Slow Cooker Chicken Curry
This Slow Cooker Chicken Curry is packed with tender chunks of chicken and a delicious rich sauce that is soooo good. This is a comforting recipe that you can make in the slow cooker, on the stove top or in the oven. This curry is Whole30, Paleo, Dairy Free, Grain Free, Gluten Free and Specific Carbohydrate Diet Legal.
Although I already have a few curry recipes on this site including Lychee Green Curry and Tikka Masala, I wanted to try making a slow cooker chicken curry recipe. I hate being biased, but one bite of the tender chicken and rich sauce and this quickly became my favourite Whole30 curry recipe.
This sauce is amazing. Honestly if I could drink it with a straw I would. Cooking the sauce on low heat really helps to enhance the flavour much more than a fast curry made on the stove top. The sauce is rich, warming and slightly spicy, but if you are a fan of heat you may want to add a bit more chili.
I really like the ease of a slow cooker, but you could also make this dish in the stove or oven. For the stove top I recommend cooking it covered on low heat for an hour and a half to two hours and for the oven 3 hours at 150 degrees Celsius (300 degrees Fahrenheit) should work.
Make sure that you check the curry from time to time and give it a stir to ensure that it doesn’t stick to the bottom of the pot. If needed add in a splash of water to prevent the sauce from burning.
This Whole30 Chicken Curry freezes incredibly well. I highly recommend doubling the recipe and then freezing it in small batches for those nights when you are short on time but are craving a delicious comforting meal.
I recommend serving this curry on cauliflower rice to soak up all of the yummy sauce, you will want to make sure you get every last drop.
Here are a few more Indian inspired recipes that you might enjoy…
- Chicken & Lychee Green Curry
- Tandoori Chicken Burgers
- Chicken Tikka Masala
- Turkey Mulligatawny Soup
- Grilled Tandoori Chicken & Peach Salad
If you make this recipe let me know in the comment section below, I would love to hear what you think or take a photo and tag me (@everylastbite_) on Instagram, I love seeing your photos!
Slow Cooker Chicken Curry
- 1 tbsp coconut oil or olive oil
- 1 large onion (2 small) finely diced
- 1/4 tsp salt
- 2 cloves garlic crushed
- 2/3 cup tomato paste
- 1 can coconut milk (400ml)
- 2 tsp garam masala
- 1/2 tsp chili powder
- 1/2 tsp ground ginger
- 1 tbsp coriander
- 1 tbsp curry powder
- 1/2 cup water
- 8 boneless skinless chicken thighs cut into small chunks
Slow Cooker Instructions
- Turn the slow cooker on saute/sear and add the coconut oil, garlic and diced onion and sprinkle with salt. Saute for 4-5 minutes until the onions have begun to soften and turn golden in colour.
- Add in the tomato paste and coconut milk and all of the spices and stir so that it is well blended. Before adding in the raw chicken, taste the curry sauce to make sure that you are happy with the flavour, adjust the spices as needed.
- Add in the water and diced chicken thighs, turn the slow cooker to low heat and cook for 5 to 6 hours or high heat for 3 to 4 hours.
- To serve, sprinkle with fresh parsley and serve on top of a bed of cauliflower rice.
- Follow above instructions through to step 3. After adding in the water and chicken cook on low heat on the stovetop for an hour and a half to two hours or in the oven for 3 hours at 150 degrees Celsius (300 degrees Fahrenheit). Make sure to check on the curry regularly and stir to ensure that it is not burning on the bottom. Add in a splash of water if necessary.
Instant Pot Instructions
- Follow step 1 and 2 of the above instructions using the saute function on the instant pot.
- After adding in the water, turn the instant pot to high pressure and cook for 10 minutes before doing a quick release. If desired you can thicken up the sauce by switching the instant pot to saute and leaving it to simmer for a few minutes.
Chili powder or ground Chile’s they are different things
Good question, chili powder 🙂 I just updated the recipe to include that info.
I’m sorry I’m also wondering if there’s any salt and I’m assuming unsweetened coconut milk?
Yes that’s correct, unsweetened coconut milk. Have also updated the recipe to include salt 🙂
Are you using a crockpot or an instant pot for this recipe?
I used a slow cooker for this recipe
I’ve made this recipe a few times and really enjoyed it, thanks! You mention freezing this–how do you recommend reheating the curry portions? Thank you!
Im so happy to hear that you like the recipe! I would recommend reheating it in a pot on the stove with a splash of water.
Hi the coriander is it powder or fresh?
Hey! You post individual thigh counts but where I am they only sell it in weight. Do you have a recommendation for that?
If I’m making it in the oven, does it cooked covered or uncovered for the 3 hours?
I would leave it to cook covered for the first 2 1/2 hours and uncovered for the final 30 minutes so that the sauce can thicken
If I use chicken breast, how much would you suggest using?
I wanted to love this but the flavor was really just not it.
I plan on making this. Question at the top of your recipe you say prep time 15 minutes and cook time 2 hours, but in the instructions you say cook on low for 5-6 hours or high for 3 – 4 hours. Which is correct for the slow cooker recipe?