Sanaa Inspired Butter Chicken Instant Pot Recipe

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Happy Thursday Main Streeters. Welcome Back! In an effort to stick to our healthy resolutions, we over here at TMSM have been trying out some recipes in the instant pot cooker. If you aren’t familiar with what that is, it’s like a crock pot and a pressure cooker had a baby to help you cut down on your cooking time and serve flavorful meals. This got me thinking, what Disney dishes can I cook in the instant pot?

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A quick internet search of top Disney dishes brought up a recipe for Butter Chicken that is a favorite over at Sanaa located in the Disney’s Animal Kingdom Resort Area within the Disney’s Animal Kingdom Villas – Kidani Village. I took the original recipe I found and made a few tweaks to the directions and the ingredient list based on the recommendation Chef Charming (my husband, who is a real life chef).

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Since I mentioned that the instant pot is like a crock pot and a pressure cooker had a baby, and we had a baby giraffe born this week at Animal Kingdom, I thought this was a fitting recipe to share. For those of us who can’t get to the parks, or go dine at Sanaa where the animals roam the Sunset Savannah, this little dish is like bringing Disney right into your own home.

Here are the ingredients you will need:

  • 2-3 large boneless skinless chicken breasts, cut into 1″ chunks
  • 4 tbsp butter
    • You can also use ghee
  • 1 large onion, diced
    • I like to buy mine already diced in the produce section of my local market – cuts down on prep time.
  • 1 tsp ginger, grated
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
    • You can also buy your garlic pre-minced in the produce section.
  • tsp garam masala
  • 1/2 tsp turmeric
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp sugar
  • 1 12 oz jar tikka masala
  • 1 can tomato paste
  • 12 oz water
  • 1 c heavy cream
  • 1/2 greek yogurt

As an accompanying dish, I recommend making some jasmine rice in a rice cooker or the traditional stove top method. It pairs very nicely with the butter chicken.

Now let’s get cooking.

  1. Turn the instant pot to the saute setting.
  2. Add butter (or ghee) and the onions, garlic, and ginger.
  3. Saute for 2 minutes, until they start to soften and brown.
  4. Add the garam masala, turmeric, and salt.
  5. Stir in and then add the tomato paste.
  6. Add the chicken, the jar of tikka masala, sugar, and water.
  7. Stir in until all is combined, then secure the lid.
  8. Set the instant pot to 11 minutes.
  9. When the instant pot says its done, allow the pressure to release naturally for about 10 minutes.
  10. Remove the lid after the pressure has released, and stir in your heavy cream.
    • You can also stir in the Greek yogurt for consistency sake.

In total you’ll be spending about 30 minutes cooking, and 40 minutes if you wait for the pressure to release naturally from the instant pot.

Hope everyone enjoys the recipe!

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Author: Erika

Erika Krystle has been a Disney kid for as long as I can remember, but my love of visiting Disney Parks started after just one ride in a Doom Buggy. I couldn’t run to guest relations fast enough to offer up my soul in return for an Annual Pass. Since then Disney has taken all my money, but has given me the most cherished memories; from watching my Nona’s face light up with happy tears as we strolled down Main Street on her first visit (she was 84 at the time), to my very own engagement on Halloween in front of the Haunted Mansion.

I’m excited to be on the TMSM team and where Disney Parks are concerned, you won’t catch me dead on It’s a Small World. If I ask to ride that, this is a clear indication I am in danger and you must send help. You will however catch me performing Random Acts of Disney (R.A.D’s), park hopping with my amazing group of impressively talented and kind friends (usually in some themed attire), hanging out by The Haunted Mansion, and ugly crying during Wishes… then begging for a Mickey Premium Bar to eat my feelings…don’t judge me.

Otherwise, I work for the State of Florida and I am actively involved in my community. I believe in empowering others and spreading kindness to people from all walks of life. I also make custom designed Disney inspired ears, etched glass, gifts, and accessories. You can check out, like or follow my work on FB, which also links to my shop’s Instagram and Etsy page: I look forward to getting to know everyone and sharing the magic of Disney!

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