Make Aromatic Masala Chicken In Pressure Cooker
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What Is Masala Chicken?

Masala chicken is an Indian dish that brings together a delightful amalgamation of traditional Indian spices and herbs, creating a delectable harmony of flavors. The succulent chicken further enhances the taste, making it truly irresistible. This unique combination of flavors and textures results in a dish that is sure to tantalize the taste buds and delight the palate.

How to make masala chicken in a pressure cooker?

Masala chicken gravies are a culinary delight that varies in their preparation and flavor depending upon the region of India they originate from. This particular rendition showcases succulent chicken morsels simmered in a fragrant melange of spices and tomatoes, cooked slowly over low heat until the flavors have had ample time to mingle and infuse. A touch of cream is added for a velvety texture and finished off with freshly chopped coriander leaves for a subtle herbal note that rounds out the dish, creating an exquisite medley of flavors that will surely tantalize the taste buds.

Follow these instructions to do this quickly and easily.


To make masala chicken in a pressure cooker, you will need the following ingredients:

  • 1 Kg chicken boneless  (broiler) (skinned and cut into pieces)
  • 2 tsp ginger (ground with garlic), chopped
  • 1 tsp garlic, chopped
  • 3 cups onions, finely chopped
  • 2 cups tomatoes, finely chopped
  • 1 tsp cumin seeds
  • 1 tsp garam masala
  • 1/2 tsp turmeric
  • 1 tbsp coriander seeds, powdered
  • 1/2 tsp red pepper, powdered
  • 2 tablespoons of olive oil



  • Gather the ingredients needed for making masala chicken in a pressure cooker: boneless ( skinless chicken thighs), 2 tablespoons of olive oil, 2 tsp ginger, 1 tsp garlic, 3 cups onions, 2 cups tomatoes,1 teaspoon of cumin, 1 teaspoon of garam masala powder, 1/2 tsp turmeric, 1 tbsp coriander seed, 1/2 tsp red pepper and salt to taste.
  • Heat the pressure cooker over medium heat with two tablespoonfuls of olive oil. 
  • Add the spices:  cumin, turmeric, coriander seed, red pepper, salt and garam masala powder once the oil is heated. Stir everything together until fragrant (about 45 seconds).
  • Add boneless chicken pieces into the pan once they’re all mixed together with spices, and mix them evenly until they are well coated with spices (about one minute). 
  • Put on the lid on your pressure cooker and wait until it reaches its highest-pressure setting (this may take up to 10 minutes), then lower it to the low-pressure setting and let it cook for an additional 15 minutes more before turning off the heat completely and releasing any remaining steam by carefully opening the lid after 5 minutes cooling time has passed through natural release valve direction away from your face/body as boiling steam can burn you badly. 
  • Transfer cooked masala chicken to a serving plate/bowl.
  • Serve your delicious homemade masala chicken with basmati rice or naan bread to enjoy this decadent dish!

Tips For Making Masala Chicken

  • It is crucial to take your time when it comes to slow cooking the chicken, as this method of preparation can truly bring out the flavour and vividness of the dish. By allowing the chicken to cook slowly at a low temperature, you will achieve not only a more succulent texture but also a richer and fuller taste that is sure to tantalize your taste buds. Furthermore, this technique will also result in a much more aesthetically pleasing presentation due to its vibrant colouring.
  • Frying the chicken in the masala until it releases oil will result in a darker colour of the meat; however, if a deeper hue is desired, Kashmiri red chilli powder can be added to intensify the colour. This method of adding chilli powder is an excellent way to achieve the desired colour while imparting an additional layer of flavour and spiciness to the dish.

In conclusion, masala chicken is a delectable and straightforward dish that can be enjoyed on any occasion. With the help of a pressure cooker, you can prepare this classic Indian fare in under an hour, satisfying your cravings with its array of spices. This flavorful recipe pairs perfectly with accompaniments such as steamed rice or traditional Indian breads. If you're searching for a savory and convenient meal to serve your family or friends, give this tantalizing masala chicken recipe a try today!