Paleo Instant Pot Butter Chicken


4 tbsp ghee (or clarified butter), divided

10 garlic cloves, peeled

1 tbsp fresh ginger root

2 to 3 large shallots

2 lbs chicken thighs, , boneless & skinless (alt. Chicken breasts)

28 oz. diced fire roasted tomatoes, , canned. I use 365 Whole Foods brand

¼ cup full fat coconut milk, , canned and stir-well. I use 365 Whole Foods brand.

Cilantro, , garnish, optional

Salt and pepper to taste

Chicken, dry spice seasonings:

1 tbsp garam masala powder

2 tsp smoked paprika, alt. sweet paprika

1.5 tsp coriander powder

2 tsp turmeric powder


Prep: Roughly chop garlic cloves, ginger, and shallots. Combine ingredients under “Dry Spice Seasonings” in one bowl. Set aside.

Instant Pot: Press Saute function - add 2 tbsp ghee. When the oil is melted, add chopped garlic, ginger, and shallots. Season with pinch of salt. Saute until fragrant (about 2-3 mins). Add Dry Spice Seasonings. Give a quick saute to slightly warm up the spices (about 10 seconds). Turn off Saute function.

Add fire roasted tomato and scrape the bottom of the pot to ensure that nothing is stick to the bottom. Add chicken and cover the sauce over each pieces. Seal the lid and valve. Press Manual - 10 minutes. When done, natural release until the valve drops (should take about 10 mins).

Scoop out the chicken. Add ¼ cup full-fat coconut milk and 2 tbsp ghee. Puree the sauce using an immersion blender until creamy smooth. Dice the chicken to bite sizes and add them back to the sauce pot. Give it a stir and garnish with chopped cilantro. Serve the butter chicken over slightly cooked cauliflower rice or mashed (sweet) potatoes.

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