It’s All about that Base! 

Pulled Tamarind Instant Pot Chicken 

Okay, two words! Instant Pot. This magical piece of equipment has been making my life a whole lot easier since June 2017! With school back in action and me, mostly glued to my oven, it’s been a very welcome change. 

While my foodie first grader (wow, when did that happen?) loves to try out new and exotic dishes, he wasn’t always so adventurous and I did what any warm blooded mother would do to change that situation. I manipulated! And I’m not even sorry. 

For months I used a very simple chicken recipe that he loves, and served up a variety of fakeout meals. Same chicken wrapped up with some pickled veggies as Kathi rolls, or sometimes served as a slider with some lettuce & tomatoes. 

Thanks to instant Pot, now the chicken recipe has gotten a lot more tender and flavorful and the kiddo is clearly not complaining. It’s also pretty healthy considering there are no heavy fats involved. (No my child is skinny but I like to eat what he eats) Hope you enjoy this recipe as much as we do and maybe come up with your very own fakeout dish to go with it! 

Ingredients (marinade)

  • 8 pc chicken thighs, skinless & boneless 
  • 1/2 cup nonfat yogurt 
  • 1/2 tsp cumin powder 
  • 1/2 tsp turmeric powder 
  • 1-2 tbsp paprika 
  • 1-2 tbsp curry powder 
  • 2 tbsp Tamarind extract 
  • Salt 
  • 2 tbsp lime juice
  • 1 tbsp fennel seed powder 
  • 1 tbsp Chaat masala 
  • 2 tbsp ginger-garlic paste 

 Ingredients (for pulled Tamarind Chicken)

  • 2-3 tbsp oil
  • 1 tsp white mustard seeds (optional)
  • 1 tsp shahi jeera (or regular) 


  1. Marinate the chicken in all the marinade ingredients.
  2. Let the chicken marinate in the refrigerator for about 1-2 hours. 
  3. Turn the Instant Pot on Sauté mode. Heat the oil and fry the seeds. 
  4. Add in the marinated chicken and let it cook in an even layer for a couple minutes on each side. 
  5. Add one cup of water. Seal the lid. Cook for 15 mins on meat/poultry while sealing. 
  6. Quick release once the beeper goes off. 
  7. Cook for additional 5 minutes on Sauté mode without the lid.

Note: Serve as kathi rolls, sliders, tacos, stuffed in dosas or anyway you or your family likes. 

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