Slow Cooker Chicken Curry

Slow Cooker Chicken Curry is juicy chicken cooked in a creamy coconut milk curry sauce with bell peppers and potatoes. This is one of our best crockpot recipes – it’s healthy, easy to make, and full of flavor!

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.

a dinner plate of slow cooker chicken curry
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.

Slow Cooker Chicken Curry

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

a plate of coconut chicken curry served over white rice

What is Curry?

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 slow cooker 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 chicken curry hearty and healthy, I used potatoes, a common vegetable in Indian cooking, red bell peppers, and Just BARE Boneless Skinless Chicken Thighs.

package of Just Bare brand chicken thighs next to a bowl of red potatoes, fresh limes, and red bell peppers

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.

crock pot full of coconut curry chicken garnished with fresh lime slices and parsley

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.

slow cooker chicken curry with coconut milk curry sauce

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! (Out of time to slow cook all day? Check out this 30-minute Coconut Curry, Instant Pot Lentil Curry, or Dara’s Instant Pot Chicken Curry recipe with potatoes!)

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a dinner plate of slow cooker chicken curry
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Slow Cooker Chicken Curry

Yield: 4 servings
Prep Time:
20 mins
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!

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 can light coconut milk — (14 ounces)
  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch — mixed with 3 tablespoons water to create a slurry
  • For serving: prepared brown rice or quinoa; fresh cilantro; lime wedges

Instructions

  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.

Recipe Notes

  • 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.
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Indian
Keyword: Easy Curry Recipe, Slow Cooker Chicken Curry

Nutrition Information

Amount per serving (1 (of 4) with 1/2 cup prepared brown rice) — Calories: 495, Fat: 24g, Saturated Fat: 8g, Cholesterol: 114mg, Sodium: 290mg, Carbohydrates: 45g, Fiber: 7g, Sugar: 6g, Protein: 30g

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About Erin Clarke

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22 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.

    • Thank YOU Laurie! I hope you love the recipe.

      • Just made this last night, it was DELICIOUS! Thank you so much for sharing. I do have one question though, after rubbing the thighs with the spice mixture, do you toss out any remaining mixture or do you include it in the crock-pot?

        • Rita, I can’t recall exactly, but I’m pretty sure I put ALL of the spices on the thighs. If you were happy with how it turned out though, I think you should do it exactly the same way next time :) Thanks so much for letting me know that you enjoyed it. It means a lot!

          • I so appreciate your response and next time I will use all the spices. Love the creative mindset…we are a family of weavers, bakers and quilters! Thank YOU again, your chicken curry has become part of our “rotation” :)

          • xoxo Thanks Rita!!!

  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.

  10. Did anyone else find this too acidic? I’m thinking cut the lime juice in 1/2 next time but would like to know if anyone tried some other fix? I’m thinking of adding something sweet?

    • Hi Anne! I haven’t heard that from others, but you can certainly reduce the lime next time. Otherwise a teaspoon or two of brown or coconut sugar should help balance out the flavor for you.

  11. This is great! Uncomplicated preparation, complex and deep flavors. The chicken thighs are delicious, and this recipe makes the most of their fat comteny and fall-apart texture.

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