Instant Pot Chicken Tikka Masala

This Instant Pot Chicken Tikka Masala is a flavorful addition to your weekly menu. It’s packed with tender chicken swimming in a thick and spice filled tomato coconut milk based sauce with peas served over basmati rice. Super simple to make and packed full of flavor! 

This Instant Pot Chicken Tikka Masala is a flavorful addition to your weekly menu. It's packed with tender chicken swimming in a thick and spice filled tomato coconut milk based sauce with peas served over basmati rice. Super simple to make and packed full of flavor! 

Do you have an Instant Pot? Are you living that best pressure cooker life? 

If you’re new around here you might not know I LOVE my Instant Pot. 

Especially now that I’m in construction hell. It’s hard to get any cooking done without a stove BUT having a pressure cooker helps a TON. 

I actually made this recipe at the beginning of winter and I’m just getting around to sharing it now. It was so comforting and PERFECT for cold winter nights. 

And, if you’re a big fan of recipes that are full of flavor this is the recipe for you. 

It’s all about the flavor. 

This Instant Pot Chicken Tikka Masala is a flavorful addition to your weekly menu. It's packed with tender chicken swimming in a thick and spice filled tomato coconut milk based sauce with peas served over basmati rice. Super simple to make and packed full of flavor! 

I also added in some frozen petite peas because I always have a bag hanging out in my freezer and it goes perfect in chicken tikka masala. 

Plus it brings a little pop of green which is always appreciated in a dish that comes out this orange. 

I mean, I’m totally all about orange food but I just like to bring a pop of freshness. 

You feel me, right? 

This Instant Pot Chicken Tikka Masala is a flavorful addition to your weekly menu. It's packed with tender chicken swimming in a thick and spice filled tomato coconut milk based sauce with peas served over basmati rice. Super simple to make and packed full of flavor! 

To serve I spooned the Instant Pot chicken tikka masala over steamed basmati rice with a sprinkle of cilantro. 

Crazy. Freaking. Good. 

Plus, this meal reheats beautifully so need to try and eat it all in one sitting. 

Of course, if you want to eat it all in one sitting I promise I won’t judge. 

This Instant Pot Chicken Tikka Masala is a flavorful addition to your weekly menu. It's packed with tender chicken swimming in a thick and spice filled tomato coconut milk based sauce with peas served over basmati rice. Super simple to make and packed full of flavor! 

How to make Instant Pot chicken tikka masala

Well, like any good pressure cooker recipe it’s a balance of throwing it all into the pot and carefully picking the perfect cooking time. 

For this recipe, I like to marinade my meat overnight just to really pack the meat with the most flavor possible. If you’re in a time crunch you can always cut the marinating time down to a few hours. 

Or, let’s face it, you can skip it BUT I really do think it makes a difference when it comes to the flavor of the meat. 

After everything is in the pot, turn it on, let it do its thing, manually release the pressure, stir in the peas and serve. 

Trust me, if you’re looking for a take out fake out this is the dish you need! So flavorful, so easy and so perfect!

This Instant Pot Chicken Tikka Masala is a flavorful addition to your weekly menu. It's packed with tender chicken swimming in a thick and spice filled tomato coconut milk based sauce with peas served over basmati rice. Super simple to make and packed full of flavor! 

Do you love this Instant Pot Chicken Tikka Masala?

Try a few other delicious pressure cooker recipes like my Instant Pot Pork Chili VerdeInstant Pot Asian Chicken and Rice SoupInstant Pot Red Wine Rosemary Short RibsPressure Cooker Cranberry Sauce Pulled PorkPressure Cooker Hard Boiled Eggs or my Pressure Cooker Butternut Squash Congee

Instant Pot Chicken Tikka Masala

Instant Pot Chicken Tikka Masala

Yield: 4 servings
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes
This Instant Pot Chicken Tikka Masala is a flavorful addition to your weekly menu. It's packed with tender chicken swimming in a thick and spice filled tomato coconut milk based sauce with peas served over basmati rice. Super simple to make and packed full of flavor! 

Ingredients

  • 1 pound boneless skinless chicken breast
  • 1/2 cup fat-free Greek yogurt
  • 2 tablespoons garam masala, divided
  • 2 teaspoons turmeric, divided
  • 1 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1 teaspoon ground garlic
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 (5 ounce) can tomato sauce
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1 cup light coconut milk
  • 2 cups frozen peas
  • Minced cilantro

Instructions

  1. Cut chicken breast into 1-inch cubes.
  2. In a medium sized bowl add Greek yogurt, 1 tablespoon garam masala, 1 teaspoon turmeric, ground ginger, ground garlic and lemon juice.
  3. Whisk to combine and stir in chicken. Cover with plastic wrap and let marinade in the refrigerator for at least 1 hour or up to 24 hours.
  4. When you're ready to make the chicken add oil to your Instant Pot and press the sauté button.
  5. When the oil is hot add the chicken in batches and brown. Add your browned meat to a plate and add more oil between batches if necessary.
  6. Add the chicken back to the Instant Pot and add in the tomato sauce, kosher salt, and cayenne pepper. Stir to combine.
  7. Secure the lid, make sure the nozzle is placed to "seal" and cook on the high manual setting for 10 minutes. The Instant Pot will take about 10 minutes to reach pressure.
  8. When the cooking time is over manually release the pressure and remove the lid when unlocked.
  9. Gently stir to combine, turn the Instant Pot back on to sauté mode, and pour in the coconut milk.
  10. Simmer for about 10 minutes or until the mixture has thickened.
  11. Turn off the Instant Pot and stir in the frozen peas and let them warm in the sauce, about 5 minutes.
  12. Serve over rice with a sprinkle of cilantro.
This Instant Pot Chicken Tikka Masala is a flavorful addition to your weekly menu. It's packed with tender chicken swimming in a thick and spice filled tomato coconut milk based sauce with peas served over basmati rice. Super simple to make and packed full of flavor! 

9 Responses to “Instant Pot Chicken Tikka Masala”

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    Chrissie Baker — February 19, 2019 at 1:02 pm

    Excellent. We tried another recipe first, it was watery. This one was wonderful!

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    Mahy Elamin — February 19, 2019 at 1:04 pm

    I made this…oh my god it was so good. hubby raved!

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    Dee — February 19, 2019 at 1:56 pm

    So flavorful and colorful, incredibly tasty!

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    Sabrina — February 19, 2019 at 2:06 pm

    This is such a winning dinner! All my picky eaters cleaned their plates. This is going into our regular rotation.

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    Jade — February 20, 2019 at 4:20 am

    This look amazing, cannot wait to try this!

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    Melanie Bauer — February 20, 2019 at 6:30 am

    Looks so delish! I love all the flavors going on with this dish, this would be a great addition to my list of must makes!

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    Catalina — February 20, 2019 at 12:59 pm

    One of my favorite dishes! I should try your recipe next time!

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    Jessica@homeaddons — March 12, 2019 at 7:03 am

    Hey Brandy! Looks like a new favorite is going to be served every now and then 🙂 Thank you for sharing this recipe.

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    chiranshi — March 15, 2019 at 2:18 am

    These look absolutely divine, We made the chicken tikka masala two nights ago and they were delicious.

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