Slow Cooked Butter Chicken

Slow Cooked Butter Chicken


September 19, 2015

  • Prep: 30 mins
  • Cook: 5 hrs
  • Yields: 4 - 6


1 kg Chicken thighs

1 large onion, I use red

5 cloves garlic, more or less, to your own taste

1 can (400gr) coconut milk

½ cup tomato paste

2 table spoons of plain flour

2 teaspoons Garam masala

1 teaspoon curry powder, mild medium or hot, depending how you like it

½ teaspoon chilli powder, I used a little bit more, I like it spicy

½ teaspoon ginger powder

Fresh coriander to garnish, I opted out. I don’t like coriander


1 tablespoon ground cumin

1 teaspoon ground coriander

1 teaspoon grounded cardamom

1 teaspoon grounded black pepper

1 teaspoon grounded cinnamon

teaspoon grounded cloves

teaspoon grounded nutmeg


1Mix all the herbs and spices together. Store it in an air tight container, in the pantry or dark place

2Cut the chicken thighs in bitesize pieces

3Slice the onion thin or to your liking. For no tears, I put the onion in the freezer for 10 min

4Press the garlic in a presser or buy ready made in a jar. I love the fresh garlic

5Heat some olive oil in a big pan

6Add the onions, stir frequently

7Add the crushed garlic

8Stir it together so the onions have become translucent

9Add the coconut milk, tomato paste, flour, Garam masala, curry powder, chilli powder and ginger powder until it is all combined. Let it simmer for a few minutes, until it has thickened up.

10Season with salt and pepper

11Set aside the sauce

12Fry the chicken until brown, just to sear them. Again its a matter of choice. I seared my chicken

13Place the chicken in the Slow Cooker

14Add the sauce

15Let it cook for 5 hours on low

16Served on Basmati rice and vegies on the side


Submitted by Doris Kühberger


4 Reviews


April 13, 2021

This was so easy and a real winner with everyone in the house. I’ll definitely make again. Thanks for the recipe! 👍

Caroline Aafjes

May 30, 2017

Very yummy.

Rozi Pottsy

July 13, 2016

Trying something new tonight, and chose this for something a little different.
A lovely dish, but a little spicy for us, nothing a bit of greek yoghurt couldn’t fix though so will tweak it to our tastes when I make it again.
And yes I will definitely be making it again.


March 20, 2016

This is one of the best butter chicken recipes I’ve tried. I tweak it slighlty to suit our tastes but really good.

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