Sunday, July 31, 2016

Butter Chicken for the Instant Pot or Pressure Cooker

I LOVE Butter Chicken.  Make Cauliflower rice to serve with this and you have a low carb fantasy come true.

2-3 lbs (family pack) boneless skinless chicken thighs (cut into bite-sized pieces)
1 Tbsp ghee
1½ large onions (chopped)
2½ - 3⅓ tsp salt
2 tsp garlic powder or 2 Tbsp fresh garlic (minced)
2 tsp ginger powder or 2 Tbsp fresh ginger (grated)
2 heaping tsp turmeric
2 heaping tsp paprika
1½ tsp cayenne powder
1½ - 2 cups stewed or canned tomatoes and the liquid
370 ml tomato paste
2 cans coconut milk/cream (allow these to separate - DO NOT shake. Best if left in fridge overnight)
2 heaping tsp garam masala
½ cup sliced almond
½ cup cilantro
Order Ingredients

If your pressure cooker has a sauté setting (as does the Instant Pot), use it to melt ghee. Add 2 tsp salt and onions. Cook until onions are soft and translucent (you can cover with a lid to speed this process.
Add in garlic, ginger, turmeric, paprika and cayenne. Mix in and cook until fragrant.

Add canned tomatoes and the watery portion of coconut milk, mixing thoroughly with spices (getting all of the spices stuck to the bottom off the pan). Add chicken and stir well.

Assuming you've selected to use bite-sized pieces of chicken, the time to cook the chicken will be fast: 8-10 minutes depending on the pressure your cooker uses. With the Instant Pot it took 8 minutes of pressurized cooking time.

Once cooked, stir in coconut cream, tomato paste, garam masala and most of the cilantro. Add more salt if needed.

Top with sliced almonds and garnish with more cilantro.

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