Instant Pot Butter Chicken

Easy Authentic Instant Pot Butter Chicken. Incredibly tender and flavorful! It is loaded with Indian spices, garlic, ginger and heavy cream.

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This is the Best Instant Pot Butter Chicken! It is so flavorful, creamy and loaded with spices. Made with chicken thighs, crushed tomatoes, heavy cream and tons of Indian spices. Serve with rice or keep it low carb with cauliflower rice!

This recipe comes together in minutes! I like to marinate the chicken the night before to save on time. When you are ready to eat the sauce and the chicken all get cooked in the instant pot and takes less than 15 minutes to cook!

How to make butter chicken in the instant pot

  • Start by marinading your chicken for 1 hour or overnight. I marinade the chicken in greek yogurt, garam masala, turmeric, onion powder, garlic powder, ginger and cumin.
  • When you are ready to eat select the saute option on the instant pot. Add in butter.
  • Once the butter is melted add in onion and saute until golden brown and soft. Add in ginger and garlic and cook for an additional 1-2 minutes.
  • Stir in garam masala, cumin and chili powder. Cook for one minute stirring constantly so it does not burn.
  • Add in chicken and saute for 2 minutes to get some color on it.
  • Stir in tomatoes then cover the instant pot with the lid. Cancel the saute setting and switch to high pressure. Set it for 8 minutes.
  • Remove the lid and stir in the heavy cream. Turn back onto saute and let the sauce simmer for 3-4 minutes to help thicken it.
  • Season with salt and pepper to taste. Serve immediately with fresh cilantro on top!

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What to serve with butter chicken

I love serving indian butter chicken with white basmati rice and naan bread. Cauliflower rice would be a great low carb option! Biryani rice or saag paneer would also go amazing with this dish!

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Instant Pot Butter Chicken

Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Marinating: 1 hour
Servings: 4

Easy Authentic Instant Pot Butter Chicken. Incredibly tender and flavorful! It is loaded with Indian spices, garlic, ginger and heavy cream.

Ingredients

Butter Chicken Marinade

  • 2 lbs boneless skinless chicken thighs
  • 1/2 cup plain greek yogurt
  • 2 teaspoons garam masala
  • 1 teaspoon tumeric
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt

Sauce

  • 1 tablespoon unsalted butter
  • 1 large onion, diced
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 tablespoon ginger, minced
  • 1 teaspoon garam masala
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 15 ounce can crushed tomatoes
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • salt and pepper
  • cilantro for serving

Instructions

  1. Add all of the marinade ingredients to a large ziplock bag. Shake to coat the chicken and let marinate for an hour or overnight.

  2. Select the saute option on the instant pot. Add in butter.

  3. Once the butter is melted add in onion and saute for 4-5 minutes or until golden brown and soft.

  4. Add in ginger and garlic and cook for an additional 1-2 minutes.

  5. Stir in garam masala, cumin and chili powder. Cook for one minute stirring constantly so it does not burn.

  6. Add in chicken and saute for 2 minutes to get some color on it. If needed add a bit more butter to the pan if the chicken is sticking.

  7. Stir in tomatoes then cover the instant pot with the lid. Cancel the saute setting and switch to high pressure. Set it for 8 minutes.

  8. When it's done cooking remove the lid and stir in the heavy cream. Turn back onto saute and let the sauce simmer for 3-4 minutes to help thicken it.

  9. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Serve immediately with fresh cilantro on top!

Nutrition Facts
Instant Pot Butter Chicken
Amount Per Serving
Calories 590 Calories from Fat 315
% Daily Value*
Fat 35g54%
Saturated Fat 18g113%
Cholesterol 306mg102%
Sodium 977mg42%
Potassium 1070mg31%
Carbohydrates 18g6%
Fiber 4g17%
Sugar 7g8%
Protein 51g102%
Vitamin A 1540IU31%
Vitamin C 13.6mg16%
Calcium 145mg15%
Iron 4.4mg24%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Indian
Keyword: Instant Pot Butter Chicken