Slow Cooker Butter Chicken

Hello friends!

As promised, an amazing Slow Cooker Butter Chicken recipe I found on Pinterest and I changed it up a little bit. I didn’t have cardamom, so I used nutmeg and cinnamon instead. I also didn’t have any cilantro or lime, but I am sure those would add to the amazing flavor.

butter chickenI made some rice for Quinn and the boys and they loved it. It was really easy to prep and the slow cooker did most of the cooking.  I think the recipe could use a little spice to it. If I wasn’t making it for kids I would have added the cayenne pepper. Next time I might add some curry powder to it.. I love me some curry. Let me know if you make it and if you changed anything; I would love ideas to change it up too!

Slow Cooker Butter Chicken                                                                                           Print


  • 1 lb boneless, skinless chicken thighs
  • 1 medium onion, diced
  • 2 tsp coconut oil
  • 4 cloves garlic, finely minced
  • 1 tsp fresh ginger, finely minced
  • 1 tsp coriander
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • ½ tsp cinnamon
  • ½ nutmeg
  • ½ tsp salt
  • ¼-1/2 tsp cayenne pepper (optional)
  • 1 (14oz) can coconut milk (full fat)
  • 1 (6oz) can tomato paste
  • juice of 1 lime
  • ¼c Cilantro, or to taste


  1. In a medium saute pan, heat coconut oil over medium heat. Add onion and sauté until translucent and fairly tender. Add garlic, ginger, spices, and salt. Cook 1 minute longer, until all the spices are fragrant. Stir in coconut milk and tomato paste and stir until well combined.
  2. Place the chicken to the slow cooker and pour the sauce over everything; stir to make sure it is all combined.
  3. Cook on high heat for 3-4 hours or on low heat for 6-8 hours.
  4. Shred or dice chicken into the sauce, squeeze in lime juice, top with cilantro, and serve.



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