Now and Later Butter Chicken
Servings Prep Time
4servings 15minutes
Cook Time
Servings Prep Time
4servings 15minutes
Cook Time
  • 14.5ounces diced tomatoes1 can, undrained
  • 5 or 6 garlic clovesminced
  • 1tablespoon fresh gingerminced
  • 1teaspoon ground turmeric
  • 1teaspoon cayenne
  • 1teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 2teaspoons garam masaladivided
  • 1teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1teaspoon salt
  • 1pound boneless, skinless chicken breasts or thighs
  • 1/2cup unsalted buttercut into cubes, or 1/2 cup coconut oil
  • 1/2cup heavy (whipping) cream or full-fat coconut milk
  • 1/4 to 1/2cup chopped fresh cilantro4 cups Cauliflower Rice or cucumber noodles
  1. Put the tomatoes, garlic, ginger, turmeric, cayenne, paprika, 1 teaspoon of garam masala, cumin, and salt in the inner cooking pot of the Instant Pot®. Mix thoroughly, then place the chicken pieces on top of the sauce.
  2. Lock the lid into place. Select Manual and adjust the pressure to High. Cook for 10 minutes. When the cooking is complete, let the pressure release naturally. Unlock the lid. Carefully remove the chicken and set aside.
  3. Using an immersion blender in the pot, blend together all the ingredients into a smooth sauce. (Or use a stand blender, but be careful with the hot sauce and be sure to leave the inside lid open to vent.) After blending, let the sauce cool before adding the remaining ingredients or it will be thinner than is ideal.
  4. Add the butter cubes, cream, remaining 1 teaspoon of garam masala, and cilantro. Stir until well incorporated. The sauce should be thick enough to coat the back of a spoon when you’re done.
  5. Remove half the sauce and freeze it for later or refrigerate for up to 2 to 3 days.
  6. Cut the chicken into bite-size pieces. Add it back to the sauce.
  7. Preheat the Instant Pot® by selecting Sauté and adjust to Less for low heat. Let the chicken heat through. Break it up into smaller pieces if you like, but don’t shred it. 8. Serve over cauliflower rice or raw cucumber noodles.