Instant Pot Cashew Chicken (Paleo, Whole30, Gluten Free, 30 Minutes)

This Whole30 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.


  • 2 lbs boneless, skinless chicken thighs
  • 1/4 tsp black pepper
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1 tsp minced ginger (fresh)
  • 1/8 tsp ground red pepper
  • 1/4 cup low sodium soy sauce
  • 2 Tbsp rice vinegar
  • 2 Tbsp ketchup
  • 1 Tbsp brown sugar
  • 1 Tbsp cornstarch
  • 1 Tbsp water
  • 1/3 cup cashews
  • Sliced green onions, for garnish
  • Toasted sesame seeds, for garnish


  1. Use kitchen shears to cut all excess fat off the chicken thighs. Then cut the chicken into bite-size pieces. Place them in the Instant Pot.
  2. Add in the pepper, soy sauce, vinegar, ketchup, brown sugar, garlic, ginger and red pepper. Stir to really coat the chicken with the sauce.
  3. Cover the Instant Pot and make sure the valve is set to “sealing.” Set the manual timer to 8 minutes on high pressure. When the timer goes off do a quick release.
  4. Once you can remove the lid, do so. In a small bowl stir together the cornstarch and water. Stir the slurry into the instant pot. Turn the Instant Pot to the saute function. The sauce will thicken in just a couple of minutes.
  5. Stir in the cashews. Serve chicken topped with green onions and toasted sesame seeds.


  • I used my 6 quart Instant Pot for this recipe.