Instant Pot Tandoori Chicken

Instant Pot Tandoori Chicken is tender chicken cooked in the Instant Pot with coconut milk and a variety of tandoori spices!

Instant Pot Tandoori Chicken

Now that we know a ton of you got an Instant Pot for Christmas this year, I'm dreaming up alllllllll of the Instant Pot recipes!  While I originally thought that the Instant Pot cooks any slow cooker recipe, but faster, it didn't take me long to realize that's not necessarily true.  While yes, it cooks almost anything and it cooks it fast, there are some limitations.  Namely, liquid.  

You have to have enough liquid in the ingredients that the Instant Pot doesn't give you the "burn" alert.  I learned this when cooking a variation of my Instant Pot Chipotle Cranberry Meatballs and didn't follow it exactly.  I omitted the orange juice and what a difference that made.  So lesson learned - follow the Instant Pot recipes!

Instant Pot Tandoori Chicken

Other than that, I have to say - the Instant Pot is pretty straight forward.  Make sure the lid is secure, press in the number of minutes, and it's ready to go!  

One of my favorite things to cook in my pressure cooker is chicken.  It never fails to produce tender, non-dry chicken. This Instant Pot Tandoori Chicken is no different - it is SO tender!  

The chicken is combined with a flavorful combination of coconut milk, curry and tandoori spices such as curry powder, cumin, turmeric, paprika, cayenne pepper, and ginger, and cooked for 10 minutes.  That’s it - it’s so simple!

Instant Pot Tandoori Chicken

A note about the recipe - I have used chicken breasts and thighs in this recipe with great results.  If you are a fan of thighs - use them! I love chicken thighs because they are cheaper and more tender.  Many people don’t like thighs, and you can definitely use chicken breasts if you prefer.

We like to eat ours on top of coconut rice, where we simply replace most of the water in our jasmine rice for coconut milk.  This tandoori chicken would also be great wrapped in lettuce wraps or with naan!

Looking for other curry recipes?  Check these out!

Butternut Squash Lentil Coconut Curry

Indian Curry Chicken Rice Bowls

Instant Pot Chicken Coconut Curry

Red Lentil Coconut Curry

Coconut Curry Carrot Leek Soup

Instant Pot Tandoori Chicken

Instant Pot Tandoori Chicken

Instant Pot Tandoori Chicken is tender chicken cooked in the Instant Pot with coconut milk and a variety of tandoori spices!
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Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Indian
Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes
Servings: 6 servings
Calories: 294kcal


  • 1.5 lb chicken breast or thighs cut into bite-sized pieces
  • 1 tablespoon curry powder
  • 1 tablespoon cumin
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon ground turmeric
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • ½ teaspoon chili powder
  • ¼ teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1 tablespoon fresh minced ginger
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 14 ounce can coconut milk
  • Fresh cilantro for topping


  • Place all ingredients in Instant Pot or pressure cooker.
  • Secure lid.
  • Cook on high pressure for 10 minutes. Let pressure naturally release for 10 minutes and then release the valve.
  • Serve on top of rice, in lettuce wraps, or with naan topped with cilantro.
  • Enjoy!


*prep and cook time loosely includes the time it takes for pressure to build up in the pressure cooker and the natural release time.


Calories: 294kcal | Carbohydrates: 6g | Protein: 26g | Fat: 19g | Saturated Fat: 15g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 2g | Trans Fat: 0.01g | Cholesterol: 73mg | Sodium: 341mg | Potassium: 659mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 305IU | Vitamin C: 4mg | Calcium: 33mg | Iron: 3mg
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