Instant pot chicken tikka masala

Instant Pot Chicken Tikka Masala (Pressure Cooker)

Most popular chicken tikka masala recipe, adapted for a pressure cooker like the Instant Pot.
Course Main Course
Cuisine Indian
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Servings 4 servings
Calories 460 kcal


For marinating the chicken:

  • 1 pound boneless skinless chicken breasts about 2, chopped into bite-sized pieces
  • 1 cup plain 2% fat greek yogurt 7 ounces
  • 1 tablespoon garam masala
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground ginger

For the sauce:

For serving:


  1. Marinating the chicken: Combine all marinade ingredients (minus the chicken) in a bowl and mix well. Add chicken chunks and coat with the marinade. Let sit in the refrigerator for at least 1 hour.
  2. Pressure cooker saute mode: Select the saute mode on the pressure cooker for medium heat. When it has reached temperature, add chicken chunks (along with any marinade sticking to them) to the pressure cooker. Saute until the chicken is cooked on all sides, about 5 minutes, stirring occasionally. Turn off the saute mode.
  3. Pressure cooker high pressure mode: Add all of the sauce ingredients except the cream to the pressure cooker, over the chicken, and stir. Secure and seal the lid. Select the manual mode to cook for 10 minutes at high pressure. Use the quick steam release handle to release pressure.
  4. Pressure cooker saute mode: Select the saute mode on the pressure cooker for low heat. When it has reached temperature, add cream to the pot, stirring with the other ingredients. Simmer until the sauce is thickened to your liking, a few minutes.
  5. Serving: Serve with basmati rice or naan. Garnish with cilantro.

Nutrition Info

This recipe yields 12.5 g net carbs per serving. Nutrition information does not include rice or naan.

Nutrition Facts Per Serving
Calories 460  
Total Fat 27g 41%
   Saturated Fat 17g 85%
   Trans Fat 0g  
Cholesterol 171mg 57%
Sodium 970mg 40%
Potassium 320mg 9%
Total Carb 19g 6%
   Dietary Fiber 6.5g 26%
   Sugars 6g  
Protein 32g  
Vitamin A 40% · Vitamin C 33% · Calcium 7% · Iron 10%