Slow Cooker Indian Butter Chicken

You guys. I have a slow cooker and I realllllllyy want to use it. I love the idea of throwing something in to a pot, going about your day and coming home to a ready made dinner. The thing is, when you work 13 hour days, thats a suuuupppperr long time to cook meat. (Read: dry, gross, rubbery chicken).


So I made a special point of making this on my one day off a few weeks ago. I had seen it on Half Baked Harvest (one of my favorite blogs) and knew I had to make it as soon as possible. My day off happened to be slightly cool, a little overcast, and a total crockpot type of day. As fate would have it, I was also seriously craving some Indian food.


I was literally like a kid on christmas waiting to eat this for dinner. I kept opening the top of the crock pot to give the butter chicken a stir. I made excuses to leave my apartment and come back so that I could be hit with the warm smell of the  Indian spices.


If you’re feeling overwhelmed by some of the exotic ingredients, don’t be! It will be fine… pif you just venture  in to the”international” aisle at your local grocery store, you can find everything you need! This small detour is TOTALLY worth it. This warm, comforting dish is seriously the best way to usher in fall and break in that forgotten slow cooker.


Slow Cooker Indian Butter Chicken
  • 1 pound boneless skinless chicken breast, cut into bite size chunks
  • ½ onion, finely minced
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced or grated
  • 1 tablespoon freshly grated ginger
  • 2 teaspoons curry powder
  • 1-2 teaspoons curry paste (I used 2 teaspoons of Thai Red Curry Paste)
  • 2 tablespoons garam masala
  • 1 teaspoon turmeric
  • 1 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1 (6 ounce) can tomato paste
  • 1 (14 ounce) can lite coconut milk, ½ cup greek yogurt (I used 0%)
  • ¼ cup milk
  • Rice, for serving
  1. Place the chicken and onion in the bottom of a slow cooker or crock pot. Stir together the remaining ingredients in a medium sized bowl and then pour over the chicken and onions. Cook on low for 6-8 hours, stirring occasionally (or not, it wont be a big deal!). Serve warm over rice!



  1. says

    This. Looks. So. Good. I feel like I can smell it through my screen. And yes, it does smell SOOO good!!
    And I totally leave my house on purpose when I’m cooking with the crockpot, too! I just love that as soon as I open the door when I get home, BAM! it hits you like an amazing smelling wall!

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