Instant Pot Palak Chicken
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Instant Pot Palak Chicken is easy to make healthy spinach chicken curry. This is a perfect one pot weeknight dinner ready in 30 minutes.
Recipe type: Dinner
Cuisine: Indian
Serves: 4
  • Spinach Puree
  • 6 oz bag of spinach leaves, rinsed
  • ¼ tsp sugar
  • 1 tbsp chickpea flour
  • Chicken:
  • Whole Spices
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 tsp cumin seeds
  • 4 green cardamoms
  • 4 cloves
  • 1 small cinnamon stick
  • Spice Powders
  • 1 tsp coriander powder
  • 1 tsp garam masala
  • ½ tsp turmeric powder
  • ¼ tsp red chili powder
  • ½ tsp salt- adjust as per taste
  • 2 tbsp ghee(clarified butter) or oil
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • ¼ inch ginger, finely chopped
  • 1 large onion
  • 1 cup tomato puree
  • 1 lb boneless chicken breast, cubed
  • ½ cup water
  • 1 tsp heavy whipping cream, for garnish (optional)
  • 2 whole red chili, for garnish (optional)
  1. Spinach Puree: Bring a pot of water to rolling boil, add spinach leaves and sugar. Simmer for 4 minutes without covering the pot.
  2. Strain boiled spinach leaves and dunk them in ice cold water. After 10 minutes, puree the blanched spinach with chickpea flour to a smooth paste.
  1. Press the "saute" button on Instant Pot. Then add ghee and wait till it melts.
  2. Add cumin seeds, bay leaf, green cardamoms, cloves and cinnamon stick to the pan and stir fry
  3. After 2 minutes, add cubed chicken pieces and stir fry till chicken pieces are well cooked.
  4. Press the "keep warm/cancel" button and take out the chicken pieces. Leave the whole spices in the pot.
  5. Make onion puree by blending ginger, garlic and onion together in a blender.
  6. Switch the "saute" button and add onion puree. Fry the onion puree in the leftover chicken juice and spices.
  7. Saute until golden brown, then add tomato puree. Cook for 3-4 minutes till puree reduces to half and has mixed evenly with onion puree
  8. Add spinach puree. Cook for another 3 to 4 minutes till spinach puree blends well with tomato and onion puree.
  9. Add spice powders like coriander, garam masala, turmeric, red chili and salt.
  10. Mix well, add cooked chicken pieces.
  11. Press the "keep warm/cancel" button. Add water and then close the lid.
  12. Select "Manual" mode for 5 minutes
  13. Once Instant Pot releases pressure, mix well and take out the palak chicken.
  14. Garnish as desired and serve hot.
To Make this on Stove Top Pressure Cooker:
Cook all the steps in the pressure cooker over medium heat through step 8. Mix well and add cooked chicken pieces. Pressure cook for 10 minutes once the pressure has reached ( or 1 whistle on high). Switch off the flame.
Additional Notes:
1. Adding sugar when blanching spinach and dunking blanched spinach leaves in ice cold water helps spinach retain its bright green color.
2. Adding chickpea flour when making spinach puree helps in making spinach gravy smooth and thick.
3.Cooking onion puree in remaining chicken juice and whole spices enhances the flavors.
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