Slow Cooker Butter Chicken

Overhead shot of crockpot butter chicken in bowl with rice and naan wedges. Served on top of grey napkin.

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

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.

Can you Slow Cook Butter Chicken?

  • Definitely! Simply combine the butter chicken ingredients in your slow cooker and cook on HIGH for six hours or LOW for three hours.

Can you Make this Butter Chicken Recipe on the Stove?

  • Yes. Simply follow steps 1 and 2 as written, then add the chicken to your skillet. Bring the mixture to a low simmer and cook for 10-15 minutes, until the chicken is cooked through.

Butter chicken in slow cooker after cooking for 3 hours.

Is Butter Chicken Spicy?

  • As written, this butter chicken recipe is not spicy. However, if you’d like to spice things up a bit, you can add in some cayenne pepper or top your dish with some minced jalapeno or serrano peppers.

Is Butter Chicken Keto?

  • This is a keto-friendly butter chicken recipe. It is also paleo and low-carb. Try serving it over cauliflower rice.

How to Serve Slow Cooker Butter Chicken

  • With some basmati or jasmine rice. Have you tried making rice in the Instant Pot?  Or, swap out the rice for quinoa.
  • With a side of naan bread.
  • If you’d like a low-carb, keto butter chicken, try serving this with cauliflower rice instead.

Overhead shot of crockpot butter chicken in bowl with rice and naan wedges.

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Wine Pairings for Indian Butter Chicken:

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

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Slow Cooker Butter Chicken Recipe

Overhead shot of crockpot butter chicken in bowl with rice and naan wedges.

Slow Cooker Butter Chicken

Course: Main Dish
Cuisine: Indian
Keyword: butter chicken, crockpot butter chicken, indian butter chicken
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 5 hours
Total Time: 5 hours 15 minutes
Servings: 4 servings
Calories: 326 kcal

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 Tablespoon olive oil
  • 4 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 onion diced
  • 1 14-ounce can coconut milk
  • 1 6-ounce can tomato paste
  • 2 Tablespoons flour
  • 1 Tablespoon fresh ginger minced
  • 1 Tablespoon curry powder
  • 2 teaspoons garam masala
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder or more, to taste
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 2 pounds boneless skinless chicken breasts or thighs, cut into 2-inch pieces
  • 4 Tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro leaves for garnish
  • Greek yogurt for topping

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, ginger, curry powder, garam masala, chili powder, and salt & pepper until well combined and slightly thickened, about 1-2 minute. 

  3. Place chicken into a slow cooker. Cover with sauce mixture. Cover and cook on low heat for 6 hours, or high heat for 3 hours. 

  4. Serve garnished with cilantro and greek yogurt. 

Nutrition Facts
Slow Cooker Butter Chicken
Amount Per Serving
Calories 326 Calories from Fat 81
% Daily Value*
Fat 9g14%
Saturated Fat 1g6%
Cholesterol 145mg48%
Sodium 271mg12%
Potassium 891mg25%
Carbohydrates 7g2%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 1g1%
Protein 49g98%
Vitamin A 140IU3%
Vitamin C 5.7mg7%
Calcium 23mg2%
Iron 1.3mg7%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

Want to make this Butter Chicken in the Instant Pot. Grab that recipe here

 

24 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!

      Reply

  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!

      Reply

  4. heather @french press

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

    Reply

    1. Erin

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

      Reply

  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!

      Reply

  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!

      Reply

  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!

      Reply

  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!

      Reply

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  13. Catherine @ T

    5 stars
    I love it when there’s a personal family story behind a recipe. How sweet that you can be reminded of going out to eat with Pop every time you make this butter chicken recipe.

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  14. Marlynn | Urban Bliss Life

    5 stars
    I was seriously *just* thinking about making butter chicken in the Instant Pot but love the idea of making it in my slow cooker. Your recipe looks so easy and yummy!

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    1. Erin

      Thanks Marlynn! I love making it in the Instant Pot too! So comforting for this time of year!

      Reply

  15. Robin

    How would you cook this without a slow cooker or crock pot?

    Thank you, Robin

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    1. Erin

      Hi Robin! To make this butter chicken on the stove, simply follow steps 1 and 2 as written, then add the chicken to your skillet. Bring the mixture to a low simmer and cook for 10-15 minutes, until the chicken is cooked through. Hope that helps!

      Reply

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