Now and Later Butter Chicken
By :Urvashi Pitre
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Votes: 14
Rating: 5
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Course Main Course
Cuisine Indian
Difficulty Medium
Browse Category Meat
Duration 30-60 min
Cooking Technique Pressure Cook, Sauté
Main Ingredient Chicken
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Servings
4 servings
Ingredients
  • 14.5 ounces diced tomatoes 1 can, undrained
  • 5 or 6 garlic cloves minced
  • 1 tablespoon fresh ginger minced
  • 1 teaspoon ground turmeric
  • 1 teaspoon cayenne
  • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 2 teaspoons garam masala divided
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 pound boneless, skinless chicken breasts or thighs
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter cut into cubes, or 1/2 cup coconut oil
  • 1/2 cup heavy (whipping) cream or full-fat coconut milk
  • 1/4 to 1/2 cup chopped fresh cilantro 4 cups Cauliflower Rice or cucumber noodles
Course Main Course
Cuisine Indian
Difficulty Medium
Browse Category Meat
Duration 30-60 min
Cooking Technique Pressure Cook, Sauté
Main Ingredient Chicken
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Servings
4 servings
Ingredients
  • 14.5 ounces diced tomatoes 1 can, undrained
  • 5 or 6 garlic cloves minced
  • 1 tablespoon fresh ginger minced
  • 1 teaspoon ground turmeric
  • 1 teaspoon cayenne
  • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 2 teaspoons garam masala divided
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 pound boneless, skinless chicken breasts or thighs
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter cut into cubes, or 1/2 cup coconut oil
  • 1/2 cup heavy (whipping) cream or full-fat coconut milk
  • 1/4 to 1/2 cup chopped fresh cilantro 4 cups Cauliflower Rice or cucumber noodles
Votes: 14
Rating: 5
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Instructions
  1. Put the tomatoes, garlic, ginger, turmeric, cayenne, paprika, 1 teaspoon of garam masala, cumin, and salt in the inner cooking pot of the Instant Pot®. Mix thoroughly, then place the chicken pieces on top of the sauce.
  2. Lock the lid into place. Select Manual and adjust the pressure to High. Cook for 10 minutes. When the cooking is complete, let the pressure release naturally. Unlock the lid. Carefully remove the chicken and set aside.
  3. Using an immersion blender in the pot, blend together all the ingredients into a smooth sauce. (Or use a stand blender, but be careful with the hot sauce and be sure to leave the inside lid open to vent.) After blending, let the sauce cool before adding the remaining ingredients or it will be thinner than is ideal.
  4. Add the butter cubes, cream, remaining 1 teaspoon of garam masala, and cilantro. Stir until well incorporated. The sauce should be thick enough to coat the back of a spoon when you’re done.
  5. Remove half the sauce and freeze it for later or refrigerate for up to 2 to 3 days.
  6. Cut the chicken into bite-size pieces. Add it back to the sauce.
  7. Preheat the Instant Pot® by selecting Sauté and adjust to Less for low heat. Let the chicken heat through. Break it up into smaller pieces if you like, but don’t shred it. 8. Serve over cauliflower rice or raw cucumber noodles.
17 replies
  1. Yummies
    Yummies says:

    Delicate rich (buttery) indian flavor…made with whole coconut milk but no cumin (already in Garam Marsala) Perfect with Califlower rice. Add at least additional 30 minutes for depressurizing, cool down and then reheating steps.

  2. Czarina61
    Czarina61 says:

    My first Instant Pot meal. Not only was it a success, it was awesome! Definitely a ‘make-again’ meal.

  3. S
    S says:

    If my family does not get this chicken dish every sunday there will be a riot. Extra sauce disappears next day. Addictive.

  4. Ckuhn003
    Ckuhn003 says:

    I was expecting something a little sweeter and buttery but I opted for the coconut oil over the butter.

  5. Lfreitag
    Lfreitag says:

    This was so good and quick! Used ghee and coconut milk and a combination of thighs and breasts. Definitely will make again!!

  6. Michelle
    Michelle says:

    We love this recipe. But can you tell me how long to reheat the frozen leftover sauce in the instant pot?

  7. CosmicDustGal1
    CosmicDustGal1 says:

    My FAVORITE Butter Chicken recipe. This is the one I mention whenever anybody asks…for ANY Indian recipe!

    My aging digestive system prefers half & half over cream. Also, I often make the following NON-TRADITIONAL modifications to add another layer of flavor: I start the recipe by sauteing an onion; I add a few shredded carrots; I toss in 1 or 2 quartered red peppers (scrape the meat into the sauce, discard the skins). Since you puree the sauce, the veggies blend right in. Yum!

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