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Instant Pot curry chicken is a flavorful and easy meal to make for a quick family dinner. It makes a great meal prep too! 

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This Instant Pot chicken curry is easy and healthy, and it’s made in the Instant Pot in about 30 minutes. You can adjust the curry to your tastes as well. It’s perfect for a busy weeknight dinner!

chicken curry on a glass plate

What is curry powder made of?

Curry powder is a blend of spices and herbs usually consisting of ground turmeric, ground coriander, ground cumin, ground ginger, ground pepper. Sometimes it includes ground cardamon, chili powder, dry mustard and cinnamon.

chicken curry on a glass plate

Why you’ll love this recipe

  • Great way to experience new flavors
  • Curry cooks quickly in the Instant Pot
  • Makes a great family meal
  • Perfect for leftovers or meal prep
chicken curry on a glass plate

Ingredients

What you’ll need to make this recipe.

  • Boneless, skinless chicken breast
  • Chicken stock
  • Curry powder
  • Olive oil
  • Low sodium soy sauce
  • Carrots
  • Russet potatoes
  • Onion
  • Minced garlic
  • Ginger paste
  • Cayenne pepper
  • Tomato paste
  • Coconut milk
chicken curry ingredients

How to make this recipe

1 – Turn the Instant Pot on to sauté mode. Once it gets hot, add the oil and chicken. Add salt and pepper to chicken to lightly season it.

raw chicken inside the instant pot

2 – Stir chicken around continuously to cook thoroughly, without the chicken sticking to the bottom of the pot. If the chicken is sticking too much, add another tablespoon of oil.

3 – After the chicken has completely cooked, remove from the Instant Pot and set aside. 

4 – Add the onions and sauté them for about 2 to 3 minutes until they are caramelized. Continue to stir frequently to prevent the onions from sticking to the bottom of the pot.

5 – Once the onions are done cooking, add the chicken broth, curry powder, soy sauce, garlic, ginger, cayenne, and tomato paste to the Instant Pot. Stir well.

chicken curry ingredients inside the instant pot

(Note: this recipe is for a mild chicken curry. For a spicier curry, add another half teaspoon until you’ve reached your desired spiciness.)

6 – There will be some stuck-on chicken and onion from the previous steps. Using a wooden spoon or spatula, scrape the bottom of the Instant Pot to make sure that anything left is removed.

7 – Add the cooked chicken to the chicken broth and spices. Mix well.

chicken curry inside the instant pot

8 – Add in the diced potatoes and sliced carrots. Stir.

9 – Secure the lid on the Instant Pot and close the valve. Set the Instant Pot to high pressure and cook for 5 minutes, then naturally release the steam for 10 minutes. Quick release remaining steam.

10 – Add in the coconut milk. Stir. Place the lid back on and allow the flavors to continue to cook with the coconut milk for another 5 minutes.

11 – Serve with cilantro as a garnish, if desired and eat rice pita bread, or by itself! Enjoy!

chicken curry on a glass plate

How do I store my leftover curry chicken?

Place cooled curry chicken in an airtight container and store in the refrigerator for 3 to 4 days.

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Can I freeze my leftover curry chicken?

Place cooled curry in a freezer safe container, or freezer safe zip top resealable bag and store in the freezer for 2 to 3 months.

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Calories per serving (approximately 1 1/2 cups): 213

You can also find my FREE Instant Pot cheat sheets here.

Yield: 6 Servings

Instant Pot Chicken Curry

chicken curry on a glass plate

Instant Pot curry chicken is a flavorful and easy meal to make for a quick family dinner. It also makes a great meal prep too!

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes

Ingredients

  • 2 boneless, skinless chicken breasts (approximately 8 oz), chopped
  • 1 cup chicken stock
  • 3 tablespoons curry powder
  • 2 tablespoons olive
  • 1.5 tablespoons low sodium soy sauce
  • 2 medium carrots, sliced
  • 2 medium russet potatoes, cut into quarters
  • 1/2 medium onion, diced
  • 8 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 tablespoon ginger paste
  • ½ teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 2 tablespoons tomato paste
  • ¼ cup canned coconut milk

Instructions

1. Turn the Instant Pot on to sauté mode. Once the Instant Pot gets hot add the oil and chicken. Add salt and pepper to chicken to lightly season it.

2. Stir chicken around continuously to cook thoroughly, without the chicken sticking to the bottom of the pot. If you find that the chicken is sticking more than your liking, you can add another tablespoon of oil.

3. Once the chicken has completely cooked, remove from the Instant Pot and set aside.

3. Next, add the onions. Sauté them for about 2 to 3 minutes until they are caramelized. Continue to stir frequently to prevent the onions from sticking to the bottom of the pot.

4. Once the onions are done cooking, add the chicken broth, curry powder, soy sauce, garlic, ginger, cayenne, and tomato paste to the Instant Pot. Stir well.

5. There will be some stuck-on chicken and onion from the previous steps. Using a wooden spoon or spatula, scrape the bottom of the Instant Pot to make sure that anything left is removed. This prevents your food from burning, as well as the Instant Pot from giving the “burn” signal.

6. Add the cooked chicken to the chicken broth and spices. Mix well.

7. Add in the diced potatoes and sliced carrots. Stir.

8. Secure the lid on the Instant Pot and close the valve. Set the Instant Pot to high pressure and cook for 5 minutes. Then naturally release the steam for 10 minutes. Quick release remaining steam.

9. Add in the coconut milk. Stir. Place the lid back on and allow the flavors to continue to cook with the coconut milk for another 5 minutes.

10. Serve with cilantro as a garnish, if desired and eat rice pita bread, or by itself! Enjoy!

Notes

This recipe is for a mild chicken curry. If you would like it to be spicier, add another half teaspoon until you’ve reached the desired spiciness.

The Instant Pot needs to come to pressure before the cooking time starts, similar to an oven that needs to preheat. The cooking time doesn't actually start until pressure builds, which can take anywhere from 5-15 minutes, sometimes longer depending on how full the pot is and how much liquid there is inside. Once it reaches pressure the Instant Pot will beep, and the cook time will begin to count down. Please, make sure to consider that extra time when planning your meal.

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

6

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 213Total Fat: 10gSaturated Fat: 3gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 4gCholesterol: 28mgSodium: 208mgCarbohydrates: 28gFiber: 4gSugar: 3gProtein: 14g

Nutritional information is only an estimate. The accuracy of the nutritional information for any recipe on this site is not guaranteed.

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Claudia Lamascolo

Wednesday 13th of January 2021

What a delicious meal my family will surely love this cant wait to try it!

simplylowcal

Friday 15th of January 2021

Thanks, Claudia. I hope you enjoy it. :)

Julie

Wednesday 13th of January 2021

Curry chicken using the instant pot is perfect for me. I love easy meals that are so flavorful like this.

simplylowcal

Friday 15th of January 2021

Thanks, Julie. :)

Kathryn Donangelo

Wednesday 13th of January 2021

I'm always looking for new Instant Pot recipes. I've never cooked with curry before so I can't wait to try your recipe!

simplylowcal

Friday 15th of January 2021

I hope you enjoy it, Kathryn. :)

Toni

Wednesday 13th of January 2021

This is so good!! Such a delicious meal for weeknights!

simplylowcal

Friday 15th of January 2021

Thanks! :)

Mary

Wednesday 13th of January 2021

This was great! I'm cooking everything in the Instant Pot these days!

simplylowcal

Friday 15th of January 2021

So glad you enjoyed it, Mary. :)

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