Instant Pot Butter Chicken

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August 25, 2019

Butter Chicken in bowlA delicious, creamy and flavorful Indian inspired Butter Chicken made in an Instant Pot. I typically serve this over rice and pair with naan bread. Feel free to adjust the spices to your liking.


Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 10 minutes + 25 minutes natural release

Total Time: 50 minutes

Yield: 6-7 people


  • 1 onion
  • 3 garlic cloves
  • 1 Tbsp ginger
  • 1 cup Greek yogurt
  • 4 cups beef broth
  • 5.5 lb chicken drumsticks
  • 7 oz tomato paste
  • 13.5 oz can coconut milk
  • 1 Tbsp olive oil
  • 1 Tbsp curry powder
  • 2 tsp garam masala
  • 1 tsp chili powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper


  1. Chop onions, garlic and ginger.
  2. chopped garlic, onions & ginger
  3. Combine seasonings - curry powder, garam masala, chili powder, salt and pepper.
  4. mixing spices
  5. Set your Instant Pot to Sauté Mode. Add olive oil.
  6. adding oil to instant pot

  7. Sauté garlic and onions for a few minutes.
  8. sautéing onions, garlic & ginger
  9. Add tomato paste along with your seasonings. Sauté for a few minutes.
  10. added spices to pan
  11. Pour broth in and add chicken. Note: Broth needs to cover chicken. Cover instant pot and cook for 10 minutes on high.
  12. adding chicken to pot
    Chicken & broth added to pot
  13. Allow to cook and naturally release. This is how your cooked chicken should look like:
  14. cooked Butter Chicken

  15. Add coconut milk - this is for the creamy taste and mix.
  16. adding coconut milk to Butter Chicken
    coconut milk in Butter Chicken
  17. Add greek yogurt and mix. Then its ready to eat!
  18. Sour cream added to Butter Chicken
    cooking Butter Chicken
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August 27, 20190 found this helpful

This delicious but the ingredient list looks incomplete. I don't see "BUTTER" or margarine anywhere, which would obviously needed in butter chicken.


How much butter do I put in? Thanks.

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August 27, 20190 found this helpful

No, butter. It's the Indian name of this dish called Butter chicken. :)

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August 28, 20190 found this helpful

I think she is using olive oil instead of butter.

Here is a version that I posted a few years ago that includes butter. So delicious!

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