Spicy Slow Cooker Peanut Chicken Curry

This incredible slow cooker peanut chicken curry is probably one of my favorites as it’s deliciously creamy and packed full of flavor.

Slow Cooker Peanut Chicken Curry

As with basically any curry, a good amount of freshly cooked rice goes perfectly with this. If you feel like being a bit different, then some noodles will also work well with this curry.

If you’re after some side dish ideas, then you should certainly consider some freshly baked naan or some from the supermarket. Pappadums are also great on the side for when it comes to a good curry, and these too can be found at any good supermarket or even online at places like Amazon.

The homemade curry paste is simply amazing, but if you don’t have the time to make it, then you can easily replace it with some store-bought red curry paste. If you do have the time I highly recommend preparing the paste, you can prepare it a few days ahead of when you need it, if that will make things easier.

Peanut Chicken Curry

You will get about six servings out of this slow cooker chicken curry if you do not have any sides to go with it. If you’re having sides such as rice, naan or whatever you decide to have then you should get eight or more servings.

Another dish that’s worth checking out is the satay chicken for the slow cooker. It has rich peanut flavors and is very similar to this recipe. I highly recommend checking it out.

If you would like to see how to prepare and cook this recipe, then be sure to check out the video below. It will take you through everything you need to know for preparing this tasty slow cooker curry recipe correctly.

Slow Cooker Peanut Chicken Curry Recipe

Prep time
20 Minutes
Cook time
8 Hours
Total time
8 Hours & 20 Minutes


  • 1 kg (2.2 lb) chicken thigh, cubed
  • 2 Tbsp sugar
  • ¼ cup fish sauce
  • ¾ cup crunchy peanut butter
  • ¾ cup red curry paste (See Below)
  • 400ml (13.5 oz) can coconut milk

Red Curry Paste

  • 2 Tbsp oil
  • 2 Tbsp dried red chilies, crushed
  • 2 onions, diced
  • 3 tsp garlic, crushed
  • 1 tsp lemon rind, grated
  • 2 tsp shrimp paste
  • 1 Tbsp cumin, ground
  • 1 Tbsp paprika
  • 2 tsp turmeric, ground
  • 1 tsp black pepper, ground


  1. Prepare the red curry paste by blitzing all ingredients together in a blender. (Only if you’re making it from scratch)
  2. In a frypan over high heat, fry the curry paste until fragrant. (3-5 minutes)
  3. In a slow cooker, add the chicken, coconut milk, peanut butter, sugar, curry paste and fish sauce.
  4. Cook for 6-8 hours on low.
  5. If the oil has pooled on top of the curry, then gently skim it off the top.
  6. Season with salt and pepper.
  7. Serve & Enjoy

Recipe Tips

  • If the curry looks like it is going to be runny, then turn the slow cooker to a high for the last hour and leave the lid off until it has thickened up. Alternatively, you can use a cornstarch and water mix to thicken it up.
  • Like in the video, you can skip the blitzing of the curry paste to save on time. The result is still super delicious, and there isn’t a huge amount of difference between doing and not doing it.
  • For the best results, I highly recommend frying the curry paste as it will help release the flavors in the spices. However, if you’re running low on time, then you can easily skip this step.

Nutritional Information

This chicken curry is undoubtedly delicious, but you might be wondering what the nutritional information is so you can work out if this is ok for you to eat. If this is the case, then you can find all the information you need right below.

I should point out this information is only an estimate as it was calculated using an online tool.

Nutrition Facts
Serving Size: 335g (11.82 oz)
Servings Per Recipe: 6
Amount Per Serving
Calories 801 Calories from Fat 552.6
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 61.4g 94%
Saturated Fat 24.2g 121%
Trans Fat 0.2g
Cholesterol 166mg 55%
Sodium 1370mg 57%
Total Carbohydrate 27g 9%
Dietary Fiber 23g 92%
Sugars 11g
Protein 81g 162%
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

There are a ton of other chicken curries that you’re able to cook up in the slow cooker. If you’re after another good one, then you need to try out the chicken korma. It’s creamy and delicious, indeed a meal worth trying out.

I hope that you enjoy this slow cooker peanut chicken curry as much as I do. If you have some feedback, tips or anything else, then feel free to leave a comment below.

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.

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