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      Slow Cooker Butter Chicken

      Slow Cooker Butter Chicken

      Whenever I order takeout, the internal struggle of trying to decide between Chinese, Thai, and Indian food inevitably ensues. And if I’m being honest, Indian food usually comes out on top.

      Slow Cooker Butter Chicken

      My favorite Indian restaurant is only a short walk away, but I enjoy trying to recreate these types of dishes at home because I can control the ingredients and it’s a bit of a challenge. While some Indian recipes are harder to recreate than others, this Slow Cooker Butter Chicken recipe is pretty close to the restaurant-made version. And it’s super simple.

      Slow Cooker Butter Chicken

      Combine butter (can you guess why it’s called butter chicken?), diced onion, garam masala, red curry paste, ground ginger, tomato paste, chicken, lime juice, lime zest, coconut milk, and salt in your slow cooker crock. A variety of Indian dishes call for a Garam masala spice blend. You can find it with other spices at the grocery store - and look for the red curry paste in the Asian food section.

      Slow Cooker Butter Chicken

      Cover and cook on HIGH for 3 to 4 hours or on LOW for 5 to 6 hours.

      We served slow cooker butter chicken with coconut rice that we made in our Hamilton Beach® rice cooker. We added a little turmeric for color (it looks a lot like saffron rice) and flavor.

      Coconut Turmeric Rice

      If you’re a fan on chicken tikka masala, you’ll love our slow cooker butter chicken recipe. The sauce is flavor-packed and silky (thanks to the butter). And it’s just calling for a warm piece of naan - or three - to soak it up.

      Slow Cooker Butter Chicken


      Slow Cooker Butter Chicken

      Author: Hamilton Beach Test Kitchen


      • 3 tablespoons butter
      • 1 small yellow onion, diced
      • 1½ tablespoon Garam masala
      • 2 tablespoons red curry paste
      • 2 teaspoons ground ginger
      • 1 can (6 ounces) tomato paste
      • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
      • 3 pounds boneless skinless chicken breast halves, cut in 1-inch pieces
      • Zest and juice of 1 lime
      • 1 can (14.5 ounces) coconut milk
      • 1 tablespoon chopped cilantro
      • Coconut Rice


      1. In a slow cooker crock, combine all ingredients except cilantro and Coconut Rice.
      2. Cover slow cooker and cook on HIGH for 3 to 4 hours or LOW for 5 to 6 hours or until chicken is cooked through.
      3. Serve over Coconut Rice and garnish with cilantro.


      Serves 6-8

      Slow Cooker Butter Chicken with Turmeric Rice

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