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Slow Cooker Butter Chicken
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4.8 from 5 votes

Slow Cooker Butter Chicken

This Slow Cooker Butter Chicken is a restaurant-quality dish with tender slow-cooked pieces of chicken. The sauce is packed with flavor!
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time3 hrs
Total Time3 hrs 10 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Indian
Keyword: butter chicken, slow cooker
Servings: 6 servings
Calories: 457kcal
Author: Taylor Stinson


  • 2 tbsp butter
  • 1 yellow onion, diced
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 tbsp fresh grated ginger
  • 1 tbsp garam masala
  • 1 tbsp chili powder
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 1 tsp turmeric
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp each salt & pepper
  • 1 (796mL) can crushed tomatoes
  • 1 lb chicken breast, cut into 1-inch pieces
  • 1/3 cup heavy cream

Basmati rice

  • 2 1/2 cups water
  • 2 cups basmati rice
  • 1 tsp butter
  • 1 pinch salt

To serve

  • Basmati rice
  • Naan
  • Cilantro


  • Add butter, onions, spices and crushed tomatoes to slow cooker. Cook on high for 2 hours, stirring occasionally.
  • Blend the sauce using an immersion blender (this is an optional step to make the sauce smooth and eliminate bits of onion). Add chicken to sauce, then cook on high for 1 more hour.
  • While chicken is cooking, add basmati rice to a pot on the stove or in a large rice cooker and cook according to package directions (usually 15-20 minutes until water is absorbed).
  • When chicken is done cooking, stir in heavy cream. Serve butter chicken with rice and naan, garnishing with cilantro. Enjoy!



Nutritional info is for 1/6 of butter chicken mixture and 1/2 cup rice.


Calories: 457kcal | Carbohydrates: 63g | Protein: 24g | Fat: 13g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Cholesterol: 78mg | Sodium: 345mg | Potassium: 817mg | Fiber: 5g | Sugar: 7g | Vitamin A: 1037IU | Vitamin C: 14mg | Calcium: 92mg | Iron: 3mg