Slow Cooker Butter Chicken Curry

This slow cooker butter chicken is perfect if you feel like eating a nice warm creamy curry for lunch or dinner.

Slow Cooker Butter Chicken

By the time this butter chicken is ready, it will have a lovely golden color, mouth-watering aromas, and an incredible flavor. It is undoubtedly a curry that is on my favorites list.

A butter chicken curry is also known as Murgh makhani and originated in India. It has since spread across the world and is a very popular Indian cuisine dish in many countries such as Australia, the United Kingdom, the USA, and many more.

A single batch of this curry and a few side dishes will feed roughly four to six people. If you need to feed more, you may need to alter the recipe by doubling the ingredient quantities.

If you end up with any leftovers, then the curry will reheat well the next day. Just make sure you cover it and store it in a fridge until you need it.  I would discard after a few days in the refrigerator.

Perfecting the Curry

If you have a slow cooker that can sear, then you can make this entire curry within the one pot. Otherwise, you will need to first cook the onion, garlic, and spices before moving them to the slow cooker.

You can load this curry with vegetables. Cubed pumpkin, cauliflower florets, sliced carrots, spinach, or even green beans will work nicely in this curry. It is important to make a note of cooking times as some vegetables will cook a lot faster than others. For example, spinach will need to be added towards the end.

Slow Cooked Butter Chicken Curry with rice

Your typical butter chicken curry is usually mild in spices, so if you are a fan of hot spicy food, this will probably disappoint. Thankfully, this can be fixed by adding some chili powder into the spices. I recommend adding about one or two teaspoons of chili powder.

If you love curry and see yourself wanting to use this recipe more in the future, I highly recommend weighing out the spices in one large batch. This way, whenever you need to cook this recipe, you only need to measure two tablespoons of the spice mix.

What to Serve with Butter Chicken

Like any curry, this is best served alongside some steamed rice and naan bread. I love to make the naan bread from scratch, but the store-bought varieties will work just as well.

For something a bit healthier than just regular steamed rice, you should try the cauliflower rice. It is low-carb and very easy to make. You can also find it for sale at some supermarkets in the fresh food or frozen food sections.

Indian Inspired Slow Cooker Butter Chicken Curry

Curry is surprisingly good served over the top of some mashed potatoes. It does sound a little strange, but I highly recommend giving it a try. Especially if you love mashed potatoes.

You can eat this curry by itself if you do not feel like cooking any extras. Keep in mind that you might need to make more as it will no longer feed as many people.

If you want to see how to cook this delicious curry, then be sure to check out the video below. It goes through every step of making a super delightful butter chicken curry in the slow cooker.

Slow Cooker Butter Chicken Recipe

5/5 (100%) 3 votes
Prep Time10 Minutes
Cook Time6 Hours & 10 Minutes
Total Time6 Hours & 20 Minutes


  • 1 Tbsp vegetable oil
  • 1 Tbsp butter
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 1 Tbsp garlic, crushed
  • 800 ml (27.1 fl oz) coconut cream
  • 2 Tbsp tomato paste
  • 500 g (1.1 lb) chicken breasts, cubed

Curry Spices

  • 2 tsp garam masala
  • 1 tsp ginger, ground
  • 1 tsp coriander, ground
  • 1 tsp cardamom, ground
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • ½ tsp paprika
  • 1 tsp turmeric, ground


  1. Heat the oil in a frying pan over medium heat.
  2. Add the butter, onion, garlic, and cook until the onion is translucent. Roughly 2-4 minutes.
  3. Next, add all the curry spices and cook until fragrant. Roughly 2-3 minutes.
  4. Add the chicken, spice mix, tomato paste, and coconut cream into a slow cooker. Stir together.
  5. Cover and cook on low heat for 6 hours.
  6. Season with salt and pepper.
  7. Serve & Enjoy.

Recipe Tips

  • Instead of chicken breast you can use chicken thigh. Alternatively, any cut of chicken will work nicely with the flavors of this curry.
  • I tend to avoid light coconut milk when making curry as it does seem to curdle more than the regular full fat coconut cream.
  • Try to avoid boiling the curry as it may cause the sauce to curdle.
  • You can replace the homemade curry paste with a jar of butter chicken sauce if you do not feel like weighing out spices. You will likely need to substitute everything apart from the chicken and onion.
  • If the curry splits, it can be fixed by adding a bit of cornstarch and water. First, mix one tablespoon of cornstarch with one tablespoon of water in a separate bowl. Pour the cornstarch mixture into the curry and stir through. Allow to cook for a further ten minutes.

Note: I use a 5.5L (6 Quart) slow cooker (Amazon | Walmart) for all the recipes that I have on this website unless specified. If you have a smaller or larger slow cooker, then you might need to adjust the ingredients.

Nutrition Information

Serving Size: 334g (11.8 oz)
Servings Per Recipe: 6
Calories Per Serving: 685
Amount Per Serving
Total Fat: 49g
Saturated Fat: 33.7g
Trans Fat: 0g
Total Carbohydrate: 11.8g
Dietary Fiber: 4g
Sugars: 6g
Cholesterol: 153mg
Sodium: 186mg
Protein: 52.1g

The information above is an estimate generated by an online nutrition calculator.

More Slow Cooker Curries

There are plenty of other curries that you need to try. Below is a couple of recipes that I highly recommend that you make next time.

For something that is packed with flavor, then try the peanut chicken curry. It has a lot of peanut flavor that is backed by a delicious range of spices. It is certainly one of my favorite curries.

Another curry that I reckon you will like is chicken korma curry. Like this curry, it has a delicious homemade curry paste and is loaded with flavor. I highly recommend making it if you want an awesome meal.

If you have any thoughts, feedback, variations, or anything else related to this slow cooker butter chicken, then please feel free to leave a comment below.


  1. Avatar for cindy
    cindy on

    can this be made in a 3.5 liter roundshape slow cooker?

    1. Avatar for Gus
      Gus on

      Yes, it should cook/fit just fine.

  2. Avatar for Andreas
    Andreas on

    I think I found something worth fixing. In the video you recommend 5-6 hours on high but in the post you say 5-6 hours on low. Which one is correct?

    1. Avatar for Gus
      Gus on

      Sorry about that, it’s suppose to say low.

  3. Avatar for Jean Mosey
    Jean Mosey on

    I made this curry when we had a day surgery on my husbands veins. I put it on at 11 am and we got back home at 18.30 pm. It was absolutely delicious! It was cooked to perfection. The only problem was, the bones of the thighs I used disintegrated so I would knock an hour off the cooking time next time and there will be a next time next week.

    1. Avatar for Jenna Killeen
      Jenna Killeen on

      Just wondering how many grams of chickens thigh you would use for this recipe? Thanks

    2. Avatar for Gus
      Gus on

      I recommend roughly 500g (1.1 lb) of chicken thigh. I will update the recipe to use weight rather than a simple count.

  4. Avatar for Esau
    Esau on

    So I tried to make this but I must have used the wrong coconut cream as it was soooo sweet…..should I have used coconut milk?
    The only coconut cream I found was in the liquor mix section.

    1. Avatar for Gus
      Gus on

      Hi Esau,

      Shouldn’t have been sweet at all. You must’ve bought a sweetened coconut cream or something.

      Coconut milk should work just as well, but the curry might be a bit runnier at the end of cooking.

      Something like this coconut cream should be fine.

  5. Avatar for Esau
    Esau on

    Thank you …I will try it again and be on the lookout for a true coconut cream.

  6. Avatar for Dave ward
    Dave ward on

    I want to do this for 8-10people would i need to double up on the spices??

    1. Avatar for Gus
      Gus on

      Yes, I recommend doubling the spices unless you don’t mind a mild curry.

  7. Avatar for Jo
    Jo on

    Can this be frozen?

    1. Avatar for Gus
      Gus on

      Technically yes, but I have not tried freezing the curry so I cannot guarantee it will be great.

  8. Avatar for Bev
    Bev on

    Can I use yogurt instead of coconut cream.

  9. Avatar for Carol
    Carol on

    I only have coconut milk or a block of coconut cream. Can I use this??, if so how much will I use. TIA

  10. Avatar for Keith Evans
    Keith Evans on

    Ingredient list says 1.1 lb chicken but video says 2.2 lb chicken, which is correct? I have made it with 1.1

    1. Avatar for Gus
      Gus on

      1.1lb is correct, but 2.2lb will work fine. I will get around to updating the video soon! Thanks for pointing that out.

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