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Instant Pot Kung Pao Chicken

I love a recipe where you get everything you need in one bowl- vegetables, protein, and a carb. This instant pot cashew chicken recipe has all of that and more- the cashew nuts add another layer of flavor that is just awesome.
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time10 mins
Total Time25 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Chinese
Keyword: instant pot, kung pao chicken
Servings: 4
Calories: 387kcal


  • ¼ tsp black pepper
  • tsp salt
  • 1 ¼ lbs chicken breasts boneless, skinless
  • 2 tbsp grapeseed oil divided in half for cooking
  • 4 dried red chili peppers
  • cup cashews roasted, unsalted
  • 1 red bell pepper
  • 1 zucchini
  • chopped green onions and sesame seeds for garnish optional

For Sauce:

  • ¼ cup coconut aminos
  • 1 tsp fish sauce
  • ¼ cup water
  • 1 tsp honey
  • 1 tsp five spice powder
  • 2 garlic cloves minced
  • 1 tsp fresh grated ginger
  • ½ tsp dried red chili flakes


  • Prep by chopping red bell pepper, zucchini and dried red chili peppers into bite sized pieces and set aside.
  • Cut chicken breasts into bite sized chunks and season with salt and pepper.
  • Set Instant Pot to "sauté" setting and add 1 tbsp oil. Once heated, add in chicken and cook for approx. 4 minutes or until browned.
  • While chicken is cooking, prepare sauce by whisking all sauce ingredients in a medium bowl and set aside.
  • Once chicken is done cooking, remove from pot and set aside.
  • Add remaining 1 tbsp of oil to Instant Pot and add in red bell pepper, zucchini, dried red chili peppers and cashews and cook for a couple minutes, stirring occasionally.
  • Add back in chicken and sauce mixture and give everything a good stir.
  • Place Instant Pot lid on and lock. Remember to seal the valve.
  • Cook on high for 6 minutes. Once cooking is finished, let Instant Pot release pressure. Garnish with chopped green onions and sesame seeds.


Calories: 387kcal | Carbohydrates: 15g | Protein: 35g | Fat: 20g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 90mg | Sodium: 706mg | Potassium: 871mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 5g | Vitamin A: 1145IU | Vitamin C: 49.2mg | Calcium: 32mg | Iron: 2.6mg