Instant Pot Better Butter Chicken

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recipe by Bruce Weinstein

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based on 9 ratings

Here’s our version of an internet craze: a buttery, tomato-laced, cream-rich sauce enrobing meaty pieces of chicken. Unfortunately, many recipes use cut-up bits of boneless, skinless chicken breast, which become tough shards; or chicken thighs, which leave the sauce greasy. We use bone-in skin-off chicken breasts to give the sauce a more savory, bony flavor, with some collagen melted into it to enrich every bite. To remove the skin from a chicken breast, grab the skin on the narrow, pointy end with a paper towel and pull the skin back and off the meat. Remove any large blobs of fat on the meat. Then cut each breast in half width wise so there’s about the same amount of meat in each portion.

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recipe updated Sep 15, 2020


  • Yellow onion icon
    Yellow onion
    1 (about 140 g)
  • Ginger icon
    1 tbsp (about 5.55 g)
  • Chicken breast icon
    Chicken breast
    3 (about 337.5 g)
  • Crushed tomatoes icon
    Crushed tomatoes
    1 ½ cups (about 363 g)
  • Chicken broth icon
    Chicken broth
    ½ cup (about 124.5 g)
  • Butter icon
    ¼ cup (about 57.6 g)
  • Yellow curry powder icon
    Yellow curry powder
    2 tbsp (about 12.17 g)
  • Salt icon
    ¼ tsp (about 1.5 g)
  • Heavy cream icon
    Heavy cream
    ½ cup (about 120 g)


  • kCook icon Instant Pot
  • kCook icon Serving plate
  • kCook icon Inner pot

Step preview

  1. Pre-heat - Sauté, Normal
  2. Add crushed tomatoes, chicken broth, yellow onion, butter, yellow curry powder, ginger and salt to the inner pot
  3. Cook until melted while stirring occasionally - approx 2 min
  4. Add chicken breast to the inner pot
  5. Toss well until coated
  6. Close and lock the lid and turn the steam release handle to Sealing
  7. Pressure cook - Meat, High, 15 min
  8. Release pressure -
  9. Transfer chicken to serving plate
  10. Heat - Sauté, Normal
  11. Heat until simmering
  12. Stir heavy cream into the inner pot
  13. Cook until thickened while stirring frequently - approx 2 min
  14. Spoon sauce over chicken
  15. Serve
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