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Instant Pot Japanese Chicken Curry

Course Main Course
Cuisine Japanese
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Servings 6 people
Calories 358 kcal


  • 1 tablespoon oil
  • 2 pounds onions about 5 medium onions, thinly sliced
  • 1 tablespoon ginger finely minced
  • 5 cloves garlic chopped
  • 1 1/2 pounds skinless boneless chicken thighs cut into 1" pieces
  • 3 large carrots cut into 1/2" pieces
  • 1 pound potatoes peeled, cut into 1/2" pieces
  • 1 large apple grated
  • 4 tablespoons Japanese curry powder use a little less if you don't like a spicy curry
  • 5 cups low sodium chicken broth
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons sea salt to taste
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper to taste

Cornstarch Slurry

  • 3 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 3 tablespoons water


Sauteeing To Start Curry

  1. Turn Instant Pot to "Saute" setting. Once pot is hot and reads "On" add onions. Cook for about 15 minutes until onions start to brown on the bottom of the pot. Add ginger, garlic and cut-up chicken. Saute another minute or two. Add carrots, potatoes, apple, curry powder, chicken broth, salt and pepper. Stir to mix well.

    Press "Cancel" to stop saute process. 

Pressure Cooking Curry

  1. Press "Meat/Stew" and set timer to 15 minutes.

    After timer goes off, either let Instant Pot naturally depressurize, or quick-release by turning steam release handle on the lid to "Venting" setting.

Thickening Curry

  1. To thicken curry, mix together cornstarch and water. Turn Instant Pot to "Saute" mode. Stir in cornstarch slurry and cook a few minutes until curry thickens.

Recipe Notes

Adapted from Japanese Soul Cooking by Tadashi Ono

Nutrition Facts
Instant Pot Japanese Chicken Curry
Amount Per Serving
Calories 358 Calories from Fat 81
% Daily Value*
Fat 9g14%
Saturated Fat 1g6%
Cholesterol 107mg36%
Sodium 783mg34%
Potassium 1206mg34%
Carbohydrates 41g14%
Fiber 7g29%
Sugar 12g13%
Protein 30g60%
Vitamin A 6100IU122%
Vitamin C 24.9mg30%
Calcium 113mg11%
Iron 5.5mg31%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.