This healthy slow cooker butter chicken recipe is an excellent make at home meal that will be sure to remind you of your favorite takeout without all the fat and calories!
Ever heard of Chicken Makhani? If you’ve tasted this dish you know exactly how flavorful and buttery this meal can be. It is a traditional butter chicken recipe just lightened up!
I recently went to Chicago and ate the most amazing Chicken Makhani, from a local takeout restaurant. I generally try to resist this Indian dish since it is super high in calories but this version was so good, I couldn't resist. It came with a rich and creamy butter chicken sauce. After eating this meal I was determined to come up with a way to make a lighter version at home! After much research, I was able to recreate this dish and make a healthier Slow Cooker Butter Chicken. It has all the flavor of a traditional butter chicken recipe, although I used about a fourth of the butter typically called for in this type of recipe, so the sauce is a bit less rich.
Healthy Slow Cooker Butter Chicken made in the crockpot comes out incredibly tender, is packed with flavor, and just as good as your favorite takeout version. Are you a Weight Watcher enthusiast? This Chicken Makhani variation is just 3 Weight Watchers SmartPoints and under 300 calories, it's a meal you can have again and again!
Now that I have your mouth watering for a delicious butter chicken recipe without the guilt, let me explain how you can make this recipe at home. Begin by heating the oil over medium heat in a medium saucepan. Once the oil is warmed add the shallot and onion and saute until they are soft. Get ready for a robust aroma when you add the butter, lemon juice, ginger, garlic, garam masala, chili powder, cayenne, cumin, and bay leaf. Allow that combination to cook for 1 minute, or until fragrant. Now add the tomato sauce and cook for 2 minutes making sure that you stir often to avoid sticking and burning. Mix in the half and half, milk, and yogurt and reduce the heat to low, this is where your reduced calorie butter chicken sauce is formed. Allow this to simmer for 10 minutes and stir frequently. Taste and season with salt and pepper. Once everything is to your liking add it all to a blender and blend until well combined.
You’ve made it to the slow cooker portion! Get that handy piece of kitchen equipment out and add cubed chicken breast to the slow cooker with the sauce and cook for 4 hours on low. Enjoy served over rice or cauliflower rice or go a more traditional route and make some white basmati rice.
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