Pressure Cooker Pumpkin Curry Chicken is tender and succulent with a creamy pumpkin sauce. It’s a Fall feeling, with just a touch of curry.
Fall is the time of year for all things Pumpkin! The crisp air, the flavors of Autumn, the wonderful smells, puts a smile on my face. We keep scented pine cones by our front door and the house always smells amazing. I love to cooking food with wonderful aromatics. Pumpkin Soup is so popular this time of year and I set out to make something a little different in my Pressure Cooker based on my Pumpkin Soup recipe (not yet posted).
This Pressure Cooker Pumpkin Curry Chicken is the result. The smell is amazing and the chicken is soft, tender and succulent. You don’t believe me, do you? Succulent Pressure Cooker Chicken….impossible, unheard of. My method of cooking chicken in the Pressure Cooker always yields succulent chicken.
Pumpkin is the star of this recipe and it shines. The amount of spices used is minimal to give a stronger pumpkin flavor. If you want more of a Curry flavor, just up the amount of seasonings.
If you prefer potatoes instead of rice, just use quartered potatoes instead of rice. 🙂 Easy, peasy.
Turn this Pressure Cooker Creamy Pumpkin Curry Chicken recipe into a one pot meal!
Start with very dry chicken. Add your seasonings and mix to coat all the chunks of chicken.
The taste is better, it’s light and I feel it does a terrific job. The Potato Starch helps tp seal in the juices and will provide some thickness to the sauce, without having to make a slurry. Your chicken will end up juicy and very tender, using this method. I use this same method on my Pressure Cooker Chinese Orange Pepper Chicken.
You want a very light coat, so that you don’t end up with a sticky mess that will adhere to the Pressure Cooker cooking pot and cause an overheat error.
To make a stainless steel pot, non-stick, make sure to always heat your Pressure Cooker completely and then add your oil/fat. The oil needs to be added to a hot pan. If you add oil to a cold pan, your food WILL STICK and you will get an overheat error message.
Once the display on your Instant Pot or Pressure Cooker reads “Hot,” use the tongs and add the chicken to your Instant Pot or Pressure Cooker cooking pot. If you don’t have a display, just wait several minutes to make sure your pot is very hot.
Without over crowding your Pressure Cooker cooking pot, lightly and quickly brown the chicken in batches and then remove to a plate. Just give them a quick little sear. They don’t need to be a dark brown color. Note the little amount of Potato Starch on the chicken pieces. Don’t forget to shake off the excess Potato Starch .
This step of searing the chicken using Potato Starch, will guaranty you a very juicy and tender piece of chicken. Your chicken will not be rubbery, tough or dry. It is a quick extra step that I like to use when cooking chicken in my Pressure Cooker.
Add your Pumpkin Puree and a little of your Chicken Stock and deglaze the pan. Cook the pumpkin for a few minutes in order to wilt the garlic and toast the seasonings.
When your Pumpkin Sauce becomes fragrant, it is time to add the chicken. The Pumpkin Sauce will be luxurious. Mix in the Maple Syrup and then return the chicken to the Pressure Cooker cooking pot. Add in the rest of the Chicken Broth. If using your own Homemade Chicken Bone Broth, use half Broth and half water, since the Homemade Chicken Bone Broth is so thick.
Open the pot and remove the Pan of rice. Place the lid on top of the rice to allow it to continue to steam and finish the cooking process. While the rice is steaming, go on to the next step. Your rice will be perfectly cooked by the time the Pressure Cooker Creamy Pumpkin Curry Chicken is ready.
This recipe is not a proper Indian Curry recipe. It’s not Thai and it’s not Chinese…… it is just me playing around with Curry Powder and fall spices. I happen to love Indian Curry, so I made this recipe so that you have an option to have a little Indian flavor or more of a Fall Pumpkin flavor. You don’t have to use Garam Masala. For a more traditional Pumpkin Soup flavor, use Cinnamon, instead. Your choice.
Simmer the sauce just a bit to thicken it up and then add Coconut Milk, Heavy Cream, Half & Half, or nothing. Taste it and adjust the seasonings to your liking.
Kitchen Equipment and Essentials
- Instant Pot Smart DUO60
- J.A. Henckels Classic 7-inch Hollow Edge Santoku Knife
- Amco Advanced Performance 18/10 Stainless Steel Measuring Spoons
- Culina Stackable (Dry) Stainless Steel Measuring Cups
- Anchor Hocking Glass (Liquid) Measuring Cups
- Cilio Olivewood Spatula
- Alpha Armour Salt Box with Spoon
- Bellemain Porcelain Ramekins
- John Boos Maple Cutting Board with Groove
- Tall Legged Trivet
- Round Stainless Steel Pan
- OXO Stainless Steel Tongs
- Potato Starch
- Curry Leaves
- Homemade Simple Ghee recipe
- Homemade Pie Pumpkin Puree recipe
- Homemade Chicken Bone Broth recipe
- Curry Powder
- Maple Syrup
- Coconut Milk
- Garam Masala
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Here is the handy printable recipe:
- 4 pounds boneless/skinless Chicken Breast, cut into 2" chunks
- 2 Tablespoons Ghee or Coconut Oil, or more, if needed
- ¼ - ½ cup Potato Starch, Rice Flour or Corn Starch
- 4 Curry Leaves, for frying (optional)
- 15 oz Homemade Pure Pumpkin Pureeor one can
- 6 cloves Garlic, minced or (2 teaspoons Garlic Powder)
- 2 teaspoons Curry Powder
- ¼ teaspoon White Pepper, ground
- ⅛ teaspoon Nutmeg
- 2 teaspoons Sea Salt, or to taste
- 2 cups Unsalted Chicken Broth
- 2 teaspoons Garam Masala, or to taste (or Cinnamon)
- 2 Tablespoons Maple Syrup, or to taste
- ¼ cup Coconut Milk, Heavy Cream or Half & Half
- See my Pressure Cooker Perfectly Cooked Pot in Pot Rice recipe
- Add chunks of chicken to a bowl and sprinkle on 1 teaspoon of curry powder. Then sprinkle on Potato Starch and make sure all pieces are coated. Shake off excess.
- Heat Pressure Cooker cooking pot until completely hot.
- Add Ghee/Coconut Oil and fry curry leaves, if using.
- Lightly brown chicken pieces on all sides and remove from Pressure Cooker.
- Deglaze the cooking pot with ½ cup chicken stock.
- Mash pumpkin with 1 teaspoon curry powder, white pepper, nutmeg and sea salt. Mix in minced garlic.
- Add pumpkin mash to the Pressure Cooker cooking pot and cook for two minutes.
- Return chicken back to the Pressure Cooker and add maple syrup and 1.5 cups of chicken stock.
- If making this a One Pot Meal, add the Prepared PIP Rice now.
- Lock on lid and close Pressure Valve.
- Cook at High Pressure for 4 minutes.
- When Beep sounds, allow a 10 minute Natural Pressure Release.
- Remove rice and trivet. Quickly place cover on rice to finish steaming.
- Use the Saute/Browning button and reduce the liquid a bit. Taste and adjust seasonings as needed.
- Add in 2 teaspoons Garam Masala (or Cinnamon) and the coconut milk.
- Heat through.