Turn plain chicken into this delicious Crock pot butter chicken recipe. Your family will enjoy this flavorful and creamy sauce with tons of curry flavor and more. Enjoy over rice for a simple but fantastic weeknight dinner.

Turn plain chicken into delicious Crock pot butter chicken recipe. Your family will enjoy this flavorful and creamy sauce with curry flavor and more.

Crock pot butter chicken recipe

Do you love Indian food but need to save money and make it at home? Try this easy Crock Pot Butter Chicken Recipe. Not only will it save a ton of money but it is SO simple in the crock pot.

Your house will smell amazing as this recipe slow cooks to perfection. The entire dish has the perfect amount of seasonings that make the best sauce. Not to mention that tender and delicious chicken.

It is so good and your family will be impressed that you made this at home. You don’t have to go to your favorite Indian restaurant to get amazing food.

This dish is super easy to make at home.

Turn plain chicken into delicious Crock pot butter chicken recipe. Your family will enjoy this flavorful and creamy sauce with curry flavor and more.

You need a good crock pot to make this butter chicken recipe.

If you are in the market for something new, I really love my Ninja cooker. The nice thing about this is you can brown the meat in the same slow cooker for recipes that call for that.

It is so handy to just have the one pan to clean. It has become of my favorite kitchen appliances.

I also really like this crockpot as well.  I use this all the time and it’s great.

My favorite feature is that you can lock the lid down. This is awesome for when you need to take the crockpot somewhere.

I often use the slow cooker to take dishes to potluck events and this feature is amazing! There are several others on sale here.

Another favorite is this programmable crock pot  for when I am am not at home all day. I love coming home to a nice meal ready and waiting!

I also like to use crock pot liners to make clean up a breeze. These are worth every penny and save a ton of time.

Turn plain chicken into delicious Crock pot butter chicken recipe. Your family will enjoy this flavorful and creamy sauce with curry flavor and more.

Butter chicken crock pot recipe ingredients:

  • cooked rice
  • chicken stock
  • tomato paste
  •  yellow curry powder
  • garam masala
  • ground turmeric
  • salt
  • boneless, skinless chicken thighs
  • onion
  • minced garlic
  • ground ginger
  • brown sugar
  • heavy cream
  • lime
Turn plain chicken into delicious Crock pot butter chicken recipe. Your family will enjoy this flavorful and creamy sauce with curry flavor and more.

How to make slow cooker butter chicken:

In a small bowl, whisk together chicken stock, tomato paste, curry powder, garam masala, turmeric, salt and pepper.

Turn plain chicken into delicious Crock pot butter chicken recipe. Your family will enjoy this flavorful and creamy sauce with curry flavor and more.
Turn plain chicken into delicious Crock pot butter chicken recipe. Your family will enjoy this flavorful and creamy sauce with curry flavor and more.
Turn plain chicken into delicious Crock pot butter chicken recipe. Your family will enjoy this flavorful and creamy sauce with curry flavor and more.

Next, place chicken, onion, garlic and ginger into a 4-qt slow cooker. Stir in chicken stock mixture.

Turn plain chicken into delicious Crock pot butter chicken recipe. Your family will enjoy this flavorful and creamy sauce with curry flavor and more.

Cover and cook.

Stir in heavy cream, lime juice and brown sugar. Season with salt and pepper to taste.

Turn plain chicken into delicious Crock pot butter chicken recipe. Your family will enjoy this flavorful and creamy sauce with curry flavor and more.
Turn plain chicken into delicious Crock pot butter chicken recipe. Your family will enjoy this flavorful and creamy sauce with curry flavor and more.

How do you thicken butter chicken in a crock pot?

You can use a little bit of cornstarch to thicken the sauce in the butter chicken. You typically want to use one parts cornstarch to 2 parts water to form a slurry.

Turn plain chicken into delicious Crock pot butter chicken recipe. Your family will enjoy this flavorful and creamy sauce with curry flavor and more.

Add to the slow cooker to thicken the sauce if desired.

It is that easy to make Indian butter chicken recipe!

Keep reading for the full recipe.

Turn plain chicken into delicious Crock pot butter chicken recipe. Your family will enjoy this flavorful and creamy sauce with curry flavor and more.

What to serve with crock pot butter chicken?

This meal is delicious served over white rice.  We actually cook rice in the slow cooker.

This is so handy and I like to cook a ton of rice in my crock pot and then freeze it for recipes like this one.

This way I always have some cooked rice on hand for recipes that require it or for a quick side dish in not time at all.

Freezing rice is so easy and saves me tons of time in the kitchen. If you aren’t freezing rice, you should be! It is a huge time saver.

Turn plain chicken into delicious Crock pot butter chicken recipe. Your family will enjoy this flavorful and creamy sauce with curry flavor and more.

This really saves us so much time and makes dinner time easier during the week. I am always looking for ways to save time and still serve my family amazing meals.

Little time saving tricks like these really add up to big time savings and make a huge difference in getting dinner on the table fast. Try freezing rice and see how much time you save and how delicious it is.

It is just so  handy to add to meals anytime you need rice.

Turn plain chicken into delicious Crock pot butter chicken recipe. Your family will enjoy this flavorful and creamy sauce with curry flavor and more.

Will coconut milk curdle in slow cooker?

Now this recipe calls for heavy cream instead of coconut milk. However, both are fine to put in the crock pot.

The trick is waiting until everything has cooked. You just want to turn off the crock pot before adding the cream.

Turn plain chicken into delicious Crock pot butter chicken recipe. Your family will enjoy this flavorful and creamy sauce with curry flavor and more.

How long can butter chicken be frozen?

This makes a great freezer meal and can be frozen up to 3 months.

Turn plain chicken into delicious Crock pot butter chicken recipe. Your family will enjoy this flavorful and creamy sauce with curry flavor and more.

Food Prep Tip:

We keep diced onion and bell pepper in the freezer so it is easy to add to any recipe we like. Another time saving tip is to use a small food chopper or food processor to quickly and easily chop the onions.

If you do not have one of these, I highly recommend them. They are such a time saver and you can get the veggies really fine if you have children that are picky.

Turn plain chicken into delicious Crock pot butter chicken recipe. Your family will enjoy this flavorful and creamy sauce with curry flavor and more.

I usually just chop the entire vegetable and freeze what I don’t need. It’s so nice to be able to just take the diced onion out of the freezer for recipes.

This is how I meal prep. It’s so quick and easy and helps get dinner on the table fast.

Learn and  how to freeze onions and also how to freeze peppers to save so much time in the kitchen!

Turn plain chicken into delicious Crock pot butter chicken recipe. Your family will enjoy this flavorful and creamy sauce with curry flavor and more.
Turn plain chicken into delicious Crock pot butter chicken recipe. Your family will enjoy this flavorful and creamy sauce with curry flavor and more.

This is the best butter chicken recipe!

The garlic and ginger in this Indian Butter chicken tastes so delicious and blends perfectly with the tomato sauce. Your family will love this recipe.

Feel free to substitute chicken breasts for the chicken thighs to suit what you have on hand. This meal is so delicious and easy.

Everyone will enjoy this Slow Cooker Butter Chicken.

Turn plain chicken into delicious Crock pot butter chicken recipe. Your family will enjoy this flavorful and creamy sauce with curry flavor and more.

Print this butter chicken slow cooker recipe below:

Crock pot butter chicken recipe

4.75 from 4 votes
Turn plain chicken into delicious Crock pot butter chicken recipe. Your family will enjoy this flavorful and creamy sauce with curry flavor and more.
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 4 hrs
Total Time 4 hrs 10 mins
Servings 6
Cuisine Indian
Course Main Course
Calories 422
Author Eating on a Dime

Ingredients

  • 2 cup cooked rice
  • 1/2 cup chicken stock
  • 6 oz. tomato paste
  • 2 teaspoons yellow curry powder
  • 1 teaspoon garam masala
  • 1 teaspoon ground turmeric
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 pounds boneless skinless chicken thighs, cut into 1-inch chunks
  • 1/2 onion diced
  • 2 teaspoon minced garlic
  • 1 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 1 tbsp brown sugar
  • 1 lime juiced

Instructions

  • In a small bowl, whisk together chicken stock, tomato paste, curry powder, garam masala, turmeric, salt and pepper.
  • Place chicken, onion, garlic and ginger into a 4-qt slow cooker. Stir in chicken stock mixture.
  • Cover and cook on low heat for 4 hours. Stir in heavy cream, lime juice and brown sugar; season with salt and pepper, to taste.
  • Serve immediately with rice.

Nutrition Facts

Calories 422kcal, Carbohydrates 25g, Protein 36g, Fat 19g, Saturated Fat 10g, Cholesterol 152mg, Sodium 833mg, Potassium 960mg, Fiber 2g, Sugar 4g, Vitamin A 1061IU, Vitamin C 12mg, Calcium 58mg, Iron 2mg

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  1. How much brown sugar is used, it’s not listed as an ingredient, but it is included with the heavy cream and lime juice

  2. I also noticed no brown sugar listed in the ingredient list. Can we find out how much to use?

  3. I’m sorry about that Donna. I have updated the recipe, it’s 1 Tbsp brown sugar for this recipe. Thank you!

  4. 4 stars
    Great recipe. I wasn’t sure about making it at first. I’m not usually a fan of anything with curry. This was actually really good. One of my daughter’s favorite.

  5. 5 stars
    I could not get over how delicious this recipe is! It smells so good, and the flavor is so unique.