Instant Pot Green Chicken Curry (Hariyali Chicken)


This green chicken curry is a pour and cook recipe! Blend a handful of ingredients together in a food processor or blender, pour the sauce over chicken, and cook!

instant pot green chicken curry

Green chicken masala is light and lemony and herby. It’s very different from the more common tomato-based Indian curries that you might be used to eating.

This dish is really easy to make. I’ve been working on coming up with more pour and cook recipes, and this one (like all the rest) requires very little effort and happens to be big on flavor.

instant pot green chicken curry

What’s Green Chicken Curry/Hariyali Chicken?

This green chicken curry goes by a few names: hariyali chicken, green chicken masala, and green chutney chicken. There’s a chance I may have made up that last one (green chutney chicken). I’m not actually sure anyone calls it that except for me, lol.

Hariyali chicken is typically made two ways: as a dry preparation, which is how you’ll often find it served at Indian parties (hariyali chicken tikka), or as a curry where chicken is simmered in a verdant sauce (hariyali chicken masala) and served over rice or with roti. The recipe I’m sharing today is a curry.

Also, for those who’ve never heard the word hariyali, it just means “greenery.” And clearly, there’s quite a bit of greenery in this. The main ingredients: cilantro, mint, yogurt, lemon, spices, and cashews.

Cashews aren’t typically used in this dish, but I like the nuttiness and the touch of creaminess they add to the sauce. I’ve made this without nuts too, and it’s still good, a bit thinner, though. If you can’t have nuts, leave them out, or maybe try it with unsweetened shredded coconut? Or white poppy seeds, or sesame seeds? I’m just thinking (writing?) out loud… 🤔

Reader Review:

“Amazing! I’ve made different hariyali chicken recipes before and this one really stands out because of the use of amchur and lemon juice. It made the flavor profile so much more complex and rich.”

– Manal
instant pot green chicken curry


Blend a few ingredients together.

Pour the green sauce over chicken and cook!

Open the lid and admire your perfectly cooked green chicken curry!

Give this green chicken curry a try and let me know what you think!

instant pot green chicken curry

Instant Pot Green Chicken Curry (Hariyali Chicken)

instant pot green chicken curry

Instant Pot Green Chicken Curry (Hariyali Chicken)

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  • 1 ½ pounds boneless and skinless chicken thighs
  • 1 bunch cilantro including stems
  • 1 small bunch mint leaves*
  • ¼ cup raw cashews
  • ¼ cup water
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoons yogurt
  • 2- inch ginger
  • 4 garlic cloves
  • 1 serrano pepper
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon amchur powder dried green mango powder
  • ½ teaspoon garam masala
  • ½ teaspoon turmeric


  • Add the chicken to the instant pot.
  • Blend the remaining ingredients in a food processor or blender then pour this over the chicken.
  • Secure the lid, close the pressure valve and cook for 5 minutes at high pressure.
  • Naturally release pressure or wait 10 minutes then release pressure.
  • Using two forks, shred the chicken right into the curry.



*I typically use a small packet (.5 ounces) of mint as that’s what my grocery store usually has available. More or less mint is fine.
I have only tested this recipe with chicken thighs, if you substitute chicken breasts you may need to add more water as the fat from the thighs helps prevent burning.
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  1. Karen D'souza says

    Every time I make this recipe in the recipe, I see the burn sign on instant pot. It’s delicious though but I always have to recook it

  2. Claire says

    I love this recipe but I am having to remove dairy from my diet due to having a baby who is allergic. Do you think that coconut yoghurt could be used instead of regular yoghurt?

    • Ashley - My Heart Beets says

      Hi Claire, I haven’t tried this (I’m actually also currently dairy-free due to nursing) but my thought is if you like dairy-free yogurt then maybe you’ll like it in here too? I’m not a fan of dairy-free yogurt so I don’t think I’d personally make it.

  3. Darcy says

    5 stars
    Too easy to be this delicious! The hardest part was making the mistake of using my awful blender instead of my food processor, otherwise it would have been breezy. Even so, it came together quickly and just should not taste this good. Why did it take me so long to try?! When I printed it out there was only one five star review, and this review will be #50, most of which are also 5 stars, too.

  4. Priscilla says

    Hello! Thanks for your recipes.
    What would you recommend as a substitue for cashews? We have a family member that anaphylactic. Thank you 🙂

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