Healthy Instant Pot Chicken Tikka Masala

instant pot chicken tikka masala

I served ours over cauliflower rice but would be great over basmati or brown rice!


Good morning! 

Last week I shared on Instagram stories that I was cooking a new recipe in my Instant Pot and asked for all of your favorites. You guys sent in some great ones and I added a ton to my list and will try to keep sharing them on stories as we try them out.

I bought my IP last year during Amazon Prime day and for some reason just don’t reach for it that much. My main reason for purchasing was for cooking Indian food. As you may or may not know, Indian food is time consuming to cook. My mother made us fresh meals every day of my childhood and I can’t imagine the hours she spent in the kitchen. Since I don’t have that kind of patience I thought the pressure cooker would help me get more meals into our rotation. I finally browsed several recipes online, consulted my mom and decided to test out a lightened version of Chicken Tikka Masala. 

It ended up being delicious so I wanted to share! This is the only photo I took of it post cooking but will try to make it again soon and capture a few more step by step. 



  • 1 1/2 pounds chicken thighs, cubed
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 tablespoon ghee
  • 1/2 chopped yellow onion
  • 3 cloves garlicminced
  • 1 teaspoon ginger paste
  • 1 teaspoon ground coriander
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon turmeric
  • 1/2 teaspoon garam masala
  • 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 14 ounce can diced tomatoes
  • 2 cups cauliflower florets (I used leftover cauliflower I had made this way and loved it!)
  • 1/2 cup frozen peas
  • 1/2 cup reduced fat canned coconut milk



  • Season chicken with 1 teaspoon salt.
  • Press saute button and melt the butter, add onion, garlic, ginger and spices and saute for about 2 to 3 minutes.
  • Add the tomatoes, chicken, remaining 1/2 teaspoon salt and stir, cook high pressure 15 minutes.
  • Quick release, add the cauliflower and peas and cook 2 minutes on high pressure.
  • Quick release, stir in coconut milk and serve.


Hope this is as straightforward and easy for you as it was for me! Make sure to tag me if you make it 🙂 



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