Pressure Cooker Indian Butter Chicken

Instant Pot Indian Butter Chicken is a buttery chicken that is smothered in a creamy tomato based sauce that is one of our favorite Indian food dishes we enjoy.

This Instant Pot recipe is so simple to make, and frankly taste better than ordering from your favorite restaurant.  A simple pressure cooker recipe that gives you that low and slow simmer taste, in every single bite.

Pressure Cooker Indian Butter Chicken


2 lb's of chicken breast or tenderloins diced into 1/4 inch pieces if Frozen No need to Dice
1 Stick of Butter or 1/2 a cup
2 Teaspoons of Garam Masala
2 Teaspoons of Cayenne Pepper optional - omit if you don't want heat added to the dish
2 Teaspoons of Curry Powder
1 Teaspoon Ground Cumin
1 Teaspoon of Ground Ginger OR 2 Teaspoons of minced fresh ginger
1 Can of Coconut Milk In can sold at any grocery store
1 Cup of Chicken Stock
1 6 oz Can of Tomato Paste
1 Onion Minced
5 Garlic Cloves Minced
Cilantro for Garnishing
Salt to taste
2 Tbs CornStarch
1 Tbs Water


Turn Pressure Cooker On Saute Mode or press Chicken/Meat.
Place stick of butter into the pot and let it full melt until it becomes foamy and smells amazing.
Toss in onions and garlic and cook until halfway done, then add the coconut milk, chicken stock and tomato paste. Mix thoroughly.
Add the Curry Powder, Ground Cumin, Ginger, Cayenne Pepper, Garam Masala, and salt to taste.
Place frozen or thawed chicken in the pot and cover with sauce. Cook on Manual for 15 minutes or cook meal using Chicken/Meat button.
Once finished let sit in pot for 10 minutes with a NPR. If lid has not unlocked release the excess steam and remove the lid.
If your chicken was already diced skip this next step.
Turn pot back on to Saute or Keep Warm Method. With a sturdy spoon and fork gently cut/shred the chicken into desired size pieces.
Mix the cornstarch and water together and then add to the pot, mix well. Let pot boil until sauce is thickened.
Serve over a bed of basmati rice or jasmine rice. Garnish with fresh cut cilantro.

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