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Butter Chicken

Slow Cooker Butter Chicken

Aromatic scents will fill your house as this classic Indian take-out dish cooks away in the slow cooker. This is great served with Naan.


  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 3 pounds boneless skinless chicken thighs, cut into 2-inch pieces
  • 1 medium yellow onion, diced
  • 5 cloves garlic, finely chopped
  • 3 tablespoons finely chopped peeled gingerroot
  • 2 tablespoons garam masala
  • 1/4 cup canned Muir Glen™ organic tomato paste
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup Progresso™ chicken stock (from 32-ounce carton)
  • 1/2 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 1/4 cup cilantro leaves, stems removed


  1. Spray 4-quart slow cooker with cooking spray.
  2. In 10-inch skillet, heat butter and oil over medium-high heat.
  3. Add half of the chicken and cook, turning once, until browned, about 5 minutes.
  4. Using slotted spoon, transfer chicken to slow cooker.
  5. Repeat with remaining half of chicken.
  6. Reduce heat to medium; add onions to skillet, and cook until softened, about 4 minutes.
  7. Add garlic and gingerroot; cook and stir 2 minutes.
  8. Add garam masala; cook 30 seconds.
  9. Add tomato paste and salt; cook and stir 2 minutes.
  10. Add chicken stock, and scrape bottom of skillet with wooden spoon.
  11. Transfer to slow cooker. Cover and cook on Low heat setting 5 to 6 hours.
  12. At last 30 minutes of cooking, stir in whipping cream.
  13. Transfer to serving dish, and garnish with cilantro leaves.
  14. Serve over rice, if desired.

Prep 30 min | Total Time 5 hr 30 min | Servings 8

Expert Tips

Garam masala is a blend of spices often used in Indian cooking. The blend typically contains black pepper, cloves, cinnamon, cardamom, bay leaves and nutmeg.

Basmati rice makes a lovely accompaniment to this dish.

Nutrition Information 1 Serving Calories 350 Calories from Fat 180 Total Fat 20g Saturated Fat 9g Trans Fat 0g Cholesterol 195mg Sodium 430mg Total Carbohydrate 6g Dietary Fiber 1g Sugars 2g Protein 37g

% Daily Value*: Vitamin A 10% Vitamin C 0% Calcium 4% Iron 15%

Exchanges: Starch; 0 Fruit; 1/2 Other Carbohydrate; 0 Skim Milk; 0 Low-Fat Milk; 0 Milk; 0 Vegetable; 0 Very Lean Meat; 5 Lean Meat; 0 High-Fat Meat; 1 Fat

Carbohydrate Choice1/2

*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

Recipe and photo credit (used with permission): Betty Crocker

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