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Pressure Cooker Chicken Instant Pot Curry

Instant Pot curry with chicken is a hearty, high protein, one pot meal. Use any brand of pressure cooker or Ninja Foodi to make this quickly with tons of flavor. Served over rice or in a bowl as is, this Indian recipe is a bold dairy free healthy one pot meal.

Instant Pot Curry

Pressure cooker chicken curry recipe that is delicious with onions, garlic and ginger to boot. Make it spicy if you like or keep bold. With a quick cooking time you can have this breast or chicken thigh dinner done in no time. (affiliate links present)

Ninja Foodi Chicken Curry

I do have quite a few different machines at home and use them all. You can certainly make this as an easy Instant Pot recipe, Crockpot Express and Mealthy have pots like this one too. If you love Indian curry at your local restaurant, it is time to make a batch yourself. Once you have the spices you need you can make it for a fraction of the price year round.

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Using coconut milk you get a slight sweetness and allows those who need a lactose free meal the ability to enjoy it too. Paired with a piece of our air fryer naan bread, it is a family favorite meal in less than 30 minutes even my girls love over and over again.

Pressure Cooker Chicken Curry

Instant Pot Curry Chicken

Of course you could make this same dish in a skillet on the stovetop as well. Pressure cooking allows you to saute at the beginning and then cook quickly under high pressure in the same pot. If you have two (like we do) you can make a great duo together like this and a batch of Instant Pot Lentil Curry too.

  • Typically I’ll make a pot of Instant Pot White Rice 2 cups for the 4 of us
  • 1/2 c onion chopped
  • Curry powder
  • 1 tbsp minced garlic
  • Diced tomatoes 1 can drained
  • 1 tbsp coconut oil
  • 1 tbsp tomato paste or tomato puree
  • Chicken stock or broth
  • 2 tbsp sugar
  • 1 lb. chicken breasts boneless skinless
  • Coconut milk

If you want to go lower in carbs we have skipped the bed of rice and instead served it on top of a bed of Instant Pot Cauliflower Curry. OH MY if you haven’t tried this I have made it an entire meal before it is just that good. Sprinkled with just some salt and black pepper when done it’s a must try.

Instant Pot Curry Chicken

Curry Instant Pot

Ok so we offer a printable recipe card for Instant Pot chicken curry below but let’s talk about it a bit here first with a bit more details; First off we use fresh meat here cut into bite size pieces. I have in fact made this with Instant Pot frozen chicken thighs but the sauce won’t permeate the meat quite as much.

  • Place coconut oil into the instant pot and set to saute.
  • When oil is hot, add onion and cook for 2 minute. Add 2 tablespoons curry powder and garlic and continue to heat for an additional 2 minutes.
  • Use a wooden spatula to scrape bottom of the pot when done.
  • Stir in drained diced tomatoes, tomato paste, chicken broth and sugar.
  • Mix well. Season chicken with salt, pepper and remaining curry powder and place on top of the mixture in the instant pot.
  • Place the lid on the instant pot and close. Seal the pressure regulator shut. Set to poultry or the high pressure setting, for 10 minutes.
  • When cooking is complete, let the pressure naturally release for 10 minutes.
  • Carefully open the pot and remove the chicken. Use a knife to cut the into cubes. Return meat and mix well.

Now you can use this same sauce with other meats, just the timing will change. Typically beef and things like oxtail curry will take longer but still possible and delish.

Pressure Cooker Chicken Curry

Set the pot to saute and add 1/2 to 1 cup coconut milk to achieve your desired consistency. Once mixture is hot, about 2 minutes, remove and serve with warm rice and top with chopped fresh parsley. If I want something cool to serve with it I will make Curry Indian Cabbage Recipe.

Curry Instant Pot

Instant Pot Curry with Frozen Chicken

Can you make this with frozen chicken in Instant Pot? If you have boneless skinless breasts it would work better than other cuts or with bone-in as mentioned above with thighs I used. If they are rock hard you would want to increase timing to 12 minutes with a 3 minute natural release at the end.

With this method you will get shredded chicken that you’ll need to pull apart once done. Then stir with the sauce and set the lid back on, don’t seal. Allow the flavors to sit and meld together so the meat can soak it up a bit more for a good 5 minutes or so. Then enjoy this way.

The biggest difference between this and fresh is that you will get a bit of water released once the protein defrosts which will thin the sauce a bit. If that is all you have on hand though it is a nice go to for dinner for sure. Both offer a gluten free healthy meal you can jazz up with seasonings of your choice.

Ninja Foodi Chicken Curry

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Instant Pot Curry

Instant Pot curry with chicken is a hearty, high protein, one pot meal. Use any brand of pressure cooker or Ninja Foodi to make this quick.
Course Entree
Cuisine Indian
Keyword chicken, crockpot express, curry, instant pot, ninja foodi, pressure cooker
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Servings 4
Calories 310kcal
Author The Typical Mom

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Instructions

  • Place coconut oil into the instant pot and set to saute. When oil is hot, add onion and cook for 2 minute. Add 2 tablespoons curry powder and garlic and continue to heat for an additional 2 minutes.
  • Stir in drained diced tomatoes, tomato paste, chicken broth and sugar. Mix well. Season chicken with salt, pepper and remaining curry powder and place on top of the mixture in the instant pot.
  • Place the lid on the instant pot and close. Seal the pressure regulator shut. Set to poultry or the high pressure setting, for 10 minutes.
  • When cooking is complete, let the pressure naturally release for 10 minutes. Carefully open the pot and remove the chicken. Use a knife to cut the into cubes. Return meat and mix well.
  • Set the pot to saute and add 1/2 to 1 cup coconut milk to achieve your desired consistency. Once mixture is hot, about 2 minutes, remove and serve with warm rice and top with chopped fresh parsley, if using.

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Nutrition Facts
Instant Pot Curry
Amount Per Serving (2 oz)
Calories 310 Calories from Fat 144
% Daily Value*
Fat 16g25%
Saturated Fat 12g75%
Trans Fat 0.01g
Polyunsaturated Fat 1g
Monounsaturated Fat 2g
Cholesterol 73mg24%
Sodium 291mg13%
Potassium 851mg24%
Carbohydrates 17g6%
Fiber 3g13%
Sugar 10g11%
Protein 27g54%
Vitamin A 261IU5%
Vitamin C 14mg17%
Calcium 74mg7%
Iron 4mg22%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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