Instant Pot Chicken Curry & Rice

This delicious and aromatic Instant Pot chicken curry recipe is made with Indian tomato and onion based sauce and thickened with creamy yoghurt. Not only will you make a hearty curry in a hurry (so to speak) but you can also do the rice in the same pot and this guest recipe from Aneesha of Spice Cravings will show you how.

We are delighted to feature this tasty and easy Instant Pot chicken curry from our fellow pressure cooker lover Aneesha of Spice Cravings (read more about the author below).  What we love about this dish is that it’s perfect for the whole family as it’s a milder kind of curry and uses easily accessible ingredients. And given that it only takes a bit of prep AND you can cook the rice in the same pot, you can have this hearty, nutritious dinner on the table in just about half an hour or so.


If you want to try another of Aneesha’s recipes, check out Instant Pot Chicken Vindaloo.


You will find the full recipe with ingredients and instructions below but here is how to make this chicken curry in picture steps. All pics are courtesy of Aneesha and are so helpful! 

The first step in creating this Indian Instant Pot chicken curry is to sauté the onions and other aromatics like ginger or garlic and the spices (you can find all of these in the supermarket and some you might already have). This sweats and sweetens the onions and allows the aromas to be released from the spices.

How to make chicken curry in Instant Pot step 1

The next step is to make the sauce ingredients such as yoghurt, tomatoes and stock and the chicken and stir everything through. 

If you want to make the rice at the same time, this is the time to place a trivet on top of the chicken mixture and to place the rice ingredients in a round oven-safe bowl (like a cake tin) that fits well in the Instant Pot. 

How to make Instant Pot curry step 2

Now comes the easy part! Press the Manual, HIGH pressure and cook everything together for 6-8 minutes, depending on which cut of chicken you used (breasts take a little longer). Once cooked, remove the rice dish and fluff it with a fork. Add the final spice – cardamom (optional, by the way) – and fresh coriander to the curry and stir through. 

How to cook Instant Pot chicken curry step 3



Aneesha serves the chicken curry with the cumin Basmati rice, which complements the dish perfectly. You can, of course, cook up regular white rice or brown rice, quinoa or other grain of choice. Warm naan bread or roti would also be wonderful with the curry and you can use them to mop up all that delicious sauce.

A simple salad or cucumber raita would make a great side dish. The curry isn’t very spicy but it’s still nice to have a contrasting, crisp and cooling side. Many people also serve a lovely sweet chutney and pickled chili with Indian curries but these are optional. 

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Chicken Curry Instant Pot Recipe

Instant Pot Chicken Curry & Rice

  • Author: Aneesha of Spice Cravings
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 6 minutes
  • Total Time: 35 minutes
  • Yield: 6 1x
  • Category: Main
  • Method: Instant Pot
  • Cuisine: Indian


Aromatic yet mild Indian Instant Pot chicken curry cooked with cumin Basmati rice – perfect for a family dinner everyone will love.


  • 1.5 lbs / 600-700 g chicken thighs, boneless & skinless (1.25-1.5 lbs)
  • 1 tbsp ghee (or oil)
  • 1 tsp cumin seeds
  • 1 cup onion, chopped (1 medium onion)
  • 2 tsp ginger 1 inch, grated or ground
  • 2 tsp garlic 2-3 cloves, grated or ground
  • 1 tsp salt adjust to taste
  • 1/2 tsp turmeric powder
  • 1 tsp kashmiri red chili powder (or paprika)
  • 2 tsp ground coriander seed powder
  • 2 tsp garam masala (add 1 tsp for mild flavor)
  • 1 tsp ground cumin powder
  • 1 Roma tomato, de-seeded and chopped (or 1 tbsp tomato paste)
  • 1/4 cup plain greek yogurt
  • 1/41/2 cup water (add as needed)

Garnish (add after pressure cooking)

  • 1/2 tsp crushed cardamom (optional)
  • 1/4 cup chopped cilantro

Pot-in-Pot Cumin Rice

  • 2 cups basmati rice rinsed 2-3 times
  • 2.25 cups water (or 2.5 cups for softer texture)
  • 2 tsp ghee or oil
  • 1 tsp cumin seeds
  • 1 tsp salt adjust to taste


Instant Pot

  • Turn the Insant Pot and select the Saute setting (high).  When the display reads ‘hot’, add the ghee or oil, and cumin seeds.
  • When cumin seeds begin to sizzle, add the ginger, garlic and chopped onion. Saute for 1 minute, then cover with a lid and cook for 2 mins.
  • Add chicken, salt, turmeric, red chili, coriander, cumin, garam masala and plain greek yogurt.  Stir and saute for another 2 mins.
  • Add chopped tomatoes. If you prefer a smoother curry, you can add tomato paste or pureed tomato instead of chopped.  Depending on how much liquid the chicken has released by now, add 1/4-1/2 cup of water.  Adjust water quantity for an 8qt cooker.
  • To make the rice at the same time, place a trivet in the main pot.  Assemble rinsed rice, water, cumin seeds, salt and oil in an oven safe bowl and place it on top of the trivet.  Skip this step if not making rice.
  • Close the lid, vent to sealing position in DUO models. Pressure cook for 6 mins.
  • After pressure cooking, wait 5 mins and then carefully release the pressure manually (NPR 5, then QR).  You can do that by turning the pressure knob to ‘Venting’ position in Instant Pot DUO, or push down the pressure valve in Instant Pot ULTRA.
  • Open lid after the pin drops.  Remove rice bowl and fluff with a fork.  Add crushed or ground cardamom and chopped cilantro. If the sauce appears too thin, reduce it on saute mode for 2-4 mins.  It will thicken as it simmers.  Serve warm with rice, naan or roti!


  • Heat a dutch oven pot on medium -high heat.  When it gets hot, add ghee or oil, and cumin seeds.
  • When cumin seeds begin to sizzle, add ginger, garlic and chopped onion. Saute for 1 minute, then cover with a lid and cook for 2 mins.
  • Add chicken, salt, turmeric, red chili, coriander, cumin, garam masala and plain greek yogurt. Stir and saute for another 2 mins.
  • Add chopped tomatoes. Add 1 cup of water, stir and cover the pot. Continue to cook on medium-high heat till the sauce starts bubbling. Then reduce heat to medium and cook for 15-20 minutes, or until the chicken cooks through.
  • Add crushed or ground cardamom and chopped cilantro. Serve warm with rice, naan or roti!


  • Pro-tip for adding yogurt: When adding yogurt to any curry, always beat it till smooth, this prevents it from curdling.
  • Estimated Time includes roughly 10 mins for pressure build-up.  Cook time = Time to set for pressure cooking.
  • If making this recipe with chicken breast,  adjust cooking time to 8 minutes.


  • Serving Size: 200 g
  • Calories: 221 kcals
  • Sugar: 2 g
  • Fat: 9 g
  • Carbohydrates: 5 g
  • Fiber: 1 g
  • Protein: 28 g


About the recipe author: Spice Cravings is a peek in Aneesha’s California kitchen, where she makes quick, easy and healthy global recipes that are low in the effort and big on taste! She publishes her family’s favorite go-to recipes that include many one-pot-one-pan meals and pressure cooker recipes. All food is inspired by Aneesha’s love for spices, her north Indian roots, global travels and life as a working mom! Follow Spice Cravings on Instagram, Facebook or Pinterest.

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  1. The rice didn’t cook fully for me. I put it in for another 4 minutes and then quick-released and that was about perfect.

  2. Hello, Thank you for this recipe. I have 2 questions:
    1 – If making with rice in the IP, do I leave the chicken in the bottom and put the trivet and rice pot on top of it?
    2 – Would you give me some guidelines to add chunky potatoes and chunky carrots? I have had this eating out and would like to try it here.

    1. 1. Yes, if you check the step-by-step pics, it shows you how. The chicken stays on the bottom.
      2. You can add potatoes and carrots just before you put the trivet and rice on top. They should cook fine with everything else.

      Hope this helps 🙂

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