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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.

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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.

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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: 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. 3 stars
    Hey there from Australia!

    Not sure if your crockpots are different in the US to here but after 4 hours on low my chicken was soooo tough 🙁

    Flavour is great though! Will know for next time to maybe try 2-3 hours on low 🙂

    Enjoying trying your recipes!

  2. 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

  3. 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

  4. 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

  5. 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?

  6. 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

  7. 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

  8. 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

  9. 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

  10. 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

  11. 5 stars
    This recipe is delicious— thanks so much! I had a question— could I make this in an instant pot if we decide we’d like to make it last minute? If so how would I do that? Thanks so much again!

    1. Hey Leah,
      I am so glad you enjoyed the recipe! I would recommend doing this for 8 minutes on high in the instant pot. I hope you love the recipe, please let me know if you have any other questions! xTieghan

    2. Hey Leah,
      I am so glad you have enjoyed this recipe! Yes you could do the instant pot on high pressure for 8 minutes. Please let me know if you have any other questions! xTieghan

    1. Hi Dave! There is a “skip to recipe” button at the top of each page on my site. Feel free to give it a click next time. Have a good one! xTieghan

  12. Can you please elaborate your preference to add Thai red curry paste to a butter chicken recipe? It’s not authentic and I can’t imagine the shrimp paste in a Thai red curry paste to combine well with the flavours in a butter chicken sauce. Is the paste used to add acidity?

    1. Hey Ana! I use Thai Kitchen’s Red curry paste, which has no shrimp paste in it. It’s just a blend of chilies, so it add a really nice kick to this butter chicken. Please let me know if you have any other questions. I hope you love this recipe! Thank you!! xTieghan

    1. Hi Anna,
      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. Hi Melissa! I think most vegetables will go great with this! Especially broccoli or carrots! xTieghan

  13. Hi, Tieghan! I was wondering if there is an instant pot variation for this recipe? My family loves everything I make from your website and books!! Keep up the great work!

    1. Hi Connie,
      Thanks so much for your kind message. You can do this in the instant pot on high for 8 minutes. I hope you love the recipe, please let me know if you have any other questions! xTieghan

    1. HI Leah! I would use an equal amount of canned coconut cream. That works so well in place of the yogurt. Please let me know if you have any other questions. I hope you love this recipe! Thank you!! xTieghan

    1. HI! I am sure that will work great! Please let me know if you have any other questions. I hope you love this recipe! Thank you!! xTieghan

  14. 3 stars
    I think there might be a typo in the recipe. Shouldn’t it be 2 teaspoons of garam masala instead of tablespoons? Made it tonight & while it’s decent & edible the flavor was very strong. Noticed other recipes call for teaspoons instead so thought I’d point it out.

    1. Hi Micaiah! I like to use 2 tablespoons, but next time try using only 1 tablespoon. This may be better for your personal taste. Please let me know if you have any other questions. I hope you love this recipe! Thank you!! xTieghan

  15. How would you adapt this recipe for instantpot? I guess I could use the crock pot setting on the ip but wondering if you’ve tried it pressure cooked.

    1. Hi Khani! I would recommend cooking everything on high pressure for 8 minutes. Please let me know if you have any other questions. I hope you love this recipe! Thank you!! xTieghan

  16. 5 stars
    Hi Tieghan! I am your huge fan, I love your recipes and I have made quite a few of them. This butter chicken is simply amazing, a lot better than what’s available in restaurants.
    Thank you for everything you do, I love your uniqueness!

  17. My family loves this recipe! It’s the most requested dish when they come home from college. It’s so easy. It’s definitely one of my comfort dishes.

  18. Due to an allergy I cannot use coconut milk or any other soy or nut milks. Would whole mile or water make a good replacement?

    1. Hi Dan! I would recommend using heavy cream. Whole milk will work too, but heavy cream will give you a nice creamy sauce. That will be delicious! Please let me know if you have any other questions. I hope you love this recipe! Thank you and happy holidays! xTieghan

  19. 5 stars
    This is delicious. It’s become a staple in my Indian cooking adventures. Love how easy it is and how great it turns out.

    1. Hi Natalie! Ghee will be so good! Great idea! Please let me know if you have any other questions. I hope you love this recipe! Thank you! xTieghan

  20. 2 stars
    This recipe was easy enough but I’m disappointed with the overall result. it really didn’t have the delicious, creamy texture I would expect from butter chicken. I used the half and half cream as suggested, which might be part of the problem. Maybe heavy cream would make a difference?

    1. Hey Lise, I am sorry you had trouble. Was there anything you did differently at all? Any ingredients different? Any info will be helpful to help me problem solve and figure out what might be happening for you. It’s hard to know without knowing any details. If you felt the dish wasn’t creamy enough, try using all heavy cream. Hope I can help you! xTieghan

  21. If we were to use an instant pot, could you give a recommendation on timing in there? Excited to try this!

    1. Hi there! I would recommend 8 minutes on high pressure. Please let me know if you have any other questions. I hope you love this recipe! Thank you! xTieghan

  22. 5 stars
    Awesome recipe! I lightened it a bit more by using light coconut milk, and fat free half and half. I also used whole grain commercial naan bread, but the miniature ones, that can go in the toaster. Oh, and I added a little bit of Splenda. I thought it needed a little. My husband hates fresh ginger, so I did not use that, but a little bit of lemon zest is a good substitute.

    I wish I knew how many carbs are in my version of the recipe. My husband must watch his. But it is still a wonderful recipe. I have made it several times.

  23. 5 stars
    I’ve made this many times and am wondering if this can be made in the instant pot? If so, can you provide instructions? Thanks!

    1. HI! I have not tested this for the instant pot. I would recommend cooking it on high pressure for 8 minutes. Please let me know if you have any other questions. So glad you love this recipe! Thank you! xTieghan

  24. 5 stars
    I had horrible heartburn while pregnant and couldn’t eat food that was spicy or heavily seasoned…this was on my list of foods to make once the baby was born, and today is the day! We love this recipe!!

    1. I am so glad you could finally try this and I am so glad it turned out amazing for you, Adriana! Thank you so much! xTeighan

  25. Absolutely adore this recipe. Wondering what the odds are you have tried it in the instant pot and have a time conversion?!

    1. HI! I have not tested this for the instant pot. I would recommend cooking it on high pressure for 8 minutes. Please let me know if you have any other questions. So glad you love this recipe! Thank you! xTieghan

    1. Hi Rebecca! Yes I did! Photography is apart of my creative process and I love to share the photos I take of the food! Many people love to see all of the photos that I share, but I completely understand if you do not want to.. I added a “skip to recipe” button at the top, so that you can skip the post! I am so glad you loved this recipe! xTieghan

    2. Hey Rebecca, I am so happy you enjoyed this recipe. Yes, all photos where meant for the post, sorry you do not enjoy them. Hope your week is going really great! Please let me know if you have any other questions. Thank you! xTieghan

  26. 5 stars
    This was so good! I also tossed in about half a cup of steamed lentils near the end because I had some leftovers in the fridge. All this and some mango chutney…probably the best homemade curry I’ve made so far. Loved it. Thank you!!

  27. If I were to do this in the Instant Pot, how long would I cook this for? I LOVE this recipe but switched out the slow cooker for the Instant Pot.

    1. Hey Steph, I am sorry I have not tested this for the instant post, so I am really not sure on the cooking time. I recommend 12 minutes on high pressure. Please let me know if you have any other questions. Thanks so much! xTieghan

  28. Hi Tieghan,

    I work about an hour from home – any way this can stay on low for 9-10 hours? Or conversely how is this reheated if I make it on Sunday for Monday’s dinner?

    LOVE all of it.

    1. Hey Kate! You can leave on low for 9-10 hours, that should be fine. You can also reheat in the oven (at 325 for 30 minutes) or slow cooker (on high for an hour). Both work great! Please let me know if you have any other questions. I hope you love this recipe. Thanks so much! xTieghan

  29. 5 stars
    I made this last week for friends and they all LOVED it! I was hoping to make it again next week but I have a few friends that are vegetarian. Do you think you could swap the chicken for potatoes? Or something else? I would love to serve this vegetarian style but since I am not vegetarian im not really sure what would work best or how to go about that? thanks!

    1. Hey Megan! I would do a mix of half potatoes and half cauliflower in place of the chicken. Use around 4 cups of veggies total! This will be great! Please let me know if you have any other questions. I hope you love this recipe. Thanks so much! xTieghan

  30. 5 stars
    I used made this recently with just a few modifications: I used yellow curry paste instead of red (because that’s what I had), ginger paste from Trader joe’s instead of fresh grated ginger, (because I had no idea where to buy ginger or how to work with it), and onion powder instead of chopped onion (because I like the flavor, but hate onion chunks. I’m weird, I know.)

    I followed the rest of the recipe exactly, and whew it was spicy, but tasty! But then about an hour after I ate it, my lips started to swell up and were super red and itchy for days after. I’ve never had an allergic reaction before, so I didn’t connect it to this recipe at first, but when I ate some of the leftovers a couple days later the same thing happened again. It was either the ginger, garam masala, or tumeric, because those are the only things I haven’t used in other recipes before. I eat indian food at restaurants all the time and have never had a problem, so I wanted to ask if those 3 ingredients are common in most Indian dishes? I’m trying to figure out what I’m allergic to so I can make this again without it. I was bummed because this was good but I had to toss most of it in the trash. 🙁

    1. Hey Heather! I am SO SORRY you had a reaction to this recipe. It is classic as far as flavors and spices go, so it is SO hard to say what spice it was. If I had to guess I would think it would be the garam masala or turmeric, but again I really dont know. So sorry, wish I could help! xTieghan

  31. 5 stars
    I absolutely love this recipe. Its so easy and its delicious. I’ve never had naan before. Its a must with this dish. Yummy!

  32. Hi Tieghan,

    I’ve been reading the blog for ages, but have only just found this recipe – it looks delicious! The only thing is, i don’t have a crockpot – could you suggest how i could adapt the recipe for a cast iron dish, either in the oven or on the stove?


    1. Hey Lu! You can simmer all ingredients (layer as directed for the crockpot) in a large soup pot set over medium heat. I’d cook 30-45 minutes, stirring ever so often until the chicken is cooked and the sauce thickens slightly. Please let me know if you have any other questions. I hope you love this recipe. Thanks so much! x Tieghan

  33. I am so excited to try this recipe. I have been looking everywhere for a crock pot version of this, and this looks soooo yummy. One question though, can I substitute yellow curry paste instead of red? How will that effect the flavor? (I have yellow paste on hand already, and I’ve never tried red curry so I don’t know what it tastes like.)

    Thanks in advance!!

    1. Hi! Yes, yellow curry paste should be great and shouldn’t effect flavor too much! Please let me know if you have other questions. Hope you love this recipe! Thanks! 🙂

  34. 5 stars
    Oh my goodness…so, I made this recipe years ago, and absolutely loved it! Not only did I love it, but my family (including some picky eaters!) all devoured it!! I had the recipe in a notebook that I later needed last min for a class. I pulled out the recipe page, and gave it to my Mom for safe keeping. Luckily my Mom kept it safe for over a year, and when I recently remembered this dish, I was so excited she still had it. I gave my husband the recipe to run to the store for ingredients…!!! I literally almost cried and have been searching the internet for over a week. I didn’t think I would find the right recipe because their are SO many…but right when I found this page I recognized it! So happy to have found it again! (& so is my hubby! Considering he has been in fog house for a week lol). Thanks for the great recipe and family favorite!

  35. 5 stars
    This is one of my favorite recipes. Thank you so much! I’ve made it a few times now and I’m trying to brainstorm what kinds of vegetables I can either cook alongside or toss in near the end. I’ve made a turmeric roasted cauliflower side so far. But the idea of just tossing something into the pot near the end of cooking sounds much more efficient. Any suggestions?

    1. I! I would just add the cauliflower (or whatever veggie) to the crockpot 20 minutes before it’s done cooking. That will be great! Please let me know if you have other questions. So glad you love this recipe! Thanks! ?

    1. HI Sam! I haven’t tested the recipe in the instant pot, so it is hard to say. I would start by adding all ingredients to the instant pot and cooking it on high pressure for 15 minutes and then using the natural release. Please let me know if you have other questions. Hope you love this recipe! Thanks! ?

    1. Hi Nalani! I am sorry, but I do not have the nutritional information for this recipes. I find that online food calculators work best. Let me know if you have any questions! Thank you!

  36. I’ve made this a few times and it is delicious! I do have a quick question though-the sauce doesn’t really thicken up at all in my crockpot. The only thing I’m doing differently is using low-fat coconut milk, do you think that would be it? Or is the sauce supposed to remain pretty much liquid?

    1. Hi! Yes, it is probably the low fat milk, but to thicken it just leave the top off the crockpot for 30 minutes during the end of cooking. this will thicken the sauce. Please let me know if you have other questions. Hope you love this recipe! Thanks! 🙂

  37. Coconut milk — sweetened or unsweetened? Gonna make a huge batch to freeze for later, and I don’t want to mess this up!

  38. Love your recipes! At least one of them are included in my weekly meal planning. Just came home to this one and it seems the sauce became gritty looking. Almost like the cream curdled. Any ideas why?cooked on low for 6 hours ?‍♀️

    1. HI and thank you! 🙂

      Did you use anything different in your recipe? What fat content was your yogurt? Sometimes low-fat dairy will curdle when slow cooked. So sorry for the trouble!

  39. 5 stars
    I’ve been making this for over a year and we love it! Funny story: Last year I made a double batch of this and put half in the freezer after I cooked it (minus the rice) because I was expecting baby number 3 and wanted to have a few meals prepared. 5 weeks or so after my baby was born, we unexpectedly ended up having over an Indian college student for breakfast on very short notice. He was telling us the evening before how he doesn’t like American food so I was nervous about serving him a traditional American breakfast. So I went to my freezer and pulled out the frozen Indian butter chicken and made a batch of rice in my rice cooker. He said it tasted great! This is still my #1 freezer meal.
    My only tip for making this is that I’m often too cheap to buy boneless skinless chicken so I just cut the skin off of chicken thighs and let it cook all day. By dinnertime the chicken is so tender that it is easy to pull off of the bone.

  40. 5 stars
    I made this the other night and it was fantastic. I thought it was going to be too rich when I blended the cream and greek yoghurt together, but then it cooked down it becomes this incredibly flavorful spicy sauce. I warmed up my spices in a cast iron pan with a little oil first, to release the flavors first. Also, didn’t have curry powder but used cardomom, cumin, cloves, tumeric, sweet paprika, pepper, black mustard seeds, onion and garlic powder, in addition to the minced onion, garlic and ginger. I used extra spices because I like it. Didn’t do anything else different. Wondering if it freezes well, with the dairy in it. Will definitely make again!

  41. Made this and it was delicious, but very rich. I didn’t have curry powder so I just threw together some spices, like tumeric, cardomom, cumin, cinnamon, cloves, pepper, paprika, ginger, black mustard, think that was it. I added extra spices because I like them and heated them all up in a little oil first to release the flavors.

  42. 5 stars
    Excellent recipe! I made some slight changes due to personal preferences. I used 1.5 pounds of chicken and I could have used even 2 without needing to add any additional liquid. For spices, I used a heaping T of garam masala (very strong stuff) and upped the (madras) curry powder to 1 tbsp. Because we’re spice wimps I only used 1 tsp of the red curry paste and 1/4 tsp of cayenne. The dish had just a hint of heat which was perfect for us. Before placing in the slow cooker, I sauteed the onion in a bit of oil, then added the spices and garlic, sauteeing for about a minute to blend and enhance the flavors. I then melted the butter into the mixture, stirred in the chicken just to blend and placed the mixture into the slow cooker along with the milks, yogurt and tomato paste. It was done in 3 hours on high, but my slow cooker is running a bit hot lately.

    1. Hi Stacie! I actually do not calculate the nutritional info for my recipes, but other people have done so through online calculators. Just add all the ingredients in and divid by the serving size. I hope this helps! Let me know if you have any other questions!

  43. 4 stars
    We made this dish yesterday. I dumped everything into the slow cooker and I think it turned out fine. I went a little overboard on the cayenne pepper. It was a bit on the hot side. And while I love rice, I think it was unnecessary. Though we didn’t have naan, we had pita, and the pita and chicken was a meal in itself.

  44. I really enjoy your posts, you are so talented. I am going to make this for a dinner party. May I double the recipe?

    Thank you so much!

    1. Thank you! I would double the chicken and do 1 1/2 of the sauce. Please let me know if you have any other questions. I hope you love this recipe. Thank you!

  45. This looks great. I am thinking of making this dish this weekend. We love to have leftovers. Do I double the ingredients if I want to make 2lbs of chicken?

    1. I would double the chicken and do 1 1/2 amounts for the sauce. I think that should be OK! Let me know if you have other questions. Hope you love this recipe. Thank you! 🙂

  46. I made this last night but subbed out the chicken for cauliflower and just cooked it on the stove!! It was SO tasty! It got rave reviews from my boyfriend as well! Thanks for the great recipe!!!

    1. I made it last night, too, it’s on regular rotation. I always sub cubed tofu. My daughters ate leftovers for breakfast!

  47. This was awesome! Was looking for a butter chicken recipe after eating at a local Indian restaurant . This one is quite tasty, my family loved it. This will go into our monthly rotation.

  48. Hey Tieghan, could you sub Thai chili paste for the red curry paste? I misread the ingredient list and didn’t buy Curry paste, lol, but don’t want to run back out to the store 🙁

    1. Hey Jessica! Sure! It’s going to taste a little different, but I think it should still be delish! Let me know if you have questions. Hope you love this!

  49. Made this yesterday. First time using a Crockpot in over 10 years, after practically living out of one for many years prior to that.
    Flavor was very good but as soon as I went to stir it I remembered that basic truism about using milk products in a crockpot.
    Add them in the last 20 minutes of cooking so the milk solids don’t render out.

    Which is exactly what happened.

    That granulated look to the sauce and how watery it is.

    Instead of the nice creamy, buttery sauce that Butter Chicken is famous for.

    Not meaning to be rude but if you doubt me, consult the booklet your pot comes with.
    Still … many awesome recipes! thank you!

    1. Hey Daniel, so sorry for the trouble. I have never had this issue before, but thanks for making me aware of it. Glad you loved the recipe!

  50. I can’t wait to try this! How many servings does it make? I’m having a dinner party for 12 and want to make sure I have more than enough.

  51. This. was. so. good. I must disagree with anyone who poo-poos on this recipe. Not going to lie, I wasn’t sure how it would turn out since I’ve never cooked anything indian before, but this was DELICIOUS. I’m sitting at my desk now eating this as left overs and having the happiest desk lunch. Curious, how would one alter this recipe to give it a tikka masala twist? is that possible? SO GOOD. This was my first recipe I made from your blog. I will be back again for more…

    1. I am SO thrilled you enjoyed this recipe. That makes me so happy. I am not very familiar with tikka masala, so I am not sure…but looking into recipes now. Maybe I can post my version.

      Thank you and have a great weekend! 🙂

  52. Thank you for the delicious recipe! SOOO yummy next time I’m going to make 1-1/2 batches rice! We’re not big into spicy so I cut the cayenne to 1/4 tsp but DID use 2 tsp of the red chili paste—SOOOO good!

  53. Want to make this recipe but wonder how many calories and fat per serving.
    What makes this healthier than other Butter Chicken recipes. Thanks.

    1. Hi1 I don’t count the calories, but if you prefer you can calculate them online. This recipe uses only a 1/4 of the cream, 1/4 of the butter and greek yogurt for protein. Thanks!

  54. This is our second time making this. It’s absolutely amazing. And it makes my whole house smell wonderful all day. I like to serve ours over basmati rice with a side of store-bought naan that we’ve toasted. Thank you!

  55. I’m trying this beautiful curry tonight however i think im reading the recipe wrong.

    “1 ounce can tomato paste 6
    1 ounce can coconut milk regular or lite (I used regular), plus more if needed to thin the sauce, 14 ”

    What does the 6 and 14 mean after the ingredients above?

    Does it mean you used 6 ounces of tomato paste and 14 ounces of coconut milk?

    It did seem very saucy so perhaps i have it wrong.

    Thanks in advance x

    1. Hi Monique, I am SO SORRY. We just switch recipes layouts and some recipes did not transfer well. Fixing this now. Again, so, so, so sorry. Let me know if I can help in any other way. Thanks1 Tieghan 🙂

  56. How many calories per serving? What are the macros? What if I wanted to make 7 servings? How would I change the ingredient amount?

  57. This was delicious and SO easy! From cooking other chicken recipes in my crockpot, I knew mine wouldn’t take as long as the recipe states – I did mine for two hours on high and then ~90 minutes on low, and it was cooked to perfection!

  58. I made this last night and it’s addictingly delicious AND easy! We’re mild Midwesterners so it takes us a while to get used to how Thai food looks—not how it tastes—but I cut the cayenne way down to 1/4 tsp. Makes a boatload of tasty sauce so next time I’ll add more chicken & make more rice, too! I subbed lite sour cream for the yogurt because I always have it on hand. Thanks for the DELICIOUS recipe!

  59. Hi Thiegan!
    Great post indeed!
    Yes, Butter Chicken Is my most favorite food! It is really very tasty you know!

    I am glad to get this useful post. It will make me more easy to prepare.

    Anyway, you always provide awesome post here!

    Keep it up!

  60. It is in the crockpot now! I can’t wait will later to eat it. The smell of all of the spices when I was mixing this was amazing!!!

  61. Made this last night with your naan bread. Both turned out very well. Easy & delicious…who could ask for more?! Thank you.

  62. This looks amazing! I am feeding a crowd this weekend, (12) can I just triple the recipe? Are there things like some of the spices that I shouldn’t triple? I miss never sure how that works! Thanks!

    1. Hi Katharine! I think tripling the recipe should be just fine. I would start with 1 or 2 cans of coconut milk, then add more as needed. If there is a spice you know you don’t love, I’d use less of that spice. Also, be sure to use a large crockpot. Let me know if you questions. Thank you!!

  63. Fantastic! I am always a rockstar in the kitchen when I have your recipes on the menu. I made the Naan as well. Perfect balance of salty/spicy. More please! ?

    1. Haha that is awesome to hear!! LOVE that you are loving these recipes Beth! I hope you continue to enjoy, thanks!!

  64. I have read about 3 years of posts here and a few (10 or 20) of your other recipes. (maybe set up so the most current are at the top?) I find you an absolutely inspirational young woman. I’ve copied several recipes from you over several months and find them to be very well made, tasty, and comforting. Please keep up the wonderful effort.

    1. Hi Dee! I think that using whole milk will work fine. You can also use half whole milk and half heavy cream. Let me know if you have questions. Thanks!

  65. *eating this right now for lunch as i’m writing my comment* I’ve made this recipe about 5 times now and it is absolutely amazing! Even better the second day! Didn’t modify one thing.

    But I do have to tell you this. The 4th time I made it, I was about 38 weeks pregnant and was trying to do everything in my power to not have to get induced (was induced with my first at 41 weeks – not pleasant). I had read that lots of spices could *potentially* induce labor and I remembered that this recipe had LOTS of spices so I made it for dinner one night and had it the next day for lunch. Went into labor 8 hours later! Coincidence? Sure, but you bet your behind when/if I ever get pregnant again, i’m making and eating this the last few weeks of my pregnancy!

    Thank you!

    1. Alicia!!! OH MY GOSH! Your comment just made my day. I had to share it with my mom who has been through labor 7 times. Just too funny and so happy you found your “go into labor” meal….lol!!! THANK YOU!! And congrats on the new baby!

  66. Hi Thiegan!
    Can the tomato paste be replaced by sundried tomato paste? It’s not easy to find plane tomato paste here in the UK!

  67. thank you so so much for this recipe – I’m in complete awe. I always wanted to cook this dish and was afraid, it would be complicated and difficult, but it really was not! just as you wrote: simple and perfect!
    The taste was pretty close to my favorite nepalese restaurant, it tasted really delicious.
    btw. I added 3TS of peanut-butter to the sauce instead of butter and that worked fine.
    Your article was just the kick to start a new cooking-style! 😉

    Of course I made the Naan as you recommended, because I adore Naan. Delicious! Keep going, I will follow your blog 🙂 thanks again, Love Claire

    1. Hi Claire, SO happy it worked out simply for you(: and the taste was good!!
      The peanut butter sounds great!! So cool that worked! Probably tasted great too!!
      Th Naan is an all time favorite so I couldn’t be more excited that you made it!!
      Thanks so much for following, can’t wait to hear more from you!!

  68. HAVE to try this! We LOVE Butter chicken and found a way to make it at home with Kitchens of India brand Butter Chicken Sauce packet….I figured it had a gazillion ingredients and we’ll probably always keep some of the Kitchens of India on hand as it’s sooooo fast to cook up. Great to find your recipie and I’m inspired to try my own home cooked version, too! We LOVE Naan, too, gotta try that out, too!

  69. Hi there! Love this recipe and would like to try it this weekend. Is it at all spicy? I can’t do any heat at all (and we also have a 2 year old) but love the mild butter chicken.

    1. HI! Yes, it is spicy, but just omit the cayenne and it should be perfect for you! Let me know if you have any questions and I hope you love this! THANK YOU! 🙂

  70. I’ve never left a comment on a recipe in my entire life, but I felt the need on this one….I’ve made butter chicken 4-5 times in the past using very time consuming “authentic” recipes, so I decided to try this because it looked easy and good….and it did not disappoint! I thought it was great! I thought it was interesting because it is an indian dish with a little bit of thai influence. I followed the recipe pretty close using 2 tsp red curry paste, 1 tsp turmeric and 1/2 tsp cayenne. I also added the juice of 1 lime, 1 tbsp fish sauce and 2 tbsp brown sugar. I like it a bit sweeter, maybe could use even more sugar. Mine thickened just fine…..but it does end up a lot of sauce, next time I might also double the chicken. Thanks!

    1. HI Bob! I’m so happy you decided to try my recipe!! All that looks great! Doubling the chicken is a good idea for a lot of people! Thanks for commenting, and i’m so happy you liked it!!

  71. Made this last night. My first try using a crockpot. Success! I don’t eat meat, so I baked some tofu and followed rest of recipe. Then I added veggies at the end. Yum!!! When can we pre order your cookbook?

    1. SO happy you loved this and swapped in tofu, that is awesome!!

      The book comes out fall of 2017 so preorders will most likely start in the late spring or summer of 2017. THANK YOU! 🙂

  72. Made this last night and everyone — including two small kids — liked it a lot. Do you think it would work if I added some chick peas too?

    1. So happy this was a hit, thank you!! Yes chickpeas would be great in this! I would add dry chickpeas to the crockpot and I think the cooking times should be just about the same then. Or just stir in canned chickpeas during the last 30 minutes or so of cooking. Let me know if you have questions and thanks again!!

  73. Just made this tonight and it was AMAZING. I added some cauliflower at the end just because I had a giant bag of it sitting in the fridge. My husband loved this so much he said he’d even eat it vegetarian style and he is a total carnivore. Awesome flavor! Definitely going into the dinner rotation. Thanks so much for this recipe!

  74. Hi Angel!
    My family and I love Indian food. Butter chicken is just one of the dishes we order every time we eat out at our favorite restaurant. I’m definitely going to try this.

    I would love to know if you have any secrets for making basmati rice. I stink at it. ?

    Also, I’d love to find a great recipe for Aloo Matter. Since you have “the gift,” maybe you could create another masterpiece! ?

    Thanks so much for sharing your gift with us! You’re a peach!

    1. HI!! Here is how I like to make rice:
      Add the 3 cups water to a medium size pot, bring to a low boil and add 1 1/2 cups rice. Stir to combine and place the lid on the pot, then turn the heat down to the lowest setting possible. Allow the rice to cook ten minutes on low and then turn the heat off completely. Let the rice sit on the stove, covered, for another 20 minutes (don’t take any peeks inside!). After 20 minutes remove the lid and fluff the rice with a fork. Note that rice can cook differently for everyone, this is just what works for me. Thanks so much for all the kind words! 🙂

  75. Made a vegetarian version of this today. Swapped the chicken for some seitan marinated in the fridge over night and lightly roasted on the pan. Absolutely wonderful. Thanks for the recipe.

  76. Hello! I’ve made this delicious recipe before (and it is so amazing!!) but lately I’ve been experimenting with Paleo dishes… Just wondering how you think the sauce would be if I omitted the greek yogurt and heavy cream?
    Thank you!

    1. HI Sarah, Honestly, I dont think it would be that great without these. I think the sauce would be thick and not creamy. Let me know if you have questions.

  77. Hi! I am new to your awesome website! This recipe looks so delish – I am going to make it tomorrow. The few times I’ve tried to cook chicken in a crockpot, the meat gets too soft that I can’t even pull it out of the crockpot without it shredding apart. Any idea what I could do different?

    1. Hey Anne!!

      Sounds like you need to cook the chicken less. The longer you cook the chicken the easier it will fall apart. I would cook this on low for 5-6 hours. Let me know if you have other questions. Thanks!

      1. Hi! I made this yesterday and cooked it on low for about 4 hours. Turns out the low setting on my slow cooker has a much higher temp and cook things faster. It was delicious. We ate it with Basmati rice and I even scooped leftovers with a hamburger bun! Definitely making this again.Thanks for a wonderful recipe.

  78. Hi there! Don’t know if you’ll have time to respond to this before dinner is served, but I’ve got this simmering in my slow cooker right now and it looks/smells incredible. Tastes pretty great too, but I feel like it’s a bit on the tangy side. I added some sugar…any other ideas on how to mellow the tartness a bit more?

  79. Hi Tieghan!

    This looks amazing. My roommates and I are having a roommate dinner next week and I’d like to make this for us. I usually leave for work around 7:30 and get back at 5:30. Would it be alright to have this in the slow cooker on low that whole time and then switch it to “keep warm” once I get home from work?


  80. Hi Tieghan!

    I just wanted to let you know that we made this on the weekend and it was sensation. The chicken was so tender and the flavours were so beautiful, the perfect amount of spice!

    We also made the fresh naan from your recipe too and it was the closest to Indian restaurant naan I’ve ever tried.

    Thank you for another amazing recipe!

  81. Hi!
    I’m trying this today and can’t wait to see out it turns out! I am doubling the recipe, so with that in mind do I need to change the cook time?


    1. HI Would cook it 2 hours longer and leave the lid off for the last hour to help thicken it. Hope you love this! Thanks!

  82. Mine is currently I’m my crock pot, it’s looking more on the yellow side than reddish. I didn’t have turmeric on hand… maybe that’s why? Hope that doesn’t make it taste different! I’m now going to attempt the naan 🙂 thanks for the recipe

  83. I was wondering how hot the curry paste and curry powder are. I’m VERY new at cooking with these spices. We certainly don’t mind a little spice (I am familiar with the cayenne red pepper and typically use 1/2 of what a recipe calls for). Any direction on what type of curry to buy? I stand there and stare. LOL


    1. Hey! Neither is very spicy. I buy This red kitchen curry paste. Let me know if you have any other questions! Happy Holidays! 🙂

  84. Its cooking smells great.yet after 2 hours on low chicken seems to be fully done.not eveb vlose to dinner time
    Should it stay on warm or still low

  85. We just tried this recipe tonight and it was AMAZING. So easy and delicious!

    Any advice for if we were to add canned chickpeas? Would we need to alter the liquid content or anything?

    Thanks for always posting such yummy things. I’m obsessed with your blog and am constantly drooling over your lovely pictures.

    1. Hey Rachel!!

      So happy you love this!! You can add the chickpeas towards the end of cooking, Just drain and rinse them. No need to adjust anything else. Thanks! 🙂

  86. Thanks for the recipe. I really enjoy visiting your blog and was happy to finally taste this one (last week, I forgot to plug in the slowcooker!) I forgot to restock my spices, so I only ended up using curry powder and a generous amount of curry paste, but it was still quite flavourful. The only thing is, it turned out pretty runny, possibly because I used chicken thighs? I ended up adding a butter-flour mixture and that thickened it up enough. What sort of veggies do you all like to serve with this one? I love that it’s so quick to eat after a long day of school/work, but would like to figure out an easy way to make for a more balanced meal. Any recommendations?

    1. Hey Laurel!
      Thanks for the kind words and so happy you loved this meal!! I feel like the thickness of this meal depends so much on the crockpot, mine is old and does not have a good seal, so I think it lets more moisture out. Good idea with the flour!

      Also, I LOVE this paired with broccoli or spinach. Thanks again!

    1. Yes, but the cooking time with be 2-3 hours longer and I would not double the amount of liquid, BUT add more throughout cooking as needed. Make sense? let me know if you have other questions. Hope you love this meal!

  87. We made this but added some vegetables for a one-pot meal. We added 1 smallish white sweet potato, one can diced tomatoes, one green pepper, and a few stalks of celery. It turned out great!

  88. This is in my slow cooker right now! Smells great and can’t wait to make the naan and eat up. I also had to invite my friends for tonight because they were so excited to eat this!

  89. Hi Tieghan!

    If I were to substitute the chicken in this to make it vegetarian with homemade paneer, when in the cooking process do you think I should add it?
    This recipe looks so fantastic, I’m very excited to try it!

    1. HI!! I would add towards the end of cooking. maybe 1 to 2 hours before you are ready to eat. Hope you love this and let me know how it goes! 🙂

  90. I am sooooo going to give this a try!

    For those folks who live near a Cost Plus/World Market… we sell many international spices. Garam Masala and Curries for sure! I am not sure how the pricing is vs grocery stores but it is another option to look at!

    btw Tieghan… for a 19yro you sure had me (all of us) fooled!
    I assumed you were a chef! Congrats on a great site. I book marked you today!

  91. I have to say that this butter chicken is a regular in our house. My 2 kids and husband love it. I will agree that curry spices vary. I just bought a new one and it made the dish super spicy. We all loved it but my youngest – to hot for her tastebuds but she added some plain geek yogurt to it to cut the heat…. I quadruple the sauce recipe and freeze the remaining to have on hand for a quick meal or when I don’t feel like cooking. I also don’t always use a slow cooker but just cook on the stove. Thanks for this amazing recipe.

  92. Sadly, we were disappointed in this dish. It was just WAY TOO SPICY. We usually like spicy food, but this was just bordering on inedible. It smelled amazing while cooking and I followed directions exactly. I’m not sure what to leave out if I were to make it again, but probably the cayenne? This is a bummer — I was so happy to find a slow cooker recipe for butter chicken because I love it.

    1. Hi Kimberly,

      I am really sorry this was too spicy for you. My family does love spicy food. Next time just reduce or omit the cayenne all together.


  93. I make a LOT of curries– Indian, Thai and Vietnamese as we don’t have a local Indian house nearby. I was intrigued by this recipe being a fusion of sorts…it had not occurred to me to use Indian curry powder and Thai curry paste in one recipe. It’s in my slow cooker right now and tastes good. A few comments on how I made it better.
    First- Indian curry powder varies hugely and some come with a real kick. Thai curry pastes are always very spicy… and so we have here a very unpredictable amount of heat in this dish for most American palates I think. I recommend you HOLD the cayenne until you’ve tasted the sauce…I’ve already warned my Sweety that his dinner is going to be spicy and I added no cayenne at all… Cayenne is very hot!
    I also think that the dish lacked some of the nuances of Indian food so I added a teaspoon or so of cumin, coriander and a big pinch of cardamom. This adds to the dish. I did not add butter- with a whole can of coconut AND whipping cream the dish simply doesn’t need more fat.
    As one reviewer said – this is not butter chicken- with all the tomato it’s rather more like Chicken Tikka Masala – -but it IS yummy and it IS quick and I thank you for the inspiration for busy days!

  94. This was amazing! I did not have curry paste, so I omitted it. I also used 2% milk because it was all I had on hand. The recipe is right to warn about the cayanne… I love spice, but even the 2 teaspoons of cayanne pepper was a little much for me! I also added a touch of honey at the end to add to the sweetness. Still extremely tasty! I will just use less cayanne next time! Thanks for the recipe!

  95. Made this yesterday, it was delishcious! Thanks for the recipe. Im Thai and don’t really believe mixing ingredients, but this Indian meet Thai receipt is the bomb! I love it! I brought it to work for my worker to try and they approved. I wish I can attached the image cuz it looks and tastes so good. For coconut milk, I used ” chaokoh” brand. And for red thai chili paste, I used ” Mae Ploy” brand. You can find them in any Asia market. I also added cumin and bay leave. Good luck to those who try to nail this recipe. Ammmm yummy. Thanks again, Tieghan 🙂

  96. Hi Tieghan,
    I just bought myself an awesome new slow cooker, and plan to break it in this weekend with this recipe! I do have one question for you- what kind of white rice is in the photos accompanying the butter chicken? I’ve been using either wild or brown rice for so long that my mind is going blank on the paler varieties.

  97. My family lived in Japan for 4 years and believe it or not, our favorite restaurant was Indian. We have been back in the US for 3 years and had given up on tasting our favorite butter chicken ever again. Yesterday, I made your recipe with a few minor tweaks (extra curry powder and curry paste) and it was excellent!!! I too have a newer crock pot and it may have cooked a bit too long so I think I will try the slow cook oven option next time. I used thighs instead of breasts and added extra. This made it a bit greasy, but overall the flavor was amazing! Next time I will try the homemade naan too. Thanks for sharing.

  98. This is an amazing recipe. It looks so amazingly creamy and rich. I know some Indians who toil hard to make that “butter chicken” might have objections to you just throwing in ingredients and calling it a butter chicken, you can just specify that this is a cheat version. I think people will be less likely to get offended. I am however going to try this for certain. I can imagine the taste and the richness. To make it more closer, you could try adding about 2 tbspn of soaked and ground cashew instead of the coconut milk. Authentically cashews are what go in.

    Notwithstanding anything else….I love it

  99. When u call it butter chicken it should be just that plenty of butter tomatos,cream scented with dried fenugreek leaves,not coconut milk,greek yogurt like making mexican mole with white chocolate chips coconut milk,curry powder has turneric,cayenne pepper,currry paste has ginger,garlic,shallots again there is onion,garlic,ginger. Thats double of everything. No wonder some found it spicy. Like Rahul said u should call it fusion chicken curry or everything but kitchen sink curry. U cannot call a donkey a thoroughbred. Not butter chicken curry. Research showed turmeric inhibits flak formation on brain and good for artharitis.

  100. This is my third time making this curry because we just love it! I always make it in a Dutch oven in my oven for 4 hours at 275 degrees and it comes out SO good and it is so easy. I made a big batch of homemade naan to go with it. 🙂 Thanks for sharing!!!!

  101. So this is the first time I have ever commented on a blog, but my husband and I LOVE this butter chicken! I first made it several months ago, and every time I ask my husband what he would like me to cook, he requests this butter chicken. Needless to say, I have made it multiple times, and it always comes out amazingly! Thank you for sharing this recipe!

  102. Hi,
    I was wondering if i double amount of ingredients has the cooking time need to
    altered,as i have a 6qt slow cooker.
    Many Thanks for recipe

    1. Hey George,

      I think you will need to cook this an hour or two longer. Also, I would not double the liquids in the recipe. I would add more as needed. I am worried it might not thicken otherwise. Hope that helps and let me know if you have any other questions.


  103. Hi,
    I had a question about the cooking time. I have a newer crockpot and it tends to cook a little hot (I’ve read similar things about the newer vs. Older crockpots). I’ve made a few things recently by following the suggested time and I’ve tended to overcook. Did you use an older or newer crockpot? I’d like to make this tonight but want to make sure I don’t overdo it if I am unable to check it regularly.

    Thanks! This looks delicious!

  104. Can you freeze the ingredients raw ahead of time, and just thaw the night before cooking? I’m looking for some meals to make ahead on the weekend to speed up weeknight cooking, and am wondering if there’s anything I shouldn’t freeze (maybe the yogurt?)

    1. I have personally never done that, but I do not see why it would not work. Sounds like a good idea!! The yogurt should be fine. Let me know how it goes!! 🙂

  105. I made this for the second time just cause I love it soooo much! I didn’t have cream or Greek yogurt. Instead I used evaporated milk, and regular yogurt (coconut to be exact) and it turned out just as amazing! I forgot to add the butter too, didn’t even notice it was missing.

  106. Hi. Found your website last week and I wanted to try this recipe right away! I made it tonight, minus the curry paste because I didn’t have it. I cooked it on high for 3 hours and the chicken stayed moist. I don’t usually like chicken breasts on the slow cooker because they tend to dry out so I always cut the cooking time a little short. It is delicious and will probably be even better tomorrow. Not sure I’ll add the butter next time (I know it’s called BUTTER chicken but I’m not sure how much more flavor was added with the butter). The sauce liked a little curdled. Is that from the long cooking time of the yogurt with the cream? It’s still good but just a little weird looking. Thanks for the recipe and I’ll definitely try more from your site!

  107. Hi,

    I tried this yesterday, and you’re right about how easy it is. The sauce is delicious, but my chicken turned out a little tough. I plan to try it again with thigh meat or use the sauce with tofu. Thanks so much for sharing!

  108. Hello,

    I have made this many different times and WE LOVE it!! If I use lamb stew meat
    what changes should I make to the recipe? If any?


    1. So happy you love this recipe, thanks!! I would maybe just sear the lamb before adding it to the crockpot. Hope it turns out awesome!!

  109. o.o I LOVE Butter Chicken and easy meals to make…I also have a crock pot given to me by a friend that I have yet to use. Thank-you for this recipe, I will definitely try it.

  110. Hi,

    Can I just check of normal plain yoghurt would work rather than using Greek yoghurt?


    1. Normal yogurt will work, but it is best if you can drain off any water from the yogurt first. Hope you love the naan!

  111. Thank you for this recipe. I work for the San Francisco Fire Dept and made this for my station last night. The recipe with the naan blew everybody away and will be used for years to come.

  112. Hello,

    I made this recipe according to the direction and for some reason unknown to me that my Butter chicken came out without being sweet and it is more red / brown in color compare to yours in the photo. the usual dish that I bought from my local Indian restaurant tends to be sweet, so I am trying to figure out if I did something wrong…

    The only thing I can think of is the curry paste I picked up is concentrated, I am not sure if the recipe calls for not concentrated curry paste.

    Any insight is highly appreciated 🙂

    1. Hey Ken,

      I am not really sure on what could be the issue. I used Thai red curry Paste. Here is the link. Maybe that is the difference?

      Also, I did not make mine sweet, but you can always add a little honey if you wish.

      1. Thank you so much for responding to my inquiry, I will get the Thai red curry paste and try it again.

  113. Hi!
    I liked this recipe alot and i would really like to try it. But i have a question…
    How long do you cook it in the crockpot/slowcooker?
    1st it says 5hours prep time/cook time but then it says 4hours on high and 6-8 on low… and thats more than 5 hours 🙂
    So please help me out!

    1. Dunja: You choose: four hours on high or 6-8 hours on low. Most crockpot recipes offer you a high or low option.

  114. Hey! Excited to try this out, but I have a couple questions lol. 1. What is the difference between red and green curry paste, will it matter if I use green instead?
    2. Does this freeze well?

    1. Hey Katherine, green will be fine, but the color will be not very attractive. Green Curry paste just uses green peppers I believe. Yes, it freezes great! Hope you love the recipe and please let me know if you have any other questions! 🙂

  115. Hi! Found your butter chicken photo on Pinterest and made this a couple weeks ago, getting ready to try another round today. Thank you so much for the crockpot idea – brilliant for curries! Your recipe was delicious. Cheers!

  116. This was such a great recipe! I will definitely be making this again, thank you for sharing. Looking forward to trying out more of your recipes 🙂

  117. I made this yesterday and it was DELICIOUS and so easy! I also made the homemade naan that you have on the website and it was amazing. Apparently I wasn’t paying close enough attention at the grocery store and ended up with full-fat Greek yogurt, but I’m assuming this will be every bit as good with 0% or 2%, too. My house smelled incredible all day! We’re not big on spicy foods so I left out the curry paste and the cayenne, but it still had a nice, light bit of heat. These are the first recipes I’ve made from your site but I’ll definitely be making more. Thank you!!

  118. HI

    No Offence but once you use Thai Pepper, curry powder in the Butter Chicken, that no longer is butter chicken and then you add coconut milk that is BIG NO in a North Indian cooking.
    This can be fusion chicken curry not please don’t label it as butter Chicken. One of the Most important ingredient of butter chicken is Fenu Greek Leaves which is completely missing. So this can be very tasty but it is not butter chicken.
    I didn’t Mean any offence.

  119. I’m so excited to give this a try! I’d like to double the chicken so I can share with guests. Do you recommend doubling all the ingredients as well?



    1. I tried doubling this when I had a party with some friends… it was WAY too spicy! Also inedible! And i love spicy food…Next time I’d definitely adjust accordingly.. maybe put less cayenne powder or less paste.

      1. Thanks for the tip Lisa. I’ll probably just make the normal base and add a little extra liquid and curry.

      2. That’s a joke, right? I have to add WAY more cayenne than the recipe states for it to taste remotely spicy. “I love spicy food…” LOL PLEASE. #WhitePeople

  120. I have every ingredient on my shelf to make this recipe. I opted to use what was in my freezer, boneless/skinless chicken thighs. I did not add the cayenne because I was making this for the very first time tonight and did not want the additional heat. In the last hour, I added a handful of raisins. I had to stop what I was doing to write a small review, my thoughts. Here I am and I must tell you that I love the ease and taste. Definitely, 100%, I will make this again and share the recipe for those who are not afraid to cook in the crockpot.

  121. I made this today and it was delicious. I actually made it on the stove as my daughter forgot to take it out of the fridge and put it in the slow cooker this morning so I had to cook it fast after work. It still tasted great and I look forward to making it again in the slow cooker.

  122. I make this all the time and it’s AMAZING! I actually just prepared the bread for the first time and am waiting to cook it up. (I hope I did it right, but bought a back up package just in case). Can’t wait! Thanks for all the beautiful, delicious recipes. 🙂

    Btw, do you use 0% or 2% yogurt for the naan?


  123. Hi! I made this tonight, haven’t tasted yet but the smell is heavenly! My question is in my crock pot by the end of it cooking there was like a layer of some oil that kept wanting to seperate, and seemed soupy. The picture it looks thicker, also I had 3 lbs of chicken so I attempted at adding more ingredients to make up for the extra chicken. Is the oil normal or did I put too much of something?

    1. Hey Aimee, I would just leave the top off of the crockpot. That will thicken the sauce. I did not have any oil on mine, so maybe you added a bit much or was you chicken fatty? Hope you love this!

  124. I made this recipe last night and loved it! It was a lot of first for me – first time making Indian food at home, first time using my crock pot, and first time using the red curry powder I bought ages ago.

    Anyway, this recipe was absolutely delicious! I’ll definitely be making it again. I can’t believe how easy it is, either – just mix everything, chuck in the crock pot, and forget about it (though I did stir it every hour or so, mostly to check on its progress). I got nervous because the sauce seemed thin for the first 3 hours but then it thickened beautifully. Thanks for this!

  125. Made this a few days ago with all the required ingredients. It was an easy recipe to make and tasted good, but it definitely doesn’t like butter chicken. Love all the recipes posted here and will keep trying more!

  126. So I have just completed the amazing butter chicken recipe, get cooking the rice and I just noticed you sprinkled an additional herb on top! What is it? Also, I’m going to have to save the naan for attempt two, forgot to get yeast at the store. But the recipe is amazing, easy, and makes my apt smell divine. Thank you!

  127. My brother suggested I would possibly like this blog.
    He was entirely right. This submit actually made my day. You cann’t imagine
    just how a lot time I had spent for this info!
    Thank you!

  128. I’ve only had butter chicken from one place and it knocked my socks off (unfortunately it’s in Okinawa Japan and I live in Hawaii where there is not a big Indian food scene). I made this yesterday. It was good, however, it didn’t taste as sweet or tangy as the one I had in Okinawa and now it’s driving me nuts to want to perfect it. Any advice on how to make it a bit sweeter and tangier? Mahalo!

    1. Hi!! I would add a little sweetness, maybe some brown sugar or honey? I think that would do the trick. For the tangy, what about some citrus?

  129. I’ve made this and your crockpot ramen twice each now, and they are both so good. Thank you so much for these recipes!

  130. I made this last night during a snowstorm and it was perfect, my roommates love it too! I used 1.5lbs of chicken breast but kept all other ingredient amounts the same and I think it was the perfect amount of sauce. I also used plain white rice since that was all I had on hand. Definitely going to make this again, next time with naan. Thank you!

  131. The comments about alcohol did give me a chuckle. Americans need to look outside this country, we took a family trip to Europe last summer and visited 5 wonderful countries known for food and in Italy and France they asked if our 13 and 15 year old kids wanted wine. We have a 19-year-old and we let him have some because 19 is legal in Canada where we’re from.

    I didn’t know the blog owner is a teen!! Good for you! So proud of you that your parents raised this amazing person who has a passion for food!

  132. Thanks so much for developing this recipe! It is in the Crockpot right now and my mouth is watering just thinking about it.

    1. I figured most things would just be doubled, however, I wasn’t sure about the tomato paste and coconut milk if doubling would be too much?

  133. I’m in good company loving this recipe, I see (with good reason). I’ve spent A LOT of energy making butter chicken in a skillet and I got some inconsistent results… THIS method and THIS deliciousness was very welcome. Loved by everyone in the family, and served with a sigh of relief from me that it didn’t take hours of intricate steps to create. Can’t keep from mentioning the perfection of Naan to scoop and dip this with.

  134. So I have made this recipe numerous times and and just realized it was your blog I was looking at lol. Every one in our house loves this including the 2 year old. Tonight I decided to toss in a can of drained and rinsed chickpeas..delicious, served with a side of carrot-peanut quinoa so good

  135. This is the first recipe I tried from your blog & it was fantastic! Definitely going into the recipe book. 🙂

  136. Thank you for recipe! This has been amazing dish. I have done this now three times and it is always so yammy! May I translate this one and also recipe of homemade Naan bread (my husband loves that) in finnish and add it to my blog? Of course I link it here =)

    1. SO excited you love this recipe, Johanna!!
      I would prefer if you could just link to my site for the recipe instead of reposting the recipe on yours.

      Thanks so much,

  137. Made this last night for dinner, it was delicious & so, so easy. My husband came home after it had been cooking awhile & exclaimed “It smells incredible in here!” My only issue was that the sauce was very thin, & did not coat the chicken like in the photos. I did have to use a mixture of half & half & almond milk, because I didn’t have enough half & half, but I don’t think that could caused it to be as thin as it was. Maybe next time I’ll omit the half & half & just use extra yogurt, or just use the coconut cream, not the watery stuff at the bottom of the can? Anyway, again, it was very tasty & I prepared it in no time, will def make again.

    1. SO happy you all loved this, thanks!!

      I would just try leaving the top of the crockpot for 30 minutes prior to eating, that should thicken it up and also, not using the watery stuff will help too.

  138. We tried to like it but guess we aren’t big on curry and I cut that way down.
    So sorry but I tried

  139. I’ve made this before and it turned out so good! How long should I cook in the crockpot if I double or triple the recipe for a potluck?

    1. I would use canned coconut milk for all the dairy and then coconut yogurt in place of the greek yogurt. Hope you love this!

  140. I will not be ordering butter chicken from my favorite Indian restaurant EVER again. This is amazing. The flavors were excellent and both my husband and I agreed that I need to make this at least once a month. Just a couple notes – I forgot to buy curry paste so just upped the spices and it turned out great. I also doubled the entire recipe but should have tripled the chicken for the amount of sauce that it made.

  141. Thank you so much for this recipe!!! I am an Indian and was trying to find an easy way to make this for all my friends. And thanks to you, now I can.

    The taste of this chicken is right on the mark!!

    Thanks again.

  142. Hi, I made this dish and it IS delicious. Very, very tasty. I don’t cook, so this was nothing short of a miracle. Haha! There is no nutritional value listed for the recipe, so I was wondering if you could list that. I’m just curious about it–calories, fat, carbs., protein, etc… Thanks!

  143. Fantastic recipe! I have made this several times, and thoroughly enjoy it every time! My teenagers love it, too, and my youngest is pretty darn picky! I also enjoy that this is a bit lower in fat that you’d expect, but tastes just as good. I’m following Weight Watchers and I can eat this with a small piece of Naan and some rice without blowing my daily points! 🙂 In fact, I can even use some of my weekly points for a fabulous glass of wine to enjoy with this delicious meal! Thanks!

    🙂 ~Seanna, Abbotsford, BC, CANADA

  144. Thank you Tieghan for this recipe. I followed it exactly, save for using boneless skinless chicken thighs instead of breasts (next time I will use breasts).

    The flavour was spot on. Cooking everything on low for 8 hours rendered the extra fat of the thighs and I was presented with a bright red thin layer of oil on top of the slow cooker. It was easily removed though.

    Paired with basmati rice and nothing other to say than OMG.

    I forgot to add the salt, but next time….

    thanks very much


  145. I just wanted to thank you for an amazing recipe. It is the best crock pot recipe I have ever cooked and I have cooked many! My family loves Indian food and the Naan recipe was brilliant also. I doubled the recipe and added a cup of lentils and one peeled, cubed sweet potato with about 1 hour and half cooking time left. It got rave reviews from my family and I will certainly be making it again and can’t wait to try some more of the recipes on your blog. Thanks again.

  146. Tieghan,

    Thanks for this recipe! This is the first thing I’ve made in a crockpot and of course, I started big 😛

    A few notes/questions.

    1. It did take about 45 min for me to prep everything (chopping/cutting/pressing the onion, garlic, chicken, ginger, etc) and measuring out all the spices, plus I have a manual can opener, haha.

    2. Note to those teachers out there: this recipe will not survive 11 hours on low. haha. I put it in at 7 when I left for work and I came home at 6 and it was BURNT all around the edges and had a crust on top. I don’t believe my crockpot seals moisture well, but either way, I had hoped it would survive, I was wrong. Do you know if the “warm” setting on the crockpot is lower? I have “Low -> Hot -> Warm” as my options.

    3. I was able to salvage enough to eat with one serving for leftovers and HOLY spicy monkey this was spicy, and I only put in 1/2 a tsp. I am a bit of a spice wimp, but this burnt my throat, I had to add a bunch of shredded cheese (I would’ve used sourcream if I had any) to cut the spice so I could eat it. I know, for myself, I probably should stick to 1/8 of a tsp next time.

    4. There is something about it that is different than the restaurant style and I’m trying to figure out which spice it is so I can adjust it. It had a sweet flavor, not overpowering, but noticible (a sweet like cinnamon, sweet, not sugary) and all the butter chicken I’ve had has had a more savory flavor. I know I want to add more Garlic, and less cayenne, but I’m wondering if it is the garam marsala that adds the sweetness? should I cut this? What could I add to make it more savory? ( I know it is hard to describe flavor profiles through text, heh) I like the tumeric at the level it is at, and the curry powder, but I’m just not sure what to do next time.

    Thank you for this!

    1. Thanks so much for the notes! Sorry for the trouble you had, but I would not take out the garam marsala. Honestly, I do not know what to tell you to do, maybe decrease the amount of tomato paste because that is the only sweetness in the recipe. I will also edit the recipe to say to use less cayenne if needed.

      Thanks again and I hope the second time goes better for you!

    1. Yes, you can. Just be sure to adjust the cooking time. I would cook it at 350 for at least 2-3 hours, but I am not sure. Just make sure the chicken is cooked through and the sauce has thickened slightly. Hope you love this!

  147. in your photos there is a torn green herb sprinkled on top…is that cilantro?? i don’t see anything in the recipe to match. thanks!

  148. This was good! Unfortunately, I didn’t have exactly all the ingredients on hand so the first day we ate this it was good (too watery), but not great. Today it was yummy though after sitting overnight in the fridge! This was my fault and my crockpot’s fault for the following reasons:

    1) Even if I follow ingredients EXACTLY, my crockpot tends to retain a lot of more liquid than the author of the recipe. This happens for pretty much every crockpot recipe I’ve ever tried. It seems to be very efficient at keeping in moisture. Using some cornstarch helps a bit…but not perfectly.

    2) I used tomato sauce since I didn’t have tomato paste, and I used 1% milk instead of the heavy cream. This obviously adds additional moisture.

    3) I have a 6 qt crockpot, and this was done in less than 6 hours on low heat (maybe 4?). I suppose I could have left it in longer to concentrate the sauce, but I was afraid of the chicken drying out. Maybe it would have been fine. I’m not sure what size crockpot you used. A smaller one would take more time since not as much of the food is near the heated parts of the pot. Brands/models can differ a lot too.

    So…the first day it was good, but wasn’t as red/concentrated as yours and the sauce was a bit too watery. But, today, I just ate some for lunch and now that it has sat in the fridge for awhile, it was really good and I’m craving seconds!

    So, if anyone has a crockpot like mine, or you sub in more watery ingredients and don’t follow the recipe exactly, try a little cornstarch slurry first…but it will probably taste much better the next day after all the flavors concentrate :-). I find this to be true with most slow-cooked meals.

    Nice recipe Tieghan! I have yet to find a recipe I haven’t enjoyed on your site.

    Also, the plans for your new barn house look awesome! I’m so jealous…hubby and I are still renting an apartment, which is nice, but we can’t do anything cool to it.

  149. Made this last night – been looking for interesting chicken recipes for the crock pot and we love Indian food so thought I’d give it a go. I’m in the UK so was able to get pretty much everything from my supermarket (the only substitution I made was the tomato paste which we don’t really have in cans here – I subbed for a combination of tomato passata and tomato puree and I subbed cayenne pepper for 1 tsp chilli flakes because that’s what I had in the house!). It was FABULOUS. Really loved it and will definitely make it again and my other half loved it as well. It’s creamy and gorgeous and we served it with Basmati and Garlic Naan. For people asking if they can sub out the coconut milk, I’d say it’s worth it for the creaminess and the taste it gives. You just can’t get that authentic taste from anything else!

    Thanks so much for this one, it’ll be on the ‘rota’ now – brilliant!! xxx

  150. Hi Tieghan – I plan to make this amazing sounding dish today but wonder if I can sub the cream with more Greek Yogurt? I don’t do cream at all. How about almond milk – I have both these items in stock. Thanks!

    1. Hey Jane, I think either one would be fine, but the dis may not be as creamy. Hope you love this and let me know if you have any more questions!

  151. Was just wondering if it is spicy, sweet, or a mixture of both? I have had butter chicken numerous times, but have never attempted to make it from scratch! This looks scrumptious and I cannot wait to try it out!

  152. I tried the naan a few weeks ago and me and my husband both LOVED it! I’m making the butter chicken tonight and I’m so excited! I’ve had butter chicken at an Indian restaurant before and it is one of my favorite meals but have always been to intimidated to make it until I saw your recipe! Thank you so much for the simple recipe!! I can’t wait to taste it!!

  153. I would like to make this next weekend but for 10 hungry ladies after a day of cross-country skiing served with rice and naan should I double it or triple it?

    1. Hey Chris, I would probably triple it just to be safe. Make sure your crockpot can hold that much food. Also, there may bee too much extra sauce. You may need to thicken the sauce a bit on the stove to reduce the extra liquid.

      Let me know if you have any questions and I hope you all love this!!

  154. Best Butter Chicken recipe… PERIOD!
    And how much easier can it get than in a crock pot. Even if you don’t have one it is worth making on the stove or oven! It is that good. The right amount of spices and flavor are exceptional!
    Keep up the awesome job Tieghan

  155. I am not the biggest fan of coconut flavor. Does the coconut milk leave a strong coconut flavor? Could I increase one of the other items in place of it?

    1. Hey Lydia,
      They coconut milk really adds not flavor at all, but if you wish you could swap in whole milk or more heavy cream. Hope that helps and I hope you love this dish!

  156. I love butter chicken, love the idea of doing it in the crockpot. My husband just asked me to make butter chicken for dinner next week, and the one I have done is a lot more work. Quick question on the curry powder, is it the brown or yellow you use?
    Great pictures by the way!

  157. I stumbled across this recipe on pinterest and thought I’d give it a go…… OMG so glad I did! It was delicious, even my 5 year old loved it! It will become a staple in our menu for sure. Thanks for sharing!

  158. Hi Tieghan, I made this last night and I am now addicted to it. Amazingly good and as you say sooo easy. Great website too.

  159. This looks delicious! I’m going to try it this week! Do you think you could chop up a potato and add it to the crock pot with the chicken? And maybe some frozen peas at the end? Just wondering if you think it would still turn out as tasty! Thanks for Sharing!

  160. This sounds awesome! I would love to try but my husband is allergic to coconut. Any ideas on what I could substitute?

  161. I have made this twice & it’s great. I used 1/4 tsp of cayenne and it was still pretty spicy, and lite coconut milk. Served it with basmati rice & garlic naan. Thanks for a great recipe!

  162. Hi there Half Baked Harvest – what a gorgeous write up of this dish! Great photography and LOVED that it was a crockpot recipe 🙂
    I made this last night and just wanted to weigh in for people who might be making this for little ones/ toddlers in their family. My 18 month old loves all kinds of spices and ethnic flavours (Moroccan and Thai being her favourite!) But I found this to be MUCH too spicy for her, and she can handle spice.
    So- some things I would do differently:
    – significantly reduce the amount of cayenne pepper – 1/4 or even 1/8 of a tsp. should do it.
    – I would add red or yellow curry paste next time instead of the green that I had on hand. I should have known using the green paste (the hottest of the thai curry colours!) plus the cayenne would be too much.
    -bump up the amount of greek yoghurt a little bit.

    I also added chopped carrot at the beginning with the sauce and chicken to cook. Then added frozen peas about 30 min. before it was done. Would have been a great “complete” meal had it not been so spicy!

    Looking forward to exploring your blog more 🙂

  163. I’m trying out this recipe as we speak! I wanted to make something truly scrumptious for my new crockpot ^__^

    ~Thank you for this recipe~

  164. Can somebody answer me- Is coconut milk completely necessary? Cant i just use regular whole milk? Also, where can i buy curry paste, i know how to make curry powder but have no idea about the paste

    1. Hey Gemi! You can swap the coconut milk with milk and you can normally find curry paste in the ethic food isle in most grocery stores, but if not you can buy it here on Amazon.

      Hope that helps and me know if you have any more questions!

  165. I just made this, though I added in some extra firm tofu(Soy Boy’s Tofu Lin), and its fabulous. I marinated the tofu in yogurt with some curry powder and garam masala for an hour and then pan friend it before adding it to the crock pot. The spice on this dish is great and it actually relieved my stuffy nose!

  166. Hi Tieghan! I just made this and am loving it! I’m just thinking mine is missing a slightly sweet taste. Do you have any recommendations for me?

    1. Hey Amber! So happy you loved this! If you want to add a little sweetness, I would add a 1 tablespoon of brown sugar or honey. Hopefully that should be just the right amount of sweetness for you!

      Thanks again!

  167. I made this tonight as my first ever slow cooker recipe and it was easy and delicious! I only wish I’d read all the comments or realized how spicy the cayenne pepper would make it. Sadly it’s too hot for me but still so yummy 🙂 I will make if again for sure but reduce the pepper to 1/4 tsp and I’d also add some more chicken. Do you think I’d need to coin it longer if I added 50% more chicken breast?
    Thanks for the great recipe and I’m going to check out your others…the quinoa bake in another comment caught my eye!
    Thanks again

    1. So happy you loved this, Daisy! Sorry about the spice though!!

      I do think you should probably add at least on hour or so onto the cooking time. Adding more chicken will slow the cooking down a bit. Hope you love the quinoa bake!
      Thanks again, Daisy!

  168. hey i just made this! Its in my crock pot finishing up now but it seems extremely runny! boo! What can i add to thicken it up? Hopefully i can get a response quick. if not, for next time 🙂

    1. Oh no!! To thicken it up real quick add a 1 tablespoon of cornstarch to 1 tablespoon of water and then add that to the crockpot and place the top back on for 30 minutes. That should do it. I wander why yours was runny. Did you add any extra liquids?

  169. Hi! I’m so excited to try this! It looks so beautiful and delicious and I’m so impressed that you are only 19! You should be so proud :)! I have one question… I’ve always heard that you’re not really supposed to put milk products in the crock pot for longer than an hour or so because they are capable of curdling… Have you ever had this problem? Thanks in advance!

    1. Thanks so much, Lilli!!

      I have never heard of that or had milk products curdle on me, so I say go for it! Hope you love this meal and thanks again! Your comment was so nice! 🙂

  170. Hi, thanks for posting this recipe. I really like trying new cuisines from around the world, and I am so excited to make Indian food this weekend! I am not well-versed in Indian spices…but from what I understand, curry powder and garam masala are both blends of different spices. Is this the reason you didn’t list cumin as an ingredient? If I also add 1 tsp of cumin, do you think it will overpower the dish?


    1. Hey Christina! You can totally added 1 teaspoon of cumin, I do not think it will overpower the dish. Especially if you like the cumin flavor! Hope you love this and thanks for making it!

  171. hi i love your recipes!! was wondering.. is there something else that you can replace the coconut milk with ?
    thankss xx

  172. Wow! This was really good. I didn’t alter anything from the original recipe and thought it was great. I wish i”d had some mango chutney in my fridge…that would have gone great with this. Thank you! I loved it.

  173. Hi Tieghan,

    Since the first time I commented on this post and asked about using the stove instead of a crockpot, I made it 4 times. This is by far the best dish I made and everyone loves it (and demands I make it again). I was wondering, though – is there any way to make this dish with less calories and fat? I’m not that experienced in the kitchen so don’t know how to experiment 🙂 Is there a way to replace the butter/cream/coconut milk with anything else?

    Thanks again!

    1. Hi Udi!

      I am so happy yo guys love this! To lighten the fat content in this dish I would use lite coconut milk or you can try 2% milk, but you will miss some of the flavor and creaminess of the dish. Also bump up the greek yogurt to 3/4 cup and leave out the cream, that is what I would try. Hope this help and again, thank you so much!! SO happy you guys love this!

      1. Hey Tieghan, what if we used coconut butter instead of the butter and then used milk and greek yogourt in place of coconut milk and cream. Do you think that would work?
        Also girlfriend you blow my mind with your recipes. When I first started following you I thought you were a much older chef who ran a professional kitchen. My dear, your recipes are truly amazing and original. Keep them coming please.

  174. As someone who is very sensitive to hot things. I mean sometimes even the mild in someplaces are too hot for me. Is this dish spicey?

    1. Hi Josh, this dish does have just a little kick, but you can skipping the cayenne and reducing the curry paste to 1 teaspoon. That should make it pretty mild. Hope you love this!

  175. HI there! Great recipe btw! I just wanted to ask what sort of rice you used with that dish? Jasmine rice or basmati rice? Thanks and keep up your wonderful food blog!

  176. I am not a fan of Garam Masala…I see there are 2 Tbsp in the dish….would it break the dish if I didn’t add it? Would it lose all the flavor? I love curry…just wondering if that would be enough?

    1. Hi Sharon, I do think you can leave the Garam Masala out. I think the dish will just taste more like a delicious creamy curry! Hope it works out and I hope you love this!

  177. Hi! I found your recipe via pinterest and it’s in the crockpot now. I tasted it and it’s delicious – though I’m glad I trusted myself and reduced the spice. I left out the thai curry paste and reduced the cayenne to 1/4 t. It still has a little kick, but my kids will still eat it. I’m sure if I had left in the amount of spices they would not have eaten more than one bite.

  178. Hi, this looks delicious! I was wondering… do you think this recipe would be okay to be doubled? I have more chicken that is called for and wouldn’t mind the leftovers, but I’m not super familiar with crockpot cooking, so I don’t know if doubling everything would just make it very saucy or take much longer to cook? What do you think about making a larger batch?

    1. HI Becca! I think doubling this would work fine, but I would cook the dish on the longer side to make sure the chicken is fully cooked. Hope it works great and I hope you love the dish!

  179. Thanks for this recipe! Mine is cooking right now and it smells and looks great.
    I am using chicken thighs because I had some in the fridge.
    I am thinking that next time I should add more meat or some peppers or other vegetables to it, or reduce the amount of sauce. There is a huge amount of sauce compared to the meat.

    Thanks for the great and easy idea!
    I’m sorry to see the negative comment and useless mean words. I can’t wait to try some of your other recipes!

    1. Thank you so much, Kelsey! Yeah, there is a lot of sauce (we love a lot of sauce) and I should have mention that I did add broccoli to mine after cooking to add a little green to the mix!

      I really hope you love this and thank you so much for your kind words!! Hope you love the other recipes you try as well!

      Thanks Again!

  180. We had the leftovers last night for dinner and added some Mango Chutney. This hit the spot…it added just the right amount of sweetness. Plus after the curry sat in the refrigerator the flavors got even better. Such a nice dish!

  181. Made this for dinner last night and it was a big hit. Needs a little something sweet so next time I will add a little cinnamon or some golden raisins or maybe some mango chutney but other than that it was good. Served it with jasmin rice, green peas and naan. Can not wait for the leftovers.
    Thanks for posting.

  182. Hi, I was wondering what type of Curry Powder you use? Isn’t there a few types like red or yellow? Thanks for your blog. Don’t let what others say deter you. Anyone who leaves comments like that is simply jealous. You do an amazing job with your recipes and blog and I am really impressed!

  183. Here you go again; that no attribution business. It’s sad; you seem to have some talent but no one believes you come up with this all by yourself so your lack of graciousness will hurt you in the long run.

    You seem to have the good fortune Tieghan to live with parents that are supporting you and paying for your ability to grow this blog. That simply does not give you a free pass to do some of the things you do. Which includes the use of booze…underage drinking is underage…your extolling the use of booze when you are not 21 is offensive to those of us with children your age.

    1. Hi Virginia,
      I am extremely sorry you feel this way, but I can honestly say in no way did I copy this recipe or even ever visit the recipe you linked. May I suggest that if you do not like what you see you simply stop reading?

      I work really hard on my blog and on developing original recipes. With that said, I realize that there are a million and one recipes for butter chicken out there (and I am sure you could find another 50 that have similar ingredients to mine) and it is very possible that mine may look similar to others. It happens, but that in no way means that I stole recipe. This recipe was developed in my kitchen by trial, error and the ingredients my family likes. In fact I first tried out a tradtitonal butter chicken recipe over a year ago and did not like it. So this year I made adjustments according to my families taste and what I had on hand. That is all and there is nothing wrong with that.

      I do also realize that I am very fortunate to have such supportive parents that allow me to do what I do, but that does not mean I do not work hard every second of the day. This is my job and yes, I pay my way. I am not your typical 19 year old and I have responsibilities and in no way feel I have “free pass”.

      As for the alcohol, again I am sorry your feel this way. I only use alcohol in cooking and baking and never to drink, in fact I do not drink at all. Drinking is not something I am interested in, never have been. But again, if you do not like what you see no one is requiring you to read.

      1. This is a very good recipe. I am Indian and mom makes the best foods including this dish, however as a working mother and wife I don’t have time to be cooking all day. In case any of you didn’t know, the chicken in butter chicken is actually tandoori chicken which means it was marinated in the yogurt and spice mixture overnight and cooked and then mixed with the cream and the rest of the spices. I actually made this recipe the way it was posted and my family loved it. I’ve made naans at home but this time I used the Pillsbury ones from the Indian store and they are just as good.

        to the person asking about garnish, Indians use only cilantro for their dishes like the way Italians like their parsley.

    2. Wow Virginia, get off your high horse. Here we have a 19 year old that is doing something really productive and is providing a great service to us busy homemakers and you slam her for cooking with alcohol? You seem like the one who needs to do some growing up. You sound very jealous and your post was offensive and petty. Does it make you feel good to belittle a young person who is making positive contributions to society? I have been reading this blog for a few months now and I am very impressed with the amount of work she puts in to provide great recipes.

      You say she gets a free pass? I am sure she works her booty off to come up with these recipes and maintain this blog. I suggest you QUIT reading her blog if you do not like it and climb back in your prudish cave.

    3. Virginia, the recipes are not identical and considering the fact that they’re both recipes for butter chicken, you should expect similar ingredients. Your post is completely unnecessary and, frankly, it’s mean! Even if she were consuming alcohol, she’s 19, not a child. I’m in Canada, where 19 year olds are allowed to drink, so I really don’t see how you can be so offended by someone of her age using alcohol to cook.

      I just want to say I love this blog and frequently cook recipes from it. I had no idea that a 19-year-old was responsible! I just want to say how impressed I am to see someone of your age produce such wonderful recipes on such a beautiful blog! It clearly takes a great deal of dedication and you should be proud of what you’ve accomplished.

      That said, I love, love, love this recipe. I often find butter chicken to be too sweet, especially when it’s sauce from a jar (yuck! I only tried it once, never again!), and this recipe was perfect for me. I frequently attempt and often fail at Indian cooking, but this is so easy and delicious. Thank you for making an easy recipe for someone who loves to cook, but doesn’t have the time anymore due to a newborn!

      1. Wow, thank you so much!! This was such and incredibly nice comment to read! You have no idea how much it means to me. Really, you just made my day! I am so happy you love this meal too! 🙂

    4. I’m sorry. When did you nominate yourself the spokesperson of all mothers? I have children. It’s not offensive to me at all because I’m raising them to have a healthy perception of alcohol. This includes allowing them a taste if they like at family functions. And guess what? It’s
      not mysterious. It’s not thrilling. This
      helped immensely during high school because they didn’t need to experiment. They didn’t cave into peer pressure.

      And there is no US copyright on ingredient lists. Only the directions. (Even though the recipes are not the exactly same.)

      Trying this tonight! Perhaps a splash of wine would brighten the flavor? Yes. I think so. And then I will roar with laughter as my children drunkenly crash about the house later.

    5. Virginia, your post was so incredibly rude and judgmental! As a mother of 2 daughters myself, I would be appalled if some random stranger called out one of my girls that way. Geez! And for what? Because she developed a recipe that had a FEW similar ingredients to someone else’s?? I, too, can be a recipe detective at times and Tieghan’s recipe is, in no way, a copycat. Not even close. Tieghan, I’m sure your parents are very proud of you for creating such a great cooking blog – not an easy task in a very competitive market. I’m trying the recipe tonight and will come back to review it some time soon.

  184. I made this today and it turned out WONDERFUL!!! I just threw in some frozen boneless skinless chicken breasts and let them go. I didn’t have any cream so I used a little extra Greek yogurt. I shredded the chicken at the end. I also added chopped up two big fresh garden tomatoes and threw them in at the end, perfect!! Love it! Thank you for the recipe!! This is the second recipe I’ve made from your website, the first being that Caprese Quinoa Bake, both dishes have been fabulous!! : )

  185. How big of a can of tomato paste? I have seen it in 6oz. cans and 8oz. cans. Also, did YOU use full fat coconut milk or light coconut milk? Looks AMAZING!!! Can’t wait to try!

    1. Hi sarah! I fixed the recipe to include the sizes, but I used a 14 ounce can of full-fat coconut milk and a 6 ounce can of tomato paste.

      Thanks so very much and I hope you love this!

  186. Always do a little dance when I see an easy and delicious recipe like this! Excited that its done in the crock pot! Thanks 🙂

  187. What a perfect weeknight meal. As a huge fan of Indian flavors, I am truly excited to try this recipe this week!

  188. soooo my family had already decided that we just had to have butter chicken this week so we would have an excuse to bake your amazing looking naan bread….and then you made this! so wonderful and easy 🙂 can’t wait to try it out!

  189. Ok, this is on the menu this week. It’s going to be perfect for the night my daughter
    has a late volleyball game. What size can of coconut milk do you use and can I omit
    the curry paste?

    1. I used a 14 ounce can of coconut milk, but I suggest using the curry paste. It adds great flavor! I have found it at target before, but you can also sub Thai red curry paste if you prefer. With that said I am sure this would still be great without the curry paste. The dish would just be a little less spicy, but still good!

      Thanks Kathy!

  190. I am a sucker for anything covered in curry and served with naan! As a self-pronounced expert on cooking for one, I am finding that crock-pot recipes are some of the best. They make leftovers and are oh, so easy. Thanks for sharing this!!

  191. You are reading my mind, Tieghan! I’ve been thinking to whip up a healthy butter chicken in a crock pot this fall. This looks awesome! The sauce is thick and not watery at all! I recently made crock pot lentils in a similar sauce. Love the combination of tomato paste and coconut milk!

  192. I see this being made VERY soon! Once I get my slow cooker back from my home in PA. Question about the tomato paste: how many ounces was the 1 can that you used in the recipe?


    1. Hi Sarah! I used a 6 ounce can, sorry about that. I fixed the recipe so the measurement is there!

      Thanks and I hope you love this!

  193. I just made butter chicken too; after having some a couple of weeks ago at a local Indian restaurant I could not stop thinking about it. I used a recipe from a friend who is from India (you might call it SUPER authentic) but now want to try a crockpot version without frying and hope for a similar result…easy is always my preference.

  194. OMG thanks for this recipe!!!!! This sounds soooooo easy and delish I am sooooo making this soon! You mind if I make it on my blog? I will give you full credit for the recipe….

    1. Of course Sophia!! Thanks So much, I hope you love the meal! Just make sure type the recipe in you own words or just link back to my site for the full recipe!

  195. You are killing me with this and the naan! I want to go home and make this right now. Butter chicken is the best thing ever and with the naan…heaven. Great recipes!

  196. La la la loooooooove curry!!! And you make it in a crock pot, you’re such a darling! Easy, delicious, and healthful meals are where it’s at and you hit a home run with this one. I’m drooling on your naan! Agggh! Happy Monday!

  197. This sounds wonderful! I need all the crockpot recipes I can get the next few months, keep em’ coming! 😉 Can’t wait to try this one!

  198. Woa – I LOVE Indian food – this is such a gorgeous dish! I bet your house smelt wonderful!

  199. With Ben and I both working and going to school, I hate coming home to slave over a hot stove – I will totally let the crock pot do all the work if I can make THIS!! Open wide and shovel it in!!

  200. I should have guessed that after the Naan post, you would give us something delicious to dip it in. I am drooling here at 9:30am. I am definitely making this this week. It is going to be my crockpot week! Woo! I love that you come up with such lovely meals at such a young age. Kudos to you Tieghan!

    1. Awe, thank you so much!! I am so happy you are liking me recipes and I hope you love this one!!
      Thanks again, Crystal!

  201. First off the naan looks amazing and so fluffy. Now this butter chicken looks amazing with the rice. This will be a meal that I will definitely try out.

  202. This looks fantastic! I just need to get myself a crockpot–seriously, I need to just DO it already. It would be perfect for weeknight meals, when I have basically no time to cook at all. Love the naan too 🙂

    1. How do YOU not have a crockpot?? I mean, it is a must for us food crazed people, right? LOL!

      Thanks Laura and go get yourself a crockpot already!

  203. Hi Tieghan,
    First of all – I came upon your website a few days ago and everything looks amazing! I have a question about this recipe – if I don’t have a crockpot, how long do i do it in a regular pot?

    Thanks again!

    1. Hi Udi! Thank you so much for your kind words! I am so happy you are enjoying my site!

      To make this on the stove, I would brown the chicken first then add the remaining ingredients and simmer about on hour or so until the sauce has thickened and the chicken is cooked through. Or to make this in the oven throw everything in an oven safe dish and cover the dish. Bake at 350 for 1 to 2 hours or until the sauce has thickened and the chicken is cooked through.

      Hope this helps and I hope you love this! Thanks!

  204. I’m back to school next week so I’m all in for easy, fuss-free dishes! This looks delicious and I can see it being my dinner soon 😉 So, how many ml. of coconut milk are in your can? I don’t know if the coconut milk can we have here are the same than the US ones…
    Thanks for the idea 😉

  205. Hey Tieghan! I was wondering if more curry powder could be subbed for the curry paste? What kind of curry paste did you actually use?
    Thanks in Advance!
    P.s. – I’m a new follower of yours and love your (lil space) blog! Great work! =)
    Have a Happy Monday.

      1. Thanks Crystal! That is a very helpful link! I need to restock and have not been able to fin it lately. This is perfect!

    1. I used Thai kitchens curry paste, but do not sub more curry powder for the paste. If you have to just leave the curry paste out, but try to find it! It adds so much great flavor!!

      Thank you so much for you kind words. I am so happy to have you as a new follower!

      1. So excited to try this!! It’s in the crock pot now. Only thing is I didn’t see this post until after I added xtra curry powder to make up for leaving out the curry paste which I did not have. Is it ruined?!

      1. Hi!!
        I think that would be fine. The flavors may be a little different, but I think still good! Let me know and thank you!

  206. Thanks Becky! I only mean it takes 10 minutes to throw in the crockpot, not to make the whole dish from start to finish.