Easy Instant Pot Pumpkin Chicken Curry recipe with coconut milk and simple korma spice blend. The pumpkin curry is so flavorful and Paleo, Whole30 and Keto friendly. You can also use butternut squash. Everyone in the family will love this simple pumpkin recipe!

Instant Pot Pumpkin Chicken Curry with coconut milk recipe Paleo, Whole30, and Keto.

Instant Pot Pumpkin Chicken Curry – stovetop method included

I love making my own curry spice blends. Store bought curry paste or sauce jars are great additions to have but often they lack of depth and complexity. If you’ve ever wondered why a curry dish tastes flat and boring, definitely read on to check out my Instant Pot Pumpkin Chicken Curry. I guarantee you are going to love it!

Photo shows ingredients needed to make chicken pumpkin korma

This Instant Pot Pumpkin Chicken Curry (or butternut squash curry) recipe actually comes from my Chicken Korma recipe with crispy shallots. Check out the stovetop method here!

Photo shows the ingredients added to a small food processor to make korma paste
Photo shows homemade korma spices blend in a food processor

Blend, Dump, and Go!

Simple right? Gather all the herbs. Finely chop them in a mini 4-cup work bowl. I love this one by the way. It’s been a great little helper in my kitchen and I use it more often than my larger food processor.

Photo shows adding cubed pumpkin to the instant pot

Add boneless skinless chicken thighs (highly recommend thigh meat), herbs, and dry spice seasonings. 10 minutes later stir-in the spinach and you’ll have a pot of super flavorful Chicken Korma Curry!

Photo shows adding coconut milk to the cooked curry chicken

Vegetable pairings

I recommend adding frozen spinach (defrosted and squeezed dry) after the chicken is cooked through. You can also use fresh spinach but it might dilute the sauce further. If you want to add extra veggies, diced carrots will be a great choice. I don’t recommend adding zucchinis or yellow squash because they will release water after cooked and make the sauce more watery and weak.

Photo shows the curry chicken cooked in an instant pot

Feel free to serve an extra side of salad or pour the lovely pumpkin chicken curry over low carb noodles. In colder months, pair the chicken with roasted crispy potatoes or mashed yam. They are absolutely delicious!

Photo shows curry chicken with pumpkin and spinach served in a white bowl

So my friends! I really hope you’ll give this Instant Pot Pumpkin Chicken Curry a try. It’s absolutely out of this world! Rate the recipe and leave a comment below. Tag @iheartumami.ny on Instagram so we can see it!

Instant Pot Pumpkin Chicken Curry with coconut milk recipe Paleo, Whole30, and Keto.
4.97 from 33 votes

Instant Pot Pumpkin Chicken Curry (Paleo, Whole30, Keto)

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Natural Pressure Release: 15 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes
Servings: 5 people
Author: ChihYu Smith
Easy Instant Pot Pumpkin Chicken Curry with coconut milk cream and korma spice blend. Paleo, Whole30, and Keto friendly. 
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Homemade Korma Paste:

  • 5 large garlic cloves, , peeled
  • 1 tbsp sliced fresh ginger
  • 1 fresh serrano, , fresno, or jalapeno green or red pepper
  • 4 tbsp shredded coconut
  • ½ cup cilantro or parsley, + more for garnish
  • tsp cayenne pepper
  • 2 tsp garam masala powder
  • 2 tsp cumin powder
  • 2 tsp coriander powder
  • 1.5 tsp turmeric powder
  • 1 ½ tsp sea salt


  • 2 tbsp ghee
  • 2 large shallots, , sliced lengthwise
  • 2 lbs chicken thighs, ,skinless/boneless
  • 1 cup chicken stock
  • 2 tbsp tomato paste
  • 1 lb. pumpkin or butternut squash, ,dice to roughly 1 ½ -2 inch large chunks
  • ½ cup full fat coconut milk
  • 10 oz. frozen spinach, , defrosted & squeezed out liquid
  • 2-3 tbsp coconut yogurt, (optional)


  • Blend garlic, ginger, chili, coconut, and cilantro in a mini food chopper (a 4-cup work bowl). Pulse a few times until they are finely chopped. Set aside in one bowl. Combine cayenne, garam masala, cumin, coriander, turmeric, and sea salt in a second bowl. Set aside.
  • In a 6-quart Instant Pot, press Saute function – when the panel shows Hot, add 2 tbsp ghee and 2 shallots. Season with a pinch of salt and saute until fragrant (about 10 seconds). Add chicken thighs and lightly sear them for about 2 minutes each side. Press Cancel.
  • Add 1 cup chicken stock and use a wooden spoon to scrape the bottom of the inner pot to deglaze and make sure nothing is stick to the bottom. Add 2 tbsp tomato paste, blended herbs, and the rest of dry spice seasonings under ‘homemade korma paste’’. Give it a stir then add diced butternut squash or pumpkins on top of the chicken. Close the lid – Seal the valve – Manual – High pressure – 10 minutes. Wait 15 minutes then quick release.
  • Add coconut milk and spinach to the pot. Gently stir and garnish with chopped cilantro or parsley. (Optional) Stir-in 2-3 tbsp coconut yogurt. Serve over lightly sautéed cauliflower rice, broccoli rice, zucchini noodles, roasted potatoes, or steamed rice for gluten-free meal.


This dish tastes best with chicken thighs. If use chicken breasts, roughly dice them to large chunks before searing them in Step 2.
The chicken should be fork tender. You can easily use a fork or spoon to break them into pieces. Alternatively, after cooked, Carefully take the chicken out and cut into bite sizes then add them back to the pot. 
For Stovetop, check out my Homemade Chicken Korma recipe


Calories: 418kcal, Carbohydrates: 14g, Protein: 40g, Fat: 23g, Saturated Fat: 13g, Cholesterol: 187mg, Sodium: 277mg, Potassium: 1186mg, Fiber: 3g, Sugar: 4g, Vitamin A: 14675IU, Vitamin C: 15.8mg, Calcium: 125mg, Iron: 5.4mg
Course: Main Dish
Cuisine: American, Indian
Keyword: Instant Pot Pumpkin Chicken Curry
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Love curry? Check out my Chicken Khao Soi (Chiang Mai Curry Noodles), Chicken korma, Thai green curry chicken, Sri Lankan pumpkin soup, Thai curry meatball soup, Lamb Korma, Thai Red Curry Chicken, Dutch oven whole roasted Thai chicken curry, and Instant Pot Butter Chicken!