Slow Cooker Butter Chicken

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Creamy butter chicken made with real wholesome ingredients. The slow cooker does all the hard work!

Slow Cooker Butter Chicken

Gluten, grain, sugar free.
Prep Time 20 mins
Cook Time 5 hrs
Servings 6 people


  • Slow cooker, stick blender.


  • 1 kg chicken breasts or thighs boneless, leave whole
  • 100g butter
  • 1 can coconut cream
  • ½ cup chicken bone broth
  • 2 tbsp peanut butter or almond butter
  • 1 can diced tomatoes
  • 2 onions diced
  • 2 cloves garlic chopped
  • 2 tbsp fresh ginger grated
  • 1 tbsp curry powder, heaped more if you like spicy
  • quality sea salt and black pepper
  • 1 handful baby spinach finely diced


  • Add all ingredients to the slow cooker EXCEPT the baby spinach. Add the chicken but leave it whole. Cook for 4 hours on low. Stir occasionally.
  • At the 4ish hour mark, scoop out all the chicken into a large bowl or plate and set aside to cool slightly.
  • While the chicken is cooling, use a stick blender to whizz up the liquid in the slow cooker – it will turn into a creamy buttery sauce – yum.
  • Go back to your chicken and using two forks, pull it apart and shred it into chunks then return it to the creamy buttery sauce, also adding the finely chopped spinach. Stir and cook for a further 30-60 minutes.
  • During this final cooking time, prepare your sides. Choose from traditional rice, naan bread (this recipe is easy and yeast free, GF wraps slice & toasted in oven – brush with olive oil or butter, or I like to make a creamy pumpkin/kumara mash, broccoli, broccolini etc.


Please note this makes a big batch of butter chicken – feeds around 6 people.  You could freeze leftovers and have another night or halve the recipe.