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!
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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 is one ingredient in this recipe that you usually don’t have sitting around. (If you do, that’s awesome.) It is garam masala.
Garam masala is a spice blend widely used in Indian cuisine, from curries and lentil dishes to soups. Whole spices of cinnamon, mace, peppercorns, coriander seeds, cumin seeds, and cardamon pods are toasted in a pan to release their aromatic flavors, then ground to a powder.
You can find it on the spice aisle at the grocery store. It greatly enhances the flavor of your food.
Using chicken thighs or breasts in Chicken Tikka Masala:
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 in chicken Tikka Masala?
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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Instant Pot Chicken Tikka Masala Recipe
- 7 ounces plain Greek Yogurt fat free
- 1 Tablespoon Garam Masala
- 1 Tablespoon Lemon Juice
- 1 teaspoon black pepper
- ¼ teaspoon ground ginger
- 1 pound boneless skinless chicken breasts cut into bite sized pieces
- 15 ounces tomato sauce or puree
- 5 cloves garlic minced
- 4 teaspoons garam masala
- ½ teaspoon paprika
- ½ teaspoon turmeric
- ½ teaspoon salt
- ¼ teaspoon cayenne
- 1 cup heavy whipping cream add last
- 2 cups white rice cookied
- 2 naan bread
- 2 Tablespoons fresh cilantro
- Marinate the chicken first by combining the yogurt, Garam Masala, lemon juice, pepper, and ginger in a Ziploc gallon size freezer bag. Add chicken chunks and coat with the marinade. Zip it up and let it sit in the refrigerator for at least 1 hour.
- Select the SAUTE mode on the Instant Pot. When it is hot, add the marinaded chicken to the pot. Saute until the chicken is cooked on all sides, stirring occasionally. Turn off the SAUTE mode.
- Add all of the sauce ingredients except the cream to the pressure cooker and stir. Secure and seal the lid. Select MANUAL or PRESSURE COOK and set the timer to cook for 10 minutes. Turn the knob to VENTING when done to release the pressure.
- Push SAUTE on the Instant Pot. When it gets hot, add cream to the pot, stirring with the other ingredients. Simmer until the sauce is thickened to your liking, a few minutes.
- Serve with white rice or naan. Garnish with cilantro.
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