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Curried Chicken and Vegetables in the Instant Pot

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Make a quick but flavorful curry right in your instant pot.  A few simple ingredients and a about a half hour is all you need to get this curried chicken and vegetables on the table.

bowl of rice with chicken and veggie curry on top

    Curry does not have to be complicated to be delicious.  This quick and easy meal is a great way to get your family fed. Load up your instant pot with ingredients and dinner will be ready in about the same time it takes the rice to get done!

     We are big curry fans.  We love the variety of flavors that curry can entail too.  There are so many different ways to make it.

      While we have really enjoyed some yogurt based curry recipes and even the super simple lamb curry recipe my Maw-Maw shared, our favorite curries seem to have a coconut milk base.

cutting board with diced celery, carrots and chicken.

       Curried chicken stew was one of the first recipes we tried and shared.  Though I actually make curries relatively frequently, I rarely share them.

     That is mostly because at some point in making them, I normally go off script and start throwing things in without measuring them.  I know better, but sometimes I just can’t help myself.

saucy curry inside electric pressure cooker.

      I get excited and start adding a shake or two of this and a shake or two of that.  Of course those ones always turn out the best and I can’t tell you exactly what’s in it by the time it’s done.

      So we ooh and ah over it while we eat it and I wish I had slowed down a bit.  Oh well, there is always next time, right?

chicken and vegetable curry served over rice in front of instant pot.

       Anyway, that brings us to this curried chicken and vegetables.  It is really easy to make and with simple ingredients.  There isn’t much muss or fuss.

       Some curries have a long list of ingredients that make it intimidating from the start. This isn’t one of those.  This recipe is simplified and approachable.

       If you can chop some chicken and vegetables and start the instant pot, you are going to be golden! I think browning the chicken and toasting the spices a bit adds a lot of flavor, but if you are really pressed for time and energy you can even skip that part.

served chicken and veggie curry in front of pressure cooker.

      If you dump and run, the results might not be quite as good but I am sure they will still be tasty!  So just get some rice going already and get ready to enjoy a nice curry dinner!

Tips and tricks

  • Sauteing the chicken and toasting the spices a bit will yield the best flavor, but you can dump the ingredients in and skip right to pressure cooking if needed.
  • You could toss in a few more veggies if you’d like. Some potatoes would be good!
  • If you want to add peas, just add some defrosted peas to the mix after you have already cooked the rest. The residual heat will cook them without making them mushy!
  • Garnish with a bit of parsley or cilantro if desired. 
  • Make sure you use the cans of coconut milk, not the dairy replacement. In my grocery store they are found in the aisle by the soy sauce etc. 

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Yield: 6 Servings

Curried Chicken and Vegetables in the Instant Pot

chicken and vegetable curry served over rice in front of instant pot.

Curry does not have to be complicated to be delicious. This quick and easy meal is a great way to get your family fed. Load up your instant pot with ingredients and dinner will be ready in about the same time it takes the rice to get done!

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 Tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 2 Tablespoons curry powder
  • 1 teaspoon ground turmeric
  • 2 chicken breasts, cubed
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground pepper
  • 4 carrots, sliced
  • 2 ribs celery, sliced
  • 13.5 ounce can coconut milk
  • 15 ounce can crushed tomatoes
  • Optional: 2 teaspoon cornstarch

Instructions

  1. Set the instant pot to saute. Once warm, add the oil and the spices. Stir for just a few seconds until fragrant. Add the chicken and toss to coat. Season with salt and pepper. Then saute for a couple of minutes, just enough to get a little bit browned.
  2. Add all remaining ingredients except the cornstarch. Put lid on instant pot and sent to pressure cook for 20 minutes.
  3. Do a quick release of the pressure. If you like a thicker sauce, stir the cornstarch into a Tablespoon or two of cold water. Stir into curry broth and switch instant pot back to saute. Allow the mixture to bubble for a minute or two, stirring frequently, until the sauce is thickened to your liking.

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Nutrition Information:

Yield:

6 Servings

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 259Total Fat: 18gSaturated Fat: 13gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 4gCholesterol: 34mgSodium: 553mgCarbohydrates: 12gFiber: 4gSugar: 5gProtein: 16g

All nutritional information is estimated and will depend on the exact ingredients you use.

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Caroline

Thursday 4th of October 2018

Curry is a firm favorite in our house, in various forms. And agree, it doesn't have to be complicated to be tasty.

Carlee

Monday 8th of October 2018

Sometimes those long ingredient lists are overwhelming but you can make a good dinner without making it too complicated!

Amy

Wednesday 3rd of October 2018

Sounds delicious - I definitely need to consider investing in an instapot!

Carlee

Monday 8th of October 2018

They do make for some quick and easy dinners!

Miz Helen

Saturday 22nd of September 2018

Congratulations! Your post is featured on Full Plate Thursday this week. Thanks so much for sharing with us and you have a great weekend! Miz Helen

Carlee

Monday 8th of October 2018

Thank you so much!

Amy

Wednesday 19th of September 2018

This recipe sounds delicious. One can never have too much chicken or vegetables - right!?!

Carlee

Monday 8th of October 2018

No, there are so many great ways to make it... you just need inspiration!

Anonymous

Wednesday 19th of September 2018

Oh my goodness, this sounds amazing! I'm always looking for a new Instant Pot Recipe to try. This one looks perfect!

Carlee

Monday 8th of October 2018

I really need to test the limits of mine a bit more too. Slow but sure ;-)