How To Cook Tandoori Chicken In A Pressure Cooker?
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What Is Tandoori Chicken?

Tandoori chicken is a classic Punjabi dish that is sure to tantalize and delight your guests at any dinner party. Its juicy and spicy flavor, bursting with complex and tantalizing tastes, will bring pleasure to the taste buds of all gathered around the table. The succulent pieces of chicken are so tender and full of flavor that they are sure to satisfy even the most discerning diners. Accompanied by the side of crispy onion rings, along with a generous serving of tangy green chutney, this dish will be an unforgettable experience for your family and friends. Let your dinner party be elevated to new heights with this delicious treat – enjoy!

How to make tandoori chicken in a pressure cooker

This Pressure Cooker Tandoori Chicken recipe is an exquisite blend of juiciness and tenderness, tantalizing the taste buds with its incredible explosion of flavor. The aromatic Indian spices, combined with the slight tang of curd and a subtle hint of citrus, create a truly unforgettable culinary experience. With your Instant Pot, you can now effortlessly recreate this restaurant-quality dish in the comfort of your own home in a fraction of the time it would normally take. Perfection awaits!

Follow these instructions to do this quickly and easily.


You will need the following ingredients to make tandoori chicken in a pressure cooker:

  • 3 Large Chicken Thighs (Leg and breast together)
  • ¼ cup Fresh Curd
  • 4 tsp Ginger-Garlic Paste
  • 6 tsp Tandoori Chicken Masala (Everest Masala). If you want more spice, add more. To make homemade tandoori masala, combine red chili powder, turmeric powder, garam masala powder, cumin powder, and coriander powder.
  • Salt to taste
  • Lemon wedges and onion rings for garnishing.

Recipe For The Tandoori Chicken

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  • Thoroughly wash the chicken thighs and make several deep incisions in the meat to ensure that the marinade is evenly distributed and able to penetrate the flesh.
  • In a separate bowl, combine curd, Tandoori Masala powder, ginger-garlic paste and salt until they form a homogenous mixture.
  • Gently submerge the chicken thighs into this marinade and let them sit for at least 8 hours or overnight for optimal results.
  • Pour some oil into a pressure cooker, then carefully place each of the marinated chicken thighs within it. Cover the lid of the pressure cooker, but DO NOT lock it or put in the whistle.
  • Allow the chicken to cook for 15 to 20 minutes on moderate heat, flipping each side after 10 minutes. Once the 20 minutes have elapsed, turn off the flame and transfer the chicken onto a plate. Utilize any remaining masala from the cooker to rub onto the chicken lightly.
  • Now, warm some oil in a non-stick frying pan and fry the chicken pieces until they attain a beautiful reddish-brown tandoori hue, flipping them over regularly to prevent them from burning. Upon completion, switch off the gas and remove it from the heat.
  • Immediately turn on the flame and burn a piece of charcoal on the gas until it turns red hot. Then place it on the chicken and drizzle some oil over it. Cover the frying pan with a lid as soon as the charcoal begins to emit smoke. Allow the chicken to rest until it has absorbed the smokey flavor of the charcoal.
  • Finally, for a delectable finish, serve the dish piping hot, along with some lemon wedges and onion rings as accompaniments.

Tips For Making Tandoori Chicken

  • To ensure that the marinade ingredients are able to penetrate the chicken, be sure to pat it dry before marinating to prevent excess liquids from preventing proper absorption.
  • For optimal flavor, allow the chicken to marinate for a minimum of one hour; longer marination times will result in better flavor and juicier meat.
  • For a richer flavor, plain full-fat curd should be used in the marinade as it will help to tenderize the chicken while also providing a bold flavor.
  • For an extra depth of flavor and aromatic notes, opt for freshly ground garam masala rather than pre-packaged; using your homemade blend will provide superior taste and complexity.

Making mouth-watering tandoori chicken in your pressure cooker is a convenient, effortless and delectable way to savor the complexities of traditional tandoori chicken without having to light up the grill. With this recipe, you can anticipate succulent, juicy chicken each time. For a further dimension of flavor and texture, you may wish to broil the completed dish for five minutes to add a layer of crispiness - making it an even more tantalizing treat! Enjoy!