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Bowl of paleo butter chicken

Instant Pot Butter Chicken

  • Author: Raj -
  • Total Time: 32 min
  • Yield: 2-3 lbs of chicken 1x


You know and love our original Paleo Butter Chicken: it’s easy, paleo-ized, and DAMN GOOD. Now make Instant Pot Butter Chicken FAST!


  • 23 lbs (family pack) boneless skinless chicken thighs (cut into bite-sized pieces)
  • 1 Tbsp ghee
  • 1 1/2 large onions (chopped)
  • 2 1/23 1/3 tsp salt
  • 2 tsp garlic powder or 2 Tbsp fresh garlic (minced)
  • 2 tsp ginger powder or 2 Tbsp fresh ginger (grated)
  • 2 heaping tsp turmeric
  • 2 heaping tsp paprika
  • 1 1/2 tsp cayenne powder
  • 1 1/22 cups stewed or canned tomatoes and the liquid
  • 370 ml tomato paste
  • 2 400ml cans coconut milk (*NOT the coconut drink – see link* – Allow these to separate – DO NOT shake. Best if left in the fridge overnight)
  • 2 heaping tsp garam masala
  • 1/2 cup sliced almond
  • 1/2 cup cilantro


  1. If your pressure cooker has a sauté setting (as does the Instant Pot), use it to melt ghee.
  2. Add 2 tsp salt and onions. Cook until onions are soft and translucent (you can cover with a lid to speed this process.
  3. Add in garlic, ginger, turmeric, paprika and cayenne. Mix in and cook until fragrant.
  4. Add canned tomatoes and the watery portion of coconut milk, mixing thoroughly with spices (getting all of the spices stuck to the bottom off the pan).
  5. Add chicken and stir well.
  6. Assuming you’ve selected to use bite-sized pieces of chicken, the time to cook the chicken will be fast: 8-10 minutes depending on the pressure your cooker uses. With the Instant Pot it took 8 minutes of pressurized cooking time on the Manual-High mode.
  7. Once cooked, use the quick release of pressure, stir in coconut cream, tomato paste, garam masala and most of the cilantro. Add more salt if needed.
  8. Top with sliced almonds and garnish with more cilantro.


Don’t forget to make cumin riced cauliflower to go with this, and use leftovers in the Butter Chicken Omelette.

  • Prep Time: 15 min
  • Cook Time: 17 min (8 min active cooking, 9 min coming to pressure)
  • Method: Instant Pot
  • Cuisine: Indian
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