Family Tested Reviews: Indian Butter Chicken

See the review for our most popular butter chicken recipe - throw it in the slow cooker and forget about it.


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As part of the Family Tested program, we asked Canadian families to test and review our recipes.

This busy family is very fond of their slow cooker. They would recommend this recipe to others and were pleased with how little prep the recipe actually required.

As a busy mom of three kids, some days are crazier than others. We are always on the go, from one activity to another. I rely on my slow cooker a lot and I was quite excited to try out the Indian Butter Chicken Recipe. This recipe was really easy to pull off. It takes five minutes to put together and I let the slow cooker do the rest of the work. I decided to double the sauce in the recipe as it didn’t seem like it’d be enough for five people. Doubling the sauce made the perfect amount for our family as we love to eat butter chicken with naan bread and rice.

My family loved the sauce. It turned out quite a bit thinner than I wanted it to be. I had it on low for a few hours, then switched it over to high and added a mixture of flour and water. It didn’t work very well, so I switched it over to another pot and placed it on the stove. It got a little bit thicker (to the point where it coats the back of the wooden spoon). In the end the sauce was quite amazing.

I would definitely recommend young families use mild curry pastes. If you only have medium curry, then use half the amount you’ll need. The sauce was delicious and had a wonderful consistency, very smooth, tangy and slightly buttery. If you don’t have coconut milk, you can also use half & half. I have made it both ways and I found the coconut milk imparts a lighter taste, while the half & half give a more creamy taste to the sauce. Sometimes I’ll put a dollop of Greek yogurt in to make the sauce richer at the end.

I have made butter chicken many times in the past, always with cubed chicken breasts on the stove. This recipe called for skinless, bone-in chicken thighs and drumsticks. The drumsticks were very tender and cooked really nicely. It almost falls off the bone. My kids love drumsticks, but they found it hard to eat a messy drumstick (covered in butter chicken sauce). Everyone in the family agreed that this recipe was fantastic but they wanted the cubed chicken breasts instead of bone-in pieces for next time. My daughter loved it so much, she took it to school the next day for her lunch. She broke down the drumsticks and put the meat, sauce, and rice in her thermos.

The recipe calls for five hours on low or 2 ½ hours on high. It doesn’t seem convenient if you’re working nine to five. However, I have made this with chicken breasts on low heat for eight hours and it still turned out delicious. You can prepare the chicken the night before and then toss it all together in the slow cooker before heading out in the morning. It’s easy to double the recipe as well. There’s very little preparation, making this recipe ideal for busy families. It’s one of our favorite go-to recipes as it’s very easy and tasty too. I would give this recipe four stars out of five.

– Diana Duchscherer, mom of 3, Prince George, BC.

This family will be making this recipe very soon, but suggests using boneless chicken, for easier access to goodness of Butter Chicken.

To start off I had such a hard time trying to find yellow or red curry paste. I ended up with a mild curry paste. We used 2 packages of boneless chicken thighs.

I have never worked with ginger root before and it was surprisingly easy to peel and prepare. So I did the 2 and a half hours on high. The house smelt amazing! It was easy to make & tasty.

We had a friend over for supper and she doesn’t like curry and she really enjoyed it. My youngest really liked it too and he is almost 19 months. My picky almost 4-year-old at least tried it. I suggest using the boneless chicken as it makes it easier to serve and eat.

How we made it was perfect and I will defiantly be making it again soon.

– Collen Inglis, mom of 2, Orillia, ON.

This particular family from Kanata, enjoyed the dish (especially the naan) but thought it was less Indian that traditional Butter Chicken.

I loved the idea of making butter chicken in the slow cooker. It’s great on a busy night when the younger children go to gymnastics and the teen-ager is heading to work. The fact that all of the ingredients are staples that I keep in my fridge or pantry was an extra bonus.

Comments from around the table ranged from, “That’s good! Can I please have more sauce?” said the four year old. The five year old didn’t like it, while my teenager thought the chicken was delicious.

It was quick and easy but not as flavourful as a traditional Indian Butter Chicken.

We found the sauce was too thin and needed more consistency. Also, the choice of chicken thighs made the broth very fatty. I found that many of the traditional flavours of butter chicken were missing (garam marsala, cilantro) and that this dish was just a good curried chicken.

Instead of a can of tomato sauce I used bottled passata as we try to watch the amount of sodium we eat.

A squeeze of fresh lemon juice and some fresh chopped cilantro added right before serving would add some freshness and help add one of those missing Indian flavors.

Was the dish enjoyed? Yes. Was it about the naan bread? Yes.

– Carol Mothersill, mom of 3, Kanata, ON.

This Whitby family enjoyed the aromatic smells of the butter chicken, but found the sauce a bit too thin for their liking.

It was very easy to prepare & cook. We made one alteration, and that was to use boneless chicken breasts cut into smaller pieces, rather than the bone-in chicken wings and thighs.

The smell while it was cooking was wonderful. We have two boys, ages 11 and 15, who can be rather picky eaters, but they both really enjoyed this recipe and asked when we would be having it again.

My husband and I also enjoyed the meal, but found that it did not truly compare with restaurant-made butter chicken. The sauce was flavourful, but too thin and runny.

– Shelley Seguin, mom of 2, Whitby, ON.

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