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Pressure Cooker Butter Chicken

Butter chicken couldn't be easier than cooking in a pressure cooker!


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Pressure Cooker Butter Chicken
June 14, 2011

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Pressure Cooker Butter Chicken

Theme 12: Spice
Cookbook Used: Pressure Cooking
Author: Australian Women’s Weekly

My friend Miss A had been telling me numerous times about all the amazing things her mum had been whipping up in her pressure cooker. The sound of soup in 8 minutes had me thinking I should get a pressure cooker! And behold; Aldi had one for $59! Much cheaper than the ones that start at $100+

So of course I got the pressure cooking cookbook to help shed some light on what else I can cook in my new toy.

Hamsley and I have a huge weekness for butter chicken, so it was a no brainer to try this recipe first. I must admit, I was a bit scared the pressure cooker would blow up… but once I saw the steam coming out of it I felt a little more at ease.

The results were delicious. Not like the Costco butter chicken we love, but we still enjoyed it. I had to skim off some oil once it had finished cooking, but once I did it was fine. I would happily make it again, perhaps next time with chicken thighs as we were getting sick of trying to get the meat off the bones of the marylands towards the end. 

Butter Chicken
Australian Women’s Weekly

4 chicken marylands (1.4kg)
1 tablespoon lemon juice
1/2 cup (140g) yogurt
5cm (2 inch) piece fresh ginger (25g), grated
2 teaspoons garam masala
1 tablespoon vegetable oil
40g butter
1 medium brown onion (150g), chopped finely
4 cloves garlic, crushed
1 teaspoon each ground coriander, cumin, cinnamon and hot paprika
2 tablespoons tomato paste
410g (13 ounces) canned tomato puree
1/2 cup (125ml) chicken stock
2 tablespoons honey
1/3 cup (80ml) pouring cream
1/2 cup loosely packed fresh coriander leaves

1. Combine chicken, juice, yogurt, ginger and garam masala in a large bowl. Heat half the oil and half the butter in 6-litre (24-cup) pressure cooker; cook chicken, in batches, until browned. Remove from cooker.

2. Heat remaining oil and butter in cooker; cook onion and garlic stirring, until onion softens. Add spices; cook; stirring; until fragrant. Return chicken to cooker with paste, puree, stock and honey; secure lid. Bring cooker to high pressure. Reduce heat to stabilise pressure; cook for 20 minutes.

3. Release pressure, then remove lid. Stir in cream; season to taste. Serve chicken sprinkled with coriander.

Serves 4.


18 comments on “Pressure Cooker Butter Chicken
  1. Piggyeatalot

    OMG I love butter chicken too! Can I ask, did you use a special yoghurt or just like, normal plain yoghurt?

    I am wayyy too scared to use a pressure cooker cos just like u I am scared that it’s gonna blow up ;P

    June 15, 2011 at 9:37 pm
    • Iron Chef Shellie

      Just natural yoghurt πŸ™‚ nothing fancy!

      June 15, 2011 at 9:38 pm
  2. leaf (the indolent cook)

    Yay for Aldi! I haven’t been there recently but I love their bargains.

    June 15, 2011 at 9:44 pm
  3. fanny

    this is such a perfect winter dish for a night in front of the tv snuggled in the couch :p

    June 15, 2011 at 9:48 pm
  4. penny aka jeroxie

    Oh yes… I have stopped the cookbook challenge. Will I ever keep up? Le sigh!

    June 16, 2011 at 12:10 am
  5. Jeanne Edwards

    Great Cook- up Shellie, pressure Cookers are a great little unit, and so adaptable. They keep all the goodness in and make everything so yummy and tender. In a really short time. Your Pics look great. x :o)

    June 16, 2011 at 8:27 am
  6. Leah

    I love butter chicken this looks great!

    I have always been to scared to use a pressure cooker, i’m thinking though i should bite the bullet and get one though…..

    June 16, 2011 at 9:17 am
  7. Nic@diningwithastud

    This looks awesome! Iv had an urge for the past few months to get a pressure cooker. I do love my slow cooker but when you want a slow cooked meal fast then its not ideal. I wonder if Aldi still have some in stock πŸ™‚

    June 16, 2011 at 9:21 am
  8. Esz

    That looks so delicious! Mum has always loved the pressure cooker and I still dont have one of my own. Definitely need to remedy situation soon!

    June 16, 2011 at 10:02 am
  9. Michelle

    i used to have a pressure cooker in the kitchen thanks to my flatmate but not anymore cos she left. πŸ™

    June 16, 2011 at 10:21 am
  10. leigh

    I LOVE butter chicken, and this one looks delicious – love the steam rising in the photos.

    June 16, 2011 at 10:23 am
  11. Mez

    That looks DELICIOSO!!



    Wishful bloody thinking

    June 16, 2011 at 11:23 am
  12. Hollypop

    YUm Shellie!
    Just what I feel like. Mmm

    June 16, 2011 at 11:26 am
  13. Adrian in Food Rehab

    I burrow my mum’s pressure cooker from time to time. It saves me from hours of boiling Oxtails.

    June 16, 2011 at 1:20 pm
  14. Alana

    Yum. I think Mum has made this recipe but she used thighs instead. It was delicious. Yay for pressure cookers.

    June 16, 2011 at 2:40 pm
  15. Chanel

    I love butter chicken but have never made it, yours looks great. We’ve been thinking about getting a pressure cooker, but I’m a bit scared. I’m glad to read your Aldi one worked well – might be a good choice for us. Thanks! πŸ˜€

    June 17, 2011 at 11:15 am
  16. Susan

    I love my pressure cooker, it intensifies the flavour of dishes so much. You should get suzanne gibb’s pressure cooker book, it has some really good recipes in there. I really need to borrow the women’s weekly one from the library though.

    June 20, 2011 at 2:24 pm
  17. Argie

    Looking at those pictures shown above starves me! Mind if I grab your recipe? I will try this for dinner, I hope it will taste as I’ve expected.

    April 15, 2012 at 4:38 pm
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