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Slow Cooker Indian Butter Chicken
Slow Cooker Butter Chicken
Prep Time
30 mins
Cook Time
6 hrs
Total Time
6 hrs 30 mins

With less than 30 minutes of hands-on time, this delicious Slow Cooker Indian Butter Chicken is elegant enough for a dinner party and easy enough for weeknight dinners!

Course: Main, Main Course
Cuisine: Indian
Servings: 8
Calories: 438 kcal
Author: Chris Scheuer
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1 large sweet onion finely chopped
  • 8 ounces carrots finely chopped
  • 4 cloves garlic finely minced
  • 1 ½ tablespoons red curry paste
  • 2 tablespoons grated fresh ginger
  • 1 ½-2 teaspoons garam masala
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 6-ounce can tomato paste
  • 1 ½ teaspoons kosher salt
  • 3 ½ pounds chicken thighs boneless, skinless
  • 1 14- ounce can light coconut milk
  • ½ cup low sodium chicken broth
  • 1 tablespoon water
  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch
  • basmati rice
  • 2 medium avocados cored, peeled and sliced, lengthwise
  • ¼ cup cilantro leaves finely chopped
  • ½ cup cashew halves and pieces coarsely chopped
  • lime wedges for garnish
  1. Combine butter, onion, carrots, garlic, curry paste, ginger, garam masala, brown sugar, cumin, tomato paste and salt in a medium microwave-safe bowl. Cover with a paper towel and microwave on high power for 3 minutes. Stir well and cook for another 3 minutes, again covered with a paper towel.

  2. While the onion mixture is cooking, trim as much of the fat off of the chicken thighs as possible and cut into slightly larger than bite size pieces (chicken will shrink as it cooks).

  3. Combine onion mixture, coconut milk and broth in a slow cooker with temperature set to low.
  4. Add chicken thighs and stir to combine. Cover and cook for 4/1/2 to 6 hours or until carrots are super tender.

  5. Increase slow cooker temperature to high. Combine water and cornstarch and stir well until smooth. Add corn starch mixture to slow cooker and cook for another 10-15 minutes on high or until sauce thickens a bit.

  6. Taste and add more salt and/or garam masala, if desired.
  7. Combine chopped cilantro and chopped cashews. Garnish with cilantro/cashew mixture and sliced avocados. Serve with basmati or jasmine rice and/or warm naan or flatbread.
Nutrition Facts
Slow Cooker Butter Chicken
Amount Per Serving
Calories 438 Calories from Fat 216
% Daily Value*
Fat 24g37%
Saturated Fat 8g50%
Cholesterol 169mg56%
Sodium 252mg11%
Potassium 847mg24%
Carbohydrates 18g6%
Fiber 4g17%
Sugar 5g6%
Protein 36g72%
Vitamin A 4970IU99%
Vitamin C 8.3mg10%
Calcium 44mg4%
Iron 2.5mg14%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.