Dinner

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 sautรฉ, then pressure cook it, then sautรฉ 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?

Winter is Coming

It’s starting to feel like winter! It’s been 32 degrees in the morning with lots of ice on cars. It’s time to bring out the winter coats. Stevie has found his favorite spot in the new house:

…on the heater!

There’s also a small vent near the floor under the kitchen sink and he’ll sit right in front of that, too. Which is super convenient for us when we are trying to do dishes. ๐Ÿ˜‰

I’m not sure if I mentioned it, but because our house is a little weird, we had to do a special situation for AC and heat. The first half of the house is the original 1920’s with vents like the above picture. So the main floor was “AC ready” but because the upstairs was a converted attic, there were no ducts up there. So when we got AC installed in our house this summer we had to do it in two parts. We got traditional AC for the main floor, then we had to get those Mitsubishi ductless units for our bedroom and for Logan’s bedroom.

Because it’s been so cold lately we finally got to use the heat portion of the ductless units and they are AMAZING! So quiet. Super efficient. It doesn’t take much to warm up the room and you can set it up to maintain a certain temperature (instead of just having it run all the time). It will be interesting to see HOW efficient they are on energy. Since we have solar panels on our new house, I am hoping the combination of the panels and the ductless units will save us a ton of money on heating and cooling in the house. Even though we have to spend a lot of money to do two separate systems.

Anyways, this weekend we had the Halloween Party and then Sunday was kind of a chill morning, hanging out with my parents and Logan was playing with his Halloween toys:

After my parents left to head home to Seattle, I went swimming, had a late lunch and then prepped dinner. I decided to make this keto beef stroganoff.

INGREDIENTS

  • 4 cups beef stock
  • 10 ounces cremini mushrooms, thinly sliced
  • 1ย medium onion, diced
  • 4ย cloves garlic, minced
  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • 1 teaspoonย sea salt
  • 1 ยฝย pounds sirloin steak, thinly sliced (I get my grass-fed meat here)
  • 1 cupย heavy cream
  • 1 cupย sour cream
  • 2 tablespoons beef bouillon
  • 2 tablespoons Dijon mustard
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley
  • 1 ยฝ teaspoons onion powder (I use this brand of seasonings)
  • 1 ยฝ teaspoons garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoonย dried oregano

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. Heat the slow cooker on the high setting. To the slow cooker, add the beef stock and mushrooms and cover.
  2. Heat the butter in a large sautรฉ pan, over medium heat. Add the onions and garlic to the pan and sautรฉ until the onion is translucent and the garlic is fragrant. Add them to the slow cooker.
  3. Sprinkle the sirloin with salt, add it to the pan and sear on both sides, about 2 minutes.
  4. Add the steak, heavy cream, sour cream, beef bouillon, Dijon, parsley, onion powder, garlic powder, and oregano to the slow cooker. Cover and cook on high for 6 hours.

It was pretty easy to make and I love having a crockpot meal! So easy. The only change I did was I added the heavy cream and sour cream one hour before it was going to be done. I didn’t thinking putting it in the crockpot for the whole time would be good–it might curdle or something.

I also used fresh garlic from a friend’s garden! It was so good!

Dinner was really flavorful! I liked it a lot. The sauce was a little thin. Then I realized that it was a SOUP! Duh. I might use less broth next time I make it, though.

I wasn’t sure what to use as a base — I had cauliflower “Rice”, low carb noodles, zoodles, and in the end we used a chickpea pasta rotini instead. Not low carb, but it was really tasty.

Right now I’m not really doing keto. I’m doing more of a low carb/carb cycling program. I saw the above graphic on instagram and I liked the diet suggestion. I might do something like what it suggests, where I do a month of keto, month of low carb, month of something else. Maybe Mediterranean Diet, maybe Paleo or Slow Carb. I just feel like my body adjusts to whatever diet I try REALLY FAST and then it stops working. So maybe doing something like this will be better to switch things up.