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Chicken with Garlic Sauce Chinese Takeout Recipe

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Whip up this easy Chinese chicken recipe made in the Instant Pot. A chicken with cashew nuts, and a homemade Asian sauce that is loaded with flavor. This Instant Pot cashew chicken with garlic sauce recipe is a must make.

Skip Chinese takeout, and dine at home, with a stand-out dish. This Instant Pot chicken with garlic sauce is tasty paired with rice noodles or served over a bed of rice.

cashew chicken in white bowl

Why You Will Love This Cashew Chicken...

  • Easy to make
  • Simple Ingredients
  • Bursting with Flavor
  • Homemade Garlic Sauce
  • Quick cook time
  • Great for Leftovers
  • Just as good as takeout from your favorite restaurant

Ingredients For Asian Chicken Instant Pot

  • Chicken Breast
  • Hoisin Sauce
  • Minced Garlic
  • White Wine Vinegar
  • Olive Oil
  • Chili Powder
  • Cashews
  • Salt and Pepper
  • Broccoli
  • Sweet Peppers
ingredients for cashew garlic chicken

How to Make Cashew Chicken with Garlic Sauce

Start by mixing up your sauce in a bowl. Once it is well combined set it aside.

Then in the Instant Pot turn the pressure cooker to saute. Add in the oil, and once hot, toss in the chicken and spices.

You want to cook the chicken until it is browned on all sides.

Add the sauce and 1/3 cup water. Use a wooden spoon to deglaze the pot.

Place the lid on the pressure cooker, set the valve to sealing and cook high manual pressure for 5 minutes.

While the mixture is cooking prep your broccoli and peppers.

Once done, release pressure, stir, and serve. I love this Instant Pot chicken and broccoli recipe.

Storage Of Leftover Chicken and Broccoli

If you happen to have leftovers, store in an airtight container in the fridge. You will find the chicken stores for around 3-4 days. Always use your best judgement in terms of quality.

This broccoli and chicken reheats really well, so it is great for packing for lunches, or easy grab and reheat dinners.

Variations To Recipe

  • Use boneless chicken thighs or tenderloins cut up instead of breasts.
  • Leave out the broccoli or peppers if you would like.
  • Toss in other veggies to add more flavor to the dish.
  • Skip the homemade sauce, and use your favorite store-bought sauce instead.

If you like orange chicken, Chinese chicken salad, and sweet and sour chicken, you're going to love this recipe.

chicken cashew with vegetables in  bowl with rice

Recipe FAQs

How do Chinese restaurants make chicken so tender?

The Chinese restaurants marinade the chicken, and sometimes just dredging in cornstarch helps as well to soften up the chicken.

This pressure cooker chicken helps break down and cook the chicken while leaving it super tender. The same is true with our chicken lettuce wraps and orange chicken recipes.

How many carbs are in Chinese cashew chicken?

For a serving of 4 in this recipe, you will find it is 32 carbs per serving. You can of course stretch out the servings, even more, to make them fewer carbs.

Can I use frozen broccoli instead of fresh florets?

If you want to skip fresh like we normally use in this recipe and our beef and broccoli recipe, reach for a bag of frozen.

You will find frozen broccoli is softer in texture, so use it if you don't mind it being softer like it is in broccoli soup.

Or once the chicken is fully cooked stir in the broccoli, and place the lid on, and let it sit for 5 minutes. This will heat up the broccoli and not over-cook it. It will simply steam cook the broccoli.

Yield: 4 servings

Cashew Chicken with Garlic Sauce Chinese Takeout Recipe

cashew chicken with rice in bowl

Garlic sauce chicken with cashews is a tasty Asian-inspired recipe your whole family will love. This is an easy and quick recipe to prepare, you will not be disappointed. It always tastes good, even if you are a beginning cook.

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 22 minutes
Total Time 37 minutes


    1. In a bowl, combine hoisin, soy sauce, garlic, vinegar, and 2 teaspoons of oil. Set aside.
    2. Set the instant pot to sauté and add the rest of the oil. Once 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, set to pressure cook on high for 5 minutes.
    4. While chicken cooks, chop the broccoli and peppers in bite size pieces. Remove the seeds from the peppers.
    5. Release pressure valve and remove lid. Remove chicken from sauce to let it rest and prevent 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.


Suggestions to improve your Cashew Chicken Recipe:

  • Serve your delicious Chichen accompanied with Rice and Salad.
  • In case you don't have or don't like broccoli, you can use any other vegetables available at home: onion, carrots, mushrooms, you name it!

Variations of the Cashew Chicken Recipe:

  • Honey! If you like the taste of sweet on your meals, add ½ cup of honey to your sauce before cook.
  • White Wine, delicious. Add a little splash of white wine to the Chicken after the first cook.


  • Can my dog have Cashew Chicken with Garlic Sauce? Well, dogs can have Cashews and Chicken without a problem, but I would hardly recommend avoiding giving the garlic sauce since garlic and strong flavors like soy sauce and vinegar in large quantities can harm your dog.
  • Can my cat have Cashew Chicken with Garlic Sause? Both Chichen and Cashew are safe for your cat, but the Garlic sauce not that much. Please, avoid giving garlic or strong spicy flavors to your cat.

Nutrition Information



Serving Size


Amount Per Serving Calories 495Total Fat 28gSaturated Fat 5gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 21gCholesterol 63mgSodium 2408mgCarbohydrates 32gFiber 6gSugar 10gProtein 33g

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