Low Calorie Recipes

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?

November Keto Part 1

I was super disappointed about quitting the Mediterranean diet. I mean, I had planned on doing some kind of keto-Mediterranean-low carb-carb cycling type schedule but it was clear I need to just hunker down and get back at it.

At the very least, keto kept me from GAINING weight… (This is an interesting article about keto.)

I sat down and worked out a meal schedule for the next three months or so. A lot of it is tried and true recipes we’ve done before on keto, some are new. Some are “simple” dinners that are just easy to do. Like burgers (no bun) with a veggie. Not much different than what we usually do.

I wanted to share some of the recipes. It wasn’t 100%, sometimes I switched days depending on what my mood was, or what I got at the grocery store. But this is basically what we did:

Low Carb Big Mac in a Bowl: One of my favorite keto recipes! It’s really good!

Cowboy Butter Chicken with Zoodles: It was just ok. It had some good spicy flavor but the chicken itself was rather boring and we both though it needed some crumbled goat cheese or something on top.

Chicken and Broccoli Casserole with Cream Cheese and Mozzarella : SUPER delicious! Definitely put it under the broiler at the end! We will make this recipe again. And it would be easy to do variations–like make it Greek or Mexican.

Coconut Curry Chicken: Really good! I liked this curry recipe a lot. It was simple, easy, and pretty quick. I put it on top of Trader Joe’s cauliflower “mashed potatoes”. Delicious!

Keto Asian Beef Salad: This was delicious! We both really liked the recipe. When I make it again, I will use less sesame oil in the dressing mixture because the flavor was a bit overpowering. I’d probably do 1/2 sesame oil and 1/2 olive oil. I also added some sriracha to the dressing and it was great!

Creamy Spinach Artichoke Chicken: delicious! Super super good. Michael said it was the best recipe I’ve ever made.

A lot of the recipes I tried this month were delicious and I’d definitely make them again.