Active Time
20 Mins
Total Time
35 Mins
Serves 4 (serving size: 1 1/2 cups)

If you say you don't like Indian food, you've probably never tried butter chicken. This easy dish is mild on spice (unless you don't want it to be) and big on flavor - perfect for a weeknight dinner. 

How to Make It

Step 1

Turn Instant Pot to Sauté setting. Add butter; cook until melted. Stir in onion, and cook until beginning to soften, about 5 minutes. Add garlic and ginger, cook, stirring constantly, until fragrant, about 1 minute. Stir in garam masala, salt, turmeric, and cinnamon stick. Cook, stirring constantly, until fragrant, about 1 minute. Stir in tomato puree and tomato paste. Cook, stirring occasionally, until thickened, about 3 minutes. Stir in chicken and water (there should be enough liquid to cover chicken). Press cancel on Instant Pot.

Step 2

Seal lid on Instant Pot. Set to pressure cook for 5 minutes on high pressure. When timer goes off, carefully follow manufacturer’s instructions for “quick releasing” Instant Pot. Let steam fully escape before opening lid.

Step 3

Transfer chicken thighs to a cutting board. Turn Instant Pot to sauté on high. Cook, stirring occasionally, until sauce is thickened and reduced, about 5 minutes. Meanwhile, cut chicken into bite-size pieces. Stir cream into sauce until combined; stir in chicken. Spoon chicken and sauce over rice; serve with warmed naan, and garnish with cilantro.

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Ratings & Reviews

Incredibly delicious but maybe Instant pot isn't the best tool

March 02, 2019
This is a wonderful recipe and easy to make. I followed the directions exactly and it needs nothing else. I did add a little shredded coconut and red pepper flakes at the table.My only issue is the I got "Burn Notices" (a favorite TV show) twice on my instant pot. After the second I realized the chicken was cooked through and skipped to the dice the chicken step. It turned out great but I think a dutch oven would work as well and not take much longer.We ate on it all week and never got tired of it. Thanks for a great recipe!'(If you have any tips on avoiding the Burn Notice I'm all ears!)