by Olena

Crockpot Butter Chicken

by Olena

4.8 from 6 reviews

Healthy Crockpot Butter Chicken is Indian slow cooker recipe made healthy with coconut milk, tomato sauce and spices. | ifoodreal.com

Slow Cooker Butter Chicken

Restaurant quality healthy butter chicken with simple ingredients you have on hand right now.

Crockpot butter chicken – an ultimate Indian comfort food made light, healthy and in slow cooker for added convenience. And despite the name, this dish contains not a teaspoon of butter. Not that there is anything wrong with a bit of butter in your diet.

I don’t love all Indian food but I love butter chicken! And this healthy butter chicken delivered – creamy, rich and a tad sweet.

Healthy Simple Ingredients

I’m a strong believer that anyone can make authentic slow cooker Indian butter chicken at home. The problem with many ethnic recipes on the web are specialty ingredients no average cook has on hand.  This healthy butter chicken recipe calls for chicken, coconut milk, tomato paste, curry powder and garam masala.

Tip: You can replace garam masala with with 1 part cumin + 1/4 part allspice or any combination of coriander, cumin, black peppercorns, cardamom, cloves and nutmeg.

How to Make Crockpot Butter Chicken

  1. Saute garlic, onion and ginger root for 30 seconds. Use separate skillet or slow cooker with Saute option. Healthy Crockpot Butter Chicken is Indian slow cooker recipe made healthy with coconut milk, tomato sauce and spices. | ifoodreal.com
  2. Add garam masala, curry powder, chili powder, salt, pepper, tomato paste, coconut milk, flour and whisk to combine. Cover and let cook for 3 – 4 minutes or until thickened.
  3. Transfer to a slow cooker, add chicken and stir. Cover and cook on High for 3 hours or on Low for 6 hours.

As for serving suggestions, I would recommend some basmati brown rice (you have to try making brown rice in Instant Pot or quinoa ASAP) to go with this crockpot butter chicken. I also suggest some fresh cilantro and/or scallions for garnish. It adds some fresh zest to a rich and creamy sauce.

Is It Spicy?

You can taste a hint of ginger and traditional Indian spices: garam masala and curry powder. Quality fresh spices is everything! Coconut milk prevails over the tomato sauce which makes this slow cooker butter chicken taste truly creamy without heavy cream.

In case you are wondering how spicy this crockpot Indian butter chicken is – it’s not. I would say it’s mild. My kids ate it and that was the point. You can definitely spice things up with some red pepper flakes or cayenne pepper.

Make Ahead? Freezer Meal?

Butter chicken can be frozen and prepared in advance. You can refrigerate butter chicken leftovers for up to 5 days or freeze for up to 3 months. It can also be a freezer meal and make ahead recipe.

To make ahead: Do Step 1 and 2, refrigerate in a container for up to 3 days. When ready to cook, start with Step 3 and cook as per further instructions.

Freezer meal: Follow the recipe up to final cooking step and freeze uncooked. Thaw in the fridge for 24 hours before cooking. Cook on Low for 8 hours or on High for 4 hours.

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Crockpot Butter Chicken

4.8 from 6 reviews

Restaurant quality butter chicken made healthy with coconut milk, tomato sauce and simple spices in your slow cooker.

  • Author: Olena of ifoodreal.com
  • Prep Time: 7 minutes
  • Cook Time: 3 hours 4 minutes
  • Total Time: 3 hours 11 minutes
  • Yield: 6 servings 1x
  • Category: Dinner
  • Method: Slow Cooker
  • Cuisine: Indian
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Ingredients

  • 33.5 lbs boneless & skinless chicken breasts, cut into 2” pieces
  • 4 garlic cloves, crushed
  • 2 medium onions, finely chopped
  • 1/2 inch ginger root, minced
  • 1 tbsp garam masala
  • 1 tbsp curry powder
  • 1/2 tsp chili powder
  • 2 tbsp maple syrup or honey
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp freshly ground black pepper
  • 6 oz can tomato paste
  • 14 oz can coconut milk, full fat
  • 1/4 cup whole wheat flour
  • 1/4 cup cilantro/scallions, chopped (for garnish)
  • Cooking spray (I use Misto)

Instructions

  1. Preheat medium skillet on medium heat and spray with cooking spray. Add garlic, onion and ginger root. Stir frequently for 30 seconds.
  2. Add garam masala, curry powder, chili powder, maple syrup, salt, pepper, tomato paste, coconut milk, flour and whisk to combine. Cover and let cook for 3 – 4 minutes or until thickened.
  3. Transfer to a slow cooker, add chicken and stir. Cover and cook on High for 3 hours or on Low for 6 hours.
  4. Serve hot on a bed of brown rice or quinoa, garnished with cilantro/scallions.

Store: Refrigerate in an airtight container for up to 5 days or freeze leftovers for up to 3 months.

Make Ahead: Do Step 1 and 2, refrigerate in a container for up to 3 days. When ready to cook, start with Step 3 and cook as per further instructions.

Freezer Meal: Follow the recipe up to final cooking step and freeze uncooked. Thaw in the fridge for 24 hours before cooking. Cook on Low for 8 hours or on High for 4 hours.

 Did you make this recipe? Please give it a star rating in the comments.

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Hello and welcome to iFOODreal.

My name is Olena Osipov. I'm a mom to 2 boys and a wife to Alex. And this is our healthy family recipes blog. I grew up in Ukraine on real food. As an adult, I tried many diets without results. Now for over 10 years, I cook quick and easy healthy meals for my family. I can help you with “What’s for dinner?” too.

What You Will Find Here

Healthy family recipes with simple ingredients. Many are inspired by my Ukrainian heritage. I share mostly dinner recipes because it just never ends... I’m obsessed with healthy freezer meals. And more than in love with my Instant Pot.

A Little More About Me

Originally from Ukraine, I now reside on magic Vancouver Island in British Columbia, Canada with my family. I started this blog in 2012 when I ended up at home with 2 small kids unemployed and a wee bit chubby.

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  1. This recipe is the most beautiful disappointment of an approximation of some Canadian’s version of Indian food. It made both of my children cry, because they love Indian food, and this was just not even close to being good. My wife and I enjoyed cooking it together this morning, but with the outcome we’ve realized it’s a bland representation of something that should have been so wonderful. Just like our marriage. I think we’re getting a divorce now.

    4/5 stars.

  2. Absolutely delicious. The only thing I changed was the ginger. I took it out completely. Other than that it was amazing. There’s a place here that used to have butter chicken but since they moved I needed to find an alternative. This is great. My whole family loves it including the baby. Then add it over some rice and eat with nana bread. I like that there was enough sauce to mix with my rice. It’s a nice ratio. Again, highly recommend and super simple to make.

  3. Hi Olena! Love your website and love this recipe! Been a long time lover of butter chicken… HOWEVER, my body has developed an aversion to anything Tomato related and I was wondering how essential that tomato paste is? (Probably 100% essential as Butter chicken ain’t butter chicken without the tomato…)

    1. Hi Anna. Oh my, that is terrible. Yes, of course tomato paste is essential. However, why don’t you try roasted pepper blended to give colour, flavour and that acid?! You can buy them jarred already peeled.

    1. Unfortunately that wouldn’t work, Desiree! Don’t waste your ingredients. Rather wait and get a can of coconut milk. It will be so thin and plain and just bland with any other milk.

  4. Hi! Have you ever tried this recipe doubled? I am particularly wondering if I need double the amount of flour?

  5. I’ve had butter chicken a few times in Indian restaurants and was looking for a crock pot version. I made this yesterday with quinoa, and it was great. I’m really impressed with the recipes on your website – healthy but not too complicated. Thanks!

  6. I also love this ! I cooked it a few times, getting friends for visit this weekend – I will cook it again! Very delicious and btw – every recipie I’ve tried from your webpage was great! Thank you!

  7. I used hot curry powder – a heaping tsp. Tasting the concoction, I think it’s a little too hot but I’ll see what it’s like after it is in the crockpot a few hours. I might add a little chic broth. I did n’t add the flour – seemed thick enough with the tomato paste.

  8. Oops found my answer. Rice is not added in points. Mine is cooking now! I love your recipes, and have rounded up several coworkers that are now on the bandwagon! Still working on my children, my son is at least trying everything before complaining. Since birth he had feeding issues, so this is a slow process for him.

    1. Thank you and yes keep spreading the word about health! I really stepped outside my comfort zone lately and talk to everyone about healthy eating. If we don’t talk about it afraid to hurt someone’s feelings nothing will ever change and food junk corporations will win! I really learnt people just don’t know and many love to learn about healthy food!Keep working on your children. My 4 year old is a better eater today than a month or 6 months ago and it is a fight that is possible to win!

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