Slow Cooker Butter Chicken

Slow Cooker Butter Chicken

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I love Indian food, especially butter chicken. It is my absolute favorite Indian dish! I deliberately omitted the word ‘Indian’ from the title, because I didn’t want people to dismiss the recipe so quickly without even trying it. In my opinion, butter chicken is one of the few Indian dishes that is close in taste to American food. If you are looking to give Indian food a try, I think this is an excellent recipe to start with. Or better yet, go to an actual Indian restaurant, and order this dish with a side of Naan. You can thank me later. 🙂

Slow cooker butter chicken in a square white bowl on a picnic table. In the background are some of the raw ingredients including the spices, fruits and vegetables.

Slow Cooker Butter Chicken

This slow cooker butter chicken is simple to make, yet full of flavor! Serve over some brown or jasmine rice, and pair with some Naan.
5 from 5 votes
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Course: Dinner
Cuisine: Indian
Keyword: butter chicken, slow cooker butter chicken, slow cooker recipes
Prep Time: 15 mins
Cook Time: 5 hrs
Total Time: 5 hrs 15 mins
Servings: 4 people
Calories: 393kcal
Author: The Panicked Foodie



  • 1 cup plain yogurt (can use Greek)
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
  • 2 teaspoons ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 3/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 3 boneless, skinless chicken breasts


  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1/2 white onion, sliced
  • 2 teaspoons ground cumin
  • 2 teaspoons paprika
  • 1 8 oz. can tomato sauce
  • 1 cup coconut cream
  • Freshly ground Himalayan pink salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste

Sauce Thickening Agent

  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 1 tablespoon water


  • In a small bowl, combine all the ingredients for the marinade, except for the chicken breasts. Mix with a spoon until combined.
  • Transfer marinade mixture to a gallon size ziploc, and add the chicken breasts. NOTE: It’s ok if the chicken is frozen. Zip the bag closed, and work the mixture into/over the chicken until the marinade is all incorporated. Refrigerate overnight.
  • When you are ready to cook the chicken, add all of the sauce ingredients to a slow cooker. Stir to combine.
  • Scrape off a majority of the marinade from the chicken and discard. Add the chicken breasts to the slow cooker, and spoon the sauce over the chicken to cover it. Top with sliced onions.
  • Cover and cook on low for 4-5 hours.
  • Transfer chicken breasts to a plate, and shred with two forks. Return shredded chicken to slow cooker.
  • Stir the cornstarch into the water slowly. This ratio actually produces Oobleck, which acts like a solid when stirred quickly, liquid when stirred slowly. Pour mixture into slow cooker and mix until incorporated.
  • Cook an additional 30 minutes on high.


Serve over brown or jasmine rice. I would also highly recommend eating the dish with some Naan.
Nutrition Facts
Slow Cooker Butter Chicken
Amount Per Serving (0 g)
Calories 393
% Daily Value*
Fat 0g0%
Saturated Fat 0g0%
Trans Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 0g
Monounsaturated Fat 0g
Cholesterol 0mg0%
Sodium 0mg0%
Potassium 0mg0%
Carbohydrates 0g0%
Fiber 0g0%
Sugar 0g0%
Protein 0g0%
Vitamin A 0IU0%
Vitamin C 0mg0%
Calcium 0mg0%
Iron 0mg0%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet. Nutritional information on The Panicked Foodie is provided as a courtesy and is approximate only. We cannot guarantee the accuracy of the nutritional information given for any recipe on this site.

Credit: Recipe adapted from Sabrina at Dinner Then Dessert.

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