Slow cooker butter chicken served with naan bread and rice

Slow cooker butter chicken

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(28 ratings)

Prep: 25 mins Cook: 6 hrs - 7 hrs


Serves 4

Try this slow cooker butter chicken curry and make a sure-fire family favourite. It has a creamy, lightly spiced tomato sauce, and juicy chunks of chicken

Nutrition and extra info

  • Freezable

Nutrition: Per serving

  • kcal371
  • fat19g
  • saturates7g
  • carbs11g
  • sugars10g
  • fibre3g
  • protein36g
  • salt0.79g
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  • 500g skinless boneless chicken thighs, cut into 3 pieces

For the marinade

  • 1 lemon, juiced



    Oval in shape with a pronouced bulge on one end, lemons are one of the most versatile…

  • 2 tsp ground cumin
  • 2 tsp paprika



    A spice that's central to Hungarian cuisine, paprika is made by drying a particular type of…

  • 1-2 tsp hot chilli powder
  • 200g natural yogurt

For the curry

  • 2 tbsp butter, ghee or vegetable oil



    Butter is a dairy product made from separating whole milk or cream into fat and…

  • 1 large onion, chopped



    Onions are endlessly versatile and an essential ingredient in countless recipes. Native to Asia…

  • 3 garlic cloves, crushed
  • 1 green chilli, deseeded and finely chopped (optional)
  • thumb-sized piece ginger, grated



    Mainly grown in Jamaica, Africa, India, China and Australia, ginger is the root of the plant. It…

  • 1 tsp garam masala
    Garam masala

    Garam masala

    gar-am mah-sarl-ah

    Meaning 'warming spice mix', garam masala is the main spice blend used in North Indian…

  • 2 tsp ground fenugreek
  • 3 tbsp tomato purée
  • 250ml chicken stock
  • 50g flaked almonds, toasted

To serve (optional)

  • cooked basmati rice
  • naan bread
  • mango chutney or lime pickle
  • fresh coriander
  • lime wedges


  1. In a medium bowl, mix all the marinade ingredients with some seasoning. Chop the chicken into bite-sized pieces and toss with the marinade. Cover and chill in the fridge for 1 hr or overnight.

  2. In a large, heavy saucepan, heat the butter, ghee or oil. Add the onion, garlic, green chilli, ginger and some seasoning. Fry on a medium heat for 10 mins or until soft.

  3. Add the spices with the tomato purée, cook for a further 2 mins until fragrant, then add the stock and marinated chicken. Tip everything into the slow cooker, then cook for 6-7 hrs on Low until the chicken is tender.

  4. Sprinkle with the toasted almonds. Serve with rice, naan bread, chutney, coriander and lime wedges, if you like.

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26th Jul, 2020
Tasty. Put the marinade in and fine. Added corn flour at last hour as very watery
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12th Apr, 2020
Great Recipe! Very tasty - I too put the marinade in the slow cooker - it didn't split at all! Will definitely make this recipe again.
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Nyree Landry
22nd Jan, 2020
Very tasty recipe. Marinaded the chicken for several hours and added the chicken /yogurt marinade to the tomato mixture, stirring every few hours. Consistency was creamy. Added Tumeric & ground coriander to the marinade for extra flavour. Will be making this recipe again.
27th Apr, 2019
I cooked this last night and we enjoyed it. I added the marinade like others as it isn't stated not to. There was plenty of flavour but I did use all the spices for 4 persons on two of us and with the marinade it was a nice thick sauce. We'd eat it again and scored it 8.5/10
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Daniel Midgley
17th Apr, 2019
As a previous review stated it isn't clear if you should add the marinade to the slow cooker. I did, and it may have been a mistake. the yoghurt curdled. The dish came out a little watery so would recommend leaving the lid of and increasing the temp at the last hour or so. Not terrible but recipe lacks clarity and the flavour is nothing to write home about.
9th Jan, 2019
Flavours were OK but it was very watery and the yogurt looked like it had split in the slow cooker, wont make again.
9th Dec, 2018
Very tasty, good flavours (cooked for 8 hours on low). I marinated the chicken pieces overnight. The recipe doesn't specify whether the marinade goes into the pot with the chicken to cook but I put it all in anyway. I left the lid partially off for the last hour to reduce the juices a little and the sauce was divine.
30th Apr, 2020
Hello, I am a novice to slow cooking but very eager to try it out. What I don't understand from this recipe, or most others I have seen on this website, is which size slow cooker is being used. How can I determine that? Thank you
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1st May, 2020
Hey, Esther from the cookery team here! This recipe would fit nicely in a medium or large slow cooker. Thanks for your question!
20th Aug, 2019
Do I stick this on a low, medium or high in the slow cooker?
goodfoodteam's picture
22nd Aug, 2019
Thanks for your question. We recommend cooking this on Low and have added this to the recipe to clarify.
27th Apr, 2019
Your recipe doesn't state if you add the marinade to the slow cooker or not. Please let me know, many thanks
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30th Apr, 2019
Thanks for your question. Yes, you tip the whole lot in in step 3. We always say if you need to discard an ingredient. We hope this helps in future.
4th Jan, 2019
Says freezable, any tips? I am hoping to increase the quantity a bit and then freeze unused into single portions. Reheating via oven ok? Defrost in freezer overnight. Decant into oven proof dish and cover. Put in oven for 30 mins @ 180C? Or could you recommend other times? can it be cooked straight from frozen?
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6th Jan, 2019
Thanks for your question. We'd say the simplest way to reheat this is in a saucepan on the hob. Defrost fully in the fridge overnight, then reheat until piping hot throughout.
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