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!

A bowl of crockpot butter chicken and 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.

4 images showing how to make crockpot butte chicken.

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.

  1. 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.
  2. Now pour the sauce into your crockpot and add the chicken. Easy!
  3. 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.

Crockpot butter chicken in a slow cooker with a ladle taking a spoonful.

Tips for making crockpot butter chicken

  1. Try to avoid buying chicken that has been injected with water. That water can release during cooking and make the sauce a little thin.
  2. 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.
  3. 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:

Slow cooker butter chicken in a bowl with rice.
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Slow cooker butter chicken in a bowl with rice.

Crockpot Butter Chicken

  • Author: Kristen Stevens
  • Prep Time: 10 mins
  • Cook Time: 8 hours
  • Total Time: 8 hours 10 minutes
  • Yield: 4 servings 1x
  • Category: Dinner
  • Method: Slow Cooker
  • Cuisine: Indian

Description

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!


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Ingredients

  • 1 28-ounce can crushed or diced tomatoes
  • 1 yellow onion, chopped
  • 3 tablespoons chopped ginger
  • 6 garlic cloves, 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
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Instructions

  1. 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. 
  2. Add the chicken and mix well. Turn your slow cooker to high for 3-4 hours or low for 7-8 hours. 
  3. When you are ready to eat, stir in the cream, yogurt, or coconut milk. Taste and add more salt, if needed. 

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Crockpot Butter Chicken in a slow cooker with the recipe title on top of the picture.