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Indian Butter Chicken

Look for mild curry paste at the grocery store to keep things cool for any tender tongues. Most children love the creaminess of butter chicken and paired with steamed Jasmine rice and roasted vegetables, it makes for an easy meal. If you want to add a special touch, fry up some pappadums to dip in the butter chicken sauce.

September 29th, 2009

By LeeAnne Wright

"I loved this recipe. The smells throughout the cooking process were amazing, and the chicken was very flavourful. Brooklin liked watching it cook through the day and said “me love it!'." Shannon Vogt, mom of Brooklin, 3, Rimbey, Alta.

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Prep Time
Prep time: 5 minutes, In the slow cooker: 5 hours on low or 2 1/2 hours on high
  • 2 tbsp butter
  • 1 tbsp ground cumin
  • 2-3 tbsp yellow or red curry paste
  • 1 tbsp fresh ginger, minced
  • 1 cuptomato sauce
  • 3/4 cup coconut milk
  • 8 skinless, bone-in chicken drumsticks and thighs (approx. 3 lbs)
  1. Melt butter and pour in slow cooker. Stir in all ingredients except chicken.

  2. Season chicken with salt and pepper and add to sauce. Turn chicken to coat.

  3. Cook on high setting for 2 1/2 hours or low for 5 hours.

Nutrients Per Serving

NUTRIENTS PER SERVING (2 PIECES OF CHICKEN): 343 calories, 23 g fat, 42 mg calcium, 493 mg sodium, 8 g carbohydrates, 1 g fibre, 22 g protein. Good source of niacin.

Indian Butter Chicken
Photography by Edward Pond

6 responses to “Indian Butter Chicken”

  1. Nicole says:

    How large a slow cooker was used? This would affect whether or not the sauce actually could cover the chicken.


  2. mishka says:

    Can you freeze this slow cooker recipe?

  3. Elishia says:

    If I cool it on low for 8 or more hours would it work as well?

  4. K. says:

    This tasted nothing like authentic butter chicken. It was a nice chicken dish, but please don’t expect it to taste remotely like Indian food!

  5. dewinner says:

    love that it’s mild, thanks!

  6. DooWhop says:

    This isn’t even close to real butter chicken, it’s missing a bunch of spices. I bet it’s tasty but wont be nowhere as good as the ‘real’ butter chicken with the proper spices.

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