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Slow Cooker Butter Chicken

Slow Cooker Butter Chicken is tender, creamy and full of flavor! It will make your kitchen smell so appetizing for hours on end as it slow cooks!
Course Main Course
Cuisine Indian
Keyword Slow Cooker Butter Chicken
Prep Time 45 minutes
Cook Time 7 hours
Total Time 7 hours 45 minutes
Servings 6 servings
Calories 368kcal
Author Catalina Castravet


Chicken Marinade:

  • 2 lbs chicken breasts or thighs cut into 2-inch cubes
  • 1 cup plain Greek yogurt
  • 1 tablespoon fresh minced ginger
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 tablespoon garam masala
  • 1 teaspoon turmeric
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon red chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1 teaspoon of salt


  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1 large onion diced
  • 5 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 tablespoon ginger minced
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon garam masala
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1 teaspoon red chili powder
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 14 oz tomato sauce
  • 1 1/4 teaspoons salt or to taste
  • 1 cup evaporated milk
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream


Chicken Marinade:

  • In a bowl or large ziplock bag, combine chicken pieces with all of the MARINADE ingredients, cover with plastic wrap and let marinate for 30 minutes or overnight in the fridge.

Saute the Chicken:

  • Place a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add 2 tablespoons of olive oil.
  • When hot, add chicken pieces in batches, making sure not to overcrowd the pan. Cook until browned, for about 3-5 minutes per side. Set aside on a plate and cover with foil to keep it warm.
  • Add the butter, and melt it. Add onion, garlic and ginger, stir and cook for 2 minutes.
  • Add the aromatics: cumin, garam masala, red chili powder, sugar and paprika, cook for 1 minute.
  • Transfer the mixture to the slow cooker. Add the chicken.
  • Add the tomato sauce and evaporated milk. Season with salt and pepper, and stir to combine.


  • Cook low for 6 to 7 hours, or on high for 3-4 hours.
  • Thirty minutes nearly the end of the cooking time, open the lid and stir in the heavy cream.
  • Serve with rice, garnished with cilantro.


Calories: 368kcal | Carbohydrates: 16g | Protein: 41g | Fat: 15g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 108mg | Sodium: 1523mg | Potassium: 933mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 12g | Vitamin A: 1058IU | Vitamin C: 8mg | Calcium: 98mg | Iron: 2mg