Pressure Cooker Butter Chicken (Murgh Makhani)

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Rated 5.0 based on 4 customer reviews
Pressure Cooker Butter Chicken (Murgh Makhani)
Pressure Cooker Butter Chicken (Murgh Makhani)
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  • 2 tablespoons ghee
  • 1 large onion, minced
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon grated fresh ginger
  • 1 tablespoon minced fresh garlic
  • ½ teaspoons ground turmeric
  • 1 tablespoon kashmiri red chili powder
  • 1 (14.5 ounce) can coconut milk, refrigerated overnight
  • 2 pounds boneless, skinless chicken thighs, cut into 2-inch pieces
  • 3 Roma (plum) tomatoes, pureed in a blender
  • ½ cup chopped fresh cilantro, divided
  • 2 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 2 tablespoons dried fenugreek
  • 2 teaspoons sugar
  • 1 teaspoon garam masala
  • salt to taste


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  1. Melt ghee in a pressure cooker set to Sauté; add onion and 1 teaspoon salt, place a glass lid on the cooker, and cook onion until soft and translucent, 2 to 3 minutes. Stir ginger, garlic, turmeric, and red chili powder with the onion to coat; continue cooking until fragrant, about 2 minutes.
  2. Separate the coconut cream and water into separate bowls. Stir the water from the coconut milk can, chicken, and pureed tomatoes with the onion mixture.
  3. Seal lid on pressure cooker and cook on High Pressure for 8 minutes. Relieve pressure through the quick-release valve.
  4. Press Sauté.
  5. Stir coconut cream, half the cilantro, tomato paste, fenugreek, sugar, and garam masala through the chicken mixture; season with salt. Bring the mixture to a simmer and cook until the sauce thickens, about 10 minutes; garnish with remaining cilantro to serve.
Mealthy tip:

If you wish to use chicken breast instead of thighs, cook on High Pressure for just 5 minutes and use a natural release for 5 minutes before triggering a quick release. Add more red chili powder and garam masala for spicer version.


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George Delamea says:

This is the third different butter chicken recipe I've tried for my pressure cooker & it's another big hit at dinner. I used the "kashmiri" powder need as an excuse to hit the Indian grocery (scored some naan, raita, and paneer for palak paneer later this week!). Definitely made me feel like I was using a more-authentic recipe, but otherwise not too sure it was that different from the others. It's just a solid, solid dish. Can eat it any day. Perfect with rice. Not too bland, nor does it have so much going on that the kids wont' eat it. Good stuff@!

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Jen the Mighty says:

I'm constantly in search of butter chicken recipes that can rival the one I eat at my favorite restaurant. Look no further, I finally found it! So delicious!

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Greg Jones says:

If you've never had butter chicken before you have to try this recipe. I used chicken thighs and the meat was so tender. This is such a great meal, especially for Indian food lovers.

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Sam Dalton says:

This butter chicken recipe was very flavorful and savory. The coconut milk was the perfect addition to the pureed tomatoes. I served it with a side of naan bread, which is perfect for soaking up all the delicious sauce.