Fall is the perfect time to pull out your Instant Pot for easy, real food recipes. We have a lot going on in the Fall between school, work, after-school activities, and getting ready for the holidays. Fall also starts the cold and flu season, so it’s the perfect time to find all the simple ways to support our immune system.
Health Benefits of Turmeric
Turmeric is a powerful herb and supplement that helps support a healthy lifestyle, immune system, and gut-health. Read about some of the benefits in Katie’s posts here and here!
Quick & Healthy Dinner Recipe
This Turmeric-Spiced Chicken recipe uses the Instant Pot to make a creamy, comforting, real-food dinner that is perfect for Fall evenings. Serve it over rice (or cauliflower rice) with steamed or roasted veggies.
Because we’re so busy in the Fall, it’s tempting to make compromises on dinner. However, during cold and flu season, we want to fill our bodies with ingredients that will help support our health, wellness, and energy. Turmeric-Spiced Instant Pot Chicken helps you do that.
Budget-Friendly Instant Pot Chicken Tip
Because this recipe uses dark meat and plenty of rice and sauce, it’s already pretty budget-friendly. But you can make it even more budget-friendly by substituting drumsticks for the boneless thighs and sour cream for the yogurt.Print
A simple, creamy, flavorful Instant Pot chicken dish infused with turmeric and ready to serve over rice and veggies!
- 3 tbsp oil or butter
- 2 onions, chopped
- 2 cloves garlic, minced
- 1 tsp dried ginger (or 1 tbsp fresh, minced)
- ½ tsp cayenne pepper
- 1 tsp ground cumin
- 1 tsp ground coriander
- 1 tsp cardamom (optional)
- ½ tsp ground cinnamon
- ½ tsp ground turmeric
- 1.5–2 lbs chicken thighs or parts, bone-in or boneless
- 1 cup bone broth (or water in a pinch)
- Salt and pepper, to taste
- 2 cups plain yogurt (preferably whole milk yogurt)
- 6 cups of prepared rice, for serving (or cauliflower rice)
- Cilantro, for garnish
- Set your Instant Pot to the saute setting for 10 minutes. Let it heat up for 1 minute, then melt the butter or oil in the bottom of the pan.
- Add the onions and saute them until soft, about 5 minutes.
- Add the garlic and spices and stir for 1 minute.
- Place the chicken in the pan and give everything a good stir so the chicken is covered in the spices.
- Pour in the bone broth and stir once more, scraping up any browned bits from the bottom of the pan.
- Secure the lid on the Instant Pot and seal it. Set the manual pressure setting to cook for 12 minutes for boneless chicken, 15 minutes for bone-in. Press Start.
- Allow the pressure to release naturally, then open the lid and stir in the salt, pepper, and yogurt. Taste and adjust salt and pepper as necessary.
- Use two forks to split the chicken thighs into smaller portions.
- Serve Turmeric-Spiced Chicken and sauce over prepared rice, with steamed or roasted vegetables on the side.
You can prepare rice in the Instant Pot too! This is one reason two Instant Pots, or at least two inner pots can be really handy. But if you’re like me and have one, just pour the chicken into a saucepan and cover it so it stays warm. Rinse out the inner pot and make a batch of rice in the Instant Pot!
Dairy-Free Option: Use coconut cream or your favorite thick, plain, dairy-free yogurt.
- Serving Size: 1.5 cups
- Calories: 562
- Sugar: 7.4 g
- Sodium: 170 mg
- Fat: 17.8 g
- Carbohydrates: 53 g
- Fiber: 3 g
- Protein: 43 g
- Cholesterol: 106 mg
Keywords: turmeric, curry, chicken, dinner
2 Tools for Real Food Success:
It’s never easy to keep up with real food goals! If my meal isn’t planned ahead and/or I don’t have the right food on hand, it’s SO tempting to give up and grab convenience food!
I have to almost trick myself into getting it right sometimes…like this:
I love my raw milk farm, and they usually have beef for me too – but not all the cuts. And chicken is hard to come by. And pork is hit or miss.
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Instant Pot Turmeric Spiced Chicken Is:
- Real Food
- Dairy-free option
- Creamy & comforting!
Making Chicken & Rice with the Instant Pot
This recipe has a chicken and sauce component and a rice component. If you have used your Instant Pot at all, you probably already know that it makes a perfect batch of rice. So how do you make two different things in the Instant Pot for the same meal?
I have 4 tips:
1. Dump, Rinse, Reuse
After the chicken is finished, pour it into a saucepan on the stove. Cover it and keep it warm on very low heat. Rinse the Inner Pot and make a batch of rice with it. It won’t take very long. We do this all the time!
2. Get Two Inner Pots
This is a great reason to have 2 inner pots. Simply remove the one with the chicken and sauce, then put in the clean one and make a batch of rice.
3. Get Two Instant Pots
Many people (Katie’s family included!) opt for two Instant Pots. When you have a lot of eaters and you use it all the time, it just makes sense. You can get two different sizes to give you more options.
4. Get a Stackable Inner Pot
There are a few insert options for the Instant Pot that allow you to cook two things at a time. This can be really convenient! The only downside is that it only works with smaller amounts of food since you’re using half the space of your Instant Pot.
Like I said, I don’t have a second inner pot or a second Instant Pot. Method one works great for us! Still simple and unfussy. We just set the table and steam or roast the veggies while the rice cooks.
Make your Instant Pot work for you!
I won’t tell if your Instant Pot is still in its box, pinky swear. 😉
I left mine abandoned in the basement for almost a YEAR because I have a new-thing-instructions phobia, but now I have TWO Instant Pots and they’re both in constant use!
Turns out it’s so easy, a kid can do it — I’ll send you a quick video of my children unboxing and setting it up when you grab your FREE download mini eBook:
What’s in the Guidebook?
You’ll love the simplicity of your Instant Pot, and the free downloadable guidebook will help you:
- Adapt your own favorite recipes from the slow cooker
- Cook FROZEN ground beef
- Hard boil eggs perfectly
- Cook squash, steam veggies, and make applesauce in your IP
- Make dry beans in an hour and perfect rice without boiling over
- Steam veggies al dente and make Paleo cauli rice in minutes
- Cook a whole chicken and make FAST bone broth
Whether yours is still in the box or you’ve used it a little but want to know more about those techniques, or if you’re still pining for an IP on your wish list, I can’t wait to give you these simple baby steps to success!
Don’t Have an Instant Pot?
You can still make this recipe! It won’t be as fast, but you can still make a simple meal in your slow-cooker or on the stovetop.
Slow Cooker Variation:
Place all ingredients except broth and yogurt in the slow cooker. Toss them together to coat the chicken and onion evenly in the spices. Pour in the broth. Cook on low 6-8 hours or on high 3-4 hours, until the chicken is cooked through and onions are soft. Pour in the yogurt, add salt and pepper to taste. Serve over rice.
Saute onions in a large skillet with a lid. Add garlic, spices, and chicken, and toss to coat evenly. Pour in the broth. Cover and cook on low for 20-30 minutes, until the chicken is cooked through and onions are soft. Pour in the yogurt, add salt and pepper to taste. Serve over rice.
Where to find a Pressure Cooker
This is the 6-quart Instant Pot I started out with. After a few years, we added an 8-quart partly because I knew I would use two at the same time often enough, partly because it was the Prime Day sale, and also because I wanted more space for certain recipes. Both are a pretty basic model and you don’t need more bells and whistles than that!
If you’re deciding on size, most people say it’s better to get a deal on the 6-quart and just have 2 rather than go big, BUT if your family has 5 or more people or you really like to batch cook or do more than a pound of beans, the 8-quart may be the best choice. You can even get a carrying case to travel with it!
If you really want an old school pressure cooker for the stovetop, you can browse them at Amazon – this is the set that I got for our wedding so very long ago. Mine is actually a 7L size (which is over 7 qts) and the one included here is only a 6-quart.
The best thing about these is that they have a glass lid for normal cooking, and they are the two pots we use MOST of all in the last 14 years! So if you have no extra space, just replace a big pot with a pressure cooker and you only need to store the lid additionally. I admit I’m not sure I ever used the pressure function with the smaller pot, but I love both sizes for normal cooking.
If I had to do it over, I’d get this set because it has an 8-quart pot and a larger steamer basket that could also do pasta or potatoes. The members of our Kids Cook Real Food eCourse often ask about how to help kids heft a heavy pot of water to the sink to drain, and this is the best solution – pulling out a basket insert rather than lifting boiling liquids around.
Tasty Instant Pot Chicken for Fall
As we move into the colder months, it’s even more important to nourish our bodies well. Instant Pot Turmeric-Spiced Chicken is a simple, creamy, flavorful chicken dish infused with turmeric and ready to serve over rice and veggies. Use it for busy evenings or any evening you need a warm, comforting dinner that’s easy and made with real food.
Other Instant Pot Tutorials:
- What is a Pressure Cooker (basics for the rookie cook)
- How to Set up a New Instant Pot (VIDEO)
- Pros and Cons of the Instant Pot
- How to Use the Instant Pot in a Hotel Room (save $$$ on dinner out!)
- 10 Basic Techniques for your Instant Pot
- How to Make Squash in the Instant Pot
- How to Cook Frozen Ground Beef in the Instant Pot FAST
- Instructions to Convert Slow Cooker or Crock Pot Recipes to the Instant Pot (& favorite slow cooker recipes to make in the IP!)
- How to Pressure Cook Dry Beans (even without soaking!)
- Is a Pressure Cooker Still Healthy and Safe?
Other Instant Pot Recipes:
- Paleo & Whole30 BBQ Chicken – used thighs, so frugal!
- Gluten-free Chipotle Beef (chuck roast or stew beef)
- Instant Pot BBQ Beef
- Quick Cauliflower Rice in the Instant Pot (2 flavors)
- Instant Pot Quick Turmeric Rice Recipe
- Easy Mashed Potatoes (no drain!) in the Instant Pot
- Pressure Cooker Mexican Lentils and Rice (chicken or vegetarian)
- Instant Pot Sweet and Sour Meatballs (AIP & GAPS)
- Instant Pot Country Style Boneless Pork Ribs (that just fall apart!)
- Budget-Friendly Instant Pot Chipotle Beef
- Fast Smoky Mexican Chicken Soup
- Curried Lemon Coconut Chicken
- Italian Lentil One-pot Dinner
- Apple Cranberry Instant Pot Steel Cut Oats
- Easy Instant Pot One Pot Meals – that any beginner can make!
- Black-Eyed Pea and Beet Greens Soup
- Gluten-free Instant Pot Mac & Cheese
- Instant Pot Cherry Compote (and 10 Instant Pot Desserts)