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Cashew Chicken made in the Instant Pot in a bowl topped with green onion

Instant Pot Cashew Chicken

  • Author: Deborah Harroun
  • Prep Time: 10 mins
  • Cook Time: 15 mins
  • Total Time: 40 minutes
  • Yield: 6 servings 1x
  • Category: Main Dish
  • Method: Instant Pot
  • Cuisine: Asian


Fast, flavorful and perfect for a weeknight – this Instant Pot Cashew Chicken is the easiest way to skip the take out and make it yourself at home!



  • 1 1/2 lbs boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cut into bite-sized pieces
  • freshly ground pepper
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 1/4 cup reduced-sodium chicken broth
  • 1/4 cup low-sodium soy sauce
  • 3 tablespoons honey
  • 2 tablespoons rice vinegar
  • 1/2 teaspoon chili-garlic sauce
  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 2 tablespoons cold water
  • 1/2 cup roasted cashew halves
  • 6 cups prepared rice, for serving
  • 4 green onions, white and green parts, sliced (for serving)


  1. Lightly season the chicken with pepper. Select browning/saute to preheat the pressure cooking pot. When it’s hot, add the vegetable oil and the chicken*. Saute for about 3 minutes.  Stir in the chicken broth, soy sauce, honey, rice vinegar, and chili-garlic sauce. Lock the lid in place. Select high pressure for 3 minutes cook time.
  2. When the cook time ends, turn off the pressure cooker. Use a quick pressure release. When the valve drops, carefully remove the lid.
  3. In a small bowl, whisk the cornstarch and cold water until smooth. Gradually add the slurry to the pot. Select simmer/saute and simmer, stirring constantly, until the sauce thickens.  Stir in the cashews and simmer for 2 minutes more.
  4. Serve over rice, if desired, and garnish with the green onions.

Recipe Notes:

*for more color on the chicken, cook it in batches so that the chicken will brown better.

recipe source: The Electric Pressure Cooker Cookbook

Nutrition information provided as an estimate only. Various brands and products can change the counts. Any nutritional information should be used as a general guide. Nutrition information does not include toppings.


  • Serving Size: 1/6 of recipe
  • Calories: 442
  • Sugar: 11 g
  • Sodium: 766 mg
  • Fat: 10 g
  • Saturated Fat: 2 g
  • Unsaturated Fat: 6 g
  • Trans Fat: 0 g
  • Carbohydrates: 63 g
  • Fiber: 1 g
  • Protein: 29 g
  • Cholesterol: 55 mg

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