Instant Pot Butter Chicken

Instant Pot Butter Chicken Recipe

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Marvin Beachler


The chicken is juicy and the flavors are great! This is a favorite at my house/


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20 Min
12 Min
Pressure Cooker/Instant Pot


  • 1 Tbsp
    coconut oil
  • 1 small
    onion, chopped
  • 4 clove
    garlic, minced
  • 1 Tbsp
    ginger, fresh and minced
  • 1 1/2 Tbsp
    curry powder
  • 2 tsp
    garam masala
  • 1 tsp
    chili powder
  • 3/4 tsp
    salt, kosher
  • 1/4 c
    chicken broth
  • 1 can(s)
    tomato puree
  • 1 small
    head of cauliflower, cut into flowerettes
  • 2 lb
    chicken breasts, boneless and skinless, cut into bite sized pieces
  • 2 Tbsp
    unsalted butter, cut into small pieces
  • 1/2 c
    coconut milk, full-fat
  • 1/2 c
    yogurt, low fat greek
  • ·
    cilantro, chopped for serving, optional

How to Make Instant Pot Butter Chicken


  1. Place coconut oil into Instant Pot liner, press sauté. Add the onion to the pot but, not until the screen says "HOT". Cook until onion is softened and translucent, about five minutes.
  2. Add the ginger, garlic, curry, garam masala, chili powder, and salt. Cook until fragrant, about 30 seconds. Turn the Instant Pot to "OFF".
  3. Add chicken broth and stir, using a sturdy wooden spoon to scrape loose any browned bits that have stuck. Make sure you remove all of the stuck on bits so that you don’t trigger a burn warning.
  4. Add the tomato sauce and cauliflower florets and stir to combine.
  5. Lay the chicken breasts on top, and then distribute the butter pieces evenly over the top. Close and seal Instant Pot.
  6. Cook on Manual (HIGH) pressure for 12 minutes (it will take an additional 10 minutes to reach pressure). Once the time is up, let the pressure release naturally for 10 minutes, and then carefully release any remaining pressure.
  7. Stir in coconut milk. Let cool a few minutes, and then stir in the Greek yogurt, allow the food to cool a little before adding the yogurt or it will curdle. Serve with rice and a sprinkle of fresh cilantro (optional). Enjoy.

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About Instant Pot Butter Chicken

Course/Dish: Chicken
Main Ingredient: Chicken
Regional Style: Indian
Other Tag: Quick & Easy

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