Slow Cooker Chicken Curry

Ask me to describe the month I spent in India, and you’ll witness a (frequently) intelligent adult collapse into a pile of contradictions. India is the most beautiful place I’ve ever seen—and it is the ugliest. Everything in India feels stronger and louder—the colors, the sounds, the smells—yet it left me at peace. I think of and miss my experience in India often, and one of the best ways I’ve found to relive it is to make Indian-inspired dishes like today’s recipe for Slow Cooker Chicken Curry.

Slow Cooker Coconut Chicken Curry with bell peppers and potatoes — SO MUCH FLAVOR. The creamy coconut milk sauce is to die for, and the crockpot does all the work. EASY, healthy recipe! @wellplated
Ironically, my first taste of coconut chicken curry wasn’t actually in India—it was at an Indian lunch buffet in northern Indiana. I stepped inside the tiny restaurant and was immediately overwhelmed by the exotic perfume of rich spices that permeated the air…and my clothes for three days after. The extra load of laundry was worth that marvelous meal.

From my first bite of coconut chicken curry, Indian food became one of my favorite cuisines.

While in India, I took a cooking class. One of the most eye-opening aspects of it was the large number of spices and intense preparation that goes into authentic Indian dishes.

I won’t pretend this easy recipe for slow cooker coconut chicken curry is authentic. It is, however, absolutely scrumptious and includes many of the Indian flavors and ingredients that stole my heart.

The most flavorful chicken curry, made easy in the crockpot! The coconut milk curry sauce isn’t too spicy but has so much flavor. An easy, healthy recipe I’ll make again and again. @wellplated

Though Americans often use the term to refer to a specific spice, “curry” is a general term for a range of saucy dishes that are served over rice or with naan bread. Today’s simplified coconut chicken curry recipe uses easy-to-find ingredients: coconut milk, ground curry spice (which is a blend of a few spices and can be found in the spice aisle of about any standard grocery store), cumin, and fresh lime juice. To make the meal hearty and healthy, I used potatoes, a common vegetable in Indian cooking, red bell peppers, and Just BARE Boneless Skinless Chicken Thighs.

Slow Cooker Coconut Chicken Curry with bell peppers and potatoes — SO MUCH FLAVOR. The creamy coconut milk sauce is to die for, and the crockpot does all the work. EASY, healthy recipe! @wellplated

Regular readers of my blog know that I frequently use and recommend Just BARE Chicken, so much so that I’m in my second year of creating recipes with Just BARE chicken products. The chickens are raised without antibiotics and fed an all vegetable and grain diet. You can trace the chicken you purchase to an exact family farm! Even Ben made an unprompted comment that the curry chicken seemed “better and more real” than other chicken he’d tried. It was telling.

Slow Cooker Coconut Chicken Curry. The BEST chicken curry recipe I’ve ever had. Easy, healthy, and SO MUCH FLAVOR. The coconut milk curry sauce is to die for, and the crockpot does all the work! @wellplated

Although I typically prefer the taste of white meat to dark meat, crock pot recipes, like this Slow Cooker Chicken Curry, are an important exception. Chicken thighs are still very lean, but unlike chicken breasts, they can stand up to longer stints in the slow cooker without drying out. Plus, once you have the chicken slathered in this delectable coconut curry sauce, all you will taste is juicy meat and a sweet, citrusy, creamy curry sauce.

This Slow Cooker Coconut Chicken Curry has SO MUCH FLAVOR! Juicy chicken, sweet bell peppers, and tender potatoes cooked in a creamy coconut milk curry sauce. Easy, healthy crockpot recipe. @wellplated

I hope to return to India one day. Until I do, I’m happy to have this Slow Cooker Chicken Curry to remind me of my trip. With a prep time of fewer than 10 minutes and ingredients you can find in any grocery store, this crock pot meal is a fast, healthy way to satisfy my coconut chicken curry craving, no plane ticket or jetlag required!

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Slow Cooker Chicken Curry

Slow Cooker Chicken Curry – Juicy chicken cooked in a creamy coconut milk curry sauce with bell peppers and potatoes. Easy, healthy, and full of flavor!

Yield: Serves 4

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Total Time: 5 hours (on low) or 3 hours (on high)

Ingredients:

  • 4 small red potatoes, peeled and diced into 1/2-inch pieces
  • 2 red bell peppers, cored and thinly sliced
  • 1 cup low sodium chicken broth
  • 1/4 cup freshly squeezed lime juice
  • 2 tablespoons curry powder
  • 1 tablespoon paprika
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 3/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 1/4 pounds Just BARE Chicken Boneless Skinless Thighs
  • 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 (14-ounce) can light coconut milk
  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch, mixed with 3 tablespoons water to create a slurry
  • For serving: prepared brown rice or quinoa; fresh cilantro; lime wedges

Directions:

  1. Place the potatoes and bell peppers in the bottom of a 5-quart or larger slow cooker. Pour the chicken broth and lime juice over the top.
  2. In a small bowl, combine the curry, paprika, cumin, garlic powder, and salt. Place the chicken thighs on a large plate or cutting board, and rub the spice mix on both sides to coat.
  3. Heat the olive oil in a large skillet over medium high. Once the oil is hot and shiny, add the chicken thighs and briefly pan sear on each side, just until brown— about 2 minutes for the first side and 1 minute for the second side. Place the seared chicken in the slow cooker, on top of the vegetables. Cover and cook on low for 4-5 hours or high for 2-3 hours, until the chicken is cooked through.
  4. About 15 minutes before serving, use a slotted spoon to remove the chicken thighs and vegetables from the slow cooker and transfer them to a plate. Pour the coconut milk and cornstarch slurry into the slow cooker, and whisk to combine. Turn the slow cooker heat to high, return the chicken and vegetables to the slow cooker, then recover and cook until the sauce thickens, about 15 minutes. Serve warm over rice or quinoa, top with fresh cilantro and lime wedges as desired.
  • I do not recommend chicken breasts for this recipe, as they have a tendency to dry out in the slow cooker. If you decide to use chicken breasts, watch the cooking time very carefully, as the chicken will cook more quickly and can easily become too dry.
  • Store leftovers in the refrigerator for up to 5 days. DO NOT FREEZE. Coconut milk will separate and become “grainy” in the freezer.
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Nutrition Facts

Serving Size: 1 (of 4) with 1/2 cup prepared brown rice

  • Amount Per Serving:
  • Calories: 495
  • Total Fat: 24g
  • Saturated Fat: 8g
  • Cholesterol: 114mg
  • Sodium: 290mg
  • Carbohydrates: 45g
  • Fiber: 7g
  • Sugar: 6g
  • Protein: 30g

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About Erin Clarke

I’m fearlessly dedicated to making healthy food taste incredible. Wearer of plaid, travel enthusiast, and firmly convinced that sweets and veggies both deserve a place at the table. MORE ABOUT ERIN…

14 comments

  1. I’ve never seen the Just Bare brand before but I have to try it now! I LOVE anything with tons of spice and coconut milk, which probably explains why I love Indian food so much. This is such a perfect recipe for summer so the house doesn’t get hot and you can “set it and forget it!” Gorgeous photos Erin!!

  2. Oh wow – your slow cooker chicken curry looks mouthwatering, Erin! I haven’t seen Just BARE Chicken at my grocery store – I find it so cool that you can trace the chicken! So cool!

  3. o delicious! I love how you can achieve so much flavor with so little hands on time using the slow cooker :)

  4. What a great idea! Can’t wait to try! Looks delicious! Thanks, Erin.

  5. I adore Indian food and this slow cooker curry looks incredible! I’ve got to try making this for dinner soon. My kind of meal :D

  6. Wouldn’t normally try a new recipe when we’re having company over, but did just that on Sunday. Expecting the best, I even made a double batch to have leftovers for the week. 100% hit!! Everyone especially commented on the flavor of the potatoes – cooked in the chicken broth & lime juice. (Next time I’ll do more potatoes and skip the brown rice.) This will be a repeat. Thank you for the goodness!

  7. This was delicious and soo easy! I halved it with my Paprika app which was fairly accurate and I did need more cornstarch. There is a little added bonus to this recipe….I had leftover sauce and discovered it was a wonderful cold soup!

  8. Yum. Eating this every day this week for lunch. I love your recipes. Thanks for investing your time to make such great and healthy recipes.

  9. I’m in Indiana, and my favorite Indian place is in Fort Wayne, Taj Mahal. I could eat there for DAYS. Thanks for what looks like a great recipe! It is officially on my list for next week’s dinners. My 17 year old will be thrilled. He adores Indian food.

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