Slow Cooker Chicken Korma

This delicious slow cooker chicken korma uses a curry paste made from scratch and is incredibly delicious. If you love a good tasting curry, then you certainly need to give this one a try.

Slow Cooker Korma

Korma curry is part of Indian cuisine but can be found in restaurants across the world. It’s a delicious curry that typically has meat, vegetables, and either cream or yogurt. This slow cooker version is absolutely delicious and is a must-have.

While this curry is likely not super authentic, it is still however delicious and likely to feed a crowd of hungry people. A single batch of this recipe should feed roughly six people, but this depends on any side dishes that you have with it.

Accompaniments to go with Korma Curry

As with any curry, this goes amazing with some rice and naan bread. If you’re not feeling like either of those, then the curry is still great just by itself.

Papadums are a cracker-like food that originated from India. They’re excellent with curry, and I highly recommend that you give them a try. I love eating my papadums with some rice and curry.

Chicken korma with Rice

If you’re thinking of experimenting a little, then you could always try potato mash, cauliflower rice or even polenta.

Also, feel free to let us know any of your favorite side dishes to have with a korma curry.

Using a Jar Sauce

If you don’t have the ingredients required to make the paste from scratch, then a jar sauce will work just as well. I would use something like Patak’s korma paste or sauce, but other brands will work just as well.

Check the instructions on the jar to make sure your quantities are correct. Also do not add the spice mixture, chicken stock, and the coconut cream if you’re using a jar sauce. However, some jar sauces will require coconut cream, so be sure to check.

Slow Cooker Chicken Korma Curry

The positive side of using a pre-prepared sauce is that it will make this chicken korma curry even easier.

Keep any Leftovers for Lunch

The leftovers for this dish will heat well, so make sure you keep them. They make for a delicious lunch the next day, and if you have a microwave or stove-top, you can use that to reheat the curry.

I would not keep the leftovers for more than a few days unless you freeze it. If frozen, the curry should last a couple of months before it starts to degrade.

If you want to see how to do this chicken korma curry in the slow cooker, then be sure to check out the video below. It takes you through all the steps to getting this dish prepared and cooking.

Slow Cooker Chicken Korma Recipe

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Prep time20 Minutes
Cook time8 Hours
Total time8 Hours & 20 Minutes


  • 1 kg (2.2 lb) chicken breasts or thighs, cubed
  • 2 Tbsp ground almonds
  • 400 ml (13.5 fl oz) coconut cream
  • ½ cup chicken stock

Spice Mix

  • 1 onion, diced
  • 1 Tbsp ginger, crushed
  • 2 tsp garlic, crushed
  • 1 Tbsp chili paste
  • 1 tsp cayenne pepper
  • 1 tsp garam masala
  • 1 tsp turmeric, ground
  • 2 tsp cumin, ground
  • 2 tsp coriander seeds, ground
  • 1 Tbsp tomato paste


  1. In a fry-pan over high heat, add 1 Tbsp oil.
  2. Once the oil is hot, add the onion, garlic, ginger, chili, cayenne pepper, garam masala, cumin, turmeric, coriander seeds, and the tomato paste. Cook until fragrant. (2-3 Minutes)
  3. In a slow cooker, add the cubed chicken, the spice mix, ground almonds, coconut cream, and the chicken stock.
  4. Cook for 6-8 hours on low.
  5. Serve & Enjoy

Recipe Tips

  • If you do not have the time to make the korma curry paste from scratch, then you can easily substitute this with a jar curry paste bought from the supermarket. There are plenty of brands around, but personally, I would recommend Patak’s curry paste.
  • Chickpeas are a fantastic addition to a good korma curry. If you love these, then I highly recommend adding them to the dish. Add these at the same time you add everything else into the slow cooker.
  • If you’re finding the curry a little too thin at the end of cooking, then try adding a cornstarch and water mixture. Two tablespoons of cornstarch with a little bit of water should be more than enough to thicken the sauce.
  • Almond meal is the same as ground almonds or almond flour. So don’t stress if you don’t have the exact same ingredients.

Note: I use a 5.5L (6 Quart) slow cooker 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: 284g (10 oz)
Servings Per Recipe: 6
Calories Per Serving: 506
Total Fat: 30g
Saturated Fat: 17.9g
Trans Fat: 0g
Total Carbohydrate: 8.4g
Dietary Fiber: 2.7g
Sugars: 3.6g
Cholesterol: 149mg
Sodium: 237mg
Protein: 51.1g

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

More Curries Worth Trying

If you like this dish and looking more curries that you can do in the slow cooker, then the amazing slow cooker butter chicken might interest you. Much like this dish, it too uses a homemade curry paste instead of a store-bought jar version.

There are also plenty of beef curries that you should give a try. I highly recommend the beef madras curry as it’s packed with flavor and so easy to get right.

I hope that you enjoy this incredible test slow cooker chicken korma recipe as much as I did. Don’t forget to check out the cooking tips above for any advice on perfecting this slow cooker dish.

If you have any tips, feedback, or anything else that you would like to share, then please feel free to leave a comment below.


  1. Avatar for Dianne Bennett
    Dianne Bennett on

    In the list of ingredients it says coconut cream. In the instructions it says coconut milk. Could you please tell me which it is. I have just added coconut cream and am now worried it will be too rich.

    1. Avatar for Gus
      Gus on

      Sorry it’s a mistake, it should be coconut cream.

  2. Avatar for Dee Robinson
    Dee Robinson on

    Do the leftovers freeze well please? Just wondering with it having coconut cream in it. If so , would you defrost overnight before reheating or do it from frozen?
    How long would you take to reheat in a microwave or oven?
    Thank you.

  3. Avatar for Henriette Palffy
    Henriette Palffy on

    If I use the Pataks curry paste instead, how much of it would I need?

    1. Avatar for Gus
      Gus on

      You can use patak’s instead, I would use roughly 150g/5 oz. of paste as that’s the same amount I used in this recipe. If you’re using a sauce you will need to add even more.

  4. Avatar for Phil
    Phil on

    Is 1 tablespoon of chilli correct?
    It seems a lot for a korma dish…

    1. Avatar for Gus
      Gus on

      Yes it is correct but if you’re worried about it being too hot then you can drop it down to 1 tsp. (I didn’t find it very spicy at 1 Tbsp.)

  5. Avatar for Katharina
    Katharina on

    Made this for dinner tonight and it was absolutely amazing. We both loved it and I definitely will make this again soon. Thank you for sharing.

  6. Avatar for Brian
    Brian on

    It was okay, but I found it a bit too dilute, and without the richness that characterizes my favorite restaurant Kormas. Thanks for posting, though!

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