Instant Pot Butter Chicken

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The easiest ever Instant Pot butter chicken! This super creamy, and fragrant Indian dish is so comforting, healthy and delicious.


Prep Time: 10 minutes 
Cook Time: 6 minutes 
Total Time: 30 minutes 


  • 3 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 5 cloves garlic about 5 teaspoons, minced or crushed
  • 2 inch (5 cm) fresh ginger root grated (about 2 tablespoons)
  • 2 teaspoons garam masala
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1 teaspoon ground turmeric
  • ½ teaspoon chili powder optional
  • 1 teaspoon salt add more if needed
  • 2 pounds (900 grams) chicken thighs skinless, boneless, diced into bite-size pieces
  • 1 15-ounce can (425 grams) tomato sauce or passata
  • 1 cup (240 ml) heavy whipping cream or coconut milk, or half and half*
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley or mint or cilantro, for garnish


  • On the Instant Pot press on SAUTE and melt the butter. Add the garlic and ginger, and cook until fragrant (about 1 minute).
  • Add all of the spices, and the salt, stir, and cook for a minute. You might want to deglaze the pot at this point if the mixture is stuck to the bottom of the pot, just add a splash of water and scrape off any stuck bits with a wooden spoon. Then add the tomato sauce (passata) and a ¼ cup of water. Switch off the saute setting.
  • Add the chicken thighs, give everything a mix.
  • Secure the lid and set the vent to SEALING. Select the PRESSURE COOK/MANUAL setting and set the cooking time for 6 minutes at high pressure. The Instant Pot will take around 10 minutes to come to pressure and start cooking. When the cooking program ends, quickly release the steam.
  • Carefully remove the lid, and press on SAUTE. Stir in the cream, and allow the sauce to reduce a little (season with more salt if necessary). Taste the sauce and see if you need to add a little bit more salt. Serve warm over rice with chopped parsley or cilantro.


Calories: 548kcal | Carbohydrates: 8g | Protein: 27g | Fat: 46g | Saturated Fat: 20g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 218mg | Sodium: 945mg | Potassium: 644mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 1442IU | Vitamin C: 7mg | Calcium: 60mg | Iron: 2mg

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