Slow Cooker Butter Chicken

Skip the take-out and try this super easy, lightened-up creamy butter chicken right in the crockpot – it’s less calories and tastes a million times better!

Slow Cooker Butter Chicken - Skip the take-out and try this super easy, lightened-up creamy butter chicken right in the crockpot!

When Jason and I lived in LA, we had Indian take-out at least once a week. It was our regular joint out in Beverly Hills, and I would always pick up two tikka masala bowls on my way home from work. But ever since we relocated out to the Bay Area, we haven’t had our Indian take-out fix in so long. My cravings have taken over for weeks so I finally made this butter chicken right at home, and boy, am I glad I did because the homemade version is so much better, and healthier, than take-out!

Slow Cooker Butter Chicken - Skip the take-out and try this super easy, lightened-up creamy butter chicken right in the crockpot!

Slow Cooker Butter Chicken - Skip the take-out and try this super easy, lightened-up creamy butter chicken right in the crockpot!

Slow Cooker Butter Chicken - Skip the take-out and try this super easy, lightened-up creamy butter chicken right in the crockpot!

Slow Cooker Butter Chicken - Skip the take-out and try this super easy, lightened-up creamy butter chicken right in the crockpot!

If you’ve never had butter chicken, it’s a very popular Indian dish, and can be made mild or spicy to taste. I kept the recipe very mild but the heat seekers can certainly add more chili powder, to taste.

Slow Cooker Butter Chicken - Skip the take-out and try this super easy, lightened-up creamy butter chicken right in the crockpot!

Now this is a super simple crockpot dish. There is a little bit of sauteeing but you’re pretty much throwing all the ingredients into a saucepan before throwing it into the slow cooker. Easy peasy, right? From there, you can let that cook low and slow for 5 hours, leaving you to come home to the most fragrant, most flavorful and creamy butter chicken.

Slow Cooker Butter Chicken - Skip the take-out and try this super easy, lightened-up creamy butter chicken right in the crockpot!

Best of all, it’s lightened up with coconut milk and whole wheat flour, saving you on a ton of calories this spring season!

Slow Cooker Butter Chicken

Prep Time 10 minutes

Cook Time 5 hours, 5 minutes

Total Time 5 hours, 15 minutes

Yield 6 servings

Slow Cooker Butter Chicken

Skip the take-out and try this super easy, lightened-up creamy butter chicken right in the crockpot - it's less calories and tastes a million times better!

Ingredients

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 4 cloves garlic, crushed
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 1 (14-ounce) can light coconut milk
  • 1 (6-ounce) can tomato paste
  • 2 tablespoons whole wheat flour
  • 2 teaspoons garam masala
  • 1 teaspoon curry powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon chili powder, or more, to taste
  • 1/2 teaspoon ginger powder
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  • 3 pounds boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cut into 2-inch pieces
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro leaves

Instructions

  • Heat olive oil in a large saucepan over medium high heat. Add garlic and onion, and cook, stirring frequently, until onions have become translucent, about 2-3 minutes. Stir in coconut milk, tomato paste, flour, garam masala, curry powder, chili powder and ginger powder until well combined and slightly thickened, about 1-2 minutes; season with salt and pepper, to taste.
  • Place chicken into a slow cooker. Add sauce mixture and gently toss to combine. Cover and cook on low heat for 5 hours.
  • Serve immediately, garnished with cilantro, if desired.

Notes

Adapted from iFOODreal

http://damndelicious.net/2014/03/14/slow-cooker-butter-chicken/