Indian Chicken Korma in the Slow Cooker


This mild, delicately fragrant curry has a rich creamy sauce that sure to be a winner. Serve with plain boiled rice or warm naan bread. This chicken korma tastes even better reheated on the next day.

Prep Time:
20 mins
Cook Time:
7 hrs 15 mins
Total Time:
7 hrs 35 mins
4 servings


  • 2 onions, quartered

  • 1 large green chile pepper, seeded

  • 3 cloves garlic

  • 1 ½ inch piece fresh ginger root, peeled

  • 1 tablespoon sunflower seed oil

  • 8 boneless, skinless chicken thighs

  • 2 tablespoons butter

  • 1 teaspoon cumin seeds, crushed

  • 1 teaspoon fennel seeds, crushed

  • 4 cardamom pods, crushed

  • 1 teaspoon paprika

  • 1 teaspoon ground turmeric

  • ¼ teaspoon ground cinnamon

  • 11 ounces chicken stock

  • 1 tablespoon white sugar

  • 1 pinch salt

  • 5 tablespoons heavy cream

  • 2 tablespoons ground almonds


  1. Combine onions, chile pepper, garlic, and ginger in a blender; blend until smooth. Cut each chicken thigh into 4 pieces.

  2. Heat oil in a large skillet over high heat and brown chicken pieces in batches until evenly browned on all sides, about 5 minutes per batch. Transfer to a slow cooker.

  3. Melt butter in the same skillet over medium heat and add onion mixture once butter has melted. Cook until flavors are well combined, about 3 minutes. Stir in cumin, fennel, cardamom, paprika, turmeric, and cinnamon and cook for 1 minute more. Mix in chicken stock, sugar, and salt; bring to a boil. Pour contents of skillet over chicken in the slow cooker. Cover.

  4. Cook on Low until chicken is cooked through and flavors are well combined, about 7 hours. Stir in heavy cream and ground almonds.

Cook's Notes:

You can use ground cashews instead of ground almonds.

You can also cook the korma on High for 3 hours.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

436 Calories
31g Fat
15g Carbs
25g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 4
Calories 436
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 31g 40%
Saturated Fat 12g 62%
Cholesterol 119mg 40%
Sodium 384mg 17%
Total Carbohydrate 15g 5%
Dietary Fiber 2g 8%
Total Sugars 7g
Protein 25g
Vitamin C 51mg 256%
Calcium 77mg 6%
Iron 3mg 17%
Potassium 436mg 9%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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