Enjoy Instant Pot 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.

Enjoy Instant Pot Tikka Masala Recipe in just 20 minutes for an easy meal. Pressure cooker tikka masala is packed with flavor.

Instant Pot Tikka Masala Recipe

Don’t let this Instant Pot 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! You will think it was slow cooked all day instead of prepared in the instant pot in minutes.

The rich sauce is so amazing over rice and I could literally eat it by the spoonful.  This is our new go to chicken recipe and everyone declared it a hit!

Try it this week and turn plain chicken into something extra special!

Enjoy Instant Pot Tikka Masala Recipe in just 20 minutes for an easy meal. Pressure cooker tikka masala is packed with flavor.

You will need an instant pot to make this easy pressure cooker tikka masala.

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.

If you have been putting off trying an instant pot, I highly recommend going ahead and biting the bullet. I love using the pressure cooker when I don’t have much time.

It is perfect for frozen food or meals that normally take a while. You can toss everything in and have dinner ready in no time at all.

Enjoy Instant Pot Tikka Masala Recipe in just 20 minutes for an easy meal. Pressure cooker tikka masala is packed with flavor.

Those days when you forget to take something out of the freezer or wait until the last minute for dinner, the instant pot is your saving grace.

I am not exaggerating when I say it truly has changed meal time around here. We love ours and it makes soup recipes even easier.

You can also these Instant Pot Accessories to make pressure cooking a breeze. We just love to pressure cook and  I am certain you will too.

This meal is also delicious in the slow cooker. You might also want to try Crock Pot Chicken Tikka Masala Recipe.

Enjoy Instant Pot Tikka Masala Recipe in just 20 minutes for an easy meal. Pressure cooker tikka masala is packed with flavor.

Pressure cooker tikka masala ingredients:

  • boneless skinless chicken thighs 
  • garam masala 
  • cumin 
  • turmeric 
  • paprika 
  • salt and pepper
  • yellow onion
  • minced garlic
  • fresh ginger 
  • tomato sauce
  • chicken broth
  • heavy cream 
  • cooked rice 
  • fresh cilantro 

This all comes together for an amazing tomato sauce with curry and other tasty seasonings and chicken.

Enjoy Instant Pot Tikka Masala Recipe in just 20 minutes for an easy meal. Pressure cooker tikka masala is packed with flavor.

How to make tikka masala in the instant pot:

First, place the chicken in the pressure cooker.

Next, 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

 Now it is time to add the heavy cream. Stir gently to combine the cream with the tomato sauce. Taste the sauce and add salt if needed.

It is that simple! Keep reading for the full recipe.

This is the best chicken tikka masala recipe in the instant pot.

Enjoy Instant Pot Tikka Masala Recipe in just 20 minutes for an easy meal. Pressure cooker tikka masala is packed with flavor.

What to serve with Instant pot tikka masala?

To serve, spoon the chicken and tomato sauce over cooked rice and top with fresh cilantro.

I actually keep rice in the freezer to use for meals like this. It is so easy during busy weeknights and a big help to just be able to grab it from the freezer.

Enjoy Instant Pot Tikka Masala Recipe in just 20 minutes for an easy meal. Pressure cooker tikka masala is packed with flavor.

You can cook a large batch rice in the pressure cooker or in the slow cooker. This is so handy and I like to cook a ton of rice in my crock pot and then freeze it for recipes like this one.

This way I always have some cooked rice on hand for recipes that require it or for a quick side dish in not time at all.

Freezing rice is so easy and saves me tons of time in the kitchen. If you aren’t freezing rice, you should be! It is a huge time saver.

Enjoy Instant Pot Tikka Masala Recipe in just 20 minutes for an easy meal. Pressure cooker tikka masala is packed with flavor.

This really saves us so much time and makes dinner time easier during the week. I am always looking for ways to save time and still serve my family amazing meals.

Little time saving tricks like these really add up to big time savings and make a huge difference in getting dinner on the table fast. Try freezing rice and see how much time you save and how delicious it is.

It is just so  handy to add to meals anytime you need rice.

Enjoy Instant Pot Tikka Masala Recipe in just 20 minutes for an easy meal. Pressure cooker tikka masala is packed with flavor.

Food Prep Tip:

We keep diced onion and bell pepper in the freezer so it is easy to add to any recipe we like. Another time saving tip is to use a small food chopper or food processor to quickly and easily chop the onions.

If you do not have one of these, I highly recommend them. They are such a time saver and you can get the veggies really fine if you have children that are picky.

Enjoy Instant Pot Tikka Masala Recipe in just 20 minutes for an easy meal. Pressure cooker tikka masala is packed with flavor.

I usually just chop the entire vegetable and freeze what I don’t need. It’s so nice to be able to just take the diced onion out of the freezer for recipes.

This is how I meal prep. It’s so quick and easy and helps get dinner on the table fast.

Learn and  how to freeze onions and also how to freeze peppers to save so much time in the kitchen!

Try this tikka masala recipe today.

The tomato sauce blends with the curry sauce and seasonings for a great meal. Try adding coconut cream or heavy cream to add a different flavor.

We have also used chicken breasts instead of chicken thighs in this instant pot chicken tikka. It really is so versatile and easy to adapt for what you have on hand.

By shopping when things are on sale I save money on groceries and it really helps our budget. Saving money and feeding a big family can be accomplished.

I cut our grocery bill by 50% off by following these 8 Tips for for Saving Money on Groceries by Menu Planning! Save that money for something else!

Pressure cooking chicken is so quick and easy and cook times are minimal in the instant pot. We just love instant pot recipes for quick and easy weeknight meals.

Instant Pot lemon chicken recipe gets dinner on the table in 30 minutes or less!

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Instant pot Chicken Tikka Masala

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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 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Total Time 35 mins
Servings 6
Cuisine Indian
Course Main Course
Calories 399
Author Eating on a Dime

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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