Butter Chicken

Main Course

Butter Chicken

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Butter Chicken

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Prep Time:
15 minutes

Cook Time:
8 minutes

Total Time:
23 minutes

Instant Pot Multi Pressure Cooker Instant Pot Multi Pressure Cooker


  • 1 tbsp oil
  • 1 medium onion
  • 2 tbsp garlic and ginger paste
  • 1 tbsp garam masala
  • 1 tsp chilli powder
  • 1 tsp fenugreek powder or seeds
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 4 tbsp tomato paste
  • 300 g boneless
  • 400 g tin chickpeas
  • 250 ml cream or yoghurt
  • 1 tbsp butter
  • Salt and pepper

Pot In Pot Rice

  • 220 g
  • 250 ml/1 cup water
  • ½ tsp salt
  • To serve


  1. Start your Butter Chicken meal by selecting Sauté on the Instant Pot and add the oil and diced onion.
  2. Sauté for 2 minutes until softened, then add the garlic and ginger paste. Sauté for another minute while stirring.
  3. Add all the spices and sauté for 1 more minute, then add the tomato paste and 1 cup/250ml water and give everything a stir.
  4. Add the chicken breast and chickpeas, using a spatula to ensure the chicken sits in an even layer, but do not stir it too much, and press cancel.
  5. If making pot in pot rice, mix the rice, water and salt in a suitably sized bowl, and then place this on the long-legged trivet into the inner pot.
  6. Secure the lid and select pressure cook, setting the time to 5 minutes. Once cooked, allow the pressure to release naturally for 7 minutes, then quick release any remaining pressure.
  7. Open the lid, remove the bowl of rice, and fluff with a fork.
  8. Give the butter chicken a mix then stir through the cream/yoghurt and the butter. Season to taste with salt and pepper.
  9. Serve your Butter Chicken immediately with the rice, plus naan or roti.

Main Course

Chicken, Instant Pot