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Really Easy Slow Cooker Chicken Curry

Slow cooker chicken curry is a simple, no fuss recipe that you can easily adjust according to how you enjoy your curries.

I’ve got this slow cooker curry down to just a handful of easy to get ingredients – it’s the perfect dinner for any day of the week!

chicken curry on a plate with rice next to a nan bread and slow cooker

What Should I Add To A Slow Cooker Chicken Curry?

chicken curry ingredients


First up is the chicken itself. I prefer to use boneless chicken thighs in most of my slow-cooker meals; they are economical to buy and taste really great when slow-cooked. You can also use chicken breast; either put it in whole or cut it up into smaller pieces.

boneless chicken thighs in slow cooker

What About Browning The Chicken First?

Many recipes advise browning (or ‘sealing’) the chicken before adding it to a slow cooker. Whereas this does seal in some of the juices and flavour, I tend to skip this step. I’ve tried it both ways (browning vs not browning), and I’ve not noticed a big enough difference to warrant the extra effort of dirtying up an extra pan. 

Onions and Garlic

Chop up some onion and garlic to add in too. You can also add some grated ginger, if you have some on hand, or use ground ginger.

adding onions and garlic to slow cooker

3. Tomatoes

I like to add a tin of chopped tomatoes and some tomato puree. You can also add in passata in place of chopped tomatoes.

adding tomatoes to slow cooker for curry

4. Spices

Following my theme of simple slow cooker meals, I use a curry spice mix. Which one I use depends on what type of slow cooker curry we fancy on the day. I have a chicken tikka mix and korma as well as a medium and hot curry powder mix.

You can also make your own curry spice mixes according to how you best like them. It is worth spending the time to hunt down the highest quality Indian spices that you can find; your taste buds will thank you when you’re tucking in later!

adding spices to slow cooker

5. Stock

Adding stock is up to you – personally, I prefer not to add stock to this meal as I find the amount of juice that the chicken releases is enough – but you might prefer to add a little bit, say around 200ml.

You don’t need much extra liquid as the chicken will release plenty as it slowly cooks. If you add too much, you might end up with a watery curry.

Remember too, the more chicken you have in your slow cooker, the more liquid will be released. 

If you do end up with a curry that is too thin, scroll down to find out how to thicken up a curry.

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Set the slow cooker off on low for 6 hours or high for 4 hours.

6. Herbs

A handful of fresh coriander (or cilantro if you are in North America!) leaves stirred in at the end adds the perfect complimentary flavour. Just remove the stems, chop them up and stir through.

chicken curry in slow cooker with fresh coriander

7. Cream/Yoghurt

Yoghurt is traditionally used in an Indian curry, but you can use crème fraiche, cream or coconut milk if you prefer. If you are using yoghurt, a natural one is best. I normally use Greek Yoghurt. 

Whatever you decide on, make sure you add it at the end of the cooking time to avoid it curdling.

stir yoghurt in

You can either serve the chicken thighs whole or use a fork to shred them up.

How Do I Thicken Up A Chicken Curry In The Slow Cooker?

If the sauce is too thin;

  • Take the lid off and leave the curry to cook for a further 20 minutes on high.
  •  Stir in some extra cream (or coconut milk)
  • Add some corn flour (mix 1tbsp of cornflour with 1tbsp of water to form a paste before stirring into the curry) 

My Chicken Curry Is Lacking In Flavour

At the end of the slow cooking time, do a quick taste test to make sure the flavour is to your taste. If it lacks and tastes a bit bland, then you have the following options;

  • Add in some more spices and/or salt – only add in a little bit at a time and taste to check.
  • Squeeze in some lemon juice or a little vinegar and stir through – the acid will help the flavours come together.

My Curry Is Too Spicy/Hot

If the curry has come out too spicy for your taste buds, you can calm it down by adding in some more yoghurt (or whatever you used in step 7 above). 

Curry Side Dishes

There are so many delicious Indian side dishes that work perfectly with a curry – take your pick from rice, naan bread, samosas, Bombay potatoes, poppadoms and mango chutney. Or maybe a bit of each?!

I hope you enjoy this slow cooker chicken curry – let me know in the comments if you end up making it!

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Really Easy Slow Cooker Chicken Curry

Yield: 4-6
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 6 hours
Total Time: 6 hours 5 minutes

Slow cooker chicken curry is a simple, no fuss recipe that you can easily adjust according to how you enjoy your curries. I've got this slow cooker curry down to just a handful of easy to get ingredients


  • 8 boneless chicken thighs*
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic, sliced/crushed
  • 400g tin chopped tomatoes
  • 1tbsp tomato puree
  • 3tbsp medium curry powder
  • 200ml chicken stock
  • Handful of fresh coriander, chopped (optional garnish)
  • 200g natural yoghurt


  1. Add all of the ingredients to the slow cooker apart from the yoghurt and coriander.
  2. Stir ingredients.
  3. Set off on low for 6 hours or high for 4 hours.
  4. Stir in yoghurt and coriander at end.
  5. Serve with rice, naan bread, or your choice of side dish.


*You can use chicken breast instead of thighs

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 4 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 469Total Fat: 20gSaturated Fat: 6gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 13gCholesterol: 278mgSodium: 520mgCarbohydrates: 16gFiber: 5gSugar: 9gProtein: 61g

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Friday 22nd of September 2023

Hi Liana, I look forward to trying this Curry. Do you make up and keep the Various Curry Mixes? If yes, would you please do a post/recipe with your ingredients? Thank you, also many thanks for all your recipes, will try your sweet potato soon, I never get them right!

Geoff Ringer

Monday 24th of July 2023

This is a very tasty curry. I’d be grateful if you would provide the nutritional information. Many thanks

Marita Tozzolino

Tuesday 16th of November 2021

Making it now!


Wednesday 22nd of July 2020

Awesome taste and just the right amount of kick

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