Photo: Alison Gootee; Styling: Gerri Williams
Prep Time
20 Mins
Cook Time
5 Hours 15 Mins
Total Time
5 Hours 35 Mins
Serves 8

Count on your slow cooker to deliver this favorite Indian dish--savory Butter Chicken.

How to Make It

Step 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.

Step 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.

Ratings & Reviews

eccentrinx's Review

May 05, 2012

deventhomas's Review

March 26, 2014

KMOJMO's Review

May 03, 2012

AmyPhoto's Review

April 29, 2014
This is delicious. So easy to make. We used Greek yogurt and good-quality garam masala. Next time I'll shorten the cooking time a bit; I think 5 hours might have been a little too long for our slow cooker. Will definitely make it again. I would give it 5 stars but it is not the most beautiful dish so I took a star off for that...We served it with steamed brown rice/peas.

BeckaBean's Review

November 06, 2012
I liked this dish a lot, and so did my husband who is a picky eater. It was very easy to do. I made it just as instructed except I used Greek yogurt instead of regular yogurt. I served it with a steamed brown rice that had some chopped fresh tomatoes and chopped spinach and some garlic in it. I will definitely make this again.

anonymous12's Review

May 10, 2012
The masala completely overpowers this dish. It's all we could taste!! Without the masala, I think there were some nice flavors hidden underneath. I did not add cilantro. But did add some green pepper and mushroom. It was a bit time consuming also. This may be because I did not have presliced almonds. And because I chopped some fresh tomatoes instead of canned. I think the recipe would be good if the masala were omitted completely or reduced to 1/2 tsp. I may try making it again. But def put in less masala!!! It also didn't seem very buttery.