Healthy Slow Cooker Butter Chicken
We have a daughter that just adores Butter Chicken! If we were trying to decide where to go out for food, we knew her vote would always be for this Indian food staple. Instead of always going out and paying high restaurant prices I decided to make a Healthy Slow Cooker Butter Chicken at home.
I consider Amber to be a butter chicken aficionado, so when she raved about the dish and said that it was just as good as her favorite restaurants, I knew I had a winner of a recipe and couldn’t wait to share it with all of you.
I wanted to try to keep it healthy, avoid using as much of the heavy cream and high-fat oils that the traditional recipe typically has in it.
With substituting a light coconut milk for the regular high fat version, I wondered if it would still have that buttery feel and taste. I didn’t need to worry as it turned out fantastic!!
There are loads of flavor from all the spices, and the coconut milk and tomato paste pair perfectly.
How to Cook Butter Chicken in Slow Cooker
For those who do not have a multi-cooker, you can make the recipe in a saucepan and transfer it to a slow cooker set on low for the slow cook part. You can also reheat the meal in a slow cooker but we never have leftovers so I wouldn’t know about that!
The sauce is perfection, the chicken so perfectly cooked. I love using my KitchenAid Multi-Cooker.
It cooks at 190F which is really low for slow cooking.
This lets the meat stay together and you don’t have the stringy mess that you sometimes see in slow-cooked meals.
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I did a full review with a delicious Slow Cooker Lasagna Soup, as the machine can also cook risotto, rice, sear, sauté, simmer, make soup, yogurt, boil/steam, slow cook high and low, and keep food warm (up to 24 hours).
You can go from morning to night making delicious recipes, therefore, getting great use out of this wonderful machine. I have tried almost all of the settings as we have this multi-cooker in use nearly all the time.
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The sear setting alone makes my life so much easier. If any recipe calls for you to cook something ahead of time you can do it in this wonderful machine. Fewer dishes and less mess – it is basically perfection!
Making The Best Butter Chicken
To make the recipe, simply heat a tablespoon of olive oil in your saucepan on medium-high heat or multi-cooker on sear. Add in 9 cloves of garlic, stirring it around continuously because it can stick and burn.
After about a minute, start adding the other ingredients in order: 14oz (1 can) light coconut milk, 6oz (1 can) tomato paste, and 2 tablespoons of flour. Stir well and add in spices: 2 tablespoons of Garam Masala (look for it in the ethnic foods aisle if it’s not in the spice section).
Then add in ½ teaspoon cayenne pepper; 1 teaspoon each of coriander, turmeric, and cumin; a tablespoon of paprika; one and a half teaspoons Kosher salt; and ground pepper to taste (start with ½ a teaspoon).
Stir this while it cooks until it’s thoroughly combined – about 2 minutes. Then add in the boneless, skinless chicken breasts cut into 1-inch pieces.
How Long to Cook Butter Chicken in Slow Cooker
Stir to make sure the chicken is covered by the sauce. If you’re using a multi cooker, set to slow cook on low for 5-6 hours; if you’re using a traditional slow cooker, transfer contents of pot to slow cooker and cook on low for 5-6 hours. Serve with rice or naan bread.
The wonderful spices used in traditional Indian cooking add amazing flavors to this dish. We added turmeric, cumin, Garam Masala, cayenne, coriander, and paprika, plus lots of garlic to the recipe and all of the spices are nicely balanced out by the coconut milk.
It was a perfect butter chicken and one that you will want to be sharing with your family too. Everyone who has tried it has loved this recipe and they are always amazed when I tell them I did it in one pot with my multi cooker.
It’s such an easy recipe to do too – once it’s slow cooking you don’t have to think about it until you’re ready to serve. Try this wonderful recipe for traditional butter chicken tonight!
Healthy Slow Cooker Butter Chicken Recipe
- 1 Tbsp. olive oil
- 9 cloves garlic, crushed
- 1 (14 oz.) can light coconut milk
- 1 (6 oz.) can tomato paste
- 2 Tbsp. flour
- 2 tsp. garam masala
- 1/2 tsp. cayenne, or to taste
- 1 tsp. dried coriander
- 1 Tbsp. paprika
- 1 tsp. tumeric
- 1 tsp. cumin
- 1 1/2 tsp Kosher salt, or to taste
- Freshly ground pepper to taste
- 2 lbs. boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cut into 1-inch pieces.
- Heat the oil in the multicooker (or a saucepan) on sear. Add the garlic and cook, continuously stirring for about 1 min. Stir in coconut milk, tomato paste, flour, garam masala, cayenne, coriander, paprika, turmeric, cumin, salt, and pepper.
- Stir and cook for about 2 min. until thoroughly mixed. Add in chicken, stir well. Cover and cook for 5-6 hours on low. Serve over rice and with naan bread if desired.
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Amount Per Serving:Calories: 324 Total Fat: 11g Saturated Fat: 4g Trans Fat: 0g Unsaturated Fat: 5g Cholesterol: 129mg Sodium: 701mg Carbohydrates: 6g Net Carbohydrates: 0g Fiber: 1g Sugar: 1g Sugar Alcohols: 0g Protein: 48g