If you’re not familiar with Indian food, Butter Chicken is an excellent entrée to start. Tasty and comforting, it is a regular in my rotation.

Slow Cooker Butter Chicken

This butter chicken is an excellent choice, whether you’re new to Indian food or are well familiar. It is warm and homey, and comes together in a snap.
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 5 hrs
Total Time 5 hrs 10 mins
Course Main Course
Cuisine Indian
Servings 8
Calories 409.3 kcal


  • 3 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 cup yellow onion chopped
  • 1 cloves garlic finely chopped
  • 3 tbsp ginger grated
  • 1 tbsp garam masala
  • 6 oz tomato paste
  • 3/4 tsp kosher salt
  • 3 lb boneless, skinless chicken breast cut into 2-inch pieces
  • 1 tsp lime zest
  • 1 tbsp lime juice
  • 1 cup coconut milk
  • 1/2 cup chicken stock
  • 1/4 cup fresh cilantro for garnish, optional


  • In medium skillet, heat oil over medium-high heat. Add onions to skillet, and cook until softened, about 3 minutes. Reduce heat to medium, add garlic and ginger, and cook another 2 minutes. Add garam masala, tomato paste and salt; cook and stir 2 minutes.
  • Place chicken pieces in a slow cooker, then add tomato paste mixture, lime zest and juice, coconut milk and chicken stock. Stir everything together, cover and cook on low heat setting for 4 1/2 to 5 hours, until the chicken is cooked through. (You may let it cook up to 7 hours if necessary, but the chicken may be very soft and shred.) Garnish with cilantro and serve with cauliflower or jasmine rice.


Recipe adapted from New York Times. Nutritional values calculated in Cronometer.