Slow Cooker Butter Chicken

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This Slow Cooker Butter Chicken is a deliciously spiced Indian dish that’s easy to make with the help of your crockpot.
This Slow Cooker Butter Chicken is a deliciously spiced Indian dish that's easy to make with the help of your slow cooker. | platingsandpairings.com

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.

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Slow Cooker Butter Chicken - An Indian Classic Made Easy

Course: Main Dish
Cuisine: Indian
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 5 hours
Total Time: 5 hours 15 minutes
Servings: 4 servings
Author: Adapted from Recipe by iFoodreal

This Slow Cooker Butter Chicken is a deliciously spiced Indian dish that's easy to make with the help of your crockpot.

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Ingredients

  • 1 Tbsp olive oil
  • 4 cloves garlic crushed
  • 1 onion diced
  • 1 14-ounce can light coconut milk
  • 1 6-ounce can tomato paste
  • 2 Tbsp flour
  • 2 tsp garam masala
  • 1 tsp curry powder
  • 1/2 tsp chili powder or more, to taste
  • 1/2 tsp ginger powder or 1 1/2 tsp fresh ginger, minced
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste
  • 2 pounds boneless skinless chicken breasts or thighs, cut into 2-inch pieces
  • 4 Tbsp chopped fresh cilantro leaves

Instructions

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. Place chicken into a slow cooker. Cover with sauce mixture. Cover and cook on low heat for 5 hours.
  4. Serve garnished with chopped, fresh cilantro.

This Slow Cooker Butter Chicken is a deliciously spiced Indian dish that's easy to make with the help of your slow cooker. | platingsandpairings.com

Wine Pairings for Butter Chicken:

  • A Riesling or Gewurztraminer are your best bet for pairing with this spicy dish.

18 comments

  1. Thalia @ butter and brioche

    LOVE butter chicken. Never made it in a slow cooker before.. but I can imagine that it tastes even more delicious and flavoursome. Definitely a recipe I need to try!

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  2. anonymous

    Where do you use the whole wheat flour? It’s in the list of ingredients but I don’t see it in the recipe.

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    1. anonymous

      Just spotted it. Thanks!

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  3. Steve Stanfill

    Very good! I will make this again. Thanks.

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    1. Erin

      Steve – So glad you enjoyed the dish! It’s one of my favorites for easy weeknight cooking!

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  4. heather @french press

    my husband and I love Indian food, but I have never tried making butter chicken – it look absolutely amazing

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    1. Erin

      I love how EASY this version is to make Heather! Just set it and forget it 😉

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  5. Sarah

    Butter chicken is one of my favorite indian dishes too. I love that this is made in the slow cooker- perfect for summer weather so I don’t have to sweat over the stove top. My husband is going to love this

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    1. Erin

      Great – I hope he LOVES it! I love using the slow cooker in this HOT weather!

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  6. Lesley

    I loved how easy this recipe was and how it was done in the crock pot. However, I found the butter chicken flavour very mild. I turned up the heat with cayenne pepper… But the flavour was a little bland. I would make it again in the crock pot, but I’ll be doing some tweaking to perfect this recipe

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  7. Kate @ Babaganosh.org

    This is a beautiful butter chicken! This is also one of my favorites. My fiance and I went to India a couple of months ago and we had a LOT of butter chicken and chicken tikka masala. And naan. So good! I keep meaning to make my own Indian food, but I have such a long recipe “bucket list!” This is definitely moving up to the top of my list though. 🙂

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    1. Erin

      Wow Kate! That sounds like an amazing trip/eating adventure. I hope you love this one!

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  8. Jen

    Made this today and it came out AMAZING!! My 13month old loved it too!! Thanks for such a delish recipe!!

    Do you happen to know the nutritional content of it?

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  9. Dana Luterman

    Fantastic! I used coconut flour in place of the flour to make it gluten free and it rocked!

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    1. Erin

      So glad you liked it Dana – Great substitution!

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  10. Gwen

    Mmm. I love Indian food so much! now that i think about it, it’s been so many years since I’ve had any, i can’t believe I’ve let so much time go by without one of my favorites. I’ve never had the pleasure of trying this dish though. I think it might be time to dig deep and get this bank on the table. and this dish looks like a perfect place to start.
    when you replaced the butter with coconut milk, did you use the same ratio. I’m sure coconut gave your dish a wonderful creamy texture but i have family members that can’t tolerate it, so i think I’ll stick with the plain butter. Thanks for the inspiration! can’t wait to try it.

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  11. Katherine

    Can you substitute regular flour for whole wheat flour? I don’t want to buy a big package of flour I’ll use for 1 recipe.

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    1. Erin

      Hi Katherine – You definitely can!

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