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Slow Cooker Butter Chicken

Rated as 4.49 out of 5 Stars

"Indian food is one of my favorites, so when my friend made this slow cooker version for my family we were head over heels! I don't think I've had a Butter Chicken that I've liked more. It's wonderful to put into the slow cooker in the morning and come home to the warm Indian spice smell....LOVE IT! Serve with basmati rice and warm naan bread."
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4 h 30 m servings 480
Original recipe yields 6 servings


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  1. Melt the butter and vegetable oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Stir in the chicken, onion, and garlic. Cook and stir until the onion has softened and turned translucent, about 10 minutes. Stir in the curry powder, curry paste, tandoori masala, garam masala, and tomato paste until no lumps of tomato paste remain. Pour into a slow cooker, and stir in the cardamom pods, coconut milk, and yogurt. Season to taste with salt.
  2. Cook on High 4 to 6 hours, or on Low 6 to 8 hours until the chicken is tender and the sauce has reduced to your desired consistency. Remove and discard the cardamom pods before serving.


  • Cook's Note:
  • Take a needle and thread, and pierce the needle through the top of the cardamom pod. Continue with all the cardamom pods and then tie the ends together in a knot so it looks like a ring (you don't have to do this if you don't want the extra just makes it easy to remove and nobody crunches down on a big bitter cardamom pod).
  • Partner Tip
  • Try using a Reynolds® slow cooker liner in your slow cooker for easier cleanup.

Nutrition Facts

Per Serving: 480 calories; 33.3 17.2 30.6 103 442 Full nutrition

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I am Indian, and made this for my American hubby who loves butter chicken. I made it with chicken breasts, which he prefers, and on the stovetop (just simmer for 15-20 minutes once you have eve...

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I tried to write this review w/o a star rating because I changed the recipe, but wasn't able to. Because I don't think those two ingredients (cardamom & tomato paste) could have made enough diff...

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I am Indian, and made this for my American hubby who loves butter chicken. I made it with chicken breasts, which he prefers, and on the stovetop (just simmer for 15-20 minutes once you have eve...

FINALLY! I love Indian food and I have tried for YEARS to perfect a butter chicken recipe, only with something a little off, every single time. This one is right on the money! I found all the s...

Exceptional flavor and a wonderfully easy recipe. Made exactly according to directions (had to make my own Tandoori Masala). Will absolutely make this wonderful recipe again. Entire family loved...

Excellent that evening, but even better as leftovers! Very time intensive for a dish going into the crock pot, but it turned out well worth it! Doubled recipe (my family LOVES butter chicken). C...

I've never had the traditional recipe, so I can't compare it, but i did like it very much! I love the ease of a crock pot, so I didn't Pre-cook the onion since 1) it means I'm defeating the pur...

My slow cooker and I have a love/hate relationship - I love the convenience, but hate the fact that when I stray from the basics (roast) I am inevitably disappointed. I am happy to say this is ...

This was pretty good, though was lacking some key ingredient that I can't quite identify - possibly fennugreek? I modified this by adding about a teaspoon of sugar, maybe a little more, and the...

This was a good overall recipe, although I did find the 15 green cardamom pods a little over-powering. I used hot curry spices and pastes. I did have problems finding the tandoori masala, so I...

I LOVED this recipe! I always get this dish when I go out for Indian food. It was so easy to make too! I followed the recipe as is. I decided to omit the curry paste and I only used half of ...