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Instant Pot  Butter Chicken


6 people


30 mins


Instant Pot Butter Chicken - the best Indian butter chicken recipe with rich, creamy and delicious tomato butter chicken sauce. This easy recipe takes only 10 minutes.


– 2 lbs. skinless and boneless chicken thighs – ▢2 1/2 tablespoons chili powder – ▢1 tablespoon lemon juice – ▢4 tablespoons unsalted butter – ▢3 cloves garlic (finely minced or pureed) – ▢1 piece ginger (finely minced or pureed (1 inch)) – ▢1/2 cup tomato paste – ▢2 tablespoons ketchup – ▢1 teaspoon garam masala – ▢1/2 teaspoon salt or to taste – ▢2 tablespoons sugar – ▢3/4 cup water – ▢1/2 - 3/4 cup heavy whipping cream – ▢2 tablespoons chopped cilantro

Step 1

Trim off the excess fat on the chicken thighs with a pair of kitchen scissors. Cut into chunks. Marinate the chicken with 1/2 tablespoon chili powder and lemon juice. Set aside.

Step 2

Turn on the Instant Pot and set to Saute Mode. When the pot is fully heated, add and melt the butter. Add the garlic, ginger and stir a few times. Add the chicken and saute until the surface turns white.

Step 3

– Add the remaining chili powder, tomato paste, ketchup, Garam Masala, salt, sugar and water. Cover the pot and select Manual and set to High pressure for 10 minutes.

Step 4

When it beeps, turn to Quick Release. When the valve drops, remove the cover carefully, add the heavy whipping cream and chopped cilantro, stir to mix well.

Step 5

– Drizzle more heavy cream on top of the Butter Chicken before serving, if you like.

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