all together if you wish too. Carrots could be used as well, try baby carrots cut in half.
Made this tonight, outstanding my husband said it was better than take out. I did add celery. I will make this again
Hi Connie! I'm so glad to hear your feedback. I have to agree, it is better than take out. This happens to be my FAVORITE recipe. I just love how the flavors come together in this one. I hope you continue to follow along and try more of my recipes too! Happy Holidays!
My sweetheart has problems digesting chicken breasts. Could chicken thighs be substituted? If so, how many would you recommend?
Hi Leanna... of course chicken thighs could be used. I would recommend a pound to a pound and a half of thighs depending on how many servings you want. I'd also drop the pressure time by a minute. 🙂
Love this!! Thanks
I want to print it for my book— can’t find print button???
It's a great recipe Dena. To print the recipe there is a printer icon on the recipe card at the very bottom of the post. In the upper right corner of the recipe card you will find the printer icon. Press the printer icon to print the recipe. Hope this helps!
Looks amazing! Definitely going to give it a try soon!
We can't get enough of it. It's so simple I love it.