Instant Pot Butter Chicken


Is there anyone in this world who doesn't like butter chicken? Okay, maybe my husband. He had it once at a restaurant, wasn't a fan, and now won't touch it again. I may or may not have told him this was just an Indian chicken curry, and he ate it without complaints and got seconds. (If he's reading this: sorry, hon!)

This is a really nice recipe from MyHeartBeets, which is my favorite Indian food blog. I've since gotten her excellent cookbook, Indian Food Under Pressure, which also includes this easy Instant Pot recipe. I hope you enjoy it as much as we did!

Instant Pot Butter Chicken

(Recipe very slightly adapted from Indian Food Under Pressure)

  •  2 tbsp ghee
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 2 tbsp minced garlic
  • 1 tsp minced ginger
  • 1 1/2 lbs boneless skinless chicken thighs, cut into quarters
  • 1 tsp coriander powder
  • 1 tsp garam masala
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • 2 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp turmeric
  • 1/4 tsp black pepper
  • 1/4 tsp cayenne
  • 1/4 tsp ground cumin
  • 1 15-oz can tomato sauce
  • 2 green bell peppers, chopped in large pieces (I left this out)
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream or full-fat coconut milk
  • Pinch of dried fenugreek leaves (I left this out)

  1. Press the saute button on your Instant Pot and, when heated, add the ghee and onions to the pot. Stir-fry the onions for 6-7 min, or until the onions begin to brown. 
  2. Add the garlic, ginger, and chicken. Stir-fry the chicken for 6-7 minutes or until the outside of the chicken is no longer pink. While this is cooking, combine the coriander, garam masala, paprika, salt, turmeric, black pepper, cayenne, and cumin in a small bowl. 
  3. Add the spices to the pot and stir to combine. Stir in the tomato sauce. 
  4. Close the lid, make sure the pressure valve is set to seal, and cook for 8 minutes at high pressure. 
  5. Open the valve to quick release. 
  6. Remove the lid and press the saute button. Add the bell peppers and cook until they soften to your liking. Stir in the cream and fenugreek leaves. Serve over basmati rice.

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