Slow-Cooker Butter Chicken

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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.

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

Ingredients

  • 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

Directions

  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.

Tips

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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