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Butter Chicken Recipe

Butter chicken

Butter Chicken

Course Main Course
Cuisine Indian, Oriental


  • Instant Pot Multi Pressure Cooker


  • 700 g skinless chicken thighs
  • 2 tablespoons 30g ghee or unsalted butter
  • 6 garlic cloves minced
  • 250 g onion sliced
  • 1 tbsp ginger minced
  • 250 ml unsalted chicken stock
  • 370 g plain yogurt
  • 225 g tomato paste
  • 2 tbsp garam masala
  • 2 tbsp sugar
  • 3 tbsp paprika
  • 1 tsp ground turmeric
  • 1 tsp ground coriander
  • 1 tsp ground cumin
  • 3 tbsp regular soy sauce
  • 80 ml heavy cream
  • 20 ml - 35ml lemon juice fresh squeezed
  • Salt for seasoning
  • Fresh cilantro for garnish


  • Brown Chicken Thighs: Heat up Instant Pot using Sauté function. Wait until it says HOT. Pat dry the skinless chicken thighs, then season one side with some salt. Add 2 tbsp (30g) ghee or unsalted butter. Then, brown 2 sides of the chicken thighs in Instant Pot for 3 minutes per side. Set aside the browned chicken thighs.
  • Saute Onions and Spices: Add sliced onions in Instant Pot, and saute for 4 minutes. Add minced ginger, garlic, 2 tbsp (24g) garam masala, 2 tbsp (24g) sugar, 3 tbsp (22g) paprika, 1 tsp (2g) ground turmeric, 1 ¼ tsp (2.5g) ground coriander, and 1 ¼ tsp (2.5g) ground cumin. Then, sauté for another minute.
  • Deglaze Instant Pot: Pour in 1 cup (250ml) unsalted chicken stock, then completely deglaze the bottom of the pot. Turn off the heat briefly.
  • Pressure Cook Butter Chicken: Add 3 tbsp (45ml) regular soy sauce, browned chicken thighs (and the meat juice), then add freshly squeezed lemon juice from half a lemon (20ml) in Instant Pot. Layer 1 cup (225g) tomato paste on top and do not mix! Remove the lid carefully and give it a few gentle stirs so the tomato paste infuses into the sauce.
  • Make Butter Chicken Sauce: Set aside the chicken thighs in a serving bowl. Mix in 1 ½ cup (370g) plain yogurt and ⅓ cup (83ml) heavy cream. For smoother butter chicken sauce, blend sauce with an immersion blender. Taste and adjust the seasoning with more salt, sugar, lemon juice, and yogurt.
  • Serve: Add chicken thighs back in Instant Pot, then give them a quick mix. Garnish with cilantro. Serve with any of your favourite side dishes / rice / naan.


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Recipe by @hungryolivethethyme
Keyword Chicken, Instant Pot, Official Recipe Contributor