Instant Pot Cornish Hen – Indian Chicken Curry

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With this uncomplicated recipe, you’ll wonder why it took you so long to make Cornish hen curry. If you like Indian food, Instant Pot Cornish Hen – Indian Chicken Curry might be that kind of holy grail for you.

chicken curry
Let me just tell you, this Instant Pot Cornish Hen – Indian Chicken Curry is the best chicken I’ve ever had. It tastes like the chicken I grew up eating back in India. And guess what, it doesn’t use onions and tomatoes. In fact it is a Kashmiri recipe.


Instant Pot Cornish Hen – Indian Chicken Curry- What is Cornish hen?

Firstly, there are a lot of  misconstructions about what Cornish hens are. For starters, Cornish hens are a chicken breed from England. Also, they are small in size roughly about 1 to 2 pounds. Additionally, the meat is very tender.

cornish hen
Where can I find Cornish hen?

For the most part, they are typically sold in frozen packages of 2 in the poultry aisle. In fact cornish hens can’t be sold boneless because they’re too small to be deboned.


How do I chop Cornish hen for the Instant Pot Cornish Hen – Indian Chicken Curry?

You need to thaw the Cornish hen overnight. I typically keep it in a sink to thaw with the packaging intact. When you open the pack make sure you do that over the sink. The packaging tends to have a lot of water. Tear into the package and discard the excess water. Rinse well. Place the Cornish hen on a cutting board. Using poultry shears, cut closely along the skin and chop off the skin and discard it. Then cut the Cornish hen into about 4-inch pieces. You can discard any extra bones that do not have meat on them.

remove skin off cornish hen

cut cornish hen closeup
How do I make Instant Pot Cornish Hen – Indian Chicken Curry?

First, select sauté on the Instant Pot and adjust to normal. Then, add oil to the pot. Furthermore, when the oil is hot add in cumin seeds and asafoetida.

saute cumin in instant pot
Consequently, when the cumin seeds splutter add in the chopped Cornish hen pieces and let them saute for 3 to 4 minutes until the pink color gets eliminated.

add chicken
Then add in Kashmiri chili powder, ground fennel, ground ginger, ground cumin, salt, coupled with ½ cup water. Mix well and let the spices sauté for a minute or two.


Press cancel. Then, close the lid and select manual/high pressure for 5 minutes. Finally, when done quick release the pressure and open the lid right away.

transfer cornish hen to serving bowl
Serve over steamed rice.

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Instant Pot Cornish Hen – Indian Chicken Curry

With this uncomplicated recipe, you’ll wonder why it took you so long to make Cornish hen curry. If you like Indian food, Instant Pot Cornish Hen – Indian Chicken Curry might be that kind of holy grail for you.
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Total Time25 mins
Course: Main Course, Side Dish
Cuisine: Indian, Kashmiri, North Indian
Keyword: Chicken Curry Instant Pot, Cornish Hen, Easy Chicken Curry, Instant Pot Cornish Hen Curry, Instant Pot Indian Chicken Curry, Instant Pot Indian Cornish Hen, Instant Pot Kashmiri Chicken Curry, Kashmiri Cornish Hen Curry
Servings: 4
Author: Shilpa

Equipment

  • Instant Pot

Ingredients

Instructions

Prep

  • Cut the thawed Cornish hen into about 4-inch pieces

Cook

  • Select sauté on the instant pot and adjust to normal. Then, add oil to the pot.
  • When the oil is hot add in cumin seeds and asafoetida.
  • When the cumin seeds splutter add in the chopped Cornish hen pieces and let them saute for 3 to 4 minutes until the pink color gets eliminated.
  • Then add in Kashmiri chili powder, ground fennel, ground ginger, ground cumin, salt, coupled with ½ cup water. Mix well and let the spices sauté for a minute or two.
  • Press cancel. Then, close the lid and select manual/high pressure for 5 minutes. Finally, when done quick release the pressure and open the lid right away.
  • Transfer to a serving bowl and serve over steamed rice.
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