Easy Slow Cooker Butter Chicken

Recreate your favorite Indian takeout meal with this easy Slow Cooker Butter Chicken. Indian cooking can be intimidating to first timers. But, don’t be! Once you have a few staple spices in your pantry, you’ll find yourself making it more and more. And this Butter Chicken has the wonderful curry taste and is extra creamy with just a little kick. And it’s so so easy! Just dump all the ingredients in your crock-pot, set it, and forget it. Your kitchen is going to smell sooooo good all day while this cooks. And is there anything more comforting than fresh Indian food on a big heaping pile of rice.

Indian butter chicken with white rice, sprinkled with cilantro in a bowl on top of a dish towel

Some slow cooker recipes require browning of the meat first (which I usually 100% recommend!). But, this recipe doesn’t need it. Just mix up the yummy curry yogurt sauce in the slow cooker insert. Stir in your chicken thigh chunks. Cook on Low for 6-8 hours or on High for 3-4 hours. Super easy.

Indian butter chicken with white rice, sprinkled with cilantro in a bowl on top of a dish towel

First, for our yummy curry sauce.

What You’ll Need for the Sauce:

  • Canned coconut milk (full or low fat)
  • Plain greek yogurt
  • Tomato paste
  • Red curry paste
  • Spices: turmeric, cayenne pepper, garam masala, paprika, ground ginger, salt and pepper
  • Garlic and minced onion

 

The Butter Chicken sauce ingredients in a slow cooker insert

Mix everything up and add in your chicken thigh chunks. You can also use cut up chicken breasts, but I like the moistness of the thighs. Just cut either up into bite size chunks (about 1 1/2 inch pieces).

Chicken thigh chunks in a butter chicken sauce in the slow cooker insert

Now the final, most important step. Let’s put the ‘butter’ in Butter Chicken. Add two tablespoons of butter. Just two tablespoons. It doesn’t take much and I TOLD you this was healthy

The butter chicken in the slow cooker with two pats of butter on top

I love this recipe as meal prep or for a decadent Sunday night meal. All you need is a big bowl of white rice (or brown rice, cauliflower rice, or quinoa). You should also probably pick up some naan… Are you drooling yet?

A forkful of butter chicken and white rice shown with the full bowl behind it

How did this recipe work for you?? Let me know in the comments!

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Slow Cooker Butter Chicken
Recreate your favorite Indian takeout meal with this easy Slow Cooker Butter Chicken. Just dump all the ingredients in your crock-pot, set it, and forget it. Recipe at KathleensCravings.com
Recreate your favorite Indian takeout meal with this easy Slow Cooker Butter Chicken. Just dump all the ingredients in your crock-pot, set it, and forget it. Recipe at KathleensCravings.com #SlowCookerIndian #EasyIndianFood #TakeoutFakeout
Cuisine Indian
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 6 hours
Passive Time 0 minutes
Servings
servings
Ingredients
Butter Chicken
For serving
Cuisine Indian
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 6 hours
Passive Time 0 minutes
Servings
servings
Ingredients
Butter Chicken
For serving
Recreate your favorite Indian takeout meal with this easy Slow Cooker Butter Chicken. Just dump all the ingredients in your crock-pot, set it, and forget it. Recipe at KathleensCravings.com #SlowCookerIndian #EasyIndianFood #TakeoutFakeout
Instructions
  1. In the slow cooker insert, stir together all Butter Chicken ingredients except for the chicken, butter, and black pepper. Add the chicken pieces to the sauce and stir to coat. Top with the butter. Cover and cook on Low for 6-8 hours or on High for 3-4 hours. Once done cooking, adjust seasoning with salt and pepper as needed.
  2. Serve over cooked rice, top with some fresh cilantro and red pepper flakes if you want an extra kick. Don't forget the naan on the side 🙂
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