Instant Pot butter chicken

  • Prep Time15 mins
  • Total Time55 mins
  • Makes6 servings
Instant Pot butter chicken

Photo: Roberto Caruso

Treating your family to a big pot of butter chicken usually takes prior planning, but with the Instant Pot, you can have it on the table in under an hour.


  • 3 tbsp butter

  • 1 large onion, chopped

  • 3 cloves garlic, minced

  • 1 tbsp grated ginger

  • 3 tbsp tomato paste

  • 2 tsp garam masala, divided

  • 1 1/2 tsp ground coriander

  • 1 tsp salt

  • 680-mL bottle passata

  • 8 skinless, boneless chicken thighs, cut in bite-sized pieces

  • 1/2 cup 35% cream

  • 2 tbsp chopped fresh cilantro, optional


  • Open lid, then press Sauté button, on Normal. Cook, stirring often, until sauce thickens, about 5 min. Stir in remaining 1 tsp garam masala and cream. Sprinkle with cilantro. Serve over cooked basmati rice or with naan.

Nutrition (per serving)

Protein 20g, Carbohydrates 10g, Fat 11g, Fibre 2g, Sodium 593mg.

Originally published in the Today’s Parent March/April 2019 issue. Photo by Roberto Caruso.

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Note: These recipes were developed using the Instant Pot Duo Plus model. Results may vary on different models.

This article was originally published on Feb 28, 2019