Instant Pot Coconut Chicken Curry

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Coconut Chicken Curry is one of those classic, savory meals everyone loves, and this Instant Pot version will have your dinner on the table in no time! It’s an easy coconut curry chicken recipe that is so flavorful and comes together in just 30 minutes! 

Instant Pot Coconut Chicken Curry Served


Chicken thighs in the Instant Pot are one of my favorites! They always turn out really tender and extra juicy. And, when you combine that with the flavors of this easy curry, you get the perfect, warm, and filling meal.

After my delicious attempt at Instant Pot Butter Chicken, I had to jump on trying my favorite Curry Chicken recipe. 🍽 Not only is this meal super easy to make, it’s a one-pot dinner that makes cleaning up a breeze!


Coconut curry is simply a blend of curry spices combined with unsweetened coconut milk. It is known for its rich, creamy texture and bold flavors. Traditional curry can take hours to make, however this version is made in the Instant Pot and takes minutes to prepare.

It may take less time, but there won’t be any less flavor, so skip your takeout, because you’re about to have this curry in an instant! 😊

Instant Pot Coconut Chicken Curry Ingredients


The secret to a good curry is in the spices! This is the magic blend of seasonings that will give your curry some extra spice, and the coconut milk will add sweetness to balance everything out perfectly.

  • Olive oil
  • Yellow onion
  • Red bell pepper
  • Chicken thighs
  • Garlic cloves
  • Curry powder
  • Dried basil
  • Salt
  • Chili powder
  • White pepper
  • Ground ginger
  • Unsweetened coconut milk
  • Cornstarch
  • Cooked rice
  • Fresh cilantro

Instant Pot Coconut Chicken Curry Cooked


Making this recipe in the Instant Pot is what makes it so, so simple. There really isn’t anything else out there like the bold spices of a good curry! Here is how to make the best instant pot chicken thighs:

  1. Add the olive oil to your instant pot and select the “SAUTÉ” setting to heat the oil.
  2. Once the oil is hot, add the diced onions and prepared peppers and cook for 2 minutes.
  3. Stir in the chicken pieces with the garlic. Season with curry, basil, salt, chili powder, white pepper and ground ginger.
  4. Cook and stir until the chicken is just starting to brown, about 2 minutes. Stir in the Coconut Milk (use canned coconut milk).
  5. Turn OFF the IP. Secure the lid and make sure the vent is closed. Select MANUAL (or PRESSURE COOK) and set to cook for 5 minutes.
  6. When the time is up, do a quick release of the pressure. When the pin drops, remove the lid.
  7. Carefully remove ¼ cup of the liquid from the pot and pour into a small bowl.
  8. Whisk in corn starch and stir until it is well combined.
  9. Pour the cornstarch mixture (slurry) into the IP and stir around until thoroughly combined and the sauce has thickened.
  10. Serve Coconut Curry Chicken over rice and garnish with cilantro.


  • Coconut Curry Chicken is served warm over rice. I prefer Lemon Rice, basmati rice, jasmine rice, or quinoa.
  • If you are watching your carb intake, feel free to use this Cauliflower Rice.

Instant Pot Coconut Chicken Curry Finished Cooking


  • Once your Coconut Chicken Curry has completely cooled, it can be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 5 days.


  • Reheating Coconut Chicken Curry is easy-peasy! I prefer to reheat it covered, in the microwave for convenience, but you can also reheat it on the stove over medium heat. Serve once it’s warmed throughout.

Instant Pot Coconut Chicken Curry Close Up




5 from 10 votes
Instant Pot Coconut Chicken Curry Served

Instant Pot Coconut Curry Chicken

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WW Freestyle: 13
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Total Time30 mins
Coconut Chicken Curry is one of those classic, savory meals everyone loves. This Instant Pot version will have your dinner on the table in no time!
Course: Dinner
Cuisine: Indian
Servings: 4 serves
Calories: 502


  • 1 Tablespoon Olive oil
  • 1 small yellow onion, diced
  • 1 small Red bell pepper, thinly sliced into strips
  • 1 1/2 Pounds boneless, skinless chicken thighs, cut into 1-1/2 inch pieces
  • 4 Cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 Tablespoon Curry powder
  • 1 Tablespoon Dried basil
  • 1 Teaspoon Salt, or to taste
  • 1/2 Teaspoon Chili powder
  • 1/4 Teaspoon White pepper, optional
  • 1/4 Teaspoon Ground ginger, or to taste
  • 1 Can (13.6 ounces) unsweetened full fat coconut milk
  • 1 ½ Tablespoons Cornstarch
  • Cooked rice, for serving
  • Chopped fresh cilantro, for garnish


  • Select the “SAUTÉ” function on the Instant Pot and heat up the olive oil.
  • Add diced onion and prepared peppers to the hot oil; cook for 2 minutes.
  • Stir in chicken pieces and garlic.
  • Season with curry, basil, salt, chili powder, white pepper, and ground ginger.
  • Cook and stir until chicken is just browned, about 2 minutes.
  • Add coconut milk to the pot and using a wooden spoon, scrape up the brown bits from the bottom of the pot.
  • Turn OFF the Instant Pot by selecting CANCEL. Secure the lid and make sure the vent is closed.
  • Select MANUAL (or PRESSURE COOK) and set to cook for 5 minutes.
  • When time is up, do a quick release.
  • When the pin drops, remove the lid.
  • Carefully remove 1/4 cup of the liquid from the pot and into a small bowl; whisk the cornstarch into the liquid until thoroughly combined.
  • Whisk the cornstarch mixture (slurry) back into the Instant Pot; mix and stir around until incorporated and sauce is thickened.
  • Serve Coconut Curry Chicken over the rice and garnish with cilantro.


Nutrition Facts
Instant Pot Coconut Curry Chicken
Amount Per Serving
Calories 502 Calories from Fat 297
% Daily Value*
Fat 33g51%
Saturated Fat 22g110%
Cholesterol 162mg54%
Sodium 174mg7%
Potassium 823mg24%
Carbohydrates 18g6%
Fiber 4g16%
Sugar 6g7%
Protein 36g72%
Vitamin A 1061IU21%
Vitamin C 44mg53%
Calcium 71mg7%
Iron 4mg22%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

Nutritional info is an estimate and provided as courtesy. Values may vary according to the ingredients and tools used. Please use your preferred nutritional calculator for more detailed info.

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35 Responses
        1. Katerina Petrovska

          Hi! 👋
          Do you mean bone-in thighs? Yes, those will have to cook longer.
          However, I have not tested this recipe with bone in thighs, so I can’t tell you for sure how to exactly adjust it.

  1. Patricia F McClaren

    I made this today and it was very delicious. I even added some potatoes to the recipe. I will definitely make this again.

  2. Juan

    Love this recipe and it smells incredible! I was confused about steps 11 and 12. Do we take out 1/4 cup and mix in the cornstarch with that or do we mix in the cornstarch with the chicken and throw out 1/4 liquid?

    1. Katerina Petrovska

      Thanks for letting me know about this – looks like a line is missing from that step. So sorry about that! I’ll fix it right away. But, yes, you want to mix the cornstarch into the 1/4 cup liquid and then stir it all back into the pot to thicken the sauce.

  3. Sara Welch

    This was so flavorful and rich; easily a new family favorite recipe! Looking forward to enjoying this again later this week!

      1. Beckie

        Hi- I have never used anything but stock in the instant pot- I am a newbie! I was wondering if you could help me tweak this.
        Could I cook the chicken in the coconut milk but not make it a curry? I found a bake chicken recipe that you bake chicken thighs in coconut milk in the oven- but I don’t want to heat up the kitchen! I am hoping the IP infuses the coconut flavor into the chicken? My parents are older and cannot have any spices or herbs besides thyme & Rosemary. (no garlic or onion either). I was thinking of a thyme coconut chicken? My mum loves Coconut.
        I have a can of coconut cream too- can that be used? I have never used coconut milk before. I was afraid it would curdle in the instant pot.

  4. Krissy Allori

    Yum! I had just been telling my husband we need to eat more curry at home. This recipe makes it easier to do for sure. Thanks!

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