Slow Cooker Butter Chicken

The combination of spices plus a hint of citrus make this Butter Chicken totally delicious!  Easy, simple, tried and tested recipe made in your slow cooker!

 

The combination of spices plus a hint of citrus goodness make this Butter Chicken totally delicious! Easy, simple, tried and tested recipe made in your slow cooker!

 

Every time our friend Samuel comes to the US for a visit he brings with him some delicious spices from his beloved country India!

One time he brought back with him nearly a kilo (2+ pounds) worth of authentic and homemade curry powder made by his mom. Wow!

That was and still is, for me, the best curry powder ever, It was vibrant, spicy, and made everything I add it to totally yummy!

As a result, I have been cooking curry a lot and, as you can imagine, using it a lot, too. What I love about it is that it’s so robust in flavor that even a mere teaspoon can truly do wonders for any dish that needs curry powder.

 

The combination of spices plus a hint of citrus goodness make this Butter Chicken totally delicious! Easy, simple, tried and tested recipe made in your slow cooker!

 

He came again for a visit and just left this morning. Before he left, he gave us another big load of curry powder plus cardamom pods and other spices – my yearly supply from India!

We will miss his company especially the kids who enjoy talking and playing with him. Thankfully, every time we make a curry dish, we will remember him and his mom and their kindness for sharing with us their homemade spices!

 

The combination of spices plus a hint of citrus goodness make this Butter Chicken totally delicious! Easy, simple, tried and tested recipe made in your slow cooker!

 

Certainly, this butter chicken is made with that yummy curry powder! But don’t fret, if you’re not able to get freshly made curry powder from India as you can certainly use any good quality curry powder for this.

It is actually the combination of different spices that give this dish it’s delicious flavor. I have been experimenting a bit on what kind of spices to add here and I finally got a good combo for this – curry powder, ground ginger, cinnamon, cumin and paprika — it may seem a lot but these spices are pretty common to find and would often be in anyone’s pantry anyway.

These spices, plus the butter, freshly pureed or crushed tomatoes and a little squeeze of lemon juice truly give the dish a palate-pleasing flavor! Feel free to use either yogurt, heavy cream or coconut milk for this – whatever suits your diet.

We’ve tried them all and they’re all good – simply adjust the amount to your taste and let the measurement be a guide. I don’t add too much as I don’t want the taste to be diluted. Most of all, it’s made in the slow cooker so prep and cooking is truly a breeze!

Enjoy and serve with basmati rice or naan bread!

 

The combination of spices plus a hint of citrus goodness make this Butter Chicken totally delicious! Easy, simple, tried and tested recipe made in your slow cooker!

 

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Slow Cooker Indian Butter Chicken

By: Manila Spoon
Published: 03/27/2017

The combination of spices plus a hint of citrus make this Butter Chicken totally delicious! Easy, simple, tried and tested recipe made in your slow cooker!

Ingredients

  • 1 medium Onion, chopped
  • 2.2 pounds (1 kilo) skinless but bone-in chicken thighs ((boneless are fine but they tend to fall apart)
  • 3 teaspoons ground Cinnamon
  • 2 teaspoons each red Curry powder, ground Cumin and ground Paprika
  • 1 teaspoon ground Ginger
  • 1 to 1 1/2 teaspoons Salt, or adjust to taste
  • Ground Pepper, to taste
  • 2 Tablespoons brown Sugar
  • 4 Tablespoons Butter, sliced
  • 1 to 1 1/2 cups freshly pureed or canned crushed Tomatoes
  • 1/2 cup plain Yogurt or (1 cup heavy cream or coconut milk or adjust to taste)
  • Freshly squeezed lemon juice (half a lemon or more to taste)

Instructions

  1. Place the sliced onions at the bottom of the slow cooker. Arrange the chicken thighs in a single layer on top.
  2. Sprinkle all over with the spices (ground cinnamon, cumin, curry powder, paprika and ground ginger). Season with salt, pepper and brown sugar.  Stir gently to coat the chicken pieces all over. Distribute the sliced butter all over. NOTE: For extra flavor, quickly dry-fry or heat up all the spices together in a pan just until aromatic for about 30 seconds to 1 minute. This is so worth the effort as it would bring out the flavors of the spices rather than simply sprinkling them.
  3. Pour the crushed or pureed tomato all over. Cook on low for 5-6 hours or until the chicken is cooked and tender.
  4. Uncover and stir in the yogurt, cream or coconut milk (whichever you prefer to use). Gently stir. Cook for another 30 minutes or until the sauce is fully heated through. Squeeze the juice from half a lemon (or to taste) all over. Adjust seasoning if desired. Serve with basmati rice and naan bread!

Yield: 6-8 Servings
Prep Time: 00 hrs. 10 mins.
Cook time: 05-6 hrs. 00 mins.
Total time: 5-6 hrs. 10 mins.
Tags: Slow Cooker, Butter, Chicken, Indian, Asian, Food, Recipe, Dinner

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8 Comments

  1. March 28, 2017 / 5:48 pm

    Always wanted to try making this dish, but, how much sliced butter did you use? It isn't listed here. Thanks.

    • March 28, 2017 / 7:51 pm

      Ooopps. Sorry for that. Updated now and thank you for catching that. Hope you like this! 🙂

    • July 24, 2017 / 3:32 am

      Yes, you can but I haven't done it yet. Pretty soon I will. Thanks!

  2. Cathy Sawyer
    March 15, 2020 / 9:30 pm

    Does it have to be red curry powder? I have the usual yellow kind on hand.

    • abigail
      Author
      March 15, 2020 / 10:18 pm

      The yellow curry should be fine to use. Hope you enjoy the dish. I just made it tonight for our dinner.

  3. Genell
    July 19, 2020 / 3:23 pm

    Can you use boneless, skinless chicken breasts? I have a lot in my freezer. Thank you.

    • abigail
      Author
      July 20, 2020 / 7:57 am

      Yes, just adjust the cooking time. Enjoy!

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