I don’t know about you, but I love Indian food. Sadly, I don’t eat it very often. Maybe because nobody else in my family ever feels like going to an Indian restaurant. I love the naan bread and the curries! So, I decided to see if I could tackle an Indian restaurant favorite at home: Butter Chicken. But of course, I wanted to make it Slow Cooker Butter Chicken. That’s just how I roll.
I started the recipe by browning the chicken in a frying pan. I know, I know…this is a slow cooker recipe. But just stick with me, okay? If you can tolerate washing just one more dish, this small additional step is totally worth the extra effort (it makes the chicken so flavorful!). The chicken is browned in a mixture of butter and vegetable oil and then the same oil is used to make a flavorful sauce of sautéed onions, tomato paste, garam masala (an Indian spice), garlic, and ginger root. Everything then goes into the slow cooker for 4 to 6 hours (on low). Add in a bit of cream and garnish with cilantro before serving — and get ready for an amazing meal!
Tender and moist bites of chicken in a mildly spiced curry sauce made at home in your slow cooker. Pair it with some rice and naan bread and you’ll feel like you’re at your favorite Indian restaurant.