Instant Pot Easy Pumpkin Chicken Curry

Left with half a can of pure pumpkin after making pumpkin chia pudding, I decided to add it to a Chicken curry I was planning on making that evening. The result is a generous boost of carotenoids and a nice thickening of the curry sauce. Take it a step further by adding 1 lb. of fresh pumpkin or butternut squash, diced to 1 ½ -2 inch chunks, to the Instant Pot before cooking.

1 small onion, halved and sliced lengthwise
2 zucchini, sliced into half-moon chunks
1 red pepper, cut into chunks
2 lbs chicken thighs, skinless/boneless, cut into chunks
1 cup bone broth or chicken stock
2 tbsp tomato paste
2 tbsp. red curry paste (I use Thai Kitchen brand often)
½ cup full fat coconut milk
7 oz. canned pumpkin (not pumpkin pie mix; use 100% pure pumpkin)
10 oz. frozen spinach, defrosted & squeezed out liquid
2-3 tbsp plain dairy or coconut yogurt

Blend coconut milk, pumpkin puree, stock, curry paste, tomato paste in blender.
Put in Instant Pot with chicken, onion, and pumpkin chunks. Set to manual for 12 minutes. Once completed, release pressure immediately. Stir in spinach and then serve with a dollop of yogurt.

STOVETOP:

Blend coconut milk, pumpkin puree, stock, curry paste, tomato paste in blender and set aside. In a large sauté pan, sauté onions and chicken in oil of your choice until chicken is seared. Add red pepper, zucchini, and curry sauce to the pan. Cover and simmer on medium for 10-15 minutes, until chicken is cooked through. Stir in spinach and let sit for a couple moments to warm through. Serve with a dollop of yogurt, if desired.

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