Skip the Indian take-out and try this simple and easy, creamy slow cooker butter chicken that is made in your crockpot.
One of our favourite things to order for takeout is Indian – and yes, even though I love to cook and run a food blog, I also love to order takeout, especially when it comes to foods that you might not make at home on a regular basis. We’re pretty lucky here in Toronto because there are a hundred and one different things you can get for takeout, but Indian is our go-to, especially because we’ve had 17 days in a row of cold weather alerts. Hello – I’m craving comfort food.
There are usually three different types of chicken dishes on our order, Chicken Kadai, Chicken Vindaloo and of course, Butter Chicken (you can see these in the snap below). Can you guess which one is my favourite? Of course, Butter Chicken! So my next question was; how can I make butter chicken at home?
I opted for the slow cooker for this butter chicken recipe because I knew it would make the chicken incredibly tender and the sauce, because it has a long cooking time, would be extra flavourful.
Slow cooker butter chicken recipe breakdown
This recipe starts by browning and chicken and onions before adding them to the slow cooker. I find searing the chicken and cooking the onions add extra flavour–you don’t want any raw onion flavour in your butter chicken.
I also cook the spices at this time as raw curry powder can have a really bitter taste, so it needs to be cooked out a little bit before being added to the slow cooker.
The liquids of this dish are coconut milk, yogurt and tomato paste. The tomato paste is what gives this dish its signature colour and the coconut makes it extra creamy.
This dish takes about six hours to cook and then I finish it off with a little bit of sugar (the same way you would in a tomato sauce). I also don’t add any butter to this recipe as I don’t find that it actually needs it. If you want to, you can add a couple of tablespoons of butter, but it isn’t necessary.
If you’re looking for another Indian slow cooker dish, you can try my Tikka Masala.
Slow Cooker Butter Chicken
- 2 tbsp olive oil
- 5 boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cut into bite sized chunks
- 1 onion, finely diced
- 2 cloves garlic, minced
- 2 tbsp garam masala
- 1 tbsp curry powder
- 1 tsp turmeric
- 1/2 tsp ground ginger
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 6 oz can tomato paste
- 1/2 cup plain yogurt
- 1 cup coconut milk
- 2 tsp granulated sugar
- Heat olive oil over medium-hight heat. Brown chicken on all sides in batches, about 2 minutes. Once browned, remove chicken to slow cooker. Add onions to pan and cook for 4-6 minutes. Add garlic, garam masala, curry powder, turmeric, ginger and salt. Cook for another minute.
- Add onion and garlic to slow cooker.
- In a large bowl, whisk together tomato paste, yogurt, coconut milk and sugar. Pour coconut milk mixture over chicken and onions. Cook for 5-6 hours over low heat.
Let me know if you give this recipe for slow cooker butter chicken a try in the comments below.