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instant pot butter chicken
Butter chicken {Instant pot paleo recipe}
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
25 mins
Total Time
35 mins

butter chicken -A flavorful chicken with heavenly aroma of the garam masala and fenugreek, in a creamy sauce with orangish hue from the red chili powder and turmeric.

Course: Entree
Cuisine: Indian
Keyword: butter chicken
Servings: 6
Calories: 381 kcal
Author: Archana Mundhe
  • 2 pounds boneless skinless chicken thighs cut into 2 inch pieces
  • 2 tablespoon ghee or coconut oil
  • 1 large onion finely chopped
  • 1 tablespoon fresh ginger grated
  • 1 tablespoon fresh garlic minced
  • 1/2 teaspoon turmeric
  • 1 tablespoon kashmiri red chili powder **
  • 3 plum tomatoes pureed
  • 1 can full fat coconut milk allow these to separate - DO NOT shake. Best if left in fridge overnight
  • 2 tablespoon tomato paste
  • 1 teaspoon garam masala**
  • 2 tablespoon dried fenugreek leaves
  • 2 teaspoon sugar skip for paleo
  • 1.5 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 cup cilantro chopped, for garnish
  1. Set Instant Pot on Saute(More) mode and heat ghee. Add onions and salt. Cook until onions are soft and translucent for 2-3 mins (with a glass lid on to speed this process)

  2. Add ginger, garlic, turmeric and red chili powder. Mix well and cook until fragrant for 2 mins.
  3. Separate the coconut cream and water. Keep the coconut cream aside. Add  only the watery portion of coconut milk and pureed tomatoes mixing with spices. Add chicken and stir well.

  4. Close the Instant Pot lid with steam release handle to sealing position. Set to Manual/pressure cook mode and cook on high pressure for 8 mins followed by quick release. (Note: If using chicken breasts, cook on Manual(Hi) for 5 mins followed by 5 mins NPR)

  5. Open the Instant Pot, stir in coconut cream, tomato paste, garam masala, fenugreek leaves, sugar and half of the cilantro. Add more salt if needed.

  6. Turn the Instant Pot to Sauté mode. Cook without the lid to allow the curry to thicken for 5 minutes. If the sauce starts to splutter, set adjust to Saute(Less).

  7. Garnish with remaining cilantro.

    ** Add more red chili powder and garam masala for spicer version.

Recipe Video

Nutrition Facts
Butter chicken {Instant pot paleo recipe}
Amount Per Serving
Calories 381 Calories from Fat 225
% Daily Value*
Fat 25g38%
Saturated Fat 16g100%
Cholesterol 156mg52%
Sodium 791mg34%
Potassium 697mg20%
Carbohydrates 8g3%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 3g3%
Protein 31g62%
Vitamin A 860IU17%
Vitamin C 8.2mg10%
Calcium 41mg4%
Iron 3.9mg22%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.