Flavorful Instant Pot Chicken Tikka Masala: A Quick and Easy Delight

Flavorful Instant Pot Chicken Tikka Masala: A Quick and Easy Delight

Introduction to Instant Pot Chicken Tikka Masala:

Instant Pot Chicken Tikka Masala

In this blog post, we will prepare Instant Pot Chicken Tikka Masala. I recently discovered Instant Pot Chicken Tikka Masala, and I must say, it is now one of my favorite Indian-inspired dishes.

Instant Pot Chicken Tikka Masala is a flavorful and creamy Indian-inspired dish. The dish is seasoned with a blend of aromatic spices, including garam masala, cumin, coriander, and turmeric, which infuse the chicken with rich and bold flavors. The flavors are so rich and the creamy tomato-based sauce is absolutely delicious.

And the best part is that with the Instant Pot, you can enjoy this classic favorite in a fraction of the time without sacrificing any of the taste. The use of an Instant Pot allows for quicker and more efficient cooking, making this classic favorite a convenient and delicious option for busy home cooks. The chicken is tender, the spices are aromatic, and the sauce is luscious. It truly is a satisfying meal that will have your taste buds dancing with delight.

Ingredients:

  • Boneless, skinless chicken thighs, cut into bite-sized pieces
  • Large onion, finely chopped
  • Cloves garlic, minced
  • Fresh ginger, grated
  • Plain yogurt
  • Diced tomatoes
  • Tomato sauce
  • Heavy cream or coconut cream (for a dairy-free option)
  • Ghee or vegetable oil (for a vegan option)
  • Garam masala
  • Ground cumin
  • Ground coriander
  • Turmeric
  • Cayenne pepper (adjust to your spice preference)
  • Salt and pepper
  • Fresh cilantro
  • Cooked basmati rice or naan

Measurements:

  • Boneless, skinless chicken thighs, cut into bite-sized pieces - 1.5 lbs
  • Large onion, finely chopped - 1
  • Cloves garlic, minced - 3
  • Fresh ginger, grated - 1-inch piece
  • Plain yogurt - 1 cup
  • Diced tomatoes - 1 can (14 oz)
  • Tomato sauce - 1/2 cup
  • Heavy cream or coconut cream (for a dairy-free option) - 1/4 cup
  • Ghee or vegetable oil (for a vegan option) - 2 tablespoons
  • Garam masala - 2 teaspoons
  • Ground cumin - 1 teaspoon
  • Ground coriander - 1 teaspoon
  • Turmeric - 1/2 teaspoon
  • Cayenne pepper (adjust to your spice preference) - 1/2 teaspoon
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Fresh cilantro for garnishing
  • Cooked basmati rice or naan for serving

Instructions:

1. Marinating the Chicken:

Combine plain yogurt, minced garlic, grated ginger, garam masala, ground cumin, ground coriander, turmeric, cayenne pepper, salt, and pepper in a bowl.

After thoroughly coating the chicken pieces with the marinade, I covered the bowl and put it in the refrigerator to marinate for at least 30 minutes (or preferably overnight for more intense flavors).

2. Pressure Cooking the Chicken:

Begin by setting the Instant Pot to sauté mode and heating up either ghee or vegetable oil. Once heated, add in the chopped onions and sauté them until they appear translucent. 

Next, stir in the rest of the minced garlic and grated ginger and cook for an extra minute until the aroma becomes fragrant. Add the marinated chicken and any leftover marinade to the pot, cooking for approximately 3-4 minutes until the chicken becomes lightly browned.

3. Creating the Sauce:

Add the diced tomatoes and tomato sauce, and mix them well. Close the Instant Pot lid and select the high-pressure cooking mode for 8 minutes.

4. Finishing Touches

After the cooking cycle finishes, wait for 5 minutes to allow for natural pressure release, then do a quick release to get rid of any remaining pressure. 

Next, add heavy cream or coconut cream to create a smooth and creamy sauce. Taste the dish and adjust the seasoning by adding salt and pepper as needed.

5. Serving the Instant Pot Chicken Tikka Masala

For a fulfilling meal, serve the Chicken Tikka Masala with basmati rice or naan bread. Don't forget to add some fresh cilantro as a garnish.

Conclusion:

Enjoy the delightful fusion of Indian flavors with this quick and easy Instant Pot Chicken Tikka Masala. Perfectly tender chicken, infused with aromatic spices and a creamy tomato-based sauce, make this dish a delightful addition to your dinner table. Elevate your culinary experience and create this mouthwatering classic in no time with the help of your Instant Pot.

FAQ

1. Can I use chicken breast instead of chicken thighs?

Yes, you can definitely use chicken breast instead of chicken thighs for this recipe. However, some people find that chicken thighs are more flavorful and juicy in this specific recipe. Ultimately, the choice is yours!

2. Can I make this dish dairy-free?

Yes, you can use coconut cream as a subsetitute for heavy cream to make the recipe dairy-free without compromising its creamy consistency.

3. How can I adjust the spice level?

Would you like to adjust the spice level? If you prefer a milder taste, you can omit the cayenne pepper or reduce the amount used. Alternatively, if you prefer a spicier flavor, you can add more cayenne pepper.

4. Can I freeze the leftovers?

If you prefer a milder taste, you can choose the plain flavor. If you like it spicier, go for the a spicy one. For freezing the leftovers, yes, you can freeze Chicken Tikka Masala.

5. What can I serve with Instant Pot Chicken Tikka Masala?

To preserve the cooled leftovers of Instant Pot Chicken Tikka Masala, store them in an airtight container in the freezer. As for what to serve with it, it is typically served over rice.

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