Instant Pot Butter Chicken

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Make this Glorious Indian Instant Pot Butter Chicken now! Creamy Hearty Butter Chicken bursting with layers of sweet-savory-spiced-tangy-umami flavors. You’ll fall madly in love with this glorious buttery sauce. Satisfyingly easy chicken dinner!

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I seriously have a thing for curry, whether it’s Japanese, Indian, Thai, or Hong Kong Curry…

Love me some glorious curry sauce!! It’s interesting to taste how each culture adapts their curries in a unique way to suit local tastes & ingredients.

I simply love how the complex combinations of spices, herbs, and ingredients create such a deep explosion of layers of flavors, plus the creamy, thick & rich curry gravy.

And Butter Chicken is simply a “love at first bite”.

What is Butter Chicken?

Is Butter Chicken an actual Indian dish?

Yes! Butter Chicken (aka murgh makhani) actually originated from northern India, created by Kundan Lal Gujral in 1948.

Who knew this mild butter-based curry sauce could capture the hearts of many and became a gateway to the delicious depths of Indian cuisine?!

Slightly sweet, savory, mildly spiced, tangy, tomatoey, buttery, wholesome, hearty, satisfying, creamy, comforting, thick, soup-like textured sauce. oh, my heavenly goooood!!

Time to cook this Glorious Butter Chicken in Instant Pot Pressure Cooker!

P.S. No need to marinate ahead of time 😉 Enjoy~

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Instant Pot Butter Chicken

Make this Glorious Indian Instant Pot Butter Chicken now! Creamy Hearty Butter Chicken burst with layers of flavors. You won't be able to stop slurping the glorious rich buttery sauce. Satisfyingly easy chicken dinner.
4.85 from 64 votes
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Total: 42 minutes
Servings: 4
Calories: 549kcal
Author: Amy + Jacky

Ingredients

Garnish:

  • Fresh cilantro

Instructions

  • Brown Chicken Thighs: Heat up Instant Pot using Sauté More function. Wait until it says HOT (~8 mins). Pat dry the skinless chicken thighs, then season one side with some kosher salt. Add 2 tbsp (25g) ghee or unsalted butter. Then, brown 2 sides of the chicken thighs in Instant Pot for 3 minutes per side. Set aside the browned chicken thighs.
  • Saute Onions and Spices: Add sliced onions in Instant Pot, and saute for 4 minutes. Add minced ginger, garlic, 2 tbsp (24g) garam masala, 2 tbsp (24g) sugar, 3 tbsp (22g) paprika, 1 tsp (2g) ground turmeric, 1 ¼ tsp (2.5g) ground coriander, and 1 ¼ tsp (2.5g) ground cumin. Then, saute for another minute.
  • Deglaze Instant Pot: Pour in ½ cup (125ml) unsalted chicken stock, then completely deglaze the bottom of the pot. Turn off the heat briefly.
    *Pro Tip - Burn Error: If your Instant Pot is more sensitive to the "BURN" notice, use 1 cup (250ml) unsalted chicken stock instead.
  • Pressure Cook Butter Chicken: Add 3 tbsp (45ml) regular soy sauce, browned chicken thighs (& the meat juice!), then add freshly squeezed lemon juice from half a lemon (20ml) in Instant Pot. Layer 1 cup (225g) tomato paste on top and do not mix! 
    Pressure Cook at High Pressure for 6 minutes*, then 10 minutes Natural Release. 
    *Pressure Cooking Time Chart:
    -Chicken Breasts: High Pressure 5 mins
    -Boneless Chicken Thighs: High Pressure 5 mins
    -Chicken DrumsticksHigh Pressure 7 mins
    -Chicken CubesHigh Pressure 2 mins
    Remove the lid carefully and give it a few gentle stirs so the tomato paste infuses into the sauce.

  • Make Butter Chicken Sauce: Set aside the chicken thighs in a serving bowl. Mix in 1 ½ cup (370g) plain yogurt and ⅓ cup (83ml) heavy cream. For smoother butter chicken sauce, blend sauce with an immersion blender. Taste and adjust the seasoning with more salt, sugar, lemon juice, and yogurt. For Reference: we added 3 pinches of salt + a tablespoon lemon juice.
  • Serve: Add chicken thighs back in Instant Pot, then give them a quick mix. Garnish with cilantro. Serve with your favorite side dishes. Enjoy every bite of this Glorious Butter Chicken!~ 🙂
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Recipe Notes:

*Pro Tip - Burn Error: If your Instant Pot is more sensitive to the "BURN" notice (usually the newer versions of Instant Pot), use 1 cup (250ml) unsalted chicken stock instead.
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Nutrition:

Calories: 549kcal | Carbohydrates: 37g | Protein: 43g | Fat: 26g | Saturated Fat: 13g | Cholesterol: 219mg | Sodium: 1490mg | Potassium: 1552mg | Fiber: 7g | Sugar: 21g | Vitamin A: 4010IU | Vitamin C: 23.4mg | Calcium: 210mg | Iron: 5.7mg
Course: Dinner, Entree, Lunch
Cuisine: Asian, Indian
Keyword: butter chicken recipe, instant pot asian recipes, instant pot butter chicken, instant pot chicken recipes, instant pot Indian recipes, instant pot recipes, instapot butter chicken, pressure cooker butter chicken, pressure cooker chicken recipes, pressure cooker recipes
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Step-by-Step Instant Pot Butter Chicken Guide

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Don’t be intimidated! This is a Super Easy dish to put together.

Instant Pot Butter Chicken Recipe Ingredients

1

Brown Chicken Thighs


First, heat up Instant Pot Pressure Cooker using Sauté More function.

*Tip: For older version, press “Saute” button, then “Adjust” button. For newer version, press “Saute” button twice.

Instant Pot Saute More Function

Wait until it says HOT (takes roughly 8 minutes).

Pat dry the skinless chicken thighs, then season one side with some kosher salt.

Add 2 tbsp (25g) ghee or unsalted butter.

Instant Pot Butter Chicken: add ghee in Instant Pot Pressure Cooker

Then, brown 2 sides of the chicken thighs in Instant Pot for 3 minutes per side.

Instant Pot Butter Chicken: brown chicken thighs in Instant Pot Pressure Cooker

Set aside the browned chicken thighs.

2

Saute Onions and Spices


Add sliced onions in Instant Pot, and saute for 4 minutes.

Instant Pot Butter Chicken: saute onions in Instant Pot Pressure Cooker

Add minced ginger, garlic, 2 tbsp (24g) garam masala, 2 tbsp (24g) sugar, 3 tbsp (22g) paprika, 1 tsp (2g) ground turmeric, 1 ¼ tsp (2.5g) ground coriander, and 1 ¼ tsp (2.5g) ground cumin. Then, saute for another minute.

Instant Pot Butter Chicken: saute ginger, garlic, garam masala, sugar, paprika, tumeric, coriander, cumin in Instant Pot Pressure Cooker

3

Deglaze Instant Pot


Pour in ½ cup (125ml) unsalted chicken stock, then completely deglaze the bottom of the pot with a wooden spoon.

*Pro Tip – Burn Error: If your Instant Pot is more sensitive to the “BURN” notice (usually the newer versions of Instant Pot), use 1 cup (250ml) unsalted chicken stock instead.

Instant Pot Butter Chicken: deglaze Instant Pot Pressure Cooker inner pot

Turn off the heat briefly.

4

Pressure Cook Butter Chicken


Add in 3 tbsp (45ml) regular soy sauce.

Then, add browned chicken thighs (and the meat juice!) back in the Instant Pot.

Add in freshly squeezed lemon juice from half a lemon (20ml).

Layer 1 cup (225g) tomato paste on top and do not mix! Leave it as is, as shown in below photo.

Instant Pot Butter Chicken: layer tomato paste in Instant Pot Pressure Cooker

Close lid and turn Venting Knob to the Sealing position.

Pressure Cooking Method: Pressure Cook at High Pressure for 6 minutes*, then 10 minutes Natural Release.

*Pro Tip – Pressure Cooking Time Chart:

  • Chicken Breasts: High Pressure 5 mins
  • Boneless Chicken Thighs: High Pressure 5 mins
  • Chicken Drumsticks: High Pressure 7 mins
  • Chicken Cubes: High Pressure 2 mins

Instant Pot High Pressure Pressure Cooking Program

After 10 minutes, release the remaining pressure by turning the Venting Knob to Venting position.

Instant Pot Butter Chicken: pressure cooked butter chicken in Instant Pot Pressure Cooker

Remove the lid carefully and give it a few gentle stirs so the tomato paste infuses into the sauce (as shown in below photo).

Instant Pot Butter Chicken: stir tomato paste into butter chicken sauce

5

Make Butter Chicken Sauce


Set aside the chicken thighs in a serving bowl.

Mix in 1 ½ cup (370g) plain yogurt and cup (83ml) heavy cream.

Instant Pot Butter Chicken: mix in heavy cream and yogurt in Instant Pot Pressure Cooker

If you want a smoother butter chicken sauce, you can blend it with an immersion blender.

Instant Pot Butter Chicken: blend butter chicken sauce with immersion blender for smoother texture

Taste and adjust the seasoning with more salt, sugar, lemon juice, and yogurt.

For Reference: we added 3 pinches of salt + a tablespoon lemon juice.

6

Serve Instant Pot Butter Chicken


Add chicken thighs back in the Instant Pot and give them a quick mix.

Instant Pot Butter Chicken: add pressure cooked chicken thighs in Instant Pot Pressure Cooker

Garnish with cilantro and serve with your favorite side dishes.

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Enjoy your Glorious Instant Pot Butter Chicken!~ 😀


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Sue
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I am on a gluten free / dairy free diet so substituted gluten free soy sauce, dairy free yogurt (unsweetened coconut) and coconut cream for the heavy cream. It was delicious and no one new it was gluten free and dairy free.5 stars

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HongPhuc
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Made the butter chicken last night and got rave reviews from my family! I served it with basmati rice and and Indian creamy spinach and tomato side dish.
Daughter asked for leftovers to pack it for her lunch the next day but there was only a tiny portion left! Will definitely make again and next time I’ll add a little more chicken to have enough for leftovers.5 stars

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S. Gooch
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Amazing!!! I’ll definitely make this again! I used the Pampered Chef Quick Cooker, modifying some of the settings, but it turned out great!5 stars

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Suz
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Suz

I made this tonight exactly as indicated except with 2 pounds of thighs and 2% Greek yogurt. My son says it’s one of his most favorite Instant Pot recipes! Definitely a keeper. So much flavor for so little effort. Thank you!5 stars

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Lilo
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Lilo

Looks so delicious! With tomato paste, do you mean the concentrated kind or more like Passata? We use the Aigostar Happy Chef 🙂

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Paul Schubitzke
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Paul Schubitzke

Fantastic! We eat a lot of Indian food and this was easily comparable to some of the best Indian restaurants near us and light years beyond any bottled sauce or powdered sauce mix. Thank you so much for an awesome recipe!!!5 stars

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Julie
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Julie

Omg! This was like a curry we would buy from an Indian Restaurant, absolutely delicious! We used quark instead of cream as we are trying to lose weight, but still so rich and creamy!
Clean plates all around…thank you 😀5 stars

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.Sarah
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Just made this. Really good! I would increase the chicken to 2 pounds next time and reduce the amount of yogurt. Made in a Mealthy.5 stars

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Linda AndersonMauser
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Linda AndersonMauser

This was great. A little too spicy for my family’s taste so will half the cumin and coriander next time. Also will use at least 2 lbs thighs next time as they went pretty fast.
I blended the sauce and loved the texture – went well with naan and the rice. I’ll make this again.4 stars

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Zach W
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Zach W

Hi! Just noticed your comment about the recipe being too spicy. If by spicy, you mean “heat” like from chili-pepper, decreasing cumin/coriander won’t help – they don’t bring heat. However, the Garam Masala usually does have ground chilis in the mix – that might be your culprit! Oh, and use a Sweet Paprika too… there are varieties out there that have some heat… but Sweet Paprika is usually as mild as a spring evening.

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Denyse Léonard
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Denyse Léonard

My god I am just reading this recipe and my mouth is just slurping. Butter chicken is my very favourite dish and if what everyone is saying is anything near the truth… I am sooo making this this week. I just have to find somewhere around here to get fenugreek leaves (small town north of Montreal) what is fenugreek in french??? I will report back!

I have a brand new Duo SV

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Denyse Léonard
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Denyse Léonard

OMG it just finished cooking, the house smells… DEVINE! Just tasted the sauce 🤪. I had not planned on eating this tonight, but heck.

Oh yummmmm, I could not wait for supper! This is soooooooo good. Did not find fenugreek but if it makes this taste better… well I can’t even imagine it.5 stars

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