Crockpot Butter Chicken
This crockpot butter chicken recipe is the slow cooker version of our popular easy butter chicken. It's a simple recipe that is a guaranteed winner!
Complete the meal with a side of perfect basmati rice or cauliflower rice!
Crockpot Butter Chicken
We've taken our popular butter chicken recipe and turned it into a crockpot recipe!
Even though the original recipe is not time-consuming, sometimes we want to get dinner set up so it's ready to eat when we're hungry.
It's a very easy recipe and it will only take you a few minutes to put together.
How to make butter chicken in a slow cooker
You can see in the picture above that this recipe is made in a few easy steps.
- Blend the sauce. Here you'll put all the sauce ingredients into the blender so that the onion, garlic, and other tasty things are nice and smooth.
- Now pour the sauce into your crockpot and add the chicken. Easy!
- Once the butter chicken has finished cooking, add some cream, coconut milk, or yogurt to the slow cooker and mix it into the sauce.
That's it! All you have left to do is enjoy your butter chicken feast!
Full recipe instructions in the recipe card below.
Tips for making crockpot butter chicken
- Try to avoid buying chicken that has been injected with water. That water can release during cooking and make the sauce a little thin.
- Butter chicken at some restaurants can be very sweet. If this is the way you prefer yours, add a little extra sugar at the end.
- Fresh spices make a big difference in the end flavor. Smell your spices first; if the smell is faint, it's time to replace them.
What to serve with this crockpot butter chicken recipe
You'll definitely want to make some basmati rice or cauliflower rice.
These are a few veggie sides that go well with this curry:
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Crockpot Butter Chicken Recipe
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- 28 ounce can crushed or diced tomatoes
- 1 yellow onion, chopped
- 3 tablespoons chopped ginger
- 6 cloves garlic, crushed
- 2 tablespoons EACH: almond butter and coconut sugar, can sub brown sugar
- 1 tablespoon garam masala
- 1 teaspoon EACH: turmeric, coriander, cumin, chili powder, and salt
- 4 chicken breasts, cut into bite-sized pieces
- ½ cup whipping cream, plain yogurt, or coconut milk
- Add the canned tomatoes, onion, ginger, garlic, almond butter, coconut sugar, garam masala, turmeric coriander, cumin, chili powder, and salt to your blender and blend on high until smooth. Pour the sauce into your slow cooker.28 ounce can crushed or diced tomatoes, 1 yellow onion, 3 tablespoons chopped ginger, 6 cloves garlic, 2 tablespoons EACH: almond butter and coconut sugar, 1 tablespoon garam masala, 1 teaspoon EACH: turmeric, coriander, cumin, chili powder, and salt
- Add the chicken and mix well. Turn your slow cooker to high for 3-4 hours or low for 7-8 hours.4 chicken breasts
- When you are ready to eat, stir in the cream, yogurt, or coconut milk. Taste and add more salt, if needed.½ cup whipping cream, plain yogurt, or coconut milk
Flavorful and very easy. I was worried it might be too spicy, as some butter chicken can be. But this is spot on. Even my picky husband liked it. Served with cilantro rice.
It’s not bad but it’s definitely not great. The tomatoes really steal the show and made it quite bitter. Recipe isn’t bad but definitely needs tweaking with seasonings to make it more of a savory dish
Is the teaspoon of “chili powder” the chili powder that is a mixture of cumin, cinnamon, paprika, etc that’s used as a base for a southwestern-style chili, or the chili powder as in the ground up powder of dried hot red chiles, like cayenne pepper?
Hi Jessica, we use what is considered a chili powder blend, which is mostly mild red chili peppers but also has cumin, onion powder and garlic powder.
What can you substitute almond butter with? My son is allergic. Thank you
Hi Wendy, this recipe should work well with other nut or seed butters like cashew or sunflower.
Thanks so much for sharing this great butto chucked recipe. It is a breeze to make .your instructions are very clear and concise.
Can you use peanut butter in place of almond butter?
Peanut butter will really change the flavor of the curry. It might still be very good, but it will taste like peanuts. Almond butter is more neutral.
Could this be made in the Instant Pot?
I would think it could be, but I haven’t tried it yet to say for sure.
I’m a 55-year-old male who doesn’t know jack about cooking. I decided to make this and it turned out pretty great really really great. The chicken was incredibly tender and tasty. The good thing about this is you don’t have to use the expensive chicken. The whole family loved it! It is really easy to make. I added garbanzo beans and water chestnuts towards the end. We only used two chicken breasts and that combined with everything else is enough for 10 people I’m serious. As far as I’m concerned it’s restaurant quality!
Hello, I am curious about the sodium content in this recipe. Other than salt to season it (you don’t specify an amount) and maybe the canned tomatoes, none of the other components seem like high sodium foods. As we are on a low sodium diet I would like to confirm if this is the correct preserving? I would love to try this! It sounds amazing. THANKS!
There is 1 teaspoon of salt in the recipe, which can be reduced if needed. The nutritional information is added as a courtesy and we do our best to ensure it is correct. However, the exact amount of sodium will vary depending on the products you use so you may want to run it through your own nutritional calculator if you need to know exactly. 🙂
Easy, tasty and classically aromatic.
I’ve tried your easy butter chicken recipe before so thought I would try this. I think I like the original better, but this one is great for making ahead of time. I’ll make it again the next time I’m wanting a crock pot dinner.