Butter Chicken is definitely one of my favorite Indian dishes. I was introduced to Indian food by my dad, or “pop” as I like to call him. We went to and Indian buffet and I was able to pick whatever looked appealing to me. I was always a bit of an adventurous eater. My brother, on the other hand, I think wound up eating just naan and rice. Butter Chicken was the first dish that I picked for myself. I think I was intrigued by the name. I mean, who doesn’t love butter! I tried it not knowing what to expect, and it was love at first bite. A creamy dish that’s not too spicy, it’s rich with just a hint of sweetness.
This make-at-home version is lightened up a bit, made without any butter. Instead, it includes the addition of coconut milk to give it its creaminess. The traditional Indian spices of ginger, garam masala, and curry blend nicely with the tomatoes. Pop this into your slow cooker in the morning and you’ll be welcomed home to the amazing aromas of this dish. Serve alongside some basmati or jasmine rice and top with fresh cilantro.
If you’d like to kick up the heat a bit, add some cayenne powder. You can also top your dish with some minced jalapeno.
Slow Cooker Butter Chicken - An Indian Classic Made Easy
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 4 cloves garlic crushed
- 1 onion diced
- 1 ounce can light coconut milk 14-
- 1 ounce can tomato paste 6-
- 2 tablespoons whole wheat flour
- 2 teaspoons garam masala
- 1 teaspoon curry powder
- 1/2 teaspoon chili powder or more, to taste
- 1/2 teaspoon ginger powder
- Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste
- 2 pounds boneless skinless chicken breasts or thighs, cut into 2-inch pieces
- 4 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro leaves
Heat olive oil in a large skillet over medium high heat. Add garlic and onion, and sauté until onions become translucent, about 2-3 minutes.
Stir in coconut milk, tomato paste, flour, garam masala, curry powder, chili powder and ginger powder until well combined and slightly thickened, about 1-2 minutes; season with salt and pepper, to taste.
Place chicken into a slow cooker. Cover with sauce mixture. Cover and cook on low heat for 5 hours.
Serve garnished with chopped, fresh cilantro.
Wine Pairings for Butter Chicken:
- A Riesling or Gewurztraminer are your best bet for pairing with this spicy dish.