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Homemade Chinese: Simple And Easy Instant Pot Cashew Chicken

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This is an easy instant pot meal where we will be using cashew nuts for a cashew chicken recipe. This cashew chicken recipe will be done in two stages, yet the final end results will end up with a mouth-watering meal. From the instant pot recipes we have covered, this has been bar far, one of our favorite ones to make. My wife loves Chinese food, so rather than having a takeaway, we do this meal every so often. It has turned out to be a popular and easy instant pot meal.

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WHat is Cashew CHicken?

What is cashew chicken? Cashew chicken is a Chinese-American dish that combines chicken, with cashew nuts and either a light brown garlic sauce or a thick sauce made from chicken stock, soy sauce, and oyster sauce. For our sauce, we have hoisin sauce, minced garlic, white wine vinegar with olive oil or vegetable oil. As we make this Cashew Chicken recipe, we are making this recipe with a personal touch but still giving that Chinese-American panache.

Ingredients needed for this Cashew Chicken recipe

The Ingredients are in two parts. The Sauce and the Chicken Cashew. So let’s start with the sauce first.

  • Liquid: The liquids for this recipe are very minimal for his reason, you have to be careful of your cooking times and pressure settings. There will be a fair bit of liquid from your sauce, however, you may or could add 1 or 2 cups of chicken broth or chicken stock. That is entirely optional for the chicken broth or chicken stock.
  • Seasoning: Most of the seasoning will come be done in the second stage, but you could add your seasoning to the sauce if you so wish. After all, they are both going to be mixed, so it doesn’t matter in which order you add the seasoning.
  • Oils: Soya, Olive Oil and white wine vinegar

Ingredients: Sauce:

  • 3 tablespoons of hoisin sauce
  • 1/3 cup of soy sauce
  • 2 tablespoons of minced garlic
  • ½ tablespoon of white wine vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons of olive oil.
Sauce

Cashew Chicken:

  • 2 chicken breast (2” pieces)
  • 1 teaspoon of salt
  • 1 teaspoon of pepper
  • 1/2 tablespoon of chili powder
  • 1 cup of whole roaster cashews
  • 1 large bunch of broccoli
  • 8-10 mini sweet peppers (Bell Peppers are an optional alternative.)
  • Optional: 1 to 2 cups of Chicken Broth
Instant Pot Cashew Chicken Ingredients

HOW TO MAKE THIS Cashew Chicken recipe

In a bowl, combine hoisin, soy sauce, garlic, vinegar, and 2 teaspoons of olive oil or vegetable oil. Set aside.

Instant Pot Cashew Chicken Sauce

Set the instant pot to sauté and add the rest of the oil. Once the olive oil or vegetable oil is hot, add the chicken and spices. Stir to coat the chicken with the spices. Cook chicken for 3 minutes to brown the outside.

Instant Pot Cashew Chicken In the Instant Pot

Add the sauce and 1/3 cup of water. Close the instant pot lid and pressure valve to sealing, set to pressure cook on high for 5 minutes.

Instant Pot Cashew Chicken Adding the Liquid

While chicken cooks, chop the broccoli and peppers into bite-size pieces. Remove the seeds from the peppers. 

Instant Pot Cashew Chicken cashew Nuts

Release the pressure via quick release and remove the lid. Remove chicken from sauce to let it rest and prevent the chicken from breaking apart. 

Instant Pot Cashew Chicken cashew Nuts and Liquid

Add the cashews, broccoli, and peppers, and let the vegetables cook for 4 minutes. 

Instant Pot Cashew Chicken Finals

Stir in the chicken and serve.

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Instant Pot Cashew Chicken Finals
Yield: 3 to 5 Servings

Instant Pot Cashew Chicken

Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes

What is cashew chicken? Cashew chicken is a Chinese-American dish that combines chicken, with cashew nuts and either a light brown garlic sauce or a thick sauce made from chicken stock, soy sauce, and oyster sauce.

For our sauce, we have hoisin sauce, minced garlic, white wine vinegar with olive oil or vegetable oil. As we make this Cashew Chicken recipe, we are making this recipe with a personal touch but still giving that Chinese-American panache.

Ingredients

  • The Sauce:
  • 3 tablespoons of hoisin sauce
  • 1/3 cup of soy sauce
  • 2 tablespoons of minced garlic
  • ½ tablespoon of white wine vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons of olive oil, divided
  • Cashew Chicken:
  • 2 chicken breast (2” pieces)
  • 1/2 tablespoon of chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon of salt
  • 1 teaspoon of pepper
  • 1 cup of whole roaster cashews
  • 1 large bunch of broccoli
  • 8-10 mini sweet peppers

Instructions

    1. In a bowl, combine hoisin, soy sauce, garlic, vinegar, and 2 teaspoons of olive oil or vegetable oil. Set aside.
    2. Set the instant pot to sauté and add the rest of the oil. Once the olive oil or vegetable oil is hot, add the chicken and spices. Stir to coat the chicken with the spices. Cook chicken for 3 minutes to brown the outside. 
    3. Add the sauce and 1/3 cup of water. Close the instant pot lid and pressure valve to sealing, set to pressure cook on high for 5 minutes.
    4. While chicken cooks, chop the broccoli and peppers into bite-size pieces. Remove the seeds from the peppers. 
    5. Release the pressure via quick release and remove the lid. Remove chicken from sauce to let it rest and prevent the chicken from breaking apart. 
    6. Add the cashews, broccoli, and peppers, and let the vegetables cook for 4 minutes. 
    7. Stir in the chicken and serve.

Notes

Because there isn't much liquid, you could settle to do a quick pressure release.

Optional Side Dish: Basmati Rice or Salad

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Nutrition Information:

Yield:

3

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 603Total Fat: 35gSaturated Fat: 7gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 26gCholesterol: 68mgSodium: 2941mgCarbohydrates: 39gFiber: 8gSugar: 12gProtein: 38g

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About Angela Milnes

Angela Milnes is a Qualified Early Years Teacher who has specialised in teaching. She has a wealth of experience teaching young children and adults. Angela has also taught cooking classes and loves to share both family recipes and easy instant pot recipes here on The Instant Pot Table. Follow her on Pinterest!

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