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You guys are going to LOVE this Crockpot Butter Chicken!

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This easy healthier Crockpot Butter Chicken is so delicious! It’s so easy to make, it’s kind of embarrassing. And on top of being easy, it’s also healthier than the traditional Butter Chicken. YES!

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You see, there was a reason for that Naan yesterday.

Butter Chicken.

Butter Chicken and Naan just need each other. Especially when both are homemade and both are incredibly awesome.

And oh my gosh… So easy!

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When I set out to make the Butter Chicken I wanted it to be crazy easy.

My cousin Maggie graduated from college with a teaching degree in May, and in August she started teaching full-time. Yeah, only three months later she landed her first teaching job and it’s full-time, with her very own kindergarten classroom! I know, right? The girl is pretty awesome and one of the hardest workers I know.

She’s also very busy, but really who the heck isn’t these days?

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Maggie has been asking for easy crockpot recipes. You know, the ones that you can just throw everything in the bowl, turn it on and go!

So I adapted the classic Butter Chicken recipe, made a few changes to make it healthier, threw everything in the crockpot and prayed. Prayed that this (way too easy, most likely would never work) meal actually tasted somewhat edible.

Sometimes when I experiment things can turn out just plain bad. Like all the recipes I made this past weekend. Ugh…so disappointing. Let’s just not go there. But sometimes…

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Yeah, sometimes I get lucky. I knew three hours in that the recipe was gonna be good.

The house smelled amazing. Almost fall like. It was awesome and so cozy.

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Gotta love cozy comfort food that is not really comfort food.

I mean it’s comfort food, just a little lighter.

Easy Healthier Crockpot Butter Chicken | halfbakedharvest.com

It’s seriously so cozy and perfect for quick weeknight meals.

Like I said, just throw it all in and go!

Easy Healthier Crockpot Butter Chicken | halfbakedharvest.com

I have to say that normally I like browning my meat before I put it in the crockpot, but for this I did not miss it at all. There is so much flavor in the creamy sauce that you don’t need to brown the chicken first.

Which is just kind of awesome. I mean who wants to clean another pan? Not me, I’m already up to my eyeballs in dishes.

Oh, and seriously, the Naan is a must.

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Easy Healthier Crockpot Butter Chicken

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 6 hours
Total Time 6 hours 10 minutes
Servings: 6 servings
Calories Per Serving: 456 kcal

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Ingredients

  • 1 pound boneless skinless chicken breast cut into bite size chunks
  • 1/2 onion finely minced
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 3 cloves garlic minced or grated
  • 1 tablespoon freshly grated ginger
  • 2 teaspoons curry powder
  • 1-2 teaspoons Thai red curry paste
  • 2 tablespoons garam masala
  • 1/2-1 teaspoon turmeric
  • 1 teaspoon cayenne pepper, use less if you are not a spicy person
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 (6 ounce) can tomato paste
  • 1 (14 ounce) can coconut milk
  • 1/2 cup greek yogurt
  • 1/4 cup half and half or heavy cream
  • cooked white rice for serving
  • Fresh homemade naan for scooping (a must!)

Instructions

  • In a large glass measuring cup or bowl mix together the coconut milk, greek yogurt and cream. Stir in the tomato paste, garlic, ginger and all the spices. Mix well.
  • Spray the inside of your crockpot bowl with cooking spray or grease with olive oil. To the bowl sprinkle the onion over the bottom. Add the chicken and then pour the coconut milk mixture over the chicken so the chicken is completely covered. Add the butter and place the lid on the crockpot. Cook on high for 4 hours or on low for 6 to 8 hours. I like to stir mine once or twice during cooking, but it is not necessary. When ready to serve taste and season with salt and pepper if desired. Serve over rice with a big piece of fresh [Naan | https://www.halfbakedharvest.com/homemade-naan-step-step-photos/]
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  1. 5 stars
    Easy, healthy, weeknight dinner! Will recommend to everyone! We added a little cilantro and squeeze of lime at the end and it was perfect!

    1. Hey Robyn,
      Wonderful!!❄️ Thanks a bunch for giving this recipe a try and sharing your feedback, I am so glad it was a winner:)

  2. 5 stars
    Have made this dish twice, and it’s safe to say I’ll be making it again and again! I use 2x the chicken, slow cook 6hrs on low and add a splash of cream at the end just to thicken it up a little. Such a great balance of richness, spiciness and tanginess. And so freaking easy! Satisfies my cravings for one of my favorite restaurants in the city where we used to live. 🙂

    1. Hey Char,
      Happy Wednesday! I love to hear that this recipe was enjoyed, thanks so much for making it and sharing your feedback! xx

    1. Hey Ann,
      I would use 1 teaspoon of ground ginger. I hope this recipe turns out well for you, please let me know if you give it a try! xx

  3. 5 stars
    We’re a big fan of butter chicken. In the past, we have relied on a really good jarred sauce but it’s getting expensive to use pre-prepared ingredients (besides the factor of what ingredients are actually being used). The stupid thing is that the spice blends were already in our pantry. This is a great recipe that is very easy to make. An added bonus, is that the kitchen smells really good.

    1. Hey Alli,
      Happy Monday!🎃 I am thrilled to hear that this recipe was tasty for you, thanks a bunch for making it! xx

    1. Hi Amanda,
      I would cook on high pressure for 8 minutes. Please let me know if you give the recipe a try, I hope it turns out amazing for you! xT

      1. 5 stars
        I followed these instructions for cooking this in the Instant Pot and it worked perfectly! This recipe is so delicious and easy to make, the flavor is amazing. Will definitely be making this again! Thank you so much Tieghan! 🙂

        1. Hey Kelsey,
          Happy Wednesday! I love to hear that this recipe was enjoyed, thanks so much for making it and sharing your feedback! xx

  4. 5 stars
    Absolutely amazing!! I was 2 bites in and saying, “I’m definitely making this again!” Love that is super easy and healthier butter chicken. Taste was incredible.