This is the best instant pot butter chicken recipe ever! Thanks to the intelligent cooking technology of instant pot, this butter chicken with soft and tender chicken, and vibrant and creamy sauce tastes as good as the fancy version you find at your local restaurant.
Butter chicken cooked in under 10 minutes! Sounds incredible, right? The best part is chicken is incredibly tender, absorbs the flavors from the sauce and creates a lip-smacking side dish in minutes.
Ok, let’s make this instant pot butter chicken
Step 1 – Brown the Chicken
You can do this either in your instant pot or a frying pan. If you’re using the instant pot, fry the chicken pieces in batches. The fried chicken goes into the vibrant sauce at a later stage of the cooking process.
Step 2 – Make the sauce in instant pot
Before you start cooking in your instant pot, make sure you check the manufacturer’s instructions. Turn on the instant pot and choose sauté mode. Start with stir frying onions, ginger and garlic. When the onions become soft, stir fry the spices quickly.
I’ve used ground cumin, garam masala and red chili powder to spice up the sauce. Now, pour in a little water, season with salt, add bay leaf and lemon juice. Give it a quick stir just to combine all the ingredients.
Step 3 – Pressure cook instant pot butter chicken
At this stage, the chicken goes back into the sauce. Cover the pot with its lid. Change the mode to pressure cook. Set the timer to 5 minutes. Once the butter chicken is cooked, allow the instant pot to release pressure naturally.
Step 4 – Make sauce rich with cream and butter
Do not add cream and other diary products to the sauce prior to pressure cooking as they’ll split and the sauce won’t taste good. Now, turn on the sauté mode and add cream, butter, milk and yogurt. Simmer this for about 2 minutes. Garnish with plenty of coriander (cilantro) leaves if you like. And done.
Rich, creamy butter chicken made easy with your instant pot.
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Hello, what do you mean by “natural yogurt?”
Rose Mary George says
It’s regular yogurt that’s not flavoured.:)
Looks delicious. What can I substitute for heavy cream fur a family member who is lactose intolerant? Can coconut milk be used?
Rose Mary George says