Instant Pot Chicken Curry

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Learn how to cook Instant Pot Chicken Curry (Pressure Cooker Chicken Curry) with pantry ingredients! Tender juicy chicken in a creamy, hearty curry sauce bursting with excitingly rich flavors. Deliciously easy chicken curry recipe ready in an hour.

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If you’ve been following us for a while, you’ll know that we love curries – Indian curry, Japanese Karee, Thai Curries, Indonesian Rendang, or Pakistani Karahi…we just love them all!! 😀

What is Chicken Curry?

Curry is all about the complex combination of aromatic spices & herbs that makes it so exciting to eat. The deep, rich, balanced layers of flavors that explode like a party in your mouth!

Curry originated from India. But it has spread across the world by adapting to the local ingredients and cultural preferences, which allowed it to flourish into many varieties from different cultures.

You can make Curry with different kinds of seafood, meat, and vegetables.

We developed this Instant Pot Chicken Curry to be a very easy yet flavorful curry recipe using simple ingredients.

This chicken curry with potatoes and coconut milk is a fusion between Indian style & Hong Kong-style chicken curry (a dish you can find in Hong Kong Style Cha Chaan Teng aka 茶餐廳). 

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Time for cooking Chicken Curry in Instant Pot!

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Instant Pot Chicken Curry

Learn how to cook Instant Pot Chicken Curry (Pressure Cooker Chicken Curry) with pantry ingredients! Tender juicy chicken in a creamy, hearty curry sauce bursting with excitingly rich flavors. Deliciously easy chicken curry recipe ready in an hour.
4.92 from 12 votes
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Total: 1 hour
Servings: 4 - 6
Calories: 420kcal
Author: Amy + Jacky

Ingredients 

Main Ingredients:

Flavor Enhancing Ingredients:

  • 2 (405g) medium carrots , cut into chunks
  • 2 (510g) russet potatoes , cut into quarters
  • 1 (130g) medium onion , diced
  • 8 cloves (29g) garlic , minced
  • 1 tablespoon (15g) ginger , minced
  • ½ - 1 teaspoon (1.4g - 2.8g) cayenne pepper
  • 2 tablespoons (30g) tomato paste
  • ¼ cup (63ml) - ½ cup (125ml) coconut milk (optional)

Instructions

  • Brown Chicken in Instant Pot: Press “Saute” button to “Sauté More” function to heat up Instant Pot. Wait until the indicator says “HOT” (~8 mins).
    Pat dry the chicken parts with a paper towel, then season one side of the chicken with kosher salt and ground black pepper.
    Add 2 tbsp (30g) ghee or unsalted butter in Instant Pot. Place the chicken in Instant Pot (seasoned side face down), then brown for 4 minutes. Season the other side of chicken with salt and ground black pepper. Flip the chicken & brown this side for another 3.5 minutes. Remove and set aside the browned chicken.
  • Sauté Onion: Add diced onions in Instant Pot, then saute for 3 minutes.
  • Sauté Garlic, Ginger, and Spices: Add in minced garlic, ginger, 3 tbsp (24g) curry powder, ½ - 1 tsp (1.4g - 2.8g) cayenne pepper, and 2 tbsp (30g) tomato paste, then saute for another minute.
    *Curry Powder Tip: Different Curry Powder vary in taste, aroma, quality. Make sure to taste & adjust accordingly. Best to use High Quality Curry Powder when possible.
    *Spicy Level Tip: Adjust the amount of cayenne pepper according to how spicy you want your chicken curry. For reference, we used mild spicy curry powder with ½ tsp (1.2g) cayenne pepper, and it was mild-medium spiciness.
  • Deglaze Instant Pot: Pour in 1 cup (250ml) unsalted chicken stock, then deglaze by scrubbing all the flavorful brown bits off the bottom of the pot. *Pro Tip: Make sure to deglaze really well for this recipe!
    Turn off the Instant Pot for now as you add in the remaining ingredients.
  • Pressure Cook Chicken Curry: Add in 1.5 tbsp (22.5) regular soy sauce, then give it a quick mix. Add in the browned chicken & its meat juice. Layer the carrot and potato chunks on top. No need to mix.
    With Venting Knob in Venting Position, close the lid, then turn Venting Knob to Sealing Position. Pressure cook:
    -Bone-in Chicken Thighs or Drumsticks: High Pressure for 5 minutes + 10 minutes Natural Release.
    -Bone-in Chicken Breasts: High Pressure for 4 minutes + 10 minutes Natural Release.
    Release remaining pressure, then open the lid.
  • Add Coconut Milk: Set aside all the chicken and half of the potatoes & carrots. Bring the curry sauce to a simmer with “Saute More” function. Mix in ¼ cup (63ml) - ½ cup (125ml) coconut milk.
  • Thicken & Season: With a wooden spoon, break down the remaining potatoes in Instant Pot to give the sauce some extra texture & body. Taste and adjust the seasoning by adding more salt.
    *For reference: We added roughly 1 – 2 large pinches of salt.
  • Serve: Garnish the chicken curry with cilantro (optional) & serve with rice or your favorite side dishes. Enjoy~
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Recipe Notes:

*Wooden Spoon Tip: You may want to use a cheap wooden spoon, silicone spatula, or yellow spatula to make this curry (or you can have a dedicated curry spatula) because the curry will naturally dye it yellow.
*High-Quality Curry Powder: Curry Powder is a key ingredient in this Chicken Curry, so try your best to buy high-quality Curry Powder for best results. Also, different Curry Powder vary in taste, aroma, quality. Make sure to taste & adjust accordingly!
*Rate Recipe: If you've tried the recipe, don't forget to Rate the Recipe in the Comments Section. Thank you!

Nutrition:

Calories: 420kcal | Carbohydrates: 30g | Protein: 24g | Fat: 24g | Saturated Fat: 10g | Cholesterol: 90mg | Sodium: 433mg | Potassium: 990mg | Fiber: 5g | Sugar: 6g | Vitamin A: 11739IU | Vitamin C: 15mg | Calcium: 76mg | Iron: 4mg
Course: Dinner, Entree, Lunch
Cuisine: Asian, Hong Kong, Indian
Keyword: chicken curry recipe, curry chicken instant pot, instant pot chicken curry, instant pot chicken curry coconut milk, instant pot chicken curry with potatoes, instant pot coconut curry chicken, instant pot curry recipe, pressure cooker chicken curry
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Step by Step Guide: Instant Pot Chicken Curry

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Prepare ingredients for cooking Chicken Curry in Instant Pot:

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1

Brown Chicken in Instant Pot


First, press “Saute” button to “Sauté More” function to heat up Instant Pot. The indicator will switch to “ON”.

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Wait until the indicator says “HOT” (takes roughly 8 minutes).

*Pro Tip: Make sure the Instant Pot is as hot as it can be to induce a Maillard reaction.

Pat dry the chicken parts with a paper towel, then season one side of the chicken with kosher salt and ground black pepper.

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Add 2 tbsp (30g) ghee or unsalted butter in Instant Pot.

Place the chicken in Instant Pot (seasoned side face down), then brown for 4 minutes.

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Season the other side of chicken with salt and ground black pepper, then flip the chicken & brown this side for another 3.5 minutes.

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Finally, remove and set aside the browned chicken.

2

Sauté Onion


Add diced onions in Instant Pot, then saute for 3 minutes.

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3

Sauté Garlic, Ginger, and Spices


Add minced garlic, ginger, 3 tbsp (24g) curry powder, ½ – 1 tsp (1.4g – 2.8g) cayenne pepper, and 2 tbsp (30g) tomato paste in Instant Pot, then saute for another minute.

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*Spicy Level Tip: Adjust how much cayenne pepper to add depending on how spicy you want your chicken curry to be. For reference, we used mild spicy curry powder with  ½ tsp (1.2g) cayenne pepper and it was somewhere between mild & medium spicy.

*Pro Tip: You may want to use a cheap wooden spoon, silicone spatula, or yellow spatula for this recipe (or you can dedicate a spatula just for curry) because the curry will naturally dye it yellow. 😉

4

Deglaze Instant Pot


Now, pour 1 cup (250ml) unsalted chicken stock in Instant Pot, then deglaze by scrubbing all the flavorful brown bits off the bottom of the pot (as shown in the photo below).

*Pro Tip: Make sure to deglaze really well for this Instant Pot Chicken Curry!

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Turn off the Instant Pot for now as you add in the remaining ingredients in the next step.

5

Pressure Cook Chicken Curry


Add 1.5 tbsp (22.5) regular soy sauce to the Instant Pot, then give it a quick mix.

Add back in the browned chicken parts with its meat juice (if any).

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Then, layer the carrot and potato chunks on top. No mixing is needed!

With Venting Knob in Venting Position, close the lid, then turn Venting Knob to Sealing Position. Pressure cook using the “Manual” or “Pressure Cook” button:

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  • Pressure Cooking Methods:
    • Bone-in Chicken Thighs or Drumsticks: High Pressure for 5 minutes + 10 minutes Natural Release
    • Bone-in Chicken Breasts: High Pressure for 4 minutes + 10 minutes Natural Release

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

When Floating Valve drops, open the lid carefully.

*Note: It smells delicious as it was releasing pressure. Take in all that sweetness from the carrots & rich aroma from the spices! 😀

6

Add Coconut Milk


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Now, set aside all the chicken and half of the potatoes & carrots.

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Bring the yummy curry sauce mixture to a simmer with the “Saute More” function.

Mix in ¼ cup (63ml) – ½ cup (125ml) coconut milk.

7

Thicken & Season


With a wooden spoon, break down the remaining potatoes in Instant Pot to give the sauce some extra texture & body.

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Then, taste and adjust the seasoning by adding more salt.

*Pro Tip: For reference, we added roughly 1 – 2 large pinch of salt for this chicken curry recipe.

8

Serve Instant Pot Chicken Curry


Optional: Garnish the Instant Pot Chicken Curry with cilantro.

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Serve & enjoy this chicken curry recipe with rice or your favorite side dishes!


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Linda

Wow, my husband and I thoroughly enjoyed this dish! It is just as good or better than getting at the restaurant, and getting to eat in the comfort of our home! I could have eaten more, but had to make myself stop. Cannot wait to cook this dish for other family members, who wouldn’t normally cook this! Thank you for what you do, and sharing your recipes!5 stars

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Barbara

We thoroughly enjoyed this meal! Another Amy + Jacky winner! Some tips: I have a 8 qt. Instant Pot DUO Plus and constantly have issues with the ‘BURN’ message. I add an additional half cup of liquid and use low pressure and I can usually avoid the message. I live at a high altitude and liquids tend to boil quicker which I think might attribute to the burning – not entirely certain, but these fixes have worked well for me.5 stars

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Mandie

To die for. I made this a couple of weeks ago and hoovered my plate. It’s hard for me to finish a meal, I had seconds an hour and a half later and thirds for breakfast. I’m having it again tonight and I can’t wait.5 stars

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John

This my first time cooking curry with instant pot. I cooked curry before but it turn out ok and took a lot of time. I did a taste test and was great. Thank you for the recipe I am a big fan of curry.5 stars

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Doug Barone

Hi Amy and Jacky,
Tried the instapot Chicken Curry for the first time in an attempt to maintain my sanity during these trying times, great recipe, the chicken curry came out wonderful, it was super easy to put together, this is a definite keeper, looking forward to the next instapot adventure, Thanks for your really good recipes.5 stars

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mmw

Thank you for the recipe! I’ll looking forward to using the Instant Pot Ultra. What curry powder do you recommend? Thank you!

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Margie

Great recipe. Easy to make and came out delicious and tender. I made a big batch and froze enough for several meals. I didn’t have bone in chicken so I used boneless and just processed for a shorter time. Still came out great.5 stars

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Jackie

Hello,
Can you make this using chicken wings? If so, would the cooking time be the same as the chicken thighs?

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Kim

Hi Amy & Jack,

I tried making this curry dish and both times the Instant Pot said it was burned during the preheat. But when I opened it up, nothing was burned. Do you have any tips on how to prevent this? Thanks!

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Bruce

My wife loved this but I wasn’t as happy, tha’s why four and not five starts. I used a Thai curry and maybe I was expecting a different flavor. I will try it again with an Indian curry.4 stars

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