Cooking with your Instant Pot – Butter Chicken

Posted at 11:14 PM, Jan 23, 2019
and last updated 2019-01-24 08:29:38-05

Instant Pot Butter Chicken

1 tablespoon coconut oil
1 small yellow onion — diced (about 1 cup)
4 cloves minced garlic — about 4 teaspoons
1 Tablespoon minced fresh ginger
1 1/2 Tablespoons curry powder
2 teaspoons garam masala
1 teaspoon chili powder
3/4 teaspoon kosher salt
¼ cup water or chicken broth
1 (29 ounce) can tomato sauce
1 small cauliflower — or 1/2 large head, cut into florets (about 4 1/2 cups)
2 pounds boneless skinless chicken breasts
2 tablespoons unsalted butter — cut into small pieces (use coconut oil to make dairy free)

Add after cooking:
1/2 cup half-and-half — or full-fat coconut milk, do not use light coconut milk, as it will water down the sauce
1/2 cup plain Greek yogurt
Prepared brown rice — quinoa, or naan, for serving
Garnish with chopped fresh cilantro

Add the coconut oil to the Instant Pot and set to SAUTE. Once hot, add the onion and cook until beginning to soften, about 5 minutes. Add the ginger, garlic, curry, garam masala, chili powder, and salt. Cook until fragrant, about 30 seconds. Turn the Instant Pot to OFF. Add ¼ cup water or chicken broth and stir, using a sturdy plastic or wooden spoon to scrape loose any browned bits that have stuck. (Make sure you remove all of the stuck on bits so that you don't trigger a “burn warning.”)

Add the tomato sauce and cauliflower florets and stir to combine. Lay the chicken breasts on top, then scatter the butter pieces over the top.

Close and seal Instant Pot. Cook on Manual (HIGH) or use the Meat button and cook at high pressure for 12 minutes. Once the time is up, let the pressure release naturally for 10 minutes, then vent to immediately release any remaining pressure.

Carefully open the lid and transfer the chicken to a cutting board. Cut into bite-sized pieces, then return to the sauce. Stir in the half and half or coconut milk. Let cool a few minutes, then stir in the Greek yogurt (do not stir it in immediately or it will curdle). Serve with rice and a sprinkle of fresh cilantro.

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