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Healthy Slow-Cooker Butter Chicken

March 27, 2013
Julie from Peanut Butter Fingers recently had a guest post on Indian Cooking 101. This got me inspired to whip up an easy-peasy Indian dish! I absolutely love Indian food and especially Butter Chicken. The problem is that butter chicken generally is not a healthy dish. Though most good Indian restaurants make the real deal, Butter Chicken is usually loaded with oil, cream and obviously butter!
Healthy Butter ChickenI’m not one for sacrificing flavour in order to “healthify” a dish but I am all for swapping in healthier ingredients even if it doesn’t taste entirely authentic. Cream is cream afterall! But I must say, even if you won’t find my version in any Indian restaurant, my recipe for Butter Chicken is incredibly tasty. Better yet, it is super easy to make. You basically throw all the ingredients into a slow-cooker and let the juices flow! Come back a few hours later and you have dinner all set and ready to go.

If you don’t have a slow-cooker I highly suggest you get one but since most people don’t listen to my suggestions (:p), you can certainly cook this up on the stove. Just brown the chicken first and then add to a large pot with all other ingredients (except yogurt) and bring to a slow boil. Then decrease to a simmer, cover and let sit for 20-40 mins. For serious flavour go with the slow-cooker! Truly mouth-watering results.


Healthy Slow-Cooker Butter Chicken

  • Total Time: 4 hours


  • pound boneless skinless chicken breasts, cubed
  • 1/2 onion, chopped
  • 3 garlic cloves, chopped
  • 2 T butter
  • 1 tsp curry
  • 1/4 tsp cayenne pepper
  • 1 tsp garam masala
  • 1/4 tsp ground ginger
  • 1/8 tsp cardamom
  • 1/2 can light coconut milk
  • 1/2 can tomato paste
  • 1/2 cup plain 0% greek yogurt
  • 1 Bay leaf
  • salt and pepper to taste


  1. Use a 4-quart slow cooker or larger
  2. Put chicken in crockpot, and add onion, garlic, and all of the dry spices.
  3. Add butter and tomato paste.
  4. Stir in coconut milk and make sure all ingredients are mixed. Place bay leaf on top.
  5. Cover and let slow cooker sit for 3.5-4 hours on high or 6-8 hours on low.
  6. Stir in yogurt 15 minutes before serving.
  7. Serve on top of rice or veggies.


  • Serving Size: 4
Do you ever make Indian food at home? Healthy vs. authenticity? What are you thoughts on swapping certain ingredients to make a healthier dish? 


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  • Reply
    Sarah Ohm
    March 28, 2013 at 12:11 am

    Nice job!! Do you wake all of these pictures yourself? Amazing!

  • Reply
    March 29, 2013 at 5:11 pm

    Yes I do! I’ve been practicing quite a bit but still have a long way to go!

  • Reply
    Arman @ thebigmansworld
    March 2, 2014 at 5:24 am

    oh my gee I am making this next weekend.

  • Reply
    February 24, 2015 at 7:57 pm

    Made this for dinner tonight and it was delicious!!! I live in an area where there are lots of Indian restaurants but have never made any myself. This was easy and the whole family loved it! Thanks!

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