Indian Slow Cooker Butter Chicken


Classic Indian recipe made really easy with a slow cooker. Ketchup adds sweetness and color to the butter chicken.

Prep Time:
10 mins
Cook Time:
5 hrs 20 mins
Additional Time:
1 hrs
Total Time:
6 hrs 30 mins
4 servings


  • 1 cup Greek yogurt

  • 2 tablespoons garam masala, divided

  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice

  • 2 teaspoons ground cumin

  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

  • 1 teaspoon cayenne pepper

  • 1 teaspoon ground black pepper

  • 1 teaspoon ground ginger

  • 1 teaspoon salt

  • 3 boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cut into 1-inch pieces

  • 1 cup heavy cream

  • 1 (8 ounce) can tomato sauce

  • 3 cloves garlic, minced

  • 1 jalapeno pepper, finely chopped

  • 1 tablespoon butter

  • 2 teaspoons ground cumin

  • 2 teaspoons paprika

  • 1 teaspoon salt, or to taste

  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch

  • 1 tablespoon cold water, or more as needed

  • ½ cup ketchup

  • ¼ cup chopped fresh cilantro (Optional)


  1. Whisk Greek yogurt, 1 tablespoon garam masala, lemon juice, cumin, cinnamon, cayenne pepper, black pepper, ginger, and salt together in a bowl and pour into a resealable plastic bag. Add chicken, and work the marinade into the chicken until it is coated. Squeeze out excess air and seal the bag. Marinate in the refrigerator for 1 hour to overnight.

  2. Transfer chicken and marinade to a slow cooker. Add heavy cream, tomato sauce, garlic, jalapeno pepper, remaining 1 tablespoon garam masala, butter, cumin, paprika, and salt; mix with a ladle to combine.

  3. Cover and cook on Low for 5 hours, or on High for 3 hours, until chicken juices run clear.

  4. Whisk cornstarch and cold water in a small bowl until completely combined, adding more water if necessary. Add to the slow cooker. Mix in ketchup. Cook on High for an additional 20 minutes. Serve with cilantro.

Cook's Note:

For more heat, you can substitute cayenne pepper for paprika.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

477 Calories
33g Fat
24g Carbs
24g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 4
Calories 477
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 33g 43%
Saturated Fat 19g 94%
Cholesterol 146mg 49%
Sodium 1918mg 83%
Total Carbohydrate 24g 9%
Dietary Fiber 4g 13%
Total Sugars 12g
Protein 24g
Vitamin C 18mg 89%
Calcium 120mg 9%
Iron 4mg 20%
Potassium 618mg 13%

* 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.