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You guys are going to LOVE this Crockpot Butter Chicken!

Easy Healthier Crockpot Butter Chicken |

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!

Easy Healthier Crockpot Butter Chicken |

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.

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

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

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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.

Easy Healthier Crockpot Butter Chicken |

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: 336 kcal

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  • 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!)


  • 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 |]
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  1. It doesnt really taste like butter chicken. Its really tangy and not sweet. ☹️ I think it was too much garam masala.

    1. Hey Ari,
      Yes, if you are using frozen chicken, you will want to thaw that first. I hope you love the recipe, please let me know if you give it a try! xTieghan

  2. This is an amazing recipe! I am usually not good at thinking ahead so I just brown the chicken and cook it all on the stovetop. I have made this countless times for many of my visitors and it always gets rave reviews. I even had someone tell me they didn’t need to go to Indian restaurants anymore – they could just come to my house for butter chicken and naan! I took that as a compliment:) so thank you for a favorite recipe! ♥️

    1. Hey Raquel,
      Wonderful! I am so glad this recipe was a hit, thanks a lot for making it! Have a lovely week:) xTieghan

  3. Hi! This looks amazing. Any suggestions on the best way to freeze for a future dinner? Prepping post partum meals now 🙂

    1. Hey Sydney,
      Thanks so much! I would just add everything uncooked to a plastic bag and freeze and then just pop in the crockpot when you are ready to enjoy. I hope you love the recipe, please let me know if you have any other questions! xTieghan

  4. 5 stars
    We make this ALL the time now, it’s so easy and yummy! We are a family of 5 so definitely have to use more than 1lb of chicken, but we don’t have to adjust anything else, there’s plenty of sauce.

    1. Hey Keri,
      Thanks so much for giving this recipe a try, I am so glad that it was enjoyed! Have a great week:) xTieghan

    2. I love your recipes and can’t wait to try this one! Could I use a dutch oven instead of a slow cooker here?

  5. 5 stars
    Hey can i cook this ins the instant pot as well? How long would it under pressure?
    Love that Recipes but sometimes it have to go quicker.
    Love Annika

    1. Hey Annika,
      Yes, I would do 8 minutes on high pressure. I hope you love the recipe, please let me know if you have any other questions! xTieghan

    1. Hey Sara,
      Yes, I would do 8 minutes on high pressure. I hope you love the recipe, please let me know if you have any other questions! xTieghan

  6. 1 star
    If you want to find a good recipe for butter chicken or chicken tikka, check out Vijaya on YouTube. It’s funny that this yt Midwestern girlie is trying out “exotic” recipes lmao. You don’t use Thai curry paste in any Indian dishes. The amount of spices listed are super mellow and light. If you want healthy butter chicken- don’t eat it. Don’t compromise on flavor and authenticity to follow this privileged child. But most of you are middle aged yt women anyway so…

    1. Hey there,
      So sorry you did not enjoy my recipe, if you have any questions or if I can help in anyway please let me know! I really hope you have an awesome weekend:) xTieghan

    2. 5 stars
      Wow, “Not authentic.” The negativity is toxic. You don’t like the recipe? Okay. You want Thai curry paste in an authentic East Indian dish. Okay. You think the spices are not forward enough? Okay. I don’t see any reason to express these concerns in such a negative way. I tried the recipe. It was great! I may make some changes the next time, but I always do. Thank you, Teighan!

  7. Looks yummy! Can you do this in the instant pot? If so, how long and on what setting do you suggest? Thank you!! 🙂

    1. Hey Megan,
      I would do 8 minutes on high pressure. I hope you love the recipe, please let me know if you have any other questions! xTieghan

    1. Hey Jennifer,
      Yes you can do this in the instant pot for 8 minutes on high pressure. I hope you love the recipe, please let me know if you have any other questions! Happy Holidays! xTieghan

  8. 5 stars
    Just made this for dinner & it was delicious & so easy to make, I add in some extra veggies. Next time I’m planning on making it with your garlic butter naan bread.

    1. Hey Lianne,
      The directions provided are for the slow cooker. I hope you love the recipe, please let me know if you have any other questions! xTieghan

  9. Thank you so much for all your posts. I’ve learned so much from you and I LOVE your recipes. Keep those delish ideas flowing!!

    1. Hey Cynthia,
      Sorry this recipe has been updated:) I hope you love the recipe, please let me know if you have any other questions! xTieghan