Butter Chicken

Butter ChickenRecipe
Photo: Alison Gootee; Styling: Gerri Williams
Count on your slow cooker to deliver this favorite Indian dish--savory Butter Chicken.


Serves 8

Cost per Serving:

Total time: 5 Hours, 35 Minutes

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Recipe Time

Prep: 20 Minutes
Cook: 5 Hours, 15 Minutes
Total: 5 Hours, 35 Minutes

Nutritional Information

Calories 284
Fat 14 g
Satfat 6 g
Protein 30 g
Carbohydrate 10 g
Fiber 2 g
Cholesterol 93 mg
Sodium 555 mg


4 tablespoons unsalted butter
2 onions, thinly sliced
2 pounds boneless, skinless chicken breasts or thighs, cut into 2-inch pieces
1 2-inch piece fresh ginger, cut into 1/2-inch slices
4 cloves garlic, coarsely chopped
1/2 cup slivered almonds
1 cup plain yogurt (not nonfat)
2 teaspoons garam masala
1 teaspoon salt
1 15-oz. can diced tomatoes, drained
1/4 cup heavy cream
3 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro, optional


1. Melt butter in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add onions and cook, stirring, until softened and beginning to brown, 5 to 7 minutes. Scrape into slow cooker. Place chicken pieces on top.

2. Combine ginger, garlic, almonds, yogurt, garam masala and salt in a food processor and process until smooth, scraping down sides of bowl with a flexible spatula as necessary. Add tomatoes and pulse once to combine. Pour mixture over chicken. Cover and cook on low until chicken is tender, 4 to 5 hours. Stir in heavy cream, cover and cook until warmed through, about 5 minutes. Sprinkle with cilantro just before serving, if desired.