Slow-Cooker Butter Chicken


Browning the chicken and sautéing the aromatics before everything goes into the crock pot is key to building the flavors in our version of this popular curry.

Prep Time:
20 mins
Additional Time:
7 hrs
Total Time:
7 hrs 20 mins
6 servings


  • 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil

  • 2 ¼ pounds boneless, skinless chicken thighs, trimmed

  • 1 cup chopped yellow onion

  • 2 teaspoons grated fresh ginger

  • 1 ½ teaspoons grated garlic

  • 1 teaspoon garam masala

  • 1 teaspoon ground cardamom

  • 1 (14 ounce) can light coconut milk

  • 1 cup unsalted chicken broth

  • 3 tablespoons tomato paste

  • 1 ¾ cups water

  • 1 cup long-grain brown rice

  • ¾ teaspoon kosher salt

  • Lime wedges & sliced scallions for garnish


  1. Heat oil in a medium skillet over medium-high heat. Add chicken and cook until golden brown, 3 to 4 minutes per side. Transfer to a 6-quart slow cooker.

  2. Add onion to the pan and cook, stirring occasionally, until translucent, about 4 minutes. Stir in ginger, garlic, garam masala and cardamom; cook, stirring constantly, until fragrant, about 1 minute.

  3. Transfer the mixture to the slow cooker. Stir in coconut milk, broth and tomato paste. Cover and cook on Low until the chicken is tender and cooked through, 7 to 8 hours.

  4. About 40 minutes before serving, combine water and rice in a medium saucepan and bring to a boil over medium-high heat. Stir and cover; reduce heat to low and simmer until the rice is tender, about 30 minutes. Remove from heat and let stand, covered, for 10 minutes. Fluff with a fork.

  5. Stir salt into the chicken mixture. Serve the chicken and sauce over the rice. Garnish with lime wedges and scallions, if desired.


Equipment: 6-qt. slow cooker

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

434 Calories
17g Fat
34g Carbs
34g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 6
Serving Size 1 cup chicken with sauce and 2/3 cup rice
Calories 434
% Daily Value *
Total Carbohydrate 34g 12%
Dietary Fiber 3g 9%
Total Sugars 3g
Protein 34g 68%
Total Fat 17g 22%
Saturated Fat 7g 33%
Cholesterol 156mg 52%
Vitamin A 154IU 3%
Vitamin C 4mg 5%
Folate 21mcg 5%
Sodium 473mg 21%
Calcium 27mg 2%
Iron 2mg 13%
Magnesium 76mg 18%
Potassium 558mg 12%

Nutrition information is calculated by a registered dietitian using an ingredient database but should be considered an estimate.

* Daily Values (DVs) are the recommended amounts of nutrients to consume each day. Percent Daily Value (%DV) found on nutrition labels tells you how much a serving of a particular food or recipe contributes to each of those total recommended amounts. Per the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the daily value is based on a standard 2,000 calorie diet. Depending on your calorie needs or if you have a health condition, you may need more or less of particular nutrients. (For example, it’s recommended that people following a heart-healthy diet eat less sodium on a daily basis compared to those following a standard diet.)

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a special diet for medical reasons, be sure to consult with your primary care provider or a registered dietitian to better understand your personal nutrition needs.

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