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Instant Pot Butter Chicken

Instant Pot butter chicken is savory and saucy and perfect with rice and naan.
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time25 mins
Total Time30 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Indian
Keyword: butter chicken, chicken, instant pot
Servings: 4
Calories: 419kcal



  • 14 oz diced tomatoes 1 can, undrained
  • 6 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 tbsp ginger minced
  • 1 tsp ground turmeric
  • 1 tsp ground cayenne pepper
  • 1 tsp smoked paprika
  • 2 tsp garam masala
  • 1 tsp ground cumin
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 lb chicken breast boneless skinless, or thighs
  • 1/2 cup butter cubed
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • 1/2 cup fresh cilantro chopped


  • Add the tomatoes, garlic, ginger, turmeric, cayenne, paprika, 1 teaspoon of garam masala, cumin, and salt in the Instant Pot. Stir throughly and nestle the chicken in.
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  • Put the lid on and set the pressure to high for 10 minutes. Let the pressure release naturally for 10 minutes, then depressurize.
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  • Carefully open the lid and remove the chicken. Use an immersion blender and blend the sauce until smooth. Alternately, carefully transfer to a blender and blend until smooth. Let cool slightly for 3-5 minutes then stir in the butter, cream, the last teaspoon of garam masala. The sauce should be thick enough to coat the back of a spoon.
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  • Roughly chop the chicken then add back into the sauce. Set the Instant Pot to sauté on low, letting the chicken heat through. Top with the cilantro and enjoy with basmati and naan!
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Calories: 419kcal | Carbohydrates: 8.2g | Protein: 25.9g | Fat: 31.7g | Saturated Fat: 18.1g | Cholesterol: 154mg | Sodium: 865mg | Potassium: 515mg | Fiber: 2.4g