Traditional Butter Chicken Instant Pot Recipe | Indian Instant Pot Recipe | Cooking with Anadi

Hey everyone! At last, here is my traditional butter chicken recipe adapted to the Instant Pot! I've had requests to do this for so long, and to be honest with all of the Indian Instant Pot recipes I've been doing lately, I was curious to see how mine would adapt to the Instant Pot. The best part of this? I think this will be my new go-to method to make butter chicken! It can be done in half the time, and that means half the effort of the traditional butter chicken! I'd save to the long version for special occasions, but when I've got a craving, I think I'll go this route now!

I hope you enjoy making this lush Indian recipe right from home with minimal effort and a speedy cleanup, without sacrificing any flavour! Serve this rice or with your favourite bread, such as naan or rumali rotis. Enjoy!


For the marination: 

  • 4 chicken thighs
  • Juice of 1/2 lemon
  • 1 1/2 tbsp Degghi mirch
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp garam masala
  • 12 g minced garlic 
  • 12 g minced ginger 
For the gravy: 
  • 1-2 tsp Degghi mirch
  • 12 g minced ginger
  • 12 g minced garlic 
  • 2 tsp garam masala
  • Salt to taste
  • 200 g passata
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1 tsp dried fenugreek leaves 
  • 2 tbsp butter
  • 1 cup heavy cream 
  1. Add all the ingredients for the marination together in a small bowl. Cover and let the chicken marinate for at least half an hour. 
  2. Add the marinated chicken, tomato puree, water, ginger-garlic paste, degghi mirch, salt, garam masala and water, stir and close the lid of the Instant Pot. 
  3. Ensure the Lid has its Pressure Release set to Sealing. Select Pressure Cook or Manual setting and set the cook time to 5 minutes at High Pressure. 
  4. Let pressure naturally release for at least 5 minutes, move the Pressure Release to Venting to release any remain pressure. 
  5. Press Cancel and select Sautée at High setting. Once the curry comes up to a boil, add honey, fenugreek leaves, butter and heavy cream. Mix well, serve hot, and enjoy!


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