Chicken Tikka Masala is one of my favorite foods but it usually takes so long to make. Not anymore! Using your Instant Pot to make this recipe cuts down your time drastically!
This recipe has a tender chicken marinated and then it is baked in a spicy yogurt dressing before being tossed through a rich tomato sauce.
This Instant Pot Tikka Masala is so full of flavor, this popular Indian dish tastes like you went and ordered this dish from an amazing Indian restaurant.
Now, I would never want to trick you into wanting to try a recipe. Never ever. Not even the most creamy, luscious, medium-spicy, must-have-it chicken tikka masala.
Are you convinced? Let me help you just a little bit more.
how do you make chicken tikka masala?
The BEST part about this recipe is that you may already have these ingredients in your kitchen. If not, they are so easy to find in any grocery store, you won’t need to go searching high and low to find them!
There are two ingredients in this recipe that you usually don’t have sitting around. (If you do, that’s awesome.) They are garam masala and tumeric. I found them both in the spice section at my grocery store.
Using chicken thighs or breasts
We are still coating and marinating our chicken with an aromatic spiced Tikka yogurt, using chicken breasts instead of thighs for a delicious outcome. I would suggest marinating even longer than an hour if you have the time.
If you use thighs, you can cut down your marinading time by 1/2 because it will soak in all the flavors faster. But the texture will be a little different. The choice is up to you!
Why these spices?
The combination of spices going into this creamy, tomato based sauce is so perfect it makes your Tikka Masala explode with flavor.
- Garam Masala
what to serve with chicken tikka masala
The BEST side is fresh white rice and Naan bread.
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If you don’t want to make your own naan bread, You can find it in almost all your local grocery stores. My favorite place to purchase it is Costco, so I can buy it in bulk and freeze some for another day.
CHECK OUT OUR OTHER FAVORITE INSTANT POT RECIPES:
- Instant Pot Mashed Potatoes
- Instant Pot 7 Can Tortilla Soup
- Instant Pot Chicken Chile Verde
- Instant Pot Potato Soup
- Instant Pot Mac and Cheese
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