Healthy Slow Cooker Butter Chicken Recipe – Cupcakes & Kale Chips

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Slow Cooker Butter Chicken with a healthy twist is a simple way to enjoy Indian-inspired cuisine in your own kitchen. Come home from work and travel around the world for dinner when you make this one of your favorite clay pot recipes!

Disclosure: This publication is sponsored, through a partnership with The Great Courses and originally published April 18. 2017. As always, all opinions are my own.

From time to time the house falls silent. When you have two children, any length of time with little or no noise is always suspicious. Once this happened, I looked around and found them in the basement, their eyes glued to the TV. This is unusual because they are really good at asking when they can watch a show.

But were they watching cartoons? Children’s shows? Not this time.

They were watching a documentary. It’s actually not uncommon to find my kids watching nature shows or history shows or DIY shows or, my personal favorite, cooking shows.

I love connecting my passion for food with my children’s passion for learning. Sharing an international dish and telling them where it’s from excites them to try something new.

That’s why I cooked this tasty slow cook butter Indian chicken for dinner. I love making Indian food at home because I can control the level of spices, like in these Tandoori chicken legs. Plus, I can also make it healthier!

What is Butter Chicken?

Indian butter chicken is a dish that originated in India and consists of chicken cooked in tomato sauce, butter and cream.

Traditionally chicken is marinated and cooked in a tandoor oven. It is then simmered in a tomato-based sauce that is flavored with curry that can include spices like garam masala, cardamom, pepper, cumin and more. Butter and occasionally cream are added to this rich sauce.

How do you make healthy buttered chicken?

By reducing the butter and swapping out the heavy cream for a combination of light coconut milk and Greek yogurt, you still get all the exotic flavors in a lightened dish. With the flavors of the classic recipe, but fewer calories and fat, this slow cooker recipe is sure to become a favorite!



butter chicken recipe

This recipe makes it easy to bring Indian flavors directly into your kitchen by turning it into a slow cooker butter chicken recipe. It’s as simple as adding a handful of simple, tasty ingredients to your slow cooker. Then, let the scents fill your home.

Here’s a brief overview so you can see how easy it is to do. Scroll down to the printable recipe card to see complete quantities and details. But don’t skip my PRO TIPS below!

What’s in Butter Chicken?


can use boneless whole skinless chicken breasts if you want a version of buttered chicken that is shredded or thrown away. Or cut your chicken into pieces if you prefer large pieces, like in the photos.

Spices and aromatics

Onion and garlic are cooked with chicken. And the spice blend in this recipe includes curry powder, garam masala, ground ginger and cayenne pepper.

Tomato sauce is

prepared by cooking chicken in a mixture of canned coconut milk (you can use light coconut milk to save calories or whole coconut milk to make it ketogenic), tomato paste, butter, and lemon juice. For extra creaminess without heavy cream, Greek yogurt is stirred at the end.


The video above shows how to make chicken with slow cooker butter that crumbles to make it almost like a slow-cooker chicken. But if you want the larger pieces like in the photos, simply cut the chicken into pieces before putting it in the slow cooker, and don’t crumble it before adding the Greek yogurt.

  1. Add chicken to your slow cooker with all ingredients except Greek yogurt
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  3. Simmer for 8 hours or over high heat for 4 hours
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  5. If you are using whole chicken breasts, at this point you will remove them from the slow cooker. Shred the chicken with two forks, then return it to the slow cooker.
  6. About 15 minutes before serving, make sure your slow cooker is low, then add the Greek yogurt until it’s nice and creamy.

Is slow-cooked butter chicken gluten-free?

Gluten Free Disclaimer: I am not a medical professional. This information is based solely on my research and personal experience, and I provide it as a courtesy to my readers. Consult your doctor or medical professional for any questions related to your needs, especially if you have celiac disease or a severe gluten allergy or intolerance. Products, manufacturing facilities, and ingredients change frequently, so you should always contact the manufacturer for the latest information.

Yes, this buttered chicken recipe IS gluten-free! I always advise you to read labels, especially in the case of spice blends. This is only in case certain brands add fillers or manufacture where there may be cross-contamination. But in general, this recipe does not use any ingredients that contain gluten.

Pour it over cauliflower rice and it’s ketogenic too!

What do you serve with chicken butter?

  • You can serve simple rice and steamed vegetables
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  • For a low-carb dinner, swap out traditional rice for some cauliflower rice with golden butter
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  • And, of course, a piece of Indian naan bread is always a welcome addition to absorb that delicious sauce
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  • Then finish the meal with Peach Mango Lassis.


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! Culinary specialist with more than 10 years of experience in the restaurant industry.

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