Instant Pot Butter Chicken

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Instant Pot Butter Chicken is tender chicken cooked in a creamy, spicy, tomato-based sauce. This version uses no cornstarch so it is low carb, and keto.


Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 22 minutes
Total Time: 32 minutes
Servings: 8
Calories: 394kcal


  • 2 cups Onion diced
  • 5 cloves Garlic minced
  • 4 tablespoons Butter
  • 2 pounds Chicken thighs boneless, skinless, cut into bite-size pieces
  • 1/2 cup Chicken broth
  • 15 ounces Tomato sauce no added sugar
  • 3 tablespoons Tomato paste
  • 2 tablespoons Red curry paste
  • 2 teaspoons Garam masala
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons Ground ginger
  • 1 teaspoon Salt
  • ½ teaspoon Smoked paprika
  • 1/2 cup Heavy cream
  • Cilantro garnish


  • Set your Instant Pot to SAUTE and add butter, onion and garlic. Saute for approximately 5 minutes until the onions are tender. Press OFF to cancel the saute.
  • Add the chicken broth, tomato sauce, red curry paste, and tomato paste to the pot. Sprinkle in the garam masala, ground ginger, salt, and smoked paprika and stir everything together.
  • Add the chicken to the liquid and lock the lid in place. Turn the pressure valve to seal it. Set to HIGH PRESSURE for 7 minutes.
  • When the timer goes off do a natural release for 5 minutes and then turn the valve on top to VENTING to let the remaining steam out of the pressure cooker.
  • Remove the lid and using a slotted spoon remove the chicken from the sauce and set aside.
  • Add the heavy cream to the pot and, using an immersion blender puree the sauce until smooth.
  • Set the Instant Pot to SAUTE and stir the sauce while simmering for 7-10 minutes, or until it thickens. Turn OFF saute.
  • Add the chicken back to the sauce, stir together, and serve with a garnish of cilantro.
  • Enjoy!


Note: You can skip the immersion blender if you don’t have one, it just gives the sauce a smoother texture. Still delicious either way!


Calories: 394kcal | Carbohydrates: 9g | Protein: 20g | Fat: 30g | Saturated Fat: 12g | Cholesterol: 146mg | Sodium: 761mg | Potassium: 551mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 5g | Vitamin A: 1455IU | Vitamin C: 8.9mg | Calcium: 47mg | Iron: 1.8mg
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