Pressure Cooker Butter Chicken. Fully loaded pressure cooker butter chicken with all my favourite vegetables and Indian spices to make the perfect creamy, yet healthy Instant Pot freezer meal.
For our third instalment of our Instant Pot Curry Freezer Meals we have the legendary butter chicken. Butter chicken is one of my all time favourite Indian curries and one that I grew up on, having visited many Indian restaurants as a child and teen.
Back in May 2017 I decided I needed to start my diet and finally lose the baby weight, the diet lasted about 10 days of course as I needed my Ben & Jerry’s. BUT I did make a delicious slow cooker butter chicken during that time. It was amazing.
It was free of butter and instead had the most heavenly creamy sauce that you didn’t miss the butter at all. Many of my readers even said it was better without. It has been shared more than 100,000 times and I have had many requests for an Instant Pot version of my butter chicken. So here you are, finally, I have made an Instant Pot Pressure Cooker Butter Chicken!
Pressure Cooker Butter Chicken
Pressure Cooker Butter Chicken is so easy to make. If you want a lazy Indian curry without the takeaway calories and the takeaway costs then you will be won over with my pressure cooker butter chicken.
In a nutshell you throw everything in the Instant Pot (or any other pressure cooker), let the pressure cooker do the work, chop up your chicken and enjoy!
When we made our freezer meal of pressure cooker butter chicken, we were shocked by how much butter chicken it made us for the freezer. Sometimes when you freezer cook you estimate what you expect it to make, but I was gobsmacked when it made 18 freezer meals.
Yes really 18 butter chicken freezer meals!
Yet there was me expecting to achieve 10 butter chicken freezer meals!
The pressure cooker butter chicken sauce is made up of lots of easy to obtain ingredients. The main ingredient being fresh and tinned tomatoes. Tomatoes are very good for your health and even though it is high on tomatoes it doesn’t feel like it is. When I eat pasta with a tomato sauce, I really taste the tomatoes, but with other things going on in the butter chicken it is not the case.
Next time you see a grocery deal for fresh tomatoes and wonder what you could possibly make with them and freeze for when tomatoes are out of season, then our pressure cooker butter chicken is simply perfect for you.
Because it is high in tomatoes and lean chicken breast, it is incredibly low in calories. Just scroll down to the recipe and see just how little each portion of our pressure cooker butter chicken works out at. Eat our butter chicken without guilt and bump up those calories on a delicious side.
What To Serve With Our Pressure Cooker Butter Chicken
When I eat Indian food, its not just about the curry but what delicious side dishes I can enjoy with it.
Slow Cooker Spicy Vegetable Rice = This is a new favourite of mine and my son can not stop eating it. It makes a good-sized portion and could also be made into freezer portions.
Vegetable Korma Samosas = A favourite side dish of ours is vegetable korma samosas using leftover vegetable korma curry. You could also do the same leftover trick with spare butter chicken!
Vegetable Pakoras = My Dad always had pakoras as a starter at the Indian. When you taste these vegetable pakoras you will see why.
Onion Bhajis = My favourite ever Indian restaurant starter. I just want to eat them every day forever! When I worked in an Indian Takeaway I loved the fact that they would make me these every night!
Pilau Cauliflower Rice = If you want a low carb alternative to an Indian rice then you must start with my pilau cauliflower rice.
Helpful Tools For Making Pressure Cooker Butter Chicken
The Instant Pot Pressure Cooker – I love my big 8 litre Instant Pot and we used it to make our pressure cooker butter chicken. A smaller Instant Pot would not hold as much food and we wouldn’t be able to meal prep as efficiently.
Hand Blender – For making your smooth butter chicken you need a blender to turn your tomatoes into a creamy sauce.
Glass Bottom – We placed our butter chicken into silver freezer containers. But only because we had run out of our favourite glass bottom containers. It seems when you’re making 52 freezer meals you need more than 6 glass bottom containers!
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Get Our Instant Pot Curry Freezer Meals PackThis Pressure Cooker Butter Chicken is featured in The Fat Free Curry Cookbook & Healthy Freezer Meals. Which is a collection of favourite Indian curries and side dishes. It also includes information of how to bulk cook healthy curries for the freezer. In fact, we made more than 50 curry freezer meals in JUST 1 hour!If you love a delicious pressure cooker curry and love eating healthy, then this is for you!Click on the banner below for full details as well as which other curries have been transformed into Instant Pot Pressure Cooker Freezer Meals.
- Mix your butter chicken marinade and put to one side.
- Place into the Instant Pot 25 medium tomatoes, 2.5 large onions, 2.5tbsp tomato puree, 3 cans of tinned tomatoes and your 7.5 chicken breasts.
- Give it a good coating of salt and add in ½ of your marinade ingredients.
- Cook on high pressure for 5 minutes and then use quick pressure release.
- Remove the chicken, add the other ½ of the marinade, 2 cans of tinned tomatoes and blend the remaining ingredients of the Instant Pot.
- Dice the chicken into bite sized pieces.
- Stir in the 7.5tbsp Greek Yoghurt and add the chicken back in.
- Add to your freezer containers.
- From the freezer place the butter chicken container into the Instant Pot over the steamer shelf. Make sure there is a cup of water beneath. Cook for 15 minutes on manual.
Because the Instant Pot strips flavour it is best to add ½ the seasoning before cooking and half after (like we have done above).