Slow Cooker Butter Chicken (Chicken Makhani)

(14 ratings)
Recipe by Print

Who doesn't like an Indian takeaway? Save your money and cook this Slow Cooker Butter Chicken (otherwise known as Chicken Makhani) recipe yourself, you'll be amazed at how flavoursome this is!

Serves 4
Difficulty Easy
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cooking Time about 6 hours on low

Ever get intimidated by the enormous ingredient lists attached to Indian recipes? Yeah, us too, and that's why we love this Slow Cooker Butter Chicken recipe so much. Butter Chicken is also known as Chicken Makhani, in case you were wondering.

It's made from ingredients you're likely to have in the cupboard, and the only difference between this and a "proper" takeaway is that this has a bucket-load less fat in it (and it's cheaper..)!


  • 4 skinless chicken breasts
  • 2 garlic cloves, crushed
  • 1 onion, finely chopped
  • 1 tbsp curry powder
  • 2 tbsp garam masala
  • 1 tsp tumeric
  • 0.5 tsp ground ginger (or finely chopped fresh ginger if you have it)
  • 2 tsp sugar (any type will do)
  • 0.5 tsp salt
  • 150g tomato puree (a small can or most of a normal tube)
  • 125ml plain yoghurt
  • 250ml coconut milk
  • Chopped coriander, to serve
  • Salt and pepper to season


  1. In a little oil over a medium heat, seal the chicken and transfer to the slow cooker. In the same oil, fry the onions until translucent, and add the crushed garlic, cooking for another minute. Add the onions and garlic to the chicken that's already in the slow cooker.
  2. In a bowl, mix together the garam masala, tumeric, curry powder, ginger, sugar and salt. In the same bowl, mix in the tomato puree, followed by the yoghurt and coconut milk.
  3. Pour the spice mixture over the chicken and onions in the slow cooker, and give it a good stir.
  4. Cook on low for up to six hours. Once cooked, season with a good crack of salt pepper. Serve with plenty of chopped coriander.

Comments (11) Add yours

  • No profile avatar
    Christopher Niel says
    Loved this - amazing sauce but chicken was stringy and over-cooked - next time I think will cook for 5 hours on low not 6. Or won’t seal the chicken first
    Posted about over 1 year ago
  • Picture?1508855056
    Fiona Scawn says
    Best curry I have ever made. Whole family loved it. Very easy to make. Couldn't believe how good it was.
    Posted about over 2 years ago
  • No profile avatar
    Carmen Lopez says
    Im intrigued, butter chicken has no butter in the recipe?
    Posted about over 2 years ago
  • No profile avatar
    Zed Hume-King says
    Adore this dish - really tasty and lots of flavour. For me, the Chicken Tikka Masala wins on pure depth of flavour but do try this as well as it is too good to be ignored :-) Thanks for helping me to love my slow cooker again x
    Posted about over 3 years ago
  • Picture?1453929623
    Katerina Tsangarakis-Senior says
    I am making this today but just wondering should I be cubing the chicken or putting the breast in whole and cubing it after? I am assuming I cube it before but just want to be sure...
    Posted about over 3 years ago
  • Picture?1447590618
    Pamala Wells says
    I made this for tea last night was lush full of flavour & so easy to make will definitely be getting made again I also added some cream before serving x
    Posted about almost 4 years ago
  • No profile avatar
    Francis Escalante says
    I have now cooked this 3 times and each time it came out really delicious. Even my daughter eats it and she doesn't usually like curries. I added a bit of cream at the end just before serving and everybody loved it. I'm sure I'll be cooking this again very soon. Thanks for all the recipes. I look forward to trying a few more.
    Posted about almost 4 years ago
  • Picture?1425931208
    Laura Crawford says
    Delighted at how this turned out! Definitely would compare to a takeaway. Glad I left the chicken in big chunks.
    Posted about over 4 years ago
  • Picture?1422554516
    Jill Walker says
    Made this today my 2 fussy kids enjoyed it too! I added some cream at the end too. Lovely
    Posted about over 4 years ago
  • Picture?1421886966
    Pamela Brown says
    This was a wonderful recipe. Will definitely cook it for my next curry night with friends. Highly recommend it. I added a dash of cream just before serving - simply delicious.
    Posted about over 4 years ago
  • Picture?1422215806
    Debbie Blantern says
    AWESOME! Easy and quick to prepare, full of flavour, just the right amount of heat (I used medium curry powder and homemade garam masala!) and not a hint of an oil slick on the top like you get with takeaways! Absolutely incredible....if your slow cooker is gathering dust, give it a clean and cook this. It will remind you why you bought it!
    Posted about over 4 years ago
Add your comment
Please sign in , create an account or Sign in with Facebook to post a comment.

Other Chicken Recipes

Slow Cooker Chicken Tikka Masala
Slow Cooker Chicken Tikka Masala
A Chicken Tikka Masala is a must for any British curry fan that owns a slow...
Slow Cooker Chicken Bhuna
Slow Cooker Chicken Bhuna
A Bhuna is popular throughout the Bengal region of north east India and western...
Slow Cooker Chicken Teriyaki
Slow Cooker Chicken Teriyaki
Who needs to order takeaway with this Slow Cooker Chicken Teriyaki? It tastes...
Slow Cooker Chicken Cacciatore
Slow Cooker Chicken Cacciatore
Cacciatore means "hunter" in Italian. So this Slow Cooker Chicken Cacciatore, is...
Slow Cooker Chicken Stock
Slow Cooker Chicken Stock
The low temperatures of a slow cooker mean that it's perfect for making a Slow...