A dish of slow cooker chicken curry with brown rice

Slow cooker chicken curry

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(81 ratings)

Prep: 10 mins Cook: 6 hrs Plus overnight chilling


Serves 2

Try this easy, one-pot chicken curry that's low-fat, low-calorie and delivers three of your five-a-day. It's slow-cooked so the meat is beautifully tender

Nutrition and extra info

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Nutrition: Per serving

  • kcal345
  • fat13g
  • saturates2g
  • carbs24g
  • sugars20g
  • fibre8g
  • protein28g
  • salt1.3g
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  • 1 large onion, roughly chopped



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

  • 3 tbsp mild curry paste
  • 400g can chopped tomatoes



    A member of the nightshade family (along with aubergines, peppers and chillies), tomatoes are in…

  • 2 tsp vegetable bouillon powder
  • 1 tbsp finely chopped ginger



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

  • 1 yellow pepper, deseeded and chopped
  • 2 skinless chicken legs, fat removed
  • 30g pack fresh coriander, leaves chopped
  • cooked brown rice, to serve



    Rice is a grain, the seed of a type of grass, which is the most widely grown and the most…


  1. Put 1 roughly chopped large onion, 3 tbsp mild curry paste, a 400g can chopped tomatoes, 2 tsp vegetable bouillon powder, 1 tbsp finely chopped ginger and 1 chopped yellow pepper into the slow cooker pot with a third of a can of water and stir well.

  2. Add 2 skinless chicken legs, fat removed, and push them under all the other ingredients so that they are completely submerged. Cover with the lid and chill in the fridge overnight.

  3. The next day, cook on Low for 6 hrs until the chicken and vegetables are really tender.

  4. Stir in the the chopped leaves of 30g coriander just before serving over brown rice.

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22nd Mar, 2020
Great tip below! I used chicken thighs and added an extra 50% of everything as I was making it for 3. I only added 1/3 of a can of water though. It was still quite watery so I might not add it next time. In order to cater for a mixed spice level audience I served it with natural yoghurt (which people could mix in to reduce the heat).
9th Mar, 2020
Been making this for every month for the last year and you can't beat it for convenience. However, I've recently been using the exact same ingredients but sauteing the onions with the ginger and then the chicken coated in the curry paste until aromatic, adding all the ingredients to the slow cooker and cooking as stated. A little more effort but no overnight marinating and the flavour is far superior.
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Dorothy Carrick
16th Sep, 2019
how can i make this lovely curry ,just a little thicker,
9th Mar, 2020
Removing the lid for the last hour of cooking may help.
14th Dec, 2019
I have the same problem. The reciepe states to add 1/3 can of water. Try not doing that; you can always add more water later. Slow cookers hold onto the water in the ingredients really well, so I'm always a bit unsure about added any. Next time I cook this, I won't bother to add more water and then is should be thicker.
10th Oct, 2019
Mix some cornflour with just enough cold water then stir this into the curry. This is how I thicken all sauces in stews etc, Chinese use this technique in all their cooking.
23rd Sep, 2019
I used Napolina tinned chopped tomatoes and the sauce was quite thick. Some tinned tomatoes are more watery.
31st Jul, 2019
So simple and absolutely delicious. Used Asda balti paste, added garlic and red chillies. Works with legs, thighs or drumsticks. Doubled up the recipe as I have a large slow cooker. Cooked for 6 hours and it was perfect. My son said it was the best curry I've ever made - result!!
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Danni Souness
19th May, 2019
Found this curry too watery. Wouldn’t make it again.
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Norah McKeown
19th Mar, 2019
My 8 year old loved it and has begged me to make it all the time.


10th Jul, 2020
Can I use curry powder instead? and if so do I need to mix it with anything or just bung it in? thanks :)
lulu_grimes's picture
13th Jul, 2020
Hi, Curry powder isn't the same as paste but it will add flavour. You could just add it, but use less than the paste as the paste includes other ingredients. If you have time, fry the onion first and then stir in the curry powder, this will improve the flavour. I hope this helps, Lulu
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Laura Dyas
7th Apr, 2020
Does the chicken need to be cooked first or can it just go straight into the slow cooker? Sorry if that’s a silly question just want to double check!!
Esther_Deputyfoodeditor's picture
7th Apr, 2020
Hello! Esther from the food team here. Doesn't need to be cooked first, can go straight in the slow cooker and it will cook slowly in there. Thanks for your question.
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Louise Debenham
24th Jan, 2020
I'm using a Pataks Tikka Masala Paste Pot which says 1 pot serves 2 people... However this recipe suggests I need 3 tbsps and 1 pot only contains 2 tbsps according to their website... Would you suggest adding more or will it be ok with just the 1 pot??
15th Dec, 2019
Is cooking chicken on the bone essential to getting the chicken to cook correctly? I’ve tried this recipe twice with boneless chicken, first time as stated and the second time without the water. The flavour was great both times but the texture of the chicken was like wet tissue paper.
lulu_grimes's picture
16th Dec, 2019
Hello, Were you using chicken breast or boneless thigh fillets? Leg and thigh meat has a different texture to breast meat and does cook better in a slow cooker. If you've used boneless thigh meat then the texture shouldn't be dissimilar to whole legs. I hope this helps.
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Amy Nguyen
1st Dec, 2019
If one wanted to swap the chicken legs for breasts, please could you advise the weight correct for this recipe? Thank you so much!
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2nd Dec, 2019
Hello Amy, Yes you could use chicken breast, either 2 small skinless chicken breasts or 1 large one, halved. Cook them whole so the chicken doesn't dry out, if you scroll down you'll see that another user has tried the recipe with chicken breasts and reports that it works. I hope you enjoy the recipe.
27th Oct, 2019
when recipes say, in this case as an example, "serve over brown rice" is the brown rice included in the nutritional information?


10th Feb, 2019
Delicious easy meal. Nice spice but a bit watery for me. I doubled everything and didn’t add the water. Chicken was a fantastic texture - I used bone in thighs rather than legs. Would consider adding coconut milk next time.
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