Chicken

Instant Pot Butter Chicken Recipe

A Twitter friend recommended this recipe and said it was one that was a frequent meal in her house. I had some frozen chicken breasts and everything on hand (shocking!) so I gave it a try.

Here is the recipe I used:

Instant Pot Butter Chicken

Prep Time20 minutes

Cook Time25 minutes

Pressurize15 minutes

Total Time1 hour

Servings4 servings

Calories430kcal

Net Carbs:9.5g

This Instant Pot butter chicken recipe is a keto and electric pressure cooker adaptation of the popular Indian murgh makhani dish. This low carb curry has tender chicken thighs in a smooth and creamy sauce infused with coconut milk, tomato, and aromatic spices. To make it on the stovetop instead, see Butter Chicken Recipe

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 pounds boneless skinless fresh chicken thighs
  • 1 small yellow onion, finely chopped
  • 5 cloves garlic, minced
  • 15 ounce can unsalted plain tomato sauce
  • 13.5 ounce can coconut milk (regular full-fat, not light versions; I use the Goya brand)
  • 1/3 cup plain 5% fat greek yogurt (use whole milk yogurt or high fat like 5% so it does not curdle; I use the Fage brand)
  • 3 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro (I use both stems and leaves)
  • 2 tablespoons salted butter

Spices:

Instructions

  • Add chopped onions, garlic, tomato sauce, coconut milk, yogurt, and all spices to the pressure cooker pot (I use a 6-quart Instant Pot). Stir until well-mixed.
  • Pat the chicken thighs dry with paper towels. Trimming off and discarding excess fat, cut the meat into 1-inch chunks. Add them to the pot, stirring until coated with sauce.
  • Cover and seal the lid. Cook at high pressure for 10 minutes, followed by a quick pressure release.
  • Uncover and turn on the saute mode for medium heat. Boil until the liquid thickens to your desired consistency with a smooth appearance, stirring occasionally to prevent sticking to the bottom of the pot. I prefer a stew-like consistency, which takes about 15 minutes of boiling.
  • Turn off the saute setting. Stir in butter and two-thirds (2 tablespoons) of chopped cilantro until the butter is melted. Serve into bowls, and garnish with remaining cilantro (1 tablespoon).
  • Butter Chicken goes great with low carb sides like cauliflower rice or creamed spinach. Leftovers taste just as good the next day; simply reheat in the microwave.

It smelled really good while it was cooking! But I am partial to Indian flavors.

It took a little longer than I would have liked, so if we weren’t in a quarantine with all the free time in the world right now, I’d probably save this recipe for a weekend dinner. You had to prep, then sauté, then pressure cook it, then sauté again.

The chicken was cooked perfectly, the sauce thickened up nicely. I bet it will be even better the next day as a leftover!

I served it on top of cauliflower rice (the frozen Green Giant kind that has peas, carrots and green onions in it).

Overall, I liked it a lot. I liked the flavors , I liked the meal as a whole. Next time I think I would add some leafy greens (spinach or kale) and maybe top it with a dollop of plain greek yogurt? It needed a little bit of something but I couldn’t quite put my finger on it. But I liked it a lot.

QUESTION: Have you made something like this? Favorite recipe?

Weekend

I took it easy for a few days after my cortisone injection in my knee. Thursday afternoon it started to swell a bit and it was hard to walk or bend my knee. I went home early and iced my knee. Thankfully I could work from home on Friday and I spent the day on the couch with my laptop and an ice pack. After that it was a lot better!

Saturday I wasn’t able to do cardio or lower body workouts yet but I did go to the gym and do an upper body weight workout and ab workout. It felt nice to be able to do something after a few days off.

I went to see the Downton Abbey movie with a friend and it was really good! Granny is the best character :). The movie was good and I felt satisfied with the ending and how they kind of wrapped things up. It was funny, too. Loved it!


I sure do miss that TV show!

After the movie I came home and we had some friends over for dinner. Michael smoked a chicken. We had some steamed broccoli with it and they brought fresh sourdough from the bakery our friend works at it. It was all so good!

Sunday I was able to go swimming. I took it easy with my knee. My doctor had said that I could swim on Sunday and it should be fine (after two days of rest). But I still wanted to be careful. So I alternated between swimming with my buoy a lot more than I usually do (to rest my knees) and then swimming normally kicking my legs. I was pleased there was no discomfort but glad I took it easy still.

After Logan’s nap, we went to Liepold Farms in Boring, Oregon to go to the pumpkin patch.

I was happy our friends could join us, too. It was a lot more fun with friends! I was surprised at how crowded it was, especially for a Sunday afternoon. Last year when Logan and I went it wasn’t very crowded. But this time there were long lines. Oh well, the kids still had fun.

They played in the kids area, ran around, we got mini donuts to share, they went on the carousel. We went for a hayride and then picked out pumpkins. The pumpkins were reasonably priced too!

We had a blast! But man, I was pretty tired by Sunday night.