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Instant Pot Curry Chicken- Tasty Dinner Recipe

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Instant Pot Chicken Curry is a recipe that is full of flavor. And that makes sense. Indian food as a whole is full of intense flavors, and they are found in every curry chicken recipe we've ever tried.

So, what is curry anyway? Curry is the seasoning that is widely used in a variety of Asian recipes. It is so well known that the recipes are actually named after it. Curry is a combination of spices blended into seasonings.

What does curry taste like? The taste will definitely depend on the curry spice recipe used. It is normally earthy and can have a mixture of sweet and spicy flavors.

It might take a little while to explore and find the best curry recipe for your taste pallet. This curry chicken Instant Pot recipe is a great place to start.

Instant Pot chicken curry is also healthy. Take a look at the nutrition information in the recipe card at the end of this post. Chicken curry calories are relatively low.

Pair this up with some brown rice and you've got a super healthy meal option. Or, skip the rice for a lower-carb option. Lettuce wraps would be a great option.

hot chicken curry in white bowl

Chicken Curry Ingredients

  • boneless chicken breasts
  • onion
  • oil
  • yellow curry powder
  • cumin
  • ginger
  • coconut cream (preferred, or coconut milk)
  • salt
  • tomato sauce (optional)

Equipment Used to Make Curry Chicken and Rice

Instant Pot Chicken Curry - Inspired by Indian Recipes

You can find chicken curry ingredients like curry seasoning, coconut milk, coconut cream, and cumin at many specialty stores. I often order these online. Coconut cream is often difficult to find in a grocery store.

The selection of curry seasoning powder is impressive.

Coconut Chicken Curry is my personal favorite chicken curry recipe.

Coconut Chicken Curry

Chicken curry recipes are commonly served in South Asia, as well as being widely served in India. Indian curry easily makes up some of the world's best chicken dishes.

Is curry spicy? It can be. The combination of Chicken and rice is ideal. It's especially appealing to counteract the heat and spice of some more intense curry powders. And, some of the best curry powders pack some heat.

India has different types of curry that are specific to the regions they come from. You'll find all sorts of chicken curry recipes depending on where you venture to in India.

Some of the curry recipes in India include Chicken Kurma, Chicken Gravy, Chicken Kulambu, and Indian Butter Chicken. Murgh Makhani, Chettinad Chicken Curry, Chicken Cafreal, and Chicken Garam Masala are served in various regions of India. And there is also Kerala Chicken Curry, Nadan Kozhi Curry, Dhania Murg Makhni, and Spicy Malvani Chicken Curry. The list of curry recipes is huge.

Since the type of curry varies by region, you'll have a wide range of flavors available if you tour around India. Exploring the food of India, in India, would be quite the trip!

I've tried using curry in a few recipes. This low-calorie Healthy Egg White Scramble recipe is one example. Instant Pot Vegetable Curry is another delicious recipe.

This Asian Rice Bowl recipe doesn't have curry in it. Adding a little bit of curry powder to it would make this delicious dish sensational.

Easy Chicken Curry Recipes

Indian chicken curry recipes are phenomenal. Chicken curry can be made in a variety of ways.

  • Chicken thigh curry
  • Yellow curry (this recipe is basically yellow chicken curry)
  • Spicy chicken curry
  • Chicken curry recipe (coconut milk or coconut cream)

New to cooking with a pressure cooker? Try out the Be the Boss of Your Instant Pot Video Course! It'll help take the pressure off and ease you into cooking with your Instant Pot.

How to Make Easy Chicken Curry in Less than 30 Minutes

Instant Pot yellow chicken curry recipe is really easy to make. I prefer it to making curry on the stove top. Pressure cooking is my favorite way to make curry, because it is easy to just put all the ingredients in the pot.

How to Make Curry, Chicken Curry Recipe

With this recipe, you start by sauteing ginger and cumin. Then, the onions are added in along with vegetable oil or olive oil. These ingredients are cooked just for just 2-3 minutes to pull out the intense flavors.

After that, add chicken, and stir in curry powder and salt and pepper to the pot. Cook the chicken halfway, stirring as it sautes.

How to Make Curry Sauce

Add coconut milk and optional tomato sauce. Lock the lid on the pressure cooker and turn the pressure valve to sealing. These ingredients make the curry sauce.

Set the cook time for 10 minutes and enjoy the aroma of chicken curry cooking. Following a quick release, dinner is ready.

A few recipe notes:

Add about 15 minutes to the cooking time to factor in the time to come to pressure and the quick pressure release time.

You can use boneless chicken thighs instead of chicken breasts for this Indian curry recipe.

chicken curry in white bowl with white rice

Is Curry Chicken Spicy

Chicken curry can be spicy. In this recipe, we add in tomato sauce to lighten the heat of the curry. However, tomato sauce is optional. If you want to experience the chicken curry recipe at its full spicy flavor, leave the tomato sauce out.

We also serve chicken curry with white rice. This is another way to tame the heat of curry.

Is it Chicken Curry or Curry Chicken

It's chicken curry. And, in this case, it's an easy chicken curry recipe.

Chicken is the type of meat that is being used in the recipe, but curry is the dish. Therefore, it is called 'chicken curry'.

An analogy would be white rice. Rice is the type of dish. So, you can have basmati rice, brown rice, fried rice, and so on.

With curry, there can be many varieties of curry recipes. Some examples include sweet potato curry, beef curry, and even pork curry. Instant Pot curry can be made with any of these.

What to Serve with Chicken Curry

My favorite way to serve chicken curry is with Instant Pot rice. It's a simple side dish, and so good. It really helps to take the bite out of the spiciness of the curry.

When rice is served with curry, you can have as much as you like with each bite of curry.

Naan is another great side to serve with curry food. It's a leavened, baked flatbread that is common in Asia and the Caribbean.

Greens and chutney are also widely popular to serve with chicken curry.

Can You Freeze Chicken Curry

Yes. You can freeze chicken curry, following a couple simple steps.

First, refrigerate your leftovers quickly. Do not let them sit out to cool all the way down.

Second, when the leftover chicken curry has cooled enough in the fridge, it can be transferred to the freezer. Make sure to use good freezer safe containers.

Chicken curry and rice can be stored in the freezer for up to 3 months. Be sure to use it within that time-frame for best results.

mounds of curry in market in India

More Easy Chicken Dinner Ideas

Some of my favorite easy chicken recipes are Chicken Enchilada Casserole, Easy Balsamic Glazed Chicken Drumsticks, and Dijon Grilled Chicken.

Easy Instant Pot Recipes for Dinner

The thing about making chicken curry in an instant pot is that it is EASY. So, if you love easy cooking--and curry--this is one recipe that you'll want to try in your instant pot.

And, there are so many more easy dinner recipes you can make in a pressure cooker.

How to Make Rice In Instant Pot

To make rice in your Instant pot, prepare the rice in an second inner pot. Then set the pot on the counter with a glass lid while you cook the chicken curry.

The video below is very helpful and shows how to make rice in an instant pot.

hot chicken curry in white bowl

Chicken Curry Recipe

Curry recipes abound the internet, so there is no shortage of great new Indian curry recipes to try. What we love about this specific recipe is the coconut milk.

Even if you are not a big fan of coconuts, you really should try this recipe. The curry seasoning takes the lead on flavor and you're left with a melding of tastes waiting to be discovered. It's quite the experience.

Supplies to Use to Make Chicken Curry in a Pressure Cooker

  • Instant Pot Pot-in-Pot - This pan is essential when cooking recipes that might stick to the bottom of the pan.
  • Tall Trivet Set- Use this handy too when cooking a recipe in the inner pot and second recipe (or part of a recipe, like rice) utilizing the pot-in-pot method
  • Sling- You'll want to have a sling when you use the pot-in-pot method, like when you make cheesecake.
  • Instant Pot Inner Pot - I like to have an extra inner pot available because of how much cooking I do in my Instant Pot. It comes in really handy when I want to put a lid on the inner pot and refrigerate the leftovers, or mix up ingredients the night before to save time at the end of the day.
  • 101 Instant Pot Recipes for Beginners-  This book comes in handy when you're learning how to use your Instant Pot and experimenting with new recipes.
hot chicken curry in two white bowls


Yield: 6

Instant Pot Chicken Curry

chicken curry with white rice in white bowl

If you love chicken curry, you will absolutely LOVE  this Instant Pot Chicken Curry is SO good you'll want to make a little extra for leftovers for lunch the next day. Yum!

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Additional Time 30 minutes
Total Time 1 hour


  1. Turn pot to sauté mode.
  2. Place cumin and ginger in dry pot. Stir fry for about 1 minute. Do not let ingredients brown.
  3. Add oil and onion, sauté until translucent.
  4. Add chicken, salt and curry powder stir to mix all ingredients well, half cooking chicken.
  5. Pour coconut milk and stir.
  6. Add tomato sauce to reduce spice if you wish.
  7. Cover, lock pressure cooker and set to cook on high pressure for 10 minutes.


Serve with white rice and naan.

Instant Pot Chicken Curry is a versatile recipe that can easily be jazzed up by adding additional ingredients like:

  • sweet potatoes
  • gold potatoes
  • carrots
  • bell pepper
  • and more


  • Can my dog eat Chicken Curry? Please don't give your dog curry. Curry can cause nausea, gas, vomiting, and diarrhea in your dog. In addition, other toxic ingredients in this recipe are onion and tomato sauce. Ideally, you should feed your dog plain chicken breast and no seasonings.
  • Can my cat eat Chicken Curry? Your cat may be attracted to the smell of curry, but it is not good to let him taste it. Curry is a strong ingredient for a cat's stomach, and it could give him a hard time. In addition, this recipe includes onion and tomato sauce; products that could affect you too. It is recommended that you give your cat chicken without any seasoning to avoid hurting him.

Nutrition Information



Serving Size


Amount Per Serving Calories 332Total Fat 11gSaturated Fat 2gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 8gCholesterol 129mgSodium 566mgCarbohydrates 8gNet Carbohydrates 0gFiber 3gSugar 4gSugar Alcohols 0gProtein 48g

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  • Jessica McCoy

    Jessica McCoy is a seasoned food blogger with 14+ years of experience in the industry. As a self-taught home cook, she enjoys creating and finetuning easy recipes that are fool proof and simple for anyone to make. Her expertise is in all things kitchen: cooking tips, air fryer recipes, Instant Pot and other pressure cooking recipes, and slow cooker recipes. Jessica was the previous owner of AllSheCooks, where she focused on easy every day recipes including budget friendly dinner recipes and desserts.

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