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Slow cooker curry is a great budget friendly family meal that you can put straight into the slow cooker in the morning and pretty much forget all about it in till you get home.
A chicken curry doesn’t have to be spicy either, it can be sweet or creamy depending on what other ingredients you put in.
These recipes make a great fakeaway curry too. You can really go to town using what you have in your cupboards already. There really is nothing like making a family meal from scratch.
You can serve any of this chicken curry recipes with wholemeal or white rice, homemade naan bread or even some poppadoms.
How do I cook chicken in a slow cooker
Slow cooked chicken tastes great in the slow cooker.
Don’t be afraid of your slow cooker! It can do everything that your pan can do. Regardless of if you are using chicken thighs, chicken breast or even some left overs, cooking chicken slow is the way to go!
Start by heating up your slow cooker and either use a small bit of cooking oil or some low-cal spray, sear the chicken in the slow cooker. By doing it this way, you get all the lovely juices from the chicken sat in the slow cooker.
Once cooked through, start to add your ingredients depending on what recipe you are using.
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Tasty and healthy slow cooker recipes
These are really simple made-from-scratch slow-cooked chicken curry recipes that are delicious! Being cooked in the slow cooker helps to intensify the flavour of the curry and makes the chicken really tender.
To start any of these chicken curries you will need:
A slow cooker – We love this Morphy Richards Slow Cooker Sear and Stew 460012 3.5L Black Slowcooker. It’s hob proof, has a glass dishwasher safe lid and os shatter proof.
A sharp knife like these Hecef Kitchen Knife Set. They are stainless steel and great for all cutting needs.
Most of these slow cooked chicken curry recipes come in at under £1 a head and can be made with what you have in the cupboards already.
We use frozen chicken breast and defrost it when we need it but you can use thighs too.
All these chicken recipes are super easy to make and are perfect for beginners too.
If you are looking for other slow cooker meal ideas that are budget friendly then have a look at:
Slow Cooker Chicken Curry Recipes
These 9 slow cooker chicken curry recipes are great for the whole family to enjoy. They are quick, easy and can be cooked with frozen chicken breast (that’s be defrosted first) or any cut of chicken meat.
Slow cooker no- spice chicken curry
This is a great slow cooking curry recipe that is great for left overs too.
You’ll need 1 large onion, 3 tbsp mild curry paste, 400g can chopped tomatoes, 2 tsp vegetable bouillon powder, 1 dried ginger, 1 yellow pepper, 2 chicken breasts.
Cut the chicken breasts into cubes. Sear then in the slow cooker. Once cooked, add the spices and cook for a few minutes. Add the chopped tomatoes to the slow cooker and cook on slow for 6 hours then serve.
Slow Cooker Chicken Tikka Masala
This slow cooker Chicken Tikka Masala is a really easy creamy curry that’s great for kids. It comes in at under £1 a head for four people so perfect if you are on a budget too.
You’ll need 4 chicken breasts, 2 onions, 2 garlic cloves, 1 small piece of ginger, 200ml tinned tomatoes, 100ml single cream, 1 tsp lemon juice and 1 tsp salt.
Start by searing the chicken in the slow cooker. Dice up the onion, garlic and ginger. Add them once the chicken is seared. Then add the tinned tomatoes, lemon juice and salt. Set to cook on low and leave for six hours.
Add the cream at the end and serve.
Slow cooker Chinese chicken curry
You’ll need 2 chicken breasts, 2 onions, Small piece of ginger, 2 garlic cloves, 400ml chicken stock, 2 tbsp low cal spray, 3 tbsp plain flour, 1 tsp sugar, 180g Rice.
This how we made our own Slow cooker Chinese chicken curry
Instead of putting it in a wok, add it to the slow cooker and let it simmer.
Slow cooker Chicken Madras
You’ll need 1 onion, 2 garlic cloves, dried ginger, ½ red chilli, ½ tsp turmeric, 1 tsp ground cumin, 1 tsp ground coriander, 1-2 tsp hot chilli powder, 4 chicken breasts, 400g can chopped tomatoes.
Cut the chicken into chunks and sear in the slow cooker. Add the spices. the chilli powder is optional. Add the chopped tomatoes and a can of water.
Cook on low for six hours. Once done, you can serve with rice, mango chutney or poppadoms.
This is quite a spicy chicken curry recipe and does need a bit of prep work.
You’ll need 1 tbsp lemon juice, 4 chicken breasts, 2 tbsp white wine vinegar, 2-3 garlic cloves, 2 tsp finely grated ginger, 1 tsp garam masala, 1 tsp ground cumin, 1 tsp ground coriander, ½ tsp cayenne pepper, ½ tsp black mustard seeds.
For the sauce you’ll need ½ tsp flaked cinnamon stick, ½ tsp chilli flakes, ½ tsp cayenne pepper, 1 onion, ½ tsp salt.
Cut the chicken into cubes. Use the ingredients above and add the chicken in a bowl. Let it marinate overnight.
In the morning, fry off the chicken cubes. Then add the rest of the ingredients with a can of water. Put on a slow heat for 6 hours and come home to a hearty meal.
Slow-cooker chicken korma
This is a mild and creamy korma curry that is perfect for kids who hate spice.
You’ll need 2 garlic cloves, ground ginger, 2 large onions, 6 chicken breasts, 2 tbsp tomato purée, 1 tsp ground cumin, 1 tsp paprika, 1 tsp turmeric, 1 tsp ground coriander, ½ tsp chilli powder, 2 tsp sugar, 300ml chicken stock, 150ml double cream, 6 tbsp ground almonds.
Put the slow cooker on and sear the chicken. Stir in the spices and cook for a few minutes. Then add the chicken stock. Leave to cook for 6 hours. Add the cream then serve.
Easy chicken curry
This is a great creamy chicken recipe that is easy for beginners and can be spiced up if needed.
You’ll need1 onion, 2 garlic cloves, dried ginger, 4 chicken breasts, 3 tbsp medium spice paste, 400g can chopped tomatoes, 100g Greek yogurt and a can of water.
Chop the chicken breasts into cubes. Sear in the slow cooker. Add the spices. Then add the chopped tomatoes and can of water. Leave to cook for 6 hours on a low heat.
Once cooked, add the yogurt for a creamy texture.
This is packed with spices and is a great sweet curry.
You’ll need 4 chicken breasts, ground cinnamon, 1 tsp ground cumin, 2 onions , 3 garlic cloves, ground ginger, 1 tsp ground coriander, 1 tsp ground garam masala, ½ tsp ground turmeric, 300g tinned tomatoes, 2 tbsp white wine vinegar, 150g dried apricots.
Blitz the spices and sear the chicken in the slow cooker. Add the tinned tomatoes and vinegar. Add some water if you think it’s needed.
Leave to cook for 6 hours then add the apricots at the end.
Easy butter chicken
This takes a bit of prep the night before but is great for a fakeaway recipe for a weekend.
Soak the chicken in lemon juiced, 2 tsp ground cumin, 2 tsp ground paprika, 1tsp hot chilli powder, 200g fat-free natural yogurt.
For the curry you’ll need 1 large onion, 3 garlic cloves, 1 green chilli, 1 tsp garam masala, 3 tbsp tomato purée, 300ml chicken stock.
Add the spices to the slow cooker and sear. Add the chicken including the puree and chicken stock. Cook on low for 6 hours and serve with the natural yogurt.
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Ways to save money
If you are looking for more chicken curry slow cooker ideas or even family meals in general then have a look at Spicentice*.
They send out packets of spices with easy to follow instructions so you can make a meal from scratch.
They are great to use if you are new to cooking from scratch or if you are looking to get your family eating new budget-friendly meals and have no clue where to start.
We tried them at the start of this year and loved them. We got stuck in a food rut and they helped by giving us ideas while keeping our food budget really low.
We made the below meals using Spicentice. Try them for yourself here:
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