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Enjoy Instant Pot Chicken Tikka Masala Recipe in just 20 minutes for an easy dinner everyone will enjoy. This recipe is a great way to turn plain chicken into a flavor packed meal with lots of curry and other delicious seasonings.

Chicken Tikka Masala in a bowl with white rice
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Don’t let this Instant Pot Chicken Tikka Masala Recipe intimidate you because it is super easy. While the name sounds very fancy, the recipe is actually very simple to make. I promise! Even better, the pressure cooker gets it on the table in only 20 minutes.

The chicken is so tender and you can cut it with a fork. It just falls apart in this quick and easy Instant Pot Recipe. This meal is also delicious in the slow cooker. You might also want to try Crock Pot Chicken Tikka Masala Recipe.

Why We Love This Recipe

This Indian inspired for a delicious meal idea. Using the instant pot to make this recipe has been a game changer. The chicken comes out so tender and juicy for the best weeknight meal.

This chicken tikka masala recipe comes together easily for an amazing tomato sauce with curry and served over rice.

Ingredients

Chicken Tikka Masala Ingredients - chicken thighs, garam masala, cumin, turmeric, paprika, salt, pepper, onion, garlic, ginger, tomato sauce, chicken broth, heavy cream, rice, cilantro
  • Boneless Skinless Chicken Thighs
  • Garam Masala
  • Cumin
  • Turmeric
  • Paprika
  • Kosher Salt
  • Black Pepper
  • Yellow Onion
  • Minced Garlic
  • Fresh Ginger
  • Tomato Sauce
  • Chicken Broth
  • Heavy Cream
  • Cooked Rice
  • Fresh Cilantro 

Scroll to the bottom for the full list of ingredients and recipe in the recipe card.

Variations Ideas

  • Change Chicken – We used chicken thighs, but you can also use chicken breasts or chicken tenders to make chicken tikka masala.
  • Heavy Whipping Cream – Feel free to substitute the heavy cream with coconut milk or plain Greek yogurt are great options.
  • Seasoning – You can easily change the seasoning to what you prefer. Substitute the minced garlic for cloves garlic and add in cayenne pepper for a hint of spice.

Step by Step Instructions

Placing chicken thighs in the instant pot with the seasoning

Step 1 – Place the chicken in the pressure cooker. Season with the garam masala, cumin, turmeric, paprika, salt, and pepper. Sprinkle the spice mix over both sides of the chicken thighs, coating them liberally.

Topping the chicken with diced onions in the instant pot

Step 2 – Place the onion on top.

Pouring the sauce over the chicken in the instant pot

Step 3 – In a small bowl combine the tomato sauce, garlic, and ginger and chicken broth. Pour on top.

Cooking chicken tikka masala in the instant pot with a wooden spoon

Step 4 – Place the lid on top, and set the pressure to high pressure for 20 minutes. Do a quick release to release the pressure. When done, the chicken should be fall-apart tender. Break apart the chicken into big chunks

  • Step 5 – Add the heavy cream. Stir gently to combine the cream with the tomato sauce. Taste the sauce and add salt if needed.
  • Step 6 – To serve, spoon the chicken and tomato sauce over cooked rice and top with fresh cilantro.

Recipe Tips

  • Instant Pot – I am using an 8 quart Instant pot but you can use a 6 quart. I personally have an Instant Pot and so far I am loving it. You can find the Instant pot on sale here.  It’s really changed dinner time around here.
  • Heavy Cream – Add the cream towards the end of cooking time. This creates a creamy curry sauce to serve over rice.
  • Shredding the Chicken – The chicken cooks fork tender in the instant pot. There is no need to shred it separately.
Chicken Tikka Masala in a bowl with white rice with a serving on a fork

Serving Suggestions

This chicken tikka masala is great served with your favorite rice. We usually serve it with pressure cook white rice but you can also use brown rice or basmati rice.

When serving it is delicious topped with fresh lemon juice with a side of naan bread.

Chicken Tikka Masala in a bowl with white rice

Frequently Asked Questions

How to Store Leftovers

Store leftovers in an airtight container for up to 4 days in the fridge.

How to Reheat

Depending on the amount, we like to reheat in the microwave in 1 minute intervals. We think it taste even better the next day as the ingredients really marinate together.

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Instant pot Chicken Tikka Masala

5 from 3 votes
Enjoy Instant Pot Tikka Masala Recipe in just 20 minutes for an easy meal. Pressure cooker tikka masala is packed with flavor.
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Servings 6
Cuisine Indian
Course Main Course
Calories 399

Ingredients

  • 2 lbs. boneless skinless chicken thighs
  • 1.5 Tbsp garam masala
  • 1/2 tsp cumin
  • 1/2 tsp turmeric
  • 1/2 tsp paprika
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/2 yellow onion diced
  • 2 teaspoon minced garlic
  • 1 Tbsp grated fresh ginger
  • 15 oz. tomato sauce
  • 1 cup chicken broth
  • 1/3 cup heavy cream
  • 4 cups cooked rice
  • 1/4 bunch fresh cilantro

Instructions

  • Place the chicken in the pressure cooker.
  • Season with the garam masala, cumin, turmeric, paprika, salt, and pepper. Sprinkle the spice mix over both sides of the chicken thighs, coating them liberally.
  • Place the onion on top.
  • In a small bowl combine the tomato sauce, garlic, and ginger and chicken broth.
  • Pour on top.
  • Place the lid on top, and set the pressure to high pressure for 20 minutes.
  • Do a quick release to release the pressure.
  • When done, the chicken should be fall-apart tender. Break apart the chicken into big chunks
  • Add the heavy cream. Stir gently to combine the cream with the tomato sauce. Taste the sauce and add salt if needed.
  • To serve, spoon the chicken and tomato sauce over cooked rice and top with fresh cilantro.

Nutrition Facts

Calories 399kcal, Carbohydrates 36g, Protein 34g, Fat 12g, Saturated Fat 5g, Cholesterol 162mg, Sodium 913mg, Potassium 699mg, Fiber 2g, Sugar 4g, Vitamin A 620IU, Vitamin C 6mg, Calcium 44mg, Iron 2mg

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