Instant Pot Coconut Curry Chicken


This Instant Pot curry chicken is rich, creamy, and delicious. Great over jasmine or basmati rice! Garnish with chopped chives, if desired.

Prep Time:
15 mins
Cook Time:
35 mins
Additional Time:
15 mins
Total Time:
1 hrs 5 mins


  • 1 tablespoon coconut oil

  • 1 medium onion, chopped

  • 3 tablespoons curry powder, or to taste, divided

  • 2 cloves garlic, chopped

  • 1 (14.5 ounce) can diced tomatoes, drained

  • 1 (8 ounce) can tomato sauce

  • ½ cup chicken broth

  • 2 tablespoons white sugar

  • 2 pounds chicken breasts

  • salt to taste

  • ground black pepper to taste

  • 1 (14 ounce) can coconut milk


  1. Turn on a multi-functional pressure cooker (such as Instant Pot) and select Sauté function. Add coconut oil; when hot, add onion and cook for 1 minute. Add 2 tablespoons curry powder and garlic. Mix well and cook for 2 minutes. Turn off Sauté function. Stir in diced tomatoes, tomato sauce, chicken broth, and sugar.

  2. Poke holes into each chicken breast using a fork. Sprinkle with salt, pepper, and remaining curry powder. Add seasoned chicken to the pot. Close and lock the lid. Select high pressure according to manufacturer's instructions; set timer for 10 minutes. Allow 10 to 15 minutes for pressure to build.

  3. Release pressure using the natural-release method according to manufacturer's instructions for 10 minutes. Release remaining pressure carefully using the quick-release method according to manufacturer's instructions, about 5 minutes. Unlock and remove the lid.

  4. Remove chicken; use 2 forks to shred the meat and return it to the pot. Turn on Sauté function; cook and stir until liquid is lightly boiling, 2 to 3 minutes.

  5. Turn the pressure cooker to the Keep Warm setting. Add coconut milk and stir well; cook for 10 minutes more to allow flavors to come together.


Customize the taste by using more or less curry powder and sugar.

Editor's Note:

The magazine version of this recipe omits the chicken broth, uses only 1 tablespoon sugar, and adds 1/8 teaspoon cayenne.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

563 Calories
31g Fat
22g Carbs
52g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 4
Calories 563
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 31g 39%
Saturated Fat 23g 116%
Cholesterol 130mg 43%
Sodium 766mg 33%
Total Carbohydrate 22g 8%
Dietary Fiber 5g 18%
Total Sugars 13g
Protein 52g
Vitamin C 16mg 78%
Calcium 114mg 9%
Iron 9mg 51%
Potassium 1038mg 22%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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