Indian Butter Chicken Slow Cooker

Total Time
8hrs 10mins
Prep 10 mins
Cook 8 hrs

I have been looking for a good Butter Chicken recipe that can be done in a slow cooker for quite some time. I found this one on I am yet to try this recipe but wanted to post it so I wouldn't lose it. These notes are posted with the recipe: This is so good! I could have gone with a bit more cayenne, because I'm a nut, but the depth of flavor is wonderful. You can tweak the amount of garam masala and curry to your own taste---it's fine to add more at the end of cooking. This is a winner recipe. Thank you so much, Kindra!

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Use a 5 quart (20 cups) or larger crockpot. Carefully sew together the cardamom pods using a needle and thread. You can put them in a little cheese cloth bundle, instead, if you have that in the house. Put chicken in crockpot, and add onion, garlic, and all of the dry spices. Plop in the butter and tomato paste. Add lemon juice and coconut milk. Cover and cook on low for 8 hours, or high for 4. The chicken should shred easily with 2 forks when fully cooked.
  2. Stir in plain yogurt 15 minutes before serving. Discard cardamom pods. Salt to taste, serve with white or brown basmati rice.


Most Helpful

This was wonderful! I followed the advice about the type of coconut milk and got a nice thick sauce. Also I have a recommendation for the cardamom pods - instead of using cheesecloth, I put them in a tea ball. That worked quite well.

morgankt October 22, 2011

Tried this recipe the other night and wanted to share a few things I learned about this fabulous dish. (1.) I substituted chicken legs instead of thighs just fine. I'll probably skin my chicken first next time. The skin seemed to inhibit the meat from absorbing flavor. (2.) "Coconut milk" seems to come in two basic varieties: Asian and Spanish. You'll find them in their respective sections of the supermarkets. Asian tends to be thicker and more expensive. Goya tends to be a bit thinner and cheaper. I used Goya. (3.) Because this is in a crock pot, the sauce doesn't reduce much. It'll be a bit thinner than the stuff you get in restaurants. Maybe if I used the thicker coconut milk, the sauce would have been thicker. (4.) As a previous commenter noted, don't be shy with the salt. You probably need at least half a teaspoon. You can add it in at the end along with the yogurt and taste. (5.) Reheat leftovers slowly and gently.

cathy_n July 03, 2010

I loved the taste of this before I cooked it! Perhaps it was my spices, but this ended up quite bitter for me. Reviewers mention adding salt and sugar -- after 1 1/2 t. salt and 3 T. sugar it tasted much better. I avoided the g. masala because my curry had enough heat in it; I also made coconut milk using 100g of creamed coconut so as to avoid the watery sauce cathy_n mentions. Most Indian recipes I've tried are pretty bad compared to restaurants. This one didn't end up as good as I thought it would, but it definitely has potential and has obviously worked for several reviewers here.

DoubletheGarlic January 27, 2011

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