A plate of instant pot butter chicken and cauliflower rice

Keto Instant Pot Butter Chicken

Make the best instant pot butter chicken recipe (Murgh Makhani) that’s keto and low carb. An Indian restaurant favorite that can be made into one of the best keto dinner recipes served with cauliflower rice.

Course Dinner
Cuisine Indian
Keyword how to make butter chicken, instant pot butter chicken, keto instant pot recipes
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 8 minutes
Saute time 5 minutes
Servings 6
Calories 283kcal



  • 1 15 oz can Tomato Sauce
  • 1/2 tsp ginger powder (substitute with 2 teaspoons of freshly grated ginger)
  • 1 tsp Garam Masala
  • 1 tsp garlic powder (substitute with 4 cloves of garlic)
  • 1/4 tsp ground cumin (optional)
  • 1 tsp Turmeric
  • 1 tsp onion powder
  • 1 tsp smoked paprika
  • 1/2 Tbsp pepper flakes (optional)
  • 1 tsp bouillon powder (adjust to taste)
  • 1/2 tsp salt (adjust to taste)
  • 2 lbs diced chicken breast or thighs
  • 2 Tbsp butter
  • 3/4 cup heavy cream


  • To the inner pot of the instant pot, add the tomato sauce, seasoning blend and diced chicken
    collage showing steps to making butter chichen in an instant pot
  • Stir to mix chicken with sauce, cover instant pot and set valve to sealing position. Select pressure cooker/manual setting, set timer to 8 mins and high pressure. Do a quick release when the cook time is up.
    collage showing diced chicken breast mixed with tomato sauce in an instant pot, then it is covered and cooked
  • Scoop out the chicken and set aside,Turn on the saute function of the instant pot, add the heavy cream and butter and let simmer for 2-5 mins.
    collage showing steps to making keto instant pot butter chicken
  • When saute time is done or the sauce is thickened to your liking, turn off instant pot, scoop cooked chicken back into sauce, stitr and add som chopped parsley.
    collage showing simmerings butter chicken sauce
  • Serve over cauliflower rice


  1. I used powdered ginger in this recipe because that is what i had on hand when i was making this recipe. if you prefer fresh ginger, use 2 teaspoons of freshly grated ginger.
  2. If using diced chicken thighs for this recipe, add an extra 2 mins to the time in this recipe.