Marinate the boneless, skinless chicken thighs with full-fat Greek Yogurt (or full-fat coconut milk if you are dairy-free), minced garlic, minced ginger, turmeric, cayenne pepper (Indian chili powder), smoked paprika, salt, garam masala, and liquid smoke if using. If you do not have yogurt, you can also use full-fat cream.Make sure to beat and blend the plain yogurt well so it doesn't separate later. This will create a thick paste to coat the chicken thighs in. Let it rest for 1-2 hours if possible.
Place sauce ingredients into the Instant Pot. Place the chicken with the yogurt on top of the sauce ingredients.
Cook at High Pressure for 10 minutes and release pressure quickly.
Remove chicken and either set aside, broil, or put in your air fryer to brown, as you choose.
Add 1/2 cup of half and half, cream, or coconut milk and stir well.
Remove half the sauce and freeze for later.
Put chicken back into the remaining sauce, mix in the garam masala, garnish with cilantro and serve.
Tips And Tricks For Making Chicken Tikka Masala
The spices for marinating and for the sauce are almost the same. The marinade takes half the spice the sauce does.
To be efficient, put the sauce ingredients in the Instant Pot, and the raw chicken in a bowl. As you add turmeric to the marinade, add twice that amount of turmeric to the onion and tomato sauce as well.
Please note that a few readers who used 8 quart Instant Pots had the BURN message with a single batch of this, but not a double batch. The same readers were able to make this without the BURN message.
If you have an 8 quart, either double this recipe or use 1/2 to 1/4 cup of water to add to the chicken and vegetables.
You can make this recipe with skinless chicken breasts if you prefer.
You'll see jars of this sauce with the Indian cuisine in the grocery store. Skip those and make this sauce instead. It's worth the extra effort.
If you don't like your food spicy, reduce or omit the cayenne pepper to reduce the heat.
My recipe for Homemade Garam masala is made with cumin, coriander, cinnamon, cardamom, and a host of other delicious things. You should try making it instead of using store-bought.
There's no reason you can't use leftover tikka masala sauce with leftover grilled chicken. Just throw it in a skillet with a tiny bit of oil and saute to reheat and enjoy chicken tikka masala a second time.
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