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Instant Pot Chicken Tikka Masala

Course Main Course
Cuisine Indian
Keyword chicken tikka masala
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Servings 4 servings
Calories 257 kcal


  • 1 lb. raw chicken breast, boneless, skinless
  • 1 onion
  • 3 cloves garlic
  • 2 Tbsp. fresh ginger
  • 2 tsp. ghee (organic grass-fed, if possible)
  • 2 Tbsp. curry powder
  • 1 tsp. ground cumin
  • ½ tsp. sea salt or Himalayan salt
  • ¼ tsp. ground black pepper
  • 1 dash ground cinnamon
  • 1 dash ground cloves
  • 8 oz. all-natural tomato sauce (no sugar added)
  • 1 cup canned lite coconut milk
  • ½ cup Greek yogurt (plain 2%)
  • ¼ cup fresh cilantro


  1. Cut chicken into 1-inch cubes. Set aside.

  2. Chop onion. Finely chop garlic and ginger.

  3. Set Instant Pot to sauté; add ghee, onion, garlic, and ginger. Cook, stirring occasionally, for 3 to 4 minutes until onion is translucent.

  4. Add curry powder, cumin, salt, pepper, cinnamon, and cloves; cook, stirring constantly, for 1 minute, until fragrant.

  5. Add chicken to Instant Pot and cook, stirring occasionally, for 4 to 5 minutes, until no longer pink.

  6. Add tomato sauce; cover and seal Instant Pot. Cook, on chicken setting, for 6 minutes. Release pressure to vent immediately.

  7. Change Instant Pot setting to sauté; add coconut milk and cook, stirring occasionally, for 3 to 5 minutes, until sauce has thickened slightly.

  8. Place yogurt in a small bowl; stir in ½ cup of the hot chicken mixture to temper yogurt. Add yogurt mixture to Instant Pot; stir to combine.

  9. Divide evenly among four bowls; serve immediately, or store refrigerated in an airtight container for up to 4 days.

Recipe Notes

The Nutrition Facts box below provides estimated nutritional information for this recipe.

Nutrition Facts
Instant Pot Chicken Tikka Masala
Amount Per Serving (1 serving)
Calories 257 Calories from Fat 81
% Daily Value*
Fat 9g14%
Saturated Fat 5g31%
Cholesterol 91mg30%
Sodium 642mg28%
Carbohydrates 13g4%
Fiber 4g17%
Sugar 6g7%
Protein 30g60%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.