Instant Pot Butter Chicken

Unlike other authentic Indian butter chicken recipes you’ve seen, it’s also a butter chicken recipe that’s EASY, healthy, and made with ingredients you can find at any grocery store. I’ve even snuck in a full serving of veggies to make it a true one-pot meal!

With its simplicity to make, fab flavor, and ability to be enjoyed with one the best Indian foods around (naan bread!), creamy butter chicken recipe is a perfect choice for casual dinners at home and for when you want to surprise friends with something fresh and different.


  •  1 tablespoon coconut oil
  •  1 small yellow onion — diced (about 1 cup)
  •  4 cloves minced garlic — about 4 teaspoons
  •  1 tablespoon minced fresh ginger
  •  1 1/2 tablespoons curry powder
  •  2 teaspoons garam masala
  •  1 teaspoon chili powder
  •  3/4  teaspoon kosher salt
  •  Splash of water or low sodium chicken broth
  •  1 28-ounce can tomato sauce
  •  1 small cauliflower — or 1/2 large head, cut into florets (about 4 1/2 cups)
  •  2 pounds boneless skinless chicken breasts
  •  2 tablespoons unsalted butter — cut into small pieces (use coconut oil to make dairy free)
  •  1/2 cup half-and-half — or full-fat coconut milk, do not use light coconut milk, as it will water down the sauce
  •  1/2 cup plain nonfat Greek yogurt — or non-dairy yogurt to make dairy-free
  •  Prepared brown rice — quinoa, or naan, for serving
  •  Chopped fresh cilantro — for serving


  1. Add the coconut oil to the Instant Pot and set to SAUTE. Once hot, add the onion and cook until beginning to soften, about 5 minutes. Add the ginger, garlic, curry, garam masala, chili powder, and salt. Cook until fragrant, about 30 seconds. Turn the Instant Pot to OFF. Add a splash or water or chicken broth and stir, using a sturdy plastic or wooden spoon to scrape loose any browned bits that have stuck. Make sure you remove all of the stuck on bits so that you don't trigger a burn warning. 
  2. Add the tomato sauce and cauliflower florets and stir to combine. Lay the chicken breasts on top, then scatter the butter pieces over the top.
  3. Close and seal Instant Pot. Cook on Manual (HIGH) pressure for 12 minutes. Once the time is up, let the pressure release naturally for 10 minutes, then vent to immediately release any remaining pressure.
  4. Carefully open the lid and transfer the chicken to a cutting board. Cut into bite-sized pieces, then return to the sauce. Stir in the half and half or coconut milk. Let cool a few minutes, then stir in the Greek yogurt (do not stir it in immediately or it will curdle). Serve with rice and a sprinkle of fresh cilantro.

Recipe Source : Instant Pot Butter Chicken @ wellplated

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