Authentic Chicken Tikka Masala Recipe for the Instant Pot
This authentic chicken tikka masala recipe is full of flavor using fresh tomatoes, greek yogurt, and a variety of Indian spices. It is also incredibly healthy, low calorie, gluten-free, and low carb by simply ommiting the rice.
First, slice your chicken into 1" pieces, add to a small bowl with 1tbsp lemon juice, 1 tsp graham marsala, and 1/2 tsp salt. Then set aside in the fridge.
Next seed and peel your tomatoes by slicing an X on the bottom and dropping them in boiling water for just under a minute. The skin will easily peel off. Be sure to remove the seeds over a bowl using a strainer to collect all the juice. Then chop your tomatoes and set aside in a bowl.
Turn your Instant Pot onto the Saute "more" setting. Once heated add 1 tbsp of butter and after it melts add your garlic, onions, cardomon seeds, and ginger. Saute for 2-3 minutes and then add your tomatoes. Saute for an additional 2-3 minutes until your tomatoes are nice and tender. Remove the cardomon seeds and add everything to a blender.
Then spray a small amount of olive oil into the Instant Pot and saute your chicken. While your chicken is sauteing, puree your ingredients in the blender until they make a smooth sauce and add to your Instant Pot. Give everything a good stir, scraping any bits on the bottom of the pot. Turn off the Instant Pot.
Then, in the bowl with your reserved tomato juice, mix in your tomato paste and all your spices. Add to your instant pot, stir, and turn the Instant Pot on the Pressure Cook high setting for 20 minutes.
Once your Instant Pot is finished, quick-release the steam and turn it completely off, letting the dish slightly cool down. Then stir in your greek yogurt and add any additional salt to taste.
Garnish this dish with fresh cilantro.
Chicken Tikka Masala Serving Suggestions:
You can serve this dish with Basmati Rice or Garlic Naan Bread. As a healthier option, I enjoy this dish with Trader Joes brown rice medley.For a low carb and gluten-free option, serve with frozen peas or over zucchini noodles.