Slow Cooker Butter Chicken - Slender Kitchen

Slow Cooker Butter Chicken

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Healthy Slow Cooker Butter Chicken made in the crockpot comes out incredibly tender, packed with flavor, and just as good as your favorite take out version. Plus with just 3 Weight Watchers SmartPoints and under 300 calories, it's a meal you can have again and again,

I recently went to Chicago and ate the most amazing butter chicken, better known as Chicken Makhani, from a local takeout restaurant. I hardly ever eat this Indian dish since it is super high in calories but this version was so good, I couldn't resist. It convinced me that I had to come up with a way to make a lighter version at home. It has all the flavor of a traditional butter chicken, although a bit less rich since I used about a fourth of the butter typically called for in this type of recipe.

Weight Watchers Slow Cooker Butter Chicken in a bowl with cilantro.

There are all kinds of options for serving this. Keep things light and healthy by serving it alongside some cauliflower rice or go a more traditional route and make some white basmati rice. Naan is always a good choice, but its important to watch the serving size. There is a frozen Naan at Trader Joe's that is really good and sometimes I can find a whole wheat version at my local grocery store. 

Tips for Making this Healthy Slow Cooker Butter Chicken

  • For a vegetarian version, use chickpeas instead of the chicken. You can also add chickpeas to the version with chicken for a heartier dish.
  • Play with the spice level to get it just where you like. Butter chicken traditionally isn't very spicy, but you can definitely kick things up with extra chili powder.
  • Garam masala varies greatly in terms of flavor and strength. You may need to add more to get that curry flavor to come through.
  • You can replace all the diary with a can of full fat or light coconut milk if you like.
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Slow Cooker Butter Chicken

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  • 2 lbs boneless and skinless chicken breast, cubed
  • 1 tbsp vegetable oil
  • 1 U shallot, finely chopped
  • 1/4 cup onion, chopped
  • 1 cup tomato sauce (or 1/2 cup tomato paste)
  • 2 tbsp butter
  • 2 tsp lemon juice
  • 4 U garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 tbsp fresh ginger, minced (or to taste)
  • 2 tsp garam masala
  • 1 tsp chili powder
  • 1 tsp ground cumin
  • 1 U bay leaf
  • 1/4 cup plain nonfat yogurt
  • 1/4 cup half and half
  • 3/4 cup nonfat milk
  • 1/2 tsp cayenne pepper (or to taste)
  • Salt and pepper

Nutritional Facts

Serving Size: 
3/4 cup (312g)
Amount Per Serving
Calories 281
Calories from Fat 82
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 9g
Saturated Fat 3g
Monounsaturated Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 0g
Cholesterol 89mg
Sodium 329mg
Total Carbohydrate 9g
Dietary Fiber 1g
Sugars 5g
Protein 35g


  1. In a medium sauce pan, heat the oil over medium heat. Add the shallot and onion and saute until soft.
  2. Add the butter, lemon juice, giner, garlic, garam masala, chili powder, cayenne, cumin, and bay leaf. Cook for 1 minute until fragrant.
  3. Add the tomato sauce and cook for 2 minutes stirring often.
  4. Add the half and half, milk, and yogurt. Reduce heat to low, stir, and simmer for 10 minutes. Stir frequently.
  5. Taste and season with salt and pepper.
  6. Add everything to a blender and blend until well combined.
  7. Add cubed chicken breast to the slow cooker with the sauce and cook for 4 hours on low. Enjoy with rice or cauliflower rice.
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