Instant Pot Butter Chicken + VIDEO

Instant Pot Butter Chicken in bowl served with lime wedges and naan.

This Instant Pot Butter Chicken recipe features chicken simmered in a mildly spiced, creamy tomato sauce. This delicious Indian dish, served over rice, will be on your dinner table in a flash.

Butter Chicken is definitely one of my favorite Indian dishes. It’s creamy and delicately spiced with just a hint of sweetness.

For years now, I’ve been making butter chicken in the slow cooker. But times have changed. My slow cooker is getting buried deeper and deeper in the pantry and instead I’ve been reaching for the Instant Pot.

It was time to bring a butter chicken instant pot recipe to life.

Just like with my slow cooker butter chicken, I’m lightening up this recipe up (and making it dairy-free) by using coconut milk in place of the heavy cream and butter. And, the traditional spices of curry, garam masala and ginger combine to bring the most beautiful, aromas to your kitchen.

Here’s how things needed to be adjusted to make this Indian butter chicken recipe work in the Instant Pot:

  • I needed to use more liquid. You need enough liquid in the pot to allow it to come to pressure.
  • I thickened up the sauce at the end with some cornstarch. Make a slurry with cornstarch and water. After the pressure cook is completed, remove the lid, hit the saute button and add the slurry to the pot. Heat it for a few minutes until the sauce thickens up.


Two bowls of indian butter chicken garnished with naan and lime wedges.

Is Butter Chicken Spicy?

  • Butter chicken is not a spicy dish. If you would like to add some heat, add in some cayenne pepper or top your butter chicken with some minced jalapenos or serrano peppers.

What to Serve with Butter Chicken

Instant Pot Butter Chicken in bowl served with lime wedges and naan.

Instant Pot Butter Chicken

Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Indian
Keyword: butter chicken, indian butter chicken, instant pot butter chicken
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Time for pressure to build & release: 25 minutes
Total Time: 45 minutes
Servings: 4 people
Calories: 364 kcal

This Instant Pot Butter Chicken recipe features chicken simmered in a mildly spiced, creamy tomato sauce. This delicious Indian dish, served over rice, will be on your dinner table in a flash.



  • 1 Tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 onion diced
  • 4 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 6-ounce can tomato paste
  • 1 Tablespoon fresh ginger minced
  • 1 Tablespoon curry powder
  • 2 teaspoons garam masala
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 2 pounds boneless skinless chicken thighs cut into 2-inch pieces (or breasts)
  • 1 ½ cups bone broth or chicken broth
  • 3 Tablespoons cornstarch
  • 3 Tablespoons water
  • 1 14-ounce can coconut milk
  • 4 Tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro leaves for garnish
  • Greek yogurt for topping
  • Naan for serving


  1. Set Instant Pot to SAUTE and heat olive oil.
    Making butter chicken in instant pot.
  2. Add onions and garlic and sauté for 1-2 minutes, until fragrant.
    Making butter chicken in instant pot.
  3. Add tomato paste, ginger, curry powder, garam masala, chili powder, salt & pepper and saute for 3-5 minutes.
    Making butter chicken in instant pot.
  4. Pour in the broth and scrape up any browned bits from the bottom of the Instant Pot. Add the chicken thighs. There should be enough liquid to cover the chicken, so add additional broth or water, if needed.
    Making butter chicken in instant pot.
  5. Cover and seal the lid - turn the vent to sealing. Hit CANCEL then press the MANUAL (high pressure) button and set the timer to 10 minutes. It will take about 15 minutes for Instant Pot to come to full pressure, then the display will show a countdown timer.
    Making butter chicken in instant pot.
  6. Once the 10 minutes are up, allow the pressure to release naturally for 10 minutes, then release any remaining pressure.
    Making butter chicken in instant pot.
  7. Open the lid, hit CANCEL then press SAUTE. Whisk together cornstarch and water and add to Instant Pot with coconut milk. Simmer for 5 minutes, stirring occasionally. The sauce should thicken. Season with salt and pepper.
    Making butter chicken in instant pot.
  8. Serve garnished with cilantro and greek yogurt.

Recipe Video

Nutrition Facts
Instant Pot Butter Chicken
Amount Per Serving
Calories 364 Calories from Fat 117
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 13g 20%
Saturated Fat 2g 10%
Cholesterol 215mg 72%
Sodium 830mg 35%
Potassium 640mg 18%
Total Carbohydrates 10g 3%
Dietary Fiber 1g 4%
Sugars 1g
Protein 47g 94%
Vitamin A 4.3%
Vitamin C 3.6%
Calcium 3.9%
Iron 13.6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

Want to make this Butter Chicken in the slow cooker. Grab that recipe here

If you loved this Instant Pot Butter Chicken recipe I would appreciate it so much if you would give it a star review! Also, be sure to snap a picture of your finished dish and share it with me onInstagram using the hashtag #platingsandpairings and tagging me @platingsandpairings.

Wine Pairings for Indian Butter Chicken:

  • Riesling or Gewurztraminer are your best bet for pairing with this spicy dish.

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  1. Meg

    I recently learned how to use my Instant Pot safely and butter chicken is high on my list of tries (so far I’ve made rice and yogurt). I will keep this on hand for when I want to make this dish. Thanks for the timeliness of this recipe!


    1. Erin

      You are welcome Meg!


  2. Mary

    Oh goodness this sounds so good! My kids have been requesting Indian food A TON lately and they would absolutely love this. I’m making this for them next week for sure! I’ll let you know how we all like it 🙂


    1. Erin

      Yay! I’m so excited to hear that Mary. I hope they love it!


  3. jana seitzer

    Oh this looks like a fantastic IP recipe to try for dinner some night soon! Yum!


  4. Catherine @ To & Fro Fam

    “On your table in a flash”—this is the kind of recipe I need these days. With working full time and trying to spend any and all free time focused on my family, cooking has to be quick and easy these days!


    1. Erin

      Yes!!! I’m all about the quick and easy Catherine!


  5. Amanda

    This looks like such an easy dish to make in the Instant Pot! I love Indian food and this looks like a comforting dish. Love all process images too.


  6. Kathleen

    Hi Erin! I’m new here. Thanks for your bone broth recipe! My Instant Pot arrived today, and I cooked a chicken, then made broth right afterward. I just enjoyed my first cup of homemade broth and it is delicious! I’m excited to try out your other recipes soon. I have a question about the nutrition facts following the recipes- are the calories per serving or per recipe? I know it says per serving, but some of the calorie counts seem pretty high. Thanks!


    1. Erin

      Hi Kathleen – They are per serving, but I am not a nutritionist. I use a program that calculates the values, but I cannot guarantee that they are 100% correct. I do my best to double check them though!


  7. Mary

    Update! I made this for my family last week and everyone LOVED it. My kids even asked to take the leftovers to lunch the next day (and they ONLY ever want PB&J for lunch).
    I made a small mistake of adding a bit too much liquid (I overestimated how much I’d need, my bad!), but I just simmered it a little longer than you suggested in the end to reduce it and added a little more seasoning to compensate for diluting it. Your liquid amount would have just right! Thanks for the great recipe. We will definitely be making it again and again 🙂


    1. Erin

      Thank you so much for the feedback Mary! I’m so glad the boys loved it!


  8. Sarah

    Quick question! Is the coconut milk sweetened or unsweetened ?


    1. Erin

      Hi Sarah – It’s unsweetened (the kind you find in a can). It’s normally in the asian foods area.


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