Easy Instant Pot Chicken Tikka Masala


Simple and absolutely irresistible chicken tikka masala made in the Instant Pot with all the flavors of garam masala and turmeric. A wonderful and easy midweek dinner option.

Prep Time:
10 mins
Cook Time:
30 mins
Additional Time:
1 hr 5 mins
Total Time:
1 hr 45 mins



  • 1 pound boneless chicken breasts, cut into 2-inch pieces

  • 1 cup plain yogurt

  • 1 tablespoon garam masala

  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice

  • 1 teaspoon cayenne pepper

  • 1 pinch ground ginger


  • 1 (15 ounce) can tomato sauce

  • 4 cloves garlic, minced

  • 1 ½ tablespoons garam masala

  • 1 teaspoon paprika

  • ½ teaspoon ground turmeric

  • ½ teaspoon salt

  • 1 cup heavy cream


  1. Combine chicken, yogurt, garam masala, lemon juice, cayenne pepper, and ginger in a bowl; toss until fully coated. Cover and refrigerate for 1 hour.

  2. Turn on a multi-functional pressure cooker (such as Instant Pot) and select the Sauté function. Add chicken with marinade; cook until tender, stirring occasionally, about 5 minutes.

  3. Place tomato sauce, garlic, garam masala, paprika, turmeric, and salt in the pot; stir until well combined. 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.

  4. Release pressure carefully using the quick-release method according to manufacturer's instructions, about 5 minutes. Remove the lid and select the Sauté function. Pour in cream; stir well. Simmer until sauce has thickened, about 4 minutes.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

408 Calories
27g Fat
16g Carbs
29g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 4
Calories 408
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 27g 34%
Saturated Fat 15g 77%
Cholesterol 144mg 48%
Sodium 965mg 42%
Total Carbohydrate 16g 6%
Dietary Fiber 3g 12%
Total Sugars 9g
Protein 29g
Vitamin C 15mg 75%
Calcium 209mg 16%
Iron 3mg 14%
Potassium 773mg 16%

* 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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