Instant Pot Butter Chicken – Keto and Low Carb

Instant Butter Chicken - Keto and Low Carb

If you’ve never had butter chicken before, this is a great recipe to try!  I made it in my Instant Pot and it could not have been easier!  The sauce is creamy, with that signature flavor from garam masala, and I serve it with my Lime Cilantro Cauliflower Rice (minus the lime).  This is by no means the authentic version, it’s just my spin on it!

Instant Butter Chicken - Keto and Low Carb

Garnish with some fresh chopped cilantro and you have a beautiful and tasty dish!

Ingredients

2 pounds chicken breasts, diced

1/2 cup chicken stock

1/2 cup water

1/4 cup butter, softened and divided

1 tablespoon tomato paste

1/2 cup heavy cream

1/3 cup mascarpone cheese

4 cloves garlic, minced

1 teaspoon fresh ginger, grated 

1 teaspoon ground turmeric 

1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon

2 teaspoons garam masala

1 teaspoon smoked paprika

1/4 cup fresh cilantro, divided

2 tablespoons mild flavored oil

salt and pepper to taste

Preparation

Turn the Instant Pot to the sauté setting.  

Add the oil and chicken to the pot and sear the chicken for a few minutes, then remove.  

Instant Butter Chicken - Keto and Low Carb

Sauté the ginger and garlic in half the butter for about 20 seconds, careful not to burn it!  

Instant Butter Chicken - Keto and Low Carb

Then add in all the spices and allow to toast for another 20 seconds, while stirring.

Instant Butter Chicken - Keto and Low Carb

Pour in the water, chicken stock, tomato paste and add the chicken back in. Scrape up the brown bits on the bottom of the pot.

Instant Butter Chicken - Keto and Low Carb

Set the Instant Pot to pressure cook for 10 minutes, then quick release the pressure.

Remove the chicken and set aside.  

Instant Butter Chicken - Keto and Low Carb

Stir in the heavy cream, mascarpone cheese and the rest of the butter, then whisk to combine.  Add the chicken back in and turn the Instant Pot back onto the sauté setting.  

Instant Butter Chicken - Keto and Low Carb

Cook for 7-10 minutes, uncovered, stirring often.

Instant Butter Chicken - Keto and Low Carb

Once the cauliflower rice is cooked, serve with the chicken and sauce over the top.  

Instant Butter Chicken - Keto and Low Carb

Garnish with fresh cilantro and enjoy!   

Instant Pot Butter Chicken - Keto and Low Carb

Instant Butter Chicken - Keto and Low Carb

Store leftovers in the fridge for a few days or freeze.

Instant Butter Chicken - Keto and Low Carb

Instant Butter Chicken - Keto and Low Carb

The Instant Pot model that I have is the Instant Pot DUO80 8 Quart 7-in-1 Multi- Use Programmable Pressure Cooker, Slow Cooker, Rice Cooker, Steamer, Sauté, Yogurt Maker and Warmer

Instant Pot DUO80 8 Qt 7-in-1 Multi- Use Programmable Pressure Cooker, Slow Cooker, Rice Cooker, Steamer, Sauté, Yogurt Maker and Warmer

Check out my other Instant Pot recipes!

Instant Pot No-Bean Chili

Easy Instant Pot “Roasted” Chicken

Instant Pot One Hour Chicken Stock

Best Instant Pot Roast with Gravy

Instant Pot Chicken Marsala

Instant Pot Butter Chicken - Keto and Low Carb

Makes 6 Servings

Macros:  Fat 24 grams – Protein 35 grams – Carbs (net) 3 grams

*Macros are for the butter chicken alone, so be sure to adjust for what you decide to serve it with.


 

Instant Pot Butter Chicken - Keto and Low Carb
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
20 mins
Total Time
30 mins
 
If you've never had butter chicken before, this is a great recipe to try!  I made it in my Instant Pot and it could not have been easier!  The sauce is creamy, with that signature flavor from garam masala, and I serve it with my Lime Cilantro Cauliflower Rice (minus the lime).  Garnish with some fresh chopped cilantro and you have a beautiful and tasty dish!
Course: Main Course
Servings: 6
Ingredients
  • 2 pounds chicken breasts diced
  • 1/2 cup chicken stock
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/4 cup butter softened and divided
  • 1 tablespoon tomato paste
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • 1/3 cup mascarpone cheese
  • 4 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 teaspoon fresh ginger grated
  • 1 teaspoon ground turmeric
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 2 teaspoons garam masala
  • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1/4 cup fresh cilantro divided
  • 2 tablespoons mild flavored oil
  • salt and pepper to taste
Preparation
  1. Turn the Instant Pot to the sauté setting.  Add the oil and chicken to the pot and sear the chicken for a few minutes, then remove.  Sauté the ginger and garlic in half the butter for about 20 seconds, careful not to burn it!   Then add in all the spices and allow to toast for another 20 seconds, while stirring. 

  2. Pour in the water, chicken stock, tomato paste and add the chicken back in. Scrape up the brown bits on the bottom of the pot. Set the Instant Pot to pressure cook for 10 minutes, then quick release the pressure.

  3. Remove the chicken and set aside.  Stir in the heavy cream, mascarpone cheese and the rest of the butter, then whisk to combine.  Add the chicken back in and turn the Instant Pot back onto the sauté setting.  Cook for 7-10 minutes, uncovered, stirring often.

  4. Once the cauliflower rice is cooked, serve with the chicken and sauce over the top.  Garnish with fresh cilantro and enjoy!  Store leftovers in the fridge for a few days or freeze.

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