Slow Cooker Butter Chicken

Butter chicken is my favorite Indian dish for sure, preferably mopped up with some lovely garlic naan. It’s my perfect amount of spiciness and that silky, flavorful butter sauce just makes me so happy. I get it every single time we go out or order in from our favorite Indian restaurant. I never tried making it at home though, and I decided it was time. My version was simple and made in the slow cooker and I just loved it!

First, I marinated my chicken in lots of Greek yogurt, lemon juice and spices. Then it all sat to develop flavor for 2 hours. The cumin and cayenne really just made it!
Then I cut that lovely, flavorful chicken into chunks and got it into the slow cooker with my creamy, tomato curry sauce. It all cooked on high for 4-5 hours. It is a lot of inactive time, so this is perfect to make on a lazy Sunday and have leftovers for after work on Monday.
The last step was to add in a little flour at the end and let it cook off for a bit to thicken the sauce. Then it was all ready! It was so simple.

I served the slow cooker butter chicken over rice and it was a wonderful, soul warming complete meal. It was fantastic to be able to make one of my favorite takeout meals right at home. Hope you all love it too! xoxo

Slow Cooker Butter Chicken
Slow Cooker Butter Chicken
5 from 1 vote
Slow Cooker Butter Chicken
Slow Cooker Butter Chicken
Prep Time
15 mins
Cook Time
5 hrs 30 mins
Marinating Time
2 hrs
Total Time
5 hrs 45 mins

This is such a simple, amazing version of the classic Indian specialty. Slow cooker butter chicken comes together quickly and is a perfect warming dinner.

Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Indian
Keyword: Butter Chicken, Chicken, Slow Cooker Butter Chicken
Servings: 4
Calories: 436 kcal
Author: Jeanie and Lulu's Kitchen
  • 1 pound boneless, skinless chicken tenders
  • 1 container plain Greek yogurt 5.3 ounces
  • 1 whole lemon juiced
  • 2 teaspoons cumin
  • 1 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 pinch salt
  • 1 pinch pepper
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1 can tomato sauce 8 ounces
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 1 tablespoon curry powder
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1 pinch salt
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • cooked rice for serving
  1. First, marinate the chicken. Combine the chicken tenders, yogurt, lemon juice, spices and seasoning in a zip top plastic bag. Seal the bag and work it all together thoroughly so that the chicken is coated. Let it sit and marinate in the refrigerator for 2 hours. When the time is up, transfer the chicken to a cutting board, letting all of the excess marinade drip off. Cut it into large cubes and transfer it into a slow cooker. Add the butter into the slow cooker with the chicken.

  2. Then combine the tomato sauce, heavy cream, curry powder, paprika and salt in a medium bowl and stir it all together thoroughly. Pour it into the slow cooker with the chicken and give it all another quick stir. Seal the slow cooker and cook it all on high for 5 hours. When the 5 hours is up, add in the flour and stir it in. Seal it again and cook off the flour to thicken the mixture for another 15-20 minutes. Serve immediately over rice and enjoy!

Nutrition Facts
Slow Cooker Butter Chicken
Amount Per Serving (1 bowl)
Calories 436 Calories from Fat 239
% Daily Value*
Fat 26.5g41%
Saturated Fat 13.3g83%
Cholesterol 161mg54%
Sodium 350mg15%
Potassium 472mg13%
Carbohydrates 10.6g4%
Fiber 2.1g9%
Sugar 2.4g3%
Protein 38.5g77%
Calcium 80mg8%
Iron 3.1mg17%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
Slow Cooker Butter Chicken
Slow Cooker Butter Chicken

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