This Easy Instant Pot Chicken Tikka Masala recipe makes a restaurant-quality Indian curry that has succulent pieces of boneless chicken in a flavorful creamy sauce. Ginger, garlic and Indian spices combine to give the curry a heavenly aroma and taste! [Instant Pot and Stovetop Instructions]
Open the Instant Pot and stir in garam masala, dried fenugreek leaves, and cream.
Select Saute mode and cook for 2 minutes, or until heated through and desired consistency.
Garnish with cilantro leaves.
Serve with rice or naan.
Heat butter or ghee in a large heavy-bottomed pot over medium-high heat.
Add garlic and ginger to the pot. Saute for about 30 seconds to one minute.
Add coriander, cumin, turmeric, black pepper, and chili powder and cook until spices are fragrant, about 30 seconds.
Add the chicken and stir to coat, letting the chicken brown slightly, about 2 minutes. Deglaze with some broth or water, if necessary.
Reduce heat to medium. Add tomato paste, tomato sauce, salt, lemon juice, honey, and fenugreek leaves. Simmer for 5 minutes, stirring frequently to prevent sticking. Add a couple of tablespoons of water or chicken broth if needed, to deglaze.
Add the yogurt, a couple of tablespoons at a time, stirring well after each addition.
Simmer the chicken on medium low heat until cooked through, about 20 minutes.
Stir in garam masala and cream.
Heat through, stirring occasionally until the sauce thickens.
Garnish with cilantro leaves, if desired.
Serve over rice or with naan.
Prep time does not include steps that are already accounted for in the ingredient list, e.g. minced garlic, cut up chicken, etc.
* American tomato sauce (called tomato passata in the UK), not tomato ketchup.
** Feel free to add more cream to make the dish richer and creamier!
I make the recipe as written with no sealing problems. If you regularly encounter the ‘burn’ message, you can add the tomato sauce and tomato paste together on top of the other ingredients, without stirring. If you still have issues, add some more liquid, e.g. a few tablespoons of chicken broth, with the yogurt. [Read more: Instant Pot Burn Message]