Easy Butter Chicken and Saffron Rice (with Dairy-Free option)
Instant Pot Butter Chicken with Saffron Rice ! Tender and juicy chicken, cooked in a creamy tomato sauce, with pot-in-pot Saffron flavored Basmati Rice! This easy Butter Chicken recipe is a quick & easy ONE-POT meal, ready in 30 minutes.
Rice: Rinse basmati rice 2-3 times, till the water runs clear. In an oven safe bowl, add rice, water, saffron, that has been microwaved for 20 seconds in water, oil, salt and slivered almonds. Keep aside.
Sauce: Turn Instant pot on SAUTE. Turning on 'saute' will warm everything through while we assemble the recipe, thereby reducing the pressure building time. Add ghee or oil, ginger and garlic paste, tomato sauce and spices. I puree diced canned tomatoes, but you can also use ripe tomatoes and puree them. Add chicken pieces and stir. If your instant pot gives you burn messages often, then add 1/2 cup water.
Place trivet and put the rice bowl on top of that. Close the lid. Cancel SAUTE. Pressure cook for 6 minutes on Manual/pressure Cook. Vent set to Sealing position.
Wait 5 minutes and release all the pressure by turning the valve from Sealing to Venting position (NPR 5). Open lid after pin drops. Remove rice and fluff with a fork.
Turn on SAUTE. Add heavy cream or Coconut milk and saute for 2-3 minutes, till the sauce thickens a bit. Optionally, add sugar and stir. Garnish with chopped cilantro and serve with Saffron rice and Naan!
Heat a saucepan on medium heat. Add ghee or oil, ginger garlic paste, tomato sauce and spices. I puree diced tomatoes, but you can also use ripe tomatoes and puree them. Add chicken pieces and stir.
Add 1/2 cup water, cover, and simmer for 15-20 minutes, till chicken is tender.
Add heavy cream or coconut milk and saute for 2-3 minutes, till the sauce thickens a bit. Optionally, add sugar and stir. Garnish with chopped cilantro and serve with Saffron rice and Naan!
If you are new to the Instant Pot, please read my FAQ on Instant Pot Terminology and Accessories to learn more.Cook time = Time to set for pressure cooking. Total time includes 10 mins +/- for pressure build-upThe nutritional information does not include Saffron rice. You can get that information on the Saffron rice recipe link.Note: The nutrition facts below are my estimates. If you are following any diet plan, I recommend cross-checking with your preferred nutrition calculator.