Instant Pot Chicken: Afghan Chicken Ghorma

written by Mirriam Seddiq
11 · 26 · 22
Instant Pot chicken
Picture of instant pot chicken and rice

Let’s make some instant pot chicken. (and rice)

If you’re looking for an easy and delicious Afghan meal, you’ll love this chicken ghorma recipe. It can be made in an Instant Pot, so it’s fast and convenient. This dish is packed with flavor and will satisfy your cravings for something new.

Let’s get started!

Why Use the Instant Pot

Instant pots are incredible because:

– They’re fast. You can have a meal in minutes.

– They’re convenient. Everything is in one place.

– They’re easy to use. Even if you’ve never used an instant pot before, you’ll be able to make this dish with ease.

– They’re versatile. You can make all sorts of dishes in an instant pot, from chicken ghorma to cheesecake.

Basics of this Instant Pot Chicken Recipe

The basics of this recipe are pretty simple. Afghan cooking is not complicated, but the techniques take a long time. We love braised meats and stews. That is why the Instant Pot is so helpful.

Chicken ghorma typically uses meat on the bone chicken. You get so much more flavor that way. That process can take hours. With an Instant Pot, it takes minutes.

I don’t get caught up in the battle for “authentic.” I stick to the main idea of this recipe and add a few more spices like chili powder, garlic, and turmeric to enhance the flavor.

Killer Technique from The Ministry of Curry

Major shoutout to The Ministry of Curry for the technique used in this video. I had never tried cooking the rice and meat together in the Instant Pot. I have to admit; I was pretty nervous. But her technique works. Look at how delicious this is!

Afghan Chicken Ghorma
picture of chicken ghorma in the Instant Pot

This recipe goes well with some Afghan naan, yogurt sauce, chutney, and a sheer chai afterward.

Printable Instant Pot Chicken Ghorma Recipe

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Instant Pot Chicken: Afghan Chicken Ghorma

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  • Author: Mirriam Seddiq


This Instant Pot Afghan Chicken Ghorma is delicious, quick, and a perfect cold-weather recipe.



1 Chicken (Whole, Cut Up)

2 Tablespoons Cooking Oil

1 Onion (Chopped)

3 Gloves of Garlic

1 Teaspoon Salt

1 Teaspoon Coriander

1 Teaspoon Cumin

1 Teaspoon Turmeric

1 Teaspoon Chili Pepper

2 Tomatoes (Grated)

2 Cups Basmati Rice

Boiled Water

Black Pepper

1 Teaspoon of Char Masala


1. Break down your chicken, chop onions, and mince your garlic. Also, soak and rinse your 2 Cups of rice.

2. Next, set your Instant Pot to saute. Add your oil. Saute your onions until lightly browned. Then, add your garlic and cook for 45 seconds.

3. Next add your coriander, chili powder, cumin, turmeric, and salt.

4. Let your spices cook for a minute and then add your cut up chicken.

5. Take your two tomatoes and grate them with a cheese grater. This allows you to have crushed tomatoes with no skin. How cool, right?

6. Next, add your tomatoes. Let the chicken mixture cook and blend with your spice mix.

7. Now prepare your food for the pressure cooking. Take your boiling water and cover your chicken. You need enough water to make sure the chicken does not burn during the process. Take your trivet (watch video) and place it on top of the chicken. Then, take your bowl of rice (covered in water) and sit on top of the trivet that is on top of the chicken. Finally, add 1 teaspoon of salt and 1 teaspoon of char masala to the rice. Cover and cook for 10 minutes on high pressure.


This recipe goes well with some Afghan naan, yogurt sauce, chutney, and a sheer chai afterward.


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Mirriam Seddiq

I am Mirriam Z. Seddiq, the Afghan Cook. I was born in Afghanistan and came to America as a when I was 18 months old. I am a criminal defense, personal injury, and immigration attorney. I started the first Muslim American Woman Political Action Committee, once owned a coffee shop and a restaurant, and currently am the CEO of the Komak Foundation which focuses its efforts on helping Afghan refugees.

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