Instant Pot Thai Chicken Curry

Instant Pot Thai Chicken Curry

  • Author: Instant Pot Eats
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 20 minutes
  • Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: 4
  • Category: Main
  • Method: Instant Pot
  • Cuisine: Thai


Making an authentic Thai curry can be a labour of love, especially if you make your own curry paste, but there is a much simpler and quicker way. This Instant Pot Thai chicken curry is made in 30 minutes using ingredients you can find in most grocery stores. That’s why we call it a curry in a hurry.


Part 1
1-2 tablespoons olive oil
1 medium onion, diced roughly
4-5 slices of ginger
2 garlic cloves, sliced
1.4 lb / 650 g diced chicken meat (breast and thighs)
1/3 cup red curry paste (less or more depending on the spice level)
2 teaspoons sugar (we used 1 tsp stevia sugar alternative)
1 tablespoon fish sauce
1 cup thickened coconut milk (coconut cream, see notes)
2/3 cup chicken stock (or water with 1/2 cube chicken stock)
Part 2
Juice of 1/2 lime
1 large carrot, sliced
1/2 large zucchini, sliced
1/2 head of broccoli, florets cut in halves
1 red pepper, sliced
To thicken: 2 tablespoons tapioca flour or arrowroot flour
1/4 cup coconut cream
1/4 cup chopped cilantro
Garnish: diced scallions/spring onions and more cilantro, optional


  • Turn the Instant Pot on and press the Sauté button. Once the pot is hot, add the olive oil, onion, ginger and garlic and stir through. Cook for 1 minute, stirring, then add the chicken.
  • Add the curry paste and stir through the chicken. Now, add the sugar, fish sauce, coconut cream and chicken stock. Stir through well and press Cancel to stop the Sautéing.
  • Pop the lid on top and lock, making sure the valve is pointing to Sealing. Press Manual/Pressure Cook, HIGH pressure and set to 7 minutes. The Instant Pot will say ON and it will take about 5-10 minutes for the pressure to build up, after which the timer will start. Though, the curry will be cooking during the whole time.
  • Once the timer finishes, allow a couple of minutes for natural release, then use the quick release method (point the top valve to Venting) to let off the rest of the pressure. Be careful of the hot steam jet!
  • Open the lid and press the Sauté button again. Add juice of half a lime and stir through. Have a little taste. Add more salt or fish sauce if needed.
  • Add all the vegetables and cook on Sauté for 3-4 minutes, stirring a few times.
  • Dissolve the tapioca or arrowroot flour in 2 tablespoons of water. Stir into the curry to thicken the sauce. Finish adding the remaining coconut cream and then stir in cilantro.


We used supermarket-bought red curry paste in this recipe. The brand we used wasn’t too hot so we used 1/3 cup for this version. Check the packet/jar of the paste for recommended paste amounts. It’s always a good to idea to taste a tiny bit to see if it’s salty as well.

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