Instant Pot Chicken Tikka Masala (Whole30 Paleo) – A comforting, flavorful Whole30 compliant dish cooked in the Instant Pot or slow cooker!
First of all, let me say that I am in love with my new Instant Pot! After many months of debating if I really needed another kitchen appliance, I broke down and bought one back in early December and have zero regrets! I use it so frequently, it has found a permanent spot on my kitchen counter. It’s excellent for soup/chili, big batches of pork/chicken, and whole chickens. I even cooked a partially frozen roast and it was perfect! All in a fraction of the time of slow cooker. With all that said, this recipe can absolutely be made in a slow cooker if you are not on the Instant Pot bandwagon yet!
The flavors in this traditional Indian dish are so fantastic and fragrant. This is some serious comfort food without any guilt! There are many variations of this recipe, but I kept it Whole30 and Paleo compliant by using coconut milk in the sauce. I used mild spice because my husband is not a fan of spicy things, but some additional heat would be awesome. We are following the Whole30 plan in January, so I made it a meal by serving over cauliflower rice. The leftovers were fabulous!
- 2 lbs boneless skinless chicken breast
- 1 small onion, chopped
- 1/2 yellow bell pepper, chopped
- 2 tablespoons butter or ghee for Whole30
- 1 teaspoon cumin
- 1 teaspoon coriander
- 2 teaspoons garam masala
- 1 teaspoon turmeric
- 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper (or more to taste)
- 1 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
- 15 oz can diced tomatoes
- 1/2 cup full fat coconut milk
- 3 cloves garlic, minced
- 1 teaspoon grated fresh ginger
Set your Instant Pot to Saute. Add butter, onion, and yellow peppers and cook for 3-4 minutes until veggies start to soften.
Add garlic, ginger, spices and salt and cook for an additional 1-2 minutes.
Add tomatoes and coconut milk and stir well to combine. Place chicken on top of mixture. Close the lid and set to Poultry.
When cycle is complete, remove chicken and shred. Using an immersion hand blender, puree the sauce. Add the chicken back to the sauce and adjust seasoning to taste.
Combine onion, yellow pepper, spices, salt, tomatoes, and coconut milk in a slow cooker. Place chicken on top. Cook on High 3-4 hours or Low for 6-8 hours. Remove chicken and shred. Puree sauce using an immersion hand blender and return chicken to the slow cooker.