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Bowl of crock pot butter chicken and peas

Simple Slow Cooker Butter Chicken Recipe

  • Author: Emily Dingmann of myeverydaytable.com
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 3 hours
  • Total Time: 3 hours 10 minutes
  • Yield: 6 servings 1x
  • Category: Dinner
  • Method: Slow Cooker
  • Cuisine: Indian


This slow cooker butter chicken recipe takes just 10 min to prep + is made with simple ingredients. Use the leftovers for pizza!


  • 3 lbs. chicken thighs (skinless, boneless)
  • 4 Tbsp. butter , divided
  • 1 yellow onion
  • 1 tsp. sea salt
  • pinch black pepper
  • 4 cloves garlic
  • 2 tsp. ginger
  • 2 Tbsp. garam masala
  • 1 tsp. curry powder
  • 1 Tbsp. ground turmeric
  • 1/8 tsp. cayenne pepper
  • 6 Tbsp. tomato paste
  • 3 Tbsp. honey
  • rice
  • naan bread


  1. Prepare ingredients: Cut chicken thighs into 2 inch pieces. Dice onion. Mince garlic. Mince ginger.
  2. Heat 2 tablespoons of butter to a large skillet and heat over medium high heat. Add chicken and leave undisturbed for 1-3 minutes, until golden brown. Stir and brown on all sides. Add to the slow cooker.
  3. Heat remaining 2 tablespoons butter in a large skillet over medium heat. When the butter foams, add onions to skillet. Season with salt. Cook, stirring occasionally, until soft, about 4-5 minutes.
  4. Add garlic and ginger to pan. Cook for another minute, until fragrant. Add garam masala turmeric, and curry powder to the skillet. Stir to coat the onion mixture. Cook for two minutes, until fragrant. Transfer to slow cooker. (If the pan starts getting dark and burnt, turn down heat to medium.)
  5. Stir in tomato paste and honey with chicken and onions and cook on high for 2 1/2 hours.
  6. Cook rice and naan according to package instructions. 


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