Pressure Cooker Chicken Tikka Masala

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Rated 5.0 based on 10 customer reviews
Pressure Cooker Chicken Tikka Masala
Pressure Cooker Chicken Tikka Masala
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  • ¼ cup plain Greek-style yogurt
  • 2 cloves garlic, pressed
  • 1 tablespoon peanut oil
  • 1 lime, juiced
  • salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste
  • 1½ pounds boneless, skinless chicken, cut into bite-sized pieces
  • 1 tablespoon garam masala
  • 1 tablespoon freshly grated ginger
  • 1½ teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • ¼ teaspoon cayenne pepper, or to taste
  • 3 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1 onion, minced
  • 1½ cups tomato puree
  • 1 cup chicken broth
  • ⅓ cup heavy whipping cream
  • salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste
  • ½ bunch cilantro or parsley leaves, chopped


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  1. Mix yogurt, garlic, peanut oil, and lime juice together in a bowl; season with salt and pepper; add chicken and stir to coat.
  2. Mix garam masala, ginger, paprika, cumin, and cayenne pepper together in a small bowl.
  3. Melt butter in a pressure cooker set to Sauté.
  4. Cook onion in butter until lightly browned, 7 to 9 minutes. Sprinkle spice mixture over the onion; cook until fragrant, about 30 seconds.
  5. Pour chicken with yogurt mixture into the cooker and cook to sear the meat, 3 to 4 minutes; add tomato puree and broth.
  6. Lock pressure cooker lid in place and set steam vent to Sealing.
  7. Select Pressure Cook (Manual) and cook for 10 minutes on High pressure.
  8. Once the cooking cycle has completed, set steam vent to Venting to quick-release pressure.
  9. Stir heavy cream with the chicken; season with salt and pepper and garnish with cilantro to serve.
Mealthy tip:

For a lighter take, replace the heavy cream with more yogurt! This dish looks beautiful with a fresh burst of color just before serving. Either fresh cilantro or fresh parsley works great.


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Tara Cambre says:

I made this tonight for my family. I thought I had tomato purée on hand, but ended up using tomato sauce. It was a bit thin, but the taste was fabulous! I used the yogurt I made in my Mealthy MultiPot in the recipe. I love my Mealthy.

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Lori Bishop says:

Loved this using coconut milk vs cream & yogurt!

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Denise Smallidge says:

Made this with my kids (8,11 and 12) and the whole family loved it !

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T McFaddden says:

Very good! Easy to make and as good as you would get at any restaurant! I LOVE love my new Mealthy pressure cooker!😍

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K Emery says:

Excellent ~ We served with Basmati Rice and Greek Yogurt. The dishes were wiped clean with Naan Flatbread.

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Melissa P says:

Used yogurt instead of heavy cream and lots of parsley for garnish. This is really delicious and is perfect with basmati rice and a side of naan bread.

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George Delamea says:

This recipe was fantastic! I don't usually order tikka masala, but if it's on the buffet, it's among those I snatch. This recipe is as good as any I've had in any authentic Indian restaurant. Don't be shy with the salt, though. Generous seasoning will help balance the rest of the flavors, Trust me!

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Tiana D. says:

I felt like a legit home CHEF making this dish. This is one of the my favorite dishes at Indian restaurants, and I never knew how easy it is to make at home! My husband didn't believe was shocked I made this myself. I doubled this dish and prepped for my lunches all week, great for meal prep. Enjoy!

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Ashley Melchiore says:

Never made this dish at home before and always have when I'm out at restaurants. Making this in the pressure cooker was so easy. I bought garam masala and now want to use it in everything I make. Took advice above since I like going light on dairy and used coconut milk!

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Sam Dalton says:

I love traditional tikka masala, and this recipe does not disappoint. The sauce has authentic flavor, thanks to the garam masala seasoning and other spices. Instead of heavy cream, you can probably also substitute with coconut milk as well.