Instant Pot Chicken Curry (Indian)
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Quick and easy Instant pot chicken curry recipe, homemade with simple ingredients in 30 minutes. Boneless chicken in coated in a thick gravy with tomatoes, onion, garlic, ginger, yogurt and garam masala.
This is the best, quick, chicken curry out there! The Instant Pot still allows all the flavors to develop in a fraction of the time, making this meal possible on busy evenings. If you love curry as much as we do, then try this Indian Chickpea Curry (One Pot) and this Instant Pot Beef Curry (Indian) as well.
How To Make Instant Pot Chicken Curry Recipe From Scratch?
- Saute aromatics– Turn Instant Pot to “Sauté” mode and heat oil. Add cinnamon stick, cloves, bay leaf and saute. Add onion, garlic, ginger and saute.
- Puree ingredients– Turn off the pressure cooker. Add tomatoes, yogurt, water, salt, pepper, curry powder, red chili flakes, cumin powder, coriander powder, garam masala and use a hand- held blender to puree everything.
- Add chicken– Mix until fully coated.
- Set Instant Pot– Put the lid on and turn up the the valve to “Sealing.” Select “Manual” mode and set the timer.
- Release pressure– When the cook time is over, do quick pressure release to remove pressure.
- Stir– Remove lid and gently stir the curry.
- Cook uncovered – On “Saute” mode for or a little longer to thicken the curry.
- Garnish it– With cilantro. Enjoy!
What Side To Serve With Easy Homemade Indian Chickpea Curry?
Traditionally, this dish is served with white rice, but if you are looking for a spin on the expected, try this Garlic Rice (One Pot) instead.
Bread, such as naan or chapati bread, is typically served with this dish because it soaks up the sauce and helps calm the flavors. You could serve other carbohydrates such as breadsticks, pita chips, crackers, or biscuits as a side as well.
If you prefer vegetables as your side, try a simple green salad. Other great options are Sautéed Green Beans (One Pot), Easy Garlic Mushrooms (One Pot),or Oven Roasted Sweet Potatoes (One Pot). These vegetables will pair so well with the creamy sauce and chicken.
What Is The Difference Between Curry Chicken And Chicken Curry?
Curry chicken is usually a thick sauce or gravy with smaller pieces of chicken and vegetables. Chicken curry is often baked chicken pieces such as breasts or thighs with curry seasoning on it.
How To Add More Flavor In Curry?
You can add in more of the seasonings listed in the recipe such as curry or garam masala. You can also use a fattier piece of chicken such as the thighs or drumsticks instead of or in addition to the chicken breast for additional flavor in the curry.
Variations For Simple Instant Pot Curry
Chicken thigh curry– Use thighs instead of chicken breast. Just make sure they are skinless.
Use other cuts of meat– Such as cubed chuck roast or stew meat.
Make it vegetarian– Use tofu or chickpeas instead of chicken but please note that cooking time will vary.
Spicy curry– Add in more cayenne pepper for a spicier dish.
Creamy coconut milk chicken curry– Add full-fat coconut milk at the end to make a creamy version with a slight sweetness.
Add vegetables– Such as a bag of frozen mixed vegetables, spinach, or mushrooms.
Curry Soup– Add Chicken broth to turn this into a soup.
Make it a bowl– Serve with rice, lettuce, cilantro, toasted almonds.
Make it a salad– Serve the meat over a simple salad. The sauce will act as a flavorful dressing.
Serve over noodles– For a non-traditional option, serve it over your favorite pasta such as linguini, macaroni, egg noodles, rice noodles, or even over Instant Pot Spaghetti Squash for a low-carb option.
Tips And Techniques
How to thicken curry? Continue cooking on saute mode until the liquid evaporates and it is your desired thickness.
Do not add cornstarch– I am not fond of it because it changes the flavor slightly. You can easily thicken the curry by letting it cook uncovered until the extra liquid evaporates. If you are short on time and really must use cornstarch, dissolve 1-2 tbsp cornstarch in 1-2 tbsp water and mix that into the curry.
How to make curry thinner? Simply add more water.
Saute chicken to brown it first– This allows the chicken to hold it’s shape better during cooking.
Should I drain the can of tomatoes? No, this recipe needs the liquid so that the pressure can build properly and so that the food doesn’t burn on the bottom of the Instant Pot.
Adjust spices– Increase or decrease the spices according to your taste.
I don’t have a hand-held blender? A regular blender can be used to make a thick and smooth puree, and then pour it back into the Instant Pot.
Can I add a liquid other than water? Yes, you can add an equivalent amount of chicken broth. I would only use chicken broth so as to not alter the flavor too much.
Can I use Greek yogurt instead of regular yogurt? Yes, as long as it is plain and not flavored.
Refrigerate– In a sealed container for up to 3 days.
Freeze– In a freezer safe, sealed container for up to 1 month.
Reheat– From thawed, in the microwave or on the stovetop.
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Instant Pot Indian Chicken Curry
Quick and easy Instant pot chicken curry recipe, homemade with simple ingredients in 30 minutes. Boneless chicken in coated in a thick gravy with tomatoes, garlic, ginger, yogurt and garam masala.
- 2 tbsp Oil Or ghee
- 1 Cinnamon stick 2 inch piece
- 4 Cloves
- 1 Bay leaf
- 1 Onion Large, Finely chopped
- 6 cloves Garlic Finely minced
- 1 tbsp Ginger Freshly grated
- 1 can Diced tomatoes 14.5 oz. can
- 3 tbsp Yogurt Full fat
- 1/3 cup Water
- Salt To taste
- Pepper To taste
- 1-2 tsp Curry powder Adjust according to your preference
- 1 tsp Red chili flakes
- 1 tsp Cumin powder
- 1 tsp Coriander powder
- 2 tsp Garam masala
- 2 pounds Boneless chicken Cit into small 1.5-2 inch cubes
- 1 tbsp Cilantro Fresh, Finely chopped, For garnish
Add cinnamon stick, cloves, bay leaf and saute for 1-2 minutes until these whole spices are fragrant.
Add onion, garlic, ginger and saute for a few minutes until onion is translucent and garlic/ ginger are fragrant.
Turn off the pressure cooker.
Add tomatoes, yogurt, water, salt, pepper, curry powder, red chili flakes, cumin powder, coriander powder, garam masala and use a hand- held blender to puree everything. It does not have to be super smooth.
Add chicken and mix until fully coated.
Put the lid on and turn up the the valve to “Sealing.”
Select “Manual” mode and set the timer for 5 minutes.
When the cook time is over, do quick pressure release to remove pressure.
Remove lid and gently stir the curry.
Cook uncovered on "Saute" mode for or a little longer to evaporate/reduce excess liquid and thicken the curry. Don't mix it or stir it too much because that would break up the chicken cubes and shred it.
Garnish with cilantro. Enjoy!
- Read all my tips above.
- Leftovers can be stored in a sealed container in the fridge for up to 3 days and reheated in the microwave or stovetop.