Indian Butter Chicken Recipe (Instant Pot)

Indian Butter Chicken Recipe (Instant Pot)

Indian Butter Chicken Recipe (Instant Pot)

Easy Indian Butter Chicken recipe cooked in 30 minutes. Cubes of chicken breast marinated in garlic and spices – cooked in a rich and creamy butter chicken masala. With only a dash of butter and less cream – it’s a lightened version but with oodles of flavour! Learn how to make restaurant style butter chicken in minutes – in your instant pot.

bowl of indian butter chicken on a black tray with white rice on the side and a decorative shawl – flat lay

I recently bought an Instant Pot (finally!) and have to say it made the whole experience ridiculously easy. I did, however, learn the importance of having all the ingredients on-hand as the cooking action is fast and furious 🙂

bowl of indian butter chicken garnished with cilantro – perspective shot

How to Make Indian Butter Chicken Recipe – Instant Pot Version
step by step preparation shots of how to make Indian butter chicken recipe in the instant pot

I like to think of cooking this dish in six easy steps:

Marinate the chicken

 Saute the onions in butter

Add the marinated chicken

 Follow with tomato passata and spices

 Pressure cook the chicken in your Instant Pot At this stage, I could put my feet up, but instead, I prep the rice

Finish with cream and garnish ingredients

Easy right?

Desi~licious Top Tips To Pull Off The Best Butter Chicken
Cut the chicken into small cubes, so it cooks faster.
Marinate the chicken overnight – if you can. It adds heaps of flavour.
Have the ingredients on-hand as the cooking action is super fast. You don’t want to be fumbling – on the hunt for spices.
Use Kashmiri red chilli powder, which lends a beautiful red hue to the dish.
If you find there is too much liquid after you pressure cook the chicken, switch back to “saute” mode (after you open the Instant Pot) to dry out some of the liquid – before adding the cream.
Make sure the Instant Pot is switched off BEFORE adding the cream. The heat will make the sauce too runny, which we don’t want. The goal is to create a creamy thick consistency.
Use fresh cilantro and fenugreek to create a fragrant butter chicken recipe.

Butter Chicken vs Tikka Masala
Though this butter chicken looks similar to tikka masala, they are somewhat distinct. Butter chicken is milder, and dairy-heavy (cream, butter, yogurt), and tikka masala is typically tomato-based – with more heat. Traditionally, tikka masala cooks in a tandoor (traditional clay oven) and oozes smoky flavours.

The butter chicken sauce is everything when we talk about an authentic murgh makhani recipe. The coriander powder, cumin and garam masala lend luscious aromatic tones to this dish. I actually think the flavours intensify with time. Absolutely delicious!

Is Butter Chicken Keto?
Yes, this recipe is low carb and, therefore, keto. Chicken is low in carbohydrates and high in protein, and I did make some tweaks – like not adding sugar. Honestly, it tastes grand and is the perfect classic recipe to pull off for that “special” occasion.

One serving of my easy butter chicken provides:

5 grams of carbohydrates
32 grams of protein
270 calories
Depending on what you serve it with, it will affect your total carb intake.

bowl of indian butter chicken on a black tray with white rice in the background and small spice containers arranged around – perspective shot

Indian Butter Chicken Recipe (Instant Pot)
Easy Indian Butter Chicken recipe cooked in 30 minutes. Cubes of chicken breast marinated in garlic and spices – cooked in a rich and creamy butter chicken masala. With only a dash of butter and less cream – it’s packed with flavour! Learn how to make restaurant style butter chicken in minutes – in your instant pot.

Ingredients
Chicken Marinade
2.5 lbs chicken breast Four extra large chicken breasts, skinless, cut in small cubes
5 garlic large cloves, crushed
1 tsp turmeric powder
1 tsp chilli powder red, use Kashmiri style for intense red colour. Adjust to taste
1½ tsp salt sea salt
Butter Chicken Masala
1 tbsp butter unsalted
2 onion large, finely chopped
1 cup tomato passata thick couli-style
2 tsp cumin powder
2 tbsp coriander powder whole seeds blended into a powder
⅔ cup cream 35% fat
½ tsp salt sea salt
Garnish
1 cup cilantro packed cup, fresh, washed, finely chopped
1 tsp fenugreek leaves dried. This is optional
1 tsp garam masala
Instructions
In a large bowl, add chicken, garlic, chilli and turmeric. Mix well, ensuring the cubes are coated with the spice mix. Place in the fridge and marinate for at least 10 minutes (ideally longer for added flavour). Meanwhile, wash, prep and gather the remaining ingredients.
Set your Instant Pot to the saute setting. Add butter and once melted, stir in the onions. Saute for a few minutes.
Add the chicken, stir and cook for a minute before adding tomatoes, coriander and cumin. Place the lid and close your instant pot. Cancel the saute setting and select the “meat” setting and set the time to 2 minutes.
Let the Instant Pot release pressure naturally for 10 minutes. Release the remaining pressure, and open the lid. Turn off your Instant Pot.
Stir in the cream, ½ tsp salt and garnish with cilantro, garam masala and dried fenugreek (methi) leaves. Remove the cooked butter chicken dish into a container because the heat from the Instant Pot will cause the sauce to become thin and runny. Serve with rice, roti, naan, or quinoa.
Nutrition
Calories: 270kcal | Carbohydrates: 5g | Protein: 32g | Fat: 13g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Cholesterol: 122mg | Sodium: 798mg | Potassium: 764mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 593IU | Vitamin C: 4mg | Calcium: 46mg | Iron: 1mg