Instant Pot Chicken Tikka Masala with Lentils

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Chicken tikka masala and lentils are cooked together in an Instant Pot for an easy, gluten free weeknight meal made in under an hour!

Chicken tikka masala and lentils are cooked together in an Instant Pot for an easy, gluten free weeknight meal made in under an hour!

Todays post is sponsored by my friends at USA Pulses & Pulse Canada!

It’s official, I am totally obsessed with the Instant Pot! It makes the most delicious meals in no time at all, like this Lentil Chicken Tikka Masala. All of the scrumptious flavors of a slow cooked tikka masala sauce, made in under an hour.

To make this recipe, you begin by using the sauté function on the Instant Pot to cook the onions, garlic, chicken and spices, then switch over to the pressure cooking function to cook the lentils and chicken in the tikka masala sauce. In no time at all, dinner is ready and it only took one pot to cook it all!

Chicken tikka masala and lentils are cooked together in an Instant Pot for an easy, gluten free weeknight meal made in under an hour!

The lentils I added to this chicken tikka masala recipe add a good source of plant based protein, potassium and iron to the dish. You can serve the Lentil Chicken Tikka Masala on it’s own, like a stew, or serve it over rice.

Lentils are part of the “pulse” family, which includes dry peas, chickpeas, lentils and beans. Pulses are low in fat and sodium, cholesterol free, an excellent source of fiber and folate and a great addition to a healthy, balanced diet.

If you’re looking for other simple ways to eat healthier, visit pulses.org and sign up for the Half-Cup Habit. You’ll quickly see how easy it is to add a 1⁄2 cup serving of pulses to your diet just 3 times per week for added nutrients.

You can also check out these six recipe favorites featuring pulses to add to your weekly healthy dinner menu!

  1. Greek Quinoa Salad with Chickpeas
  2. One Pot Vegan Mexican Freekeh with Kidney Beans
  3. Healthy Greek Turkey Soup with Chickpeas
  4. One Pot Turkey Taco Soup
  5. Crock Pot Three Bean Taco Vegan Chili with Pinto Beans, Kidney Beans & Black Beans
  6. One Pot Mediterranean Sausage & Lentils

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Instant Pot Chicken Tikka Masala with Lentils

Total Time: 45 minutes

Serving Size: 4

Instant Pot Chicken Tikka Masala with Lentils

Ingredients

  • 2 tbsp coconut oil
  • 1 cup yellow onion (diced)
  • 4 garlic cloves (minced)
  • 1 lb chicken (cubed)
  • 1 tbsp Garam Marsala
  • 1 tsp fresh ginger (grated)
  • 1 jalapeno (seeded and minced)
  • 2 cans (14.5 oz) diced tomatoes
  • 1 cup chicken broth
  • 1 cup brown lentils
  • 1 cup coconut milk
  • ¼ cup fresh cilantro (chopped) + more for garnish, if desired
  • ½ tsp salt

Instructions

  1. Press the saute button on the Instant Pot, use the adjust button to set on the “normal” setting.
  2. Add the coconut oil to the Instant Pot, when the display says “hot”, add the onion, garlic and chicken, saute 4-5 minutes, then add the garam marsala, fresh ginger and jalapeno, saute for an additional 2-3 minutes.
  3. Press the Keep Warm/Cancel button on the Instant Pot.
  4. Add the diced tomatoes, vegetable broth and lentils to the Instant pot and stir to combine.
  5. Place the lid on the Instant Pot and make sure the steam release is set to “sealing”.
  6. Press the “manual” button and set the Instant Pot to high pressure, then use the +/- buttons to set the Instant Pot to 15 minutes.
  7. When the cooking time is up, turn off the Instant Pot and wait 10-15 minutes, then release any remaining pressure before unlocking the lid.
  8. Remove the lid and stir in the coconut milk, cilantro and salt.
  9. Serve immediately on it's own or over rice.
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Chicken tikka masala and lentils are cooked together in an Instant Pot for an easy, gluten free weeknight meal made in under an hour!