Instant Pot Chicken Tikki Masala in white bowl with basmati rice, cilantro and gold fork

Instant Pot Chicken Tikki Masala

  • Author: Aberdeen
  • Prep Time: 30 minutes
  • Cook Time: 20 minutes
  • Total Time: 50 minutes
  • Yield: 3-4 1x


Quick and easy restaurant quality Indian dish done in your pressure cooker in under an hour!



For the Marinade

  • 1 1/2 lbs chicken breasts, cut into 1 inch cubes
  • 1 tablespoon tomato paste
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons garam masala
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground tumeric
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground paprika
  • 1 cup plain yogurt

For the Tikki Masala Sauce

  • 1 tablespoon unsalted butter
  • 1 cup yellow onion, diced
  • 1 inch fresh ginger, peeled and minced
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 15 ounces tomato sauce
  • 2 teaspoons lemon juice
  • Pinch of cayenne, more as desired for spice level
  • 1/4 cup heavy whipping cream
  • Salt to taste
  • Fresh cilantro, roughly chopped for garnish
  • Cooked basmati rice for serving


  1. In a large bowl or ziploc bag, coat chicken in marinade ingredients. Marinate in the fridge for 30 minutes to an hour, up to over night.
  2. Turn a 6 quart instant pot on sauté and use the adjust button to turn it on high.
  3. Melt butter in the instant pot. Add onion and cook for 3-4 minutes, until somewhat softened, stirring frequently.
  4. Add garlic and ginger and cook 1 minute, until fragrant, stirring frequently. Turn off saute setting.
  5. Pour in tomato sauce and lemon juice. Stir in chicken and marinade.
  6. Using the manual setting, turn the instant pot on high pressure for 10 minutes. Secure lid and turn vent to sealing.
  7. Once finished cooking, quick release the pressure*. Slowly pour in cream. Add salt and any more cayenne to taste.
  8. Serve immediately over rice with a cilantro garnish.


Make sure to follow all directions from your instant pot! Double check ways to depressurize it: quick release and natural release. Avoid putting your face over the instant pot when removing the lid or turning the steam vent from seal to vent.