Slow Cooker Butter Chicken Recipe

Slow Cooker Butter Chicken Recipe

This slow cooker butter chicken recipe makes a delicious, healthy and easy dinner that will make your family happy! This Indian-inspired dish features succulent chicken cooked in a creamy tomato sauce with fragrant spices like garam masala, ginger, and garlic. The end result is a flavorful dish that’s sure to become one of your go-to weeknight dinners.

How To Make Slow Cooker Butter Chicken

Enjoy an Indian-style butter chicken with a distinctly sweet and salty combination mixed with crushed tomatoes, heavy cream, and tons of spices.

Preparation: 10 minutes
Cooking: 4 hours 45 minutes
Total: 4 hours 55 minutes



  • 3tbspvegetable oil
  • ozyellow onion,diced
  • 3clovesgarlic
  • 3tbspginger,grated
  • 1tbspgaram masala
  • 6oztomato paste
  • lbchicken thighs,or breast, boneless and skinless
  • 1lemon,zested and juiced, or lime
  • cupscoconut milk
  • salt and ground black pepper,to taste

To Serve:

  • ¼tspcilantro
  • flatbreads,or steamed rice


  1. In a skillet over medium heat, heat up the oil. Add the onions, ginger, and garlic. Sauté until translucent.

  2. Add the garam masala and tomato paste. Roast briefly then transfer into a mixing bowl.

  3. Add the coconut milk and the zest and juice of a lemon into the tomato paste mixture. Whisk until evenly combined.

  4. Place the chicken thighs into the crockpot, then pour the coconut milk mixture on top. Stir until incorporated.

  5. Cover, then cook on Low for 4½ to 5 hours, or until the chicken is cooked through.

  6. Once the chicken is cooked, skim off any oils or impurities that float on top. Adjust seasoning with salt and pepper.

  7. Garnish with cilantro and serve with flatbreads or steamed rice. Enjoy!

Recipe Notes



  • Calories: 637.01kcal
  • Protein: 34.29g
  • Cholesterol: 185.22mg
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