This has become an absolute family favorite! It's so easy and truly delicious. Everyone loves chicken tikka masala but that involves marinating and grilling the chicken which takes some serious forethought and effort. We've found that we like butter chicken just as much and it's way less work. It works great in an instapot but could also work fine in a crockpot.
1 14-ounce canned crushed tomatoes
5-6 cloves of minced garlic (can use 2-3 tsp bottled minced garlic, depends on how much you like garlic!)
1 tsp turmeric powder
1 tsp garam masala (fresh ground if you have it)
1 tsp cumin
1 tsp ground ginger (or fresh grated ginger)
1/2 tsp cayenne pepper or pepper flakes
1 tsp smoked paprika (or regular paprika works)
1 tsp kosher salt
1-2 lb boneless skinless chicken breasts (or use thighs if you like) - some people like it more saucy, others like more chicken in it
2 tsp butter (cut into small pieces)
6-8 ounces heavy cream (or full fat coconut milk to make it dairy-free)
1/2 cup chopped cilantro (or more if you like cilantro - we use about a cup for this size recipe)
Place all ingredients prior to the chicken in the order listed into the instant pot. Mix the sauce well then push the chicken into the sauce. Close the cooker and set for 10-15 minutes on high (15+ for thick frozen chicken breasts, 10 for defrosted chicken breasts) then let it release pressure naturally for 10 minutes. After that, release all remaining pressure. Open up the pot, remove the chicken and place on cutting board. If the tomato mixture is chunky and you like it smooth, you can use an immersion blender to make it smooth. Chop up the chicken into small bite-sized chunks. Let the tomato mixture cool a bit while you chop the chicken. Then stir the butter, cream and 1/4 cup chopped cilantro into the sauce. Stir the chicken into the sauce. If the sauce is really thin, you can cool it a bit to get it to thicken.
Serve over basmati rice, riced cauliflower, or chopped spinach.
Makes 6-8 servings
* Adapted from a recipe my sister Saydi got from my sister-in-law Julie and I'm not sure where it originally came from!