InstaPot Butter Chicken

by Nisha Jeelani
InstaPot Butter Chicken
Instant Pot Now and Later Keto Indian Butter Chicken
Prep Time
5 mins
Cook Time
20 mins
Total Time
25 mins

Super easy yet authentic Keto Indian Butter Chicken. An easy Instant Pot Keto Recipe that's family-friendly and ready in 30 minutes.

Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Indian
Dietary Consideration: Gluten-Free, High Fat, High Protein, Keto, Low Carb, Low Sugar, Paleo
Cooking Style: Instant Pot/Pressure Cooker
Ease of Cooking: Pour and Cook, Under 30 Mins
Recipe Type: Chicken, Pressure Cooker
Servings: servings + sauce
Calories: 300 kcal


1 14- ounce can diced tomatoes

5-6 cloves garlic

1-2 teaspoons minced ginger

1 teaspoon turmeric

1/2 teaspoons cayenne pepper

1 teaspoon paprika

1 teaspoon salt

1 teaspoon garam masala

1 teaspoon ground cumin

1 pound boneless skinless chicken thighs (or use breast, bone-in, or whatever works for you. If frozen, add 1-2 minutes to total time)

To finish

4 ounces butter cut into cubes (use coconut oil if dairy free)

4 ounces heavy cream (use full-fat coconut milk if dairy free)

1 teaspoon garam masala

1/4-1/2 cup chopped cilantro


Instant Pot instructions

Place all ingredients into an Instant Pot in the order listed, EXCEPT for the butter, cream and 1 teaspoon of the garam masala, mixing the sauce well before you place the chicken on top of the sauce. If it's frozen, push it into the sauce a bit so it defrosts better

Close the cooker and set for 10 mins on high, and let it release pressure naturally for 10 minutes. After that, release all remaining pressure.

Open up the pot and remove the chicken carefully and set aside

Blend together all the ingredients, preferably using an immersion blender

Add the cut up butter, cream, cilantro, and garam masala and stir until well incorporated.

It's best to let the sauce cool just a little before adding the butter and the cream. Adding it into the boiling sauce will make your sauce very thin. If that happens, just put it in the fridge for a little and let it thicken up. It should be thick enough to coat the back of a spoon

Take out half the sauce and freeze for later or store in the fridge for 2-3 days

Add the chicken back in and heat through. Break it up into smaller pieces if you need but don't shred it.

Serve over rice, or zucchini noodles

Using leftover sauce

Use leftover cooked chicken and mix in with the gently heated sauce, let it simmer for a few for the flavors to meld together and there you go. Add some fresh cilantro on top.

You could also use this for Paneer Makhani. Defrost a cup of peas and 1 cup of paneer and mix gently into the heated sauce and let it simmer for a few for the flavors to meld together and there you go.

Recipe Notes

If you use a stand blender, be very careful with the hot sauce and be sure to leave the inside lid open to vent.

Yes, I know the recipe doesn't call for additional liquid. The chicken and tomatoes release a LOT of liquid.

Nutrition Facts
Instant Pot Now and Later Keto Indian Butter Chicken
Amount Per Serving
Calories 300Calories from Fat 180
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 20g31%
Total Carbohydrates 3g1%
Dietary Fiber 1g4%
Protein 25g50%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.


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