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Instant Pot Chicken Tikka Masala easy dinner recipe | lecremedelacrumb.com

Instant Pot Chicken Tikka Masala

A quick and easy weeknight recipe for Indian Chicken Tikka Masala you can make in your Instant Pot, with tender chicken chunks in a creamy spiced tomato sauce. Serve with buttered rice or warm naan.
Course Main Course
Cuisine Indian
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Servings 4 servings
Author Tiffany


  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1 onion thinly sliced
  • 1 tablespoon freshly grated ginger or 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1 tablespoon minced garlic
  • 2 tablespoons garam masala
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/4-1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper, to taste
  • 1 teaspoon salt, or to taste
  • 2 1/2 pounds boneless skinless chicken thighs or breasts, cut into 2-inch pieces
  • 1 15-ounce can tomato sauce
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro


  • Set an electric pressure cooker to the sauté function. Add the butter and onions and cook until softened. Stir in the ginger, garlic, garam masala, cumin, cayenne and ½ teaspoon salt. Cook about 30 seconds, until fragrant.
  • Add the chicken, tomato sauce, 1/2 teaspoon salt and ¼ cup cream to the pot and stir to combine.
  • Cover and set to pressure cook at high pressure for 8 minutes. Release the pressure manually.
  •  Scoop the chicken out of the pot with a slotted spoon (cover to keep warm). Add the remaining ¼ cup cream to the sauce in the pot. Press the sauté or reduce button. Let the sauce simmer until slightly reduced and thickened, 8 – 10 minutes.
  • Add the chicken back to the pot. Add the cilantro and stir to combine.
  •  Serve in bowls over rice or with naan flatbread on the side.