Slow-Cooker Indian Butter Chicken

Despite what it may seem like based upon the posts that we put out, we’re both extremely busy with work and trying to find time to travel. We have high stress jobs that keep us busy from the moment that we walk into our offices, albeit home offices, to the time that we step away from our desks at the end of the day. So, we love a good slow-cooker recipe, something that we can throw together and forget it. We found this recipe in a Food Network Magazine and decided to give it a try. We cut down the portions of chicken and onion since it is just the two of us, but left the sauce the same so that it would have plenty of flavor. The recipe here is for the full portion described in the magazine that is meant to serve 4 people.  It really was delicious and we’ll definitely make it again, but when we do, we’ll probably leave some of the seeds in from the pepper to give it a little heat and might even add a little garlic to it.  If you can’t find naan bread, you could certainly put this over rice to soak up all of the sauce.

Indian Butter Chicken

Indian Butter Chicken


  • 3 pieces of Naan Bread
  • 1 Red Onion – halved and thinly sliced
  • 1 lb Small Red Potatoes – halved or quartered if large
  • 1 Fresno Chile or Red Jalapeno Pepper, halved lengthwise, seeded and sliced
  • 1 small bunch of Cilantro – stems and leaves separated and leaves chopped
  • 1 1/2 lb Boneless, Skinless, Chicken Thighs
  • 1 tbsp Garam Masala
  • 2 tbsp Unsalted Butter – cut into pieces
  • 1 Cinnamon Stick
  • 1 15 oz can of Tomato Sauce
  • 1/2 cup Heavy Cream
  • Salt and Pepper to taste
Everything but the Tomato Sauce

Everything but the Tomato Sauce


Crumble or rip a half piece of the naan into coarse crumbs and place on the bottom of a 6-quart slow-cooker.  Add the red onion, potatoes, pepper, and cilantro stems.  Arrange the chicken thighs over the vegetables in a single layer and sprinkle with the garam masala, plus about 3/4 teaspoon of salt and a little fresh ground pepper.  Place the chunks of butter on top of the chicken and add the cinnamon stick.  Cover everything with the tomato sauce and cook on low for about 7 hours.  Once done, uncover and gently stir in the heavy cream, breaking the chicken into large chunks.  Let stand for 10 minutes and then stir in the cilantro leaves and season with a little more salt, if desired.  Serve with the remaining naan bread.

Naan Bread in Slow-Cooker

Naan Bread in Slow-Cooker



Serve with Naan Bread and Enjoy

Serve with Naan Bread and Enjoy


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10 Responses to Slow-Cooker Indian Butter Chicken

  1. I’m sure this is absolutely delicious. Thanks for the recipe. 🙂 I often order Butter Chicken when I go to an Indian restaurant.

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  2. Bea dM says:

    Looks delicious, but excuse my ignorance: is your “slow cooker” an electric gadget? I’d have done this with a classic French “cocotte” on a super low fire.

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