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Slow Cooker Butter Chicken

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by Lee Price (subscribe)
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Published June 27th 2011

Photo by Stu Spivack via Wikimedia Commons

Slow cookers are a great way to bring cheaper cuts of meat to life. The long, slow cooking process allows the meat to become super tender, and lets the flavours that you add infuse throughout.

The best part is, you can place everything in the pot, go out, and come home to the delicious aroma of a home cooked curry. A curry made from scratch, without any pastes or sachets required.

While it may look like a lot of ingredients, it is mostly just spices that you will most likely have in the cupboard already.

This is a great dish to serve at a dinner party as it's got the delicious Indian flavour without too much heat.

Great served with fluffy white rice and naan bread.


8 chicken thighs
30g butter
1 tablespoon vegetable oil
200g natural yoghurt
1 onion, finely sliced
1 tablespoon lemon juice
1 teaspoon chilli powder
2 teaspoons garam masala (available in the spice section of the supermarket)
2 teaspoons minced ginger
3 teaspoons minced garlic
1 teaspoon ground coriander
1 teaspoon ground cumin
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1 teaspoon sweet paprika
2 tablespoons tomato sauce
1 x 400g can diced tomatoes
2/3 cup chicken stock
2 tablespoons honey
1/3 cup thin cream
cup coriander to serve


Heat the butter and oil in a large frying pan. Cook the chicken until browned all over. Place into your slow cooker, along with the yoghurt and lemon juice.

Add the onion and garlic to the frying pan and cook until the onion softens. Add all of the spices and bring together.

Remove from the heat and add the canned tomato, tomato sauce, stock and honey.

Place all of this into the slow cooker, ensuring the chicken is well covered with sauce.

Cook with the lid on, on low for 4 hours.

When ready to serve, stir in the cream and top with the coriander leaves.
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Why? Home made curry can be just as tasty as a restaurant
When: Anytime, perfect for a dinner party
Where: At home in the slow cooker
Cost: Medium, assuming you have most of the spices already
I am in Canada and have made this for my family. It's very good and uses things I have in my spice cupboard already. Nice blog!
Leslee D.
By Anonymous
Tuesday, 10th of January @ 09:18 pm
Thanks Leslee, glad you liked it!
By Lee Price - senior reviewer
Tuesday, 10th of January @ 11:48 pm
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