Instant Pot Cashew Chicken


A classic takeout favorite made at home in your Instant Pot. This recipe uses chicken breast to keep it on the lean side, but the chicken is tenderized to maintain a velvety texture. Serve over white rice.

Prep Time:
20 mins
Cook Time:
25 mins
Additional Time:
5 mins
Total Time:
50 mins


  • 14 ounces chicken breast, cut into 1-inch cubes

  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch

  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce

  • 1 tablespoon mirin (Japanese sweet wine)

  • ¾ cup water

  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce

  • 2 tablespoons mirin (Japanese sweet wine)

  • 2 tablespoons hoisin sauce

  • 2 teaspoons sesame oil

  • 1 teaspoon peanut oil

  • ¾ cup raw cashews

  • 1 tablespoon white sesame seeds

  • 1 tablespoon black sesame seeds

  • 1 tablespoon peanut oil

  • 2 cups green bell peppers, cut into 1-inch pieces

  • 1 medium onion, cut into eighths

  • 1 clove garlic, minced

  • 1 (8 ounce) can baby corn, drained and cut into bite-size pieces

  • 1 (8 ounce) can sliced water chestnuts, drained


  1. Place chicken in a mixing bowl and sprinkle with cornstarch; mix until each piece of chicken is well coated. Add 1 tablespoon soy sauce and 1 tablespoon mirin on top and stir well. Set aside.

  2. Combine water, 2 tablespoons soy sauce, 2 tablespoons mirin, hoisin sauce, and 2 teaspoons sesame oil in a small bowl. Whisk together and set aside.

  3. Turn on a multi-functional pressure cooker (such as Instant Pot) and select Saute function. Add 1 teaspoon peanut oil, cashews, white sesame seeds, and black sesame seeds. Cook and stir until fragrant and toasted evenly, about 3 minutes. Add 1 tablespoon peanut oil, bell peppers, onion, and garlic and saute until vegetables have softened and garlic is fragrant, about 5 minutes. Add chicken mixture and stir well to combine. Mix in soy sauce mixture, baby corn, and water chestnuts. Stir until everything is well combined.

  4. Close and lock the lid. Select high pressure according to manufacturer's instructions; set timer for 3 minutes. Allow 10 to 15 minutes for pressure to build.

  5. Release pressure carefully using the quick-release method according to manufacturer's instructions, about 5 minutes. Unlock and remove the lid. Stir and serve immediately.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

379 Calories
19g Fat
29g Carbs
22g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 5
Calories 379
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 19g 25%
Saturated Fat 4g 19%
Cholesterol 45mg 15%
Sodium 839mg 36%
Total Carbohydrate 29g 11%
Dietary Fiber 7g 25%
Total Sugars 11g
Protein 22g
Vitamin C 50mg 252%
Calcium 73mg 6%
Iron 3mg 18%
Potassium 490mg 10%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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