I've created a lightened up, dairy-free Chicken Tikka Masala with Cauliflower and Peas in the Instant Pot to satisfy my craving for Indian food! This mild curry is made with boneless chicken thighs cooked in a tomato base, with lots of spices and coconut milk. You can serve this with garlic naan or basmati rice on the side (cauliflower rice would work too to keep it low carb!)
Yield: 6 servings
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Instant Pot Chicken Tikka Masala with Cauliflower and Peas

Prep Time: 5 mins
Cook Time: 25 mins
Total Time: 30 mins
Course: Dinner
Cuisine: American
I've created a lightened up, dairy-free Chicken Tikka Masala with Cauliflower and Peas in the Instant Pot to satisfy my craving for Indian food!

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 pounds skinless (boneless chicken thighs, cubed)
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 tablespoon ghee (butter or coconut oil for df)
  • 1/2 chopped onion
  • 3 cloves garlic (minced)
  • 1 teaspoon grated ginger root
  • 1 teaspoon ground coriander
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon turmeric
  • 1/2 teaspoon garam masala
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cardamom
  • 14 ounce can diced tomatoes (drained)
  • 2 cups cauliflower florets
  • 1/2 cup frozen peas
  • 1/2 cup full fat canned coconut milk
  • 1/4 cup fresh cilantro leaves (for serving)

Instructions

  • Season chicken with 1 teaspoon salt.
  • Press saute button and melt the butter, add onion, garlic, ginger and 6 spices (from coriander to cardamom) and saute until the vegetables are soft and the spices are fragrant, about 2 to 3 minutes.
  • Add the tomatoes and use an immersion to blend until smooth (or blend in the blender), add the chicken, remaining 1/2 teaspoon salt and stir, cook high pressure 15 minutes.
  • Quick release, add the cauliflower and peas and cook 2 minutes on high pressure.
  • Quick release, stir in coconut milk and serve garnished with cilantro.

Nutrition

Serving: 3/4 cup, Calories: 226kcal, Carbohydrates: 9g, Protein: 25g, Fat: 10g, Cholesterol: 3mg, Sodium: 405mg, Fiber: 2.5g, Sugar: 4g
Blue Smart Points: 5
Green Smart Points: 6
Purple Smart Points: 5
Points +: 6