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Instant pot chicken Tikka Masala


It doesn’t take much to share happiness, a couple of dishes made with love, with our family, friend or we can say our beloved ones.

The general specs of every family differ from one another, and it’s always a great pleasure to try new cuisines. 

And here comes one of the most valuable, beautiful amazing cuisines.

A cuisine full of tastes and a complex mixture of spices, weird combinations, but also a very tasty one. 

It is that kind of cuisine that forces you to add always another bite even if the dish is empty, a cuisine that mesmerizes you with its weird combinations of spices, herbs, and vegetables.

One of the biggest inspiration of Indian food is the religion, as most people know, religion takes a big place in the life of Indians.


Also, the interaction between the Indian culture and other cultures from all the world added to its cuisine a big diversity in flavors.

One of the most popular dishes in India and out of India is the famous CHICKEN TIKKA MASALA.


What Is The Famous Chicken Tikka Masala?

Whenever you want to give a try for the new stuff especially in the cuisine, the CHICKEN TIKKA MASALA must be on the list. 

The CHICKEN TIKKA MASALA is the dish you will find almost in every Indian restaurant, it is a culture served in a plate.

The CHICKEN TIKKA MASALA is a dish that is composed of grilled chicken and a heavy creamy tomato sauce. The tomato sauce is spiced with garlic, ginger, chili, and the famous garam masala.

What Is The Famous Chicken Tikka Masala?

The garam masala is a world-known mixture of spices that are usually toasted to bring more flavor.

Then grounded to make the amazing outstanding mixture, it is a very common used mixture in the Indian cuisine.

How To Make The Chicken Tikka Masala In A Pot?

So in order to make things easier and faster in making this amazing dish, we will be using an instant pot cocker, but this doesn’t mean that we will be losing any kind of taste or flavors, it’s all about making that easy fast home dinner.

You gotta love your instant pot, especially now that everyone is busy, having a pressure cooker helps a lot.

This is the Instant Pot I have (yes it is the cheaper one and I love it!):



The CHICKEN TIKKA MASALA is a recipe full of flavors, so like every instant pot recipe it’s all about throwing all the stuff in the pot and choose the perfect cooking time.

The good part about this recipe is that you may already have all the ingredients in your kitchen. But in case you don’t, they are so easy to find in any grocery store.

The great Chicken Tikka Masala is usually made with yogurt marinated chicken, but in order to make this recipe a lot easier to make at home, we are using a pot to cook it all in, while still keeping those amazing flavors.

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All you have to do is grab some chicken breast cut up into small pieces, which you can marinate overnight or a few hours at least, so the meat can be packed with the maximum of flavors.

Or you can simply skip this if you are on a tight schedule, for marinate you will need some Greek yogurt and a great mixture of garam masala.

Once you are done with the chicken, you put some butter in the instant pot and let it melt, then add the onion, garlic, ginger, garam masala, chili powder, cumin.

Cook, stirring often until the onion becomes soft and the spices are very fragrant (5 minutes).

Once you did this, then you can add the chicken flavored pieces, stir to coat with the spices and onion, and cook, stirring often, until the outsides start to brown, about 4 minutes.

Then you can Add the tomato sauce Stir everything to combine. Cover and cook on high pressure for 8 minutes.


Vent to release the pressure, uncover and add some coconut milk, and stir everything, turn the Instant Pot back to SAUTE.

Bring the mixture to a simmer with stirring occasionally, and let it continue to simmer until the sauce thickens slightly (10 to 15 minutes).

Turn off the instant pot and let everything to cool for a few minutes, once you are done you can add the Greek yoghurt and stir everything ( keep in mind to not stir directly the Greek yoghurt or it may end up curdled).

Enjoy it warm with some of basmati rice or naan.

The Difference Between Murgh Makhani, Butter Chicken, And Chicken Tikka Masala?

In your journey of trying the Indian cuisine, you might get confused between all the close similar recipes out there and most people actually do.

Well, the chicken tikka masala is a lot similar to the butter chicken and the murgh makhani, but the first difference you should know about is the origin of each one.

a lot of people think that the chicken tikka masala is an original Indian dish, well sorry to disappoint you but it isn’t, its originally a dish that came from the UK, weird right?

Considering all the amazing flavor it has. But for the butter chicken or the murgh makhani, it’s an original dish that comes from the north of India, and when it comes to flavors the two have different seasonings and spices, yet they can look similar when served.

One more thing is the murgh makhani or the butter chicken usually contains chicken with bones, unlike the chicken tikka masala that is made with boneless chicken.


It Always Comes To Mind Which Tomato Puree Should I Use For My Instant Pot Chicken Tikka Masala?

Well, it depends on you, you can either use some fresh tomato and add a little bit of work or simply buy a pureed canned tomatoes.

Of course for the best taste, it’s always good to use the fresh ones. But as we said before with people having little time to cook, then there is nothing wrong with using the canned ones, you can also add some tomato paste for a stronger flavor.

The chicken tikka masala can be served either with balsamic rice, that’s cooked aside, or with some naan bread which is homemade Indian bread. 

Of course, the choice is yours you can serve it with rice and add a bit of parcel on the top and you can add naan bread too.

Some tips might help you to make that perfect instant pot chicken tikka masala:

Use boneless chicken always, the breast is the best you can use.
Marinate the chicken, if you can’t marinate overnight at least marinate it for 30 minutes, for a better flavor.

If you are a fan of strong hot flavors you can add more chili to the mixture, because most of the garam masala sold out there aren’t that hot.

One last tip always uses fresh ingredients…



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Instant pot chicken Tikka Masala Recipe
Prep Time
25 mins
Cook Time
30 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American, Indian
Keyword: Instant pot chicken Tikka Masala
  • 1 pound boneless skinless chicken breast
  • 1/2 cup fat-free Greek yogurt
  • 2 tablespoons garam masala
  • 1 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1 teaspoon ground garlic
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil or butter
  • 1 (5 ounces) can tomato sauce
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1 cup light coconut milk
  • Minced cilantro
For serving:
  1. let the instant pot to heat up a bit

  2. add some butter

  3. add the marinated chicken breast pieces

  4. wait till it gets brown color

  5. throw the onions in and stir till it gets some color for about 4-5 minutes

  6. once the onions get that brown color adds tomatoes and all the other ingredients and mix everything let it cook for 5 minutes before you close the pot.

  7. for better taste add spices before you add tomatoes, and let it cook with onions for about 2-3 minutes

  8. close the pot and let everything to cook on high pressure

  9. release the pressure and let everything to rest for 10 minutes before you serve

bon appétit...

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