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Instant Pot Butter Chicken Low Carb and Keto

Instant Pot Butter Chicken

Katerina | Diethood
Instant Pot Butter Chicken - Tender, yogurt-marinated chicken cooked in the most glorious tomato based sauce.
Servings : 6 servings
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes


  • 1.5 pounds boneless, skinless chicken thighs, cut into one-inch pieces
  • 1/2 cup plain yogurt
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/2 tablespoon finely minced ginger
  • 2 teaspoons garam masala
  • 1 teaspoon turmeric
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon (or to taste) chili powder
  • salt, to taste
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 yellow onion, diced
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 teaspoon finely minced ginger
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon garam masala
  • 1 teaspoon (or to taste) sweet paprika
  • 1/2 cup low sodium chicken broth or water
  • 1 can (14 ounces) diced tomatoes, undrained
  • 2 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 3/4 cup heavy cream


  • In a large mixing bowl, combine cut up chicken, yogurt, garlic, ginger, garam masala, turmeric, cumin, chili powder, and salt; mix to combine and set aside for 15 minutes.
  • Set the Instant Pot to Sauté. Heat olive oil in the instant pot; add in the onions and cook for 2 minutes.
  • Add in the butter; stir in garlic, ginger, cumin, garam masala, and sweet paprika; cook for 30 seconds.
  • Add in the chicken and cook for 2 minutes.
  • Pour in the chicken broth, diced tomatoes, and tomato paste. Stir; then, lock the Instant Pot lid in place; turn the pressure valve to seal it. Set to 8 minutes on HIGH PRESSURE. When the timer goes off, do a quick release.
  • Remove the chicken; stir in the heavy cream and, using a hand blender, blend the sauce for 30 seconds – just until creamy.
  • Stir the chicken back into the sauce and taste for salt and seasonings; adjust accordingly. Serve over basmati rice or cauliflower rice.


  • In place of the heavy cream, you can use evaporated milk or half and half. I’ve also used coconut milk and cream. If you want a thicker sauce, add in more butter at the end, and stir the sauce until butter has melted. Then, serve. 
  • Please use a can of diced tomatoes and not tomato sauce. Also, do not drain it. You’ll need the liquid. 
  • If you are getting the burn notice on the Instant Pot, I advise to add more water or chicken broth. 
To lower points down to 6, use Half & Half in place of Heavy Cream. 


Calories: 365 kcal | Carbohydrates: 10 g | Protein: 25 g | Fat: 24 g | Saturated Fat: 11 g | Cholesterol: 158 mg | Sodium: 312 mg | Potassium: 624 mg | Fiber: 2 g | Sugar: 4 g | Vitamin A: 1005 IU | Vitamin C: 10.3 mg | Calcium: 110 mg | Iron: 2.6 mg | Net Carbs: 8 g

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.

Course: Dinner
Cuisine: Indian
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