Instant Pot Cashew Chicken: Whole30, Paleo, 30 Minutes

This instant pot cashew chicken tastes like the familiar Chinese takeout we all love, but in a better-for-you, Whole30, Paleo, gluten-free version that only takes 30 minutes. No more waiting for your delivery full of MSG! This instant pot paleo cashew chicken is a family friendly meal, I promise even those who don’t adhere to a real food diet will love it.

My recipe for instant pot cashew chicken is the closest I could get to the real deal. Many healthy cashew chicken recipes out there have a bunch of veggies added (which is great! duh!). But when I’m craving those takeout cartons of cashew chicken, it’s the chicken, cashews and rice I want, you know?! I wanted to have a go-to recipe that I know will satisfy those cravings in a healthy, Paleo way so being tempted to eat crappy isn’t even worth it!

Especially when I can have it ready to eat in only a half hour.. much less time than it takes to order in. The recipe itself is super simple and would be great for a quick weeknight meal. While it looks like there’s quite a few ingredients, I assure you it’s largely the spices, seasonings and Paleo/Whole30 substitutes you already have hanging out in the pantry.

Ingredients

  • 1.5-2 lbs boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cut into 1″-1.5″ pieces
  • 2 tbsp sesame oil, divided
  • 1/2 cup coconut aminos
  • 3 tablespoons sugar-free ketchup
  • 3 tbsp rice vinegar
  • 1 tbsp coconut sugar*
  • 1 tbsp honey*
  • 1 tbsp minced garlic
  • 1 tbsp minced ginger
  • 2 tbsp arrowroot flour, divided
  • 1/2 tsp Chinese Five Spice powder
  • 1/2 tsp red pepper flakes, or to taste
  • 1/4 tsp salt, or to taste
  • 1/4 tsp pepper, or to taste
  • 2 tbsp water
  • 1 cup cashews

Instructions

  1. In a medium bowl, combine 1 tbsp sesame oil, coconut aminos, ketchup, vinegar, coconut sugar, honey, garlic, ginger, Five Spice, and red pepper flakes. Whisk well to combine and set aside.
  2. In a bowl or baggie, coat chicken pieces with 1 tbsp of the arrowroot flour, salt and pepper. Add 1 tbsp sesame oil to the bottom of the instant pot and turn it to “sauté”.
  3. Allow oil to heat up and then sear for 1-2 minutes. Press “cancel” and pour the sauce into the instant pot. Stir the sauce in with the chicken to evenly distribute. Cover, set the valve to “sealing” and press “manual” and adjust the time to 10 minutes.
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