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A plate with rice and slow cooker butter chicken with cilantro sprinkled on top

Slow Cooker Butter Chicken

Author: Louisa Clements
3.81 from 21 votes
Try making creamy and rich slow cooker butter chicken. This slow cooker curry is inspired by the famous Indian dish, butter chicken (Murgh Makhani).
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Prep: 15 minutes
Cook: 6 hours
Total: 6 hours 15 minutes
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Servings: 6


  • 1 ½ lbs boneless skinless chicken thighs or breasts, cut into 1" pieces
  • 1 onion, finely diced
  • 1 can coconut milk
  • ¼ cup plain yogurt
  • 4 tbsp tomato paste
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 tbsp garam masala
  • 1 tbsp curry powder
  • 1 tbsp minced ginger
  • 1 tsp turmeric
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 1 tbsp granulated sugar
  • 2 tbsp butter, optional


  • Add chicken and onion to slow cooker insert.
  • In a medium bowl, whisk coconut milk with yogurt, tomato paste , garlic, garam masala, curry powder, ginger, turmeric and salt. Pour mixture over top of chicken and onions and cook for 5-6 hours over low.
  • Turn slow cooker off and stir in sugar and butter, if using.
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