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Chicken Tikka Masala
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5 from 3 votes

Instant Pot Chicken Tikka Masala Recipe

This easy Instant Pot Chicken Tikka Masala is bursting with flavor and so tasty.
Prep Time1 hr 10 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Total Time1 hr 30 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Indian
Keyword: Chicken Tikka Masala Recipe, Instant pot chicken recipe, Instant Pot Recipe
Servings: 4
Calories: 946kcal
Author: Kristen Hills


  • Instant Pot


  • 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

Serve with:

  • 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.


Serve with white rice or Naan bread, and garnish with cilantro.


Calories: 946kcal | Carbohydrates: 116g | Protein: 44g | Fat: 32g | Saturated Fat: 16g | Cholesterol: 162mg | Sodium: 1451mg | Potassium: 937mg | Fiber: 6g | Sugar: 9g | Vitamin A: 1483IU | Vitamin C: 13mg | Calcium: 188mg | Iron: 2mg