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Oil Free Chicken curry cooked with chicken on bones

Oil Free Chicken Curry

Oil Free Chicken Curry is an easy dump and go Instant Pot Indian Chicken Curry recipe that you can make under 15 mins. This zero oil chicken curry also happens to be gluten free and is made with a special homemade ground masala powder.
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Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Indian
Keyword: Oil Free Chicken Curry, Zero Oil Chicken Curry
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 6 minutes
Natural Pressure Release: 5 minutes
Total Time: 11 minutes
Servings: 4 people
Calories: 144kcal
Author: Meghna


For the Masala Powder

For the garnish


Making the Masala Powder

  • Remove the crown from the dry kashmiri red chilies. If you prefer non spicy food remove the seeds too. 
  • Add all the whole spices namely the cumin seeds, coriander seeds, the peppers corns and the kashmiri dry red chilies to a blender and make a smooth powder. Set aside.

How to make Oil Free Chicken Curry in the Instant Pot?

  • Wash the chicken pieces very well and set them aside.
  • Add 2 cups water to the Instant Pot. Mix in the tomato paste. 
  • Than, add the chickn pieces, the ginger garlic paste and the masala powder. Give everything a very good mix.
  • Cover the Instant Pot, seal the valve and PRESSURE COOK on HIGH for 6 mins.
  • After 6 mins when the Instant Pot Begins to beep. Wait for Natural Pressure Release (NPR) for 5-10 mins than release the rest of the pressure and open the pot.
  • Garnish with garam masala powder and lemon juice. Serve hot. Enjoy.

How to make OIl Free Chicken Curry on the stove top?

  • Follow the same recipe. Instead of using an Instead Pot use a Kadai or deep bottomed sauce pan to cook the Zero oil Chicken Curry. Cover and cook the Chicken over medium low heat until done. It should take you about 15-20 mins.



  1.  Measuring Units used, 1 cup = 240 ml & 1 teaspoon = 5 ml.
  2.  You can make today's recipe with boneless chicken pieces such as Chicken breasts or chicken thighs.
  3. Today's Oil Free Chicken Curry has a fair amount of gravy. If you prefer lesser gravy just simmer the curry in the Instant Pot on SAUTE kept at NORMAL for few mins until it reaches your preferred consistency.
Calorific details are provided by a third party application & is to be used as an indicative figure only.
Nutrition Facts
Oil Free Chicken Curry
Amount Per Serving
Calories 144 Calories from Fat 37
% Daily Value*
Fat 4.1g6%
Saturated Fat 1g6%
Polyunsaturated Fat 1g
Monounsaturated Fat 1.3g
Cholesterol 72.6mg24%
Sodium 82.9mg4%
Potassium 433.9mg12%
Carbohydrates 8.6g3%
Fiber 2.4g10%
Sugar 0.2g0%
Protein 18.6g37%
Vitamin A 370IU7%
Vitamin C 11.4mg14%
Calcium 39mg4%
Iron 2.2mg12%
* Read our privacy policy - Calorie information is provided as a courtesy only and should be leveraged as an estimate rather than a guarantee.Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.


Calories: 144kcal | Carbohydrates: 8.6g | Protein: 18.6g | Fat: 4.1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1.3g | Cholesterol: 72.6mg | Sodium: 82.9mg | Potassium: 433.9mg | Fiber: 2.4g | Sugar: 0.2g | Vitamin A: 370IU | Vitamin C: 11.4mg | Calcium: 39mg | Iron: 2.2mg