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Instant Pot Thai Chicken Curry

Intensely flavoured Thai Chicken Curry, this recipe is made from start to finish in the Instant Pot which makes it super fast and easy!
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Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Thai
Keyword: Instant Pot, instant pot chicken curry, instant pot thai curry, thai red chicken curry
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes
Servings: 4 People
Calories: 468kcal
Author: Richa


  • Instant Pot


  • 3 tablespoons Oil preferably Coconut Oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon Ginger paste
  • 1/2 teaspoon Garlic paste
  • 4 tablespoons Thai Curry Paste approx 85g
  • 400 grams Chicken boneless skinless thighs, cut into 1.5 inch pieces
  • 1/2 Red Onion sliced
  • 3/4 cup Chicken Stock
  • 3/4 teaspoon Salt adjust to taste
  • 4-5 Kaffir Lime Leaves
  • 2 teaspoons Fish Sauce
  • 1-1.5 tablespoons Palm Sugar / Jaggery / Coconut Sugar / Sugar
  • 1 3/4 cup Coconut Milk
  • 1 cup Broccoli Florets
  • 1 cup Bell Peppers cubed (red and yellow)
  • 1/2 cup Zucchini diced
  • 1/2 cup Thai Basil / Holy Basil loosely packed
  • 1/2 Juice of Lime


Instant Pot Method:

  • Switch on the Instant Pot on Saute mode. Heat coconut oil and add ginger paste, garlic paste and Thai red curry paste. Saute for 1-2 minutes and add chicken. Saute the chicken for a minute or so till the curry paste coats it well.
  • Add onions and mix. Pour in chicken stock, along with salt and kaffir lime leaves. Place the lid and adjust the valve to sealing. Pressure cook on manual for 6 minutes. Once the timer goes off, release pressure manually by turning the valve from sealing to venting (be careful not to use your hands - use a spoon)
  • Turn on the saute mode and add fish sauce, palm sugar, coconut milk and all the veggies except basil and lime juice. Mix well and simmer for 8-10 minutes till the veggies are tender. Turn off the instant pot and add basil and lime juice. Mix well and serve hot with steamed rice.

Traditional Pressure Cooker:

  • Follow steps 1 and 2 and pressure cook for 3 whistles. Add 1 cup chicken stock instead of 3/4 cup for a traditional pressure cooker. Release the pressure and then follow step 3 as mentioned above.


  • Brand of Curry Paste: I use a brand called Pantai for both red and green curry pastes
  • Curry Paste: You can swap Thai red curry paste for the same amount of Thai green curry paste
  • Storing: Leftovers keep well in the fridge for 2-3 days


Calories: 468kcal | Carbohydrates: 15g | Protein: 14g | Fat: 41g | Saturated Fat: 22g | Cholesterol: 37mg | Sodium: 801mg | Potassium: 575mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 7g | Vitamin A: 3927IU | Vitamin C: 76mg | Calcium: 66mg | Iron: 5mg