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Want an exciting go-to curry recipe? Make the most of your slow cooker for this Healthy Slow Cooker Chicken Curry.


Hello everyone! In today’s recipe we’ll discover a healthy recipe perfect for any night in! This is one of my favourite slow cooker Indian recipes, easy to put together, and perfect to zest up your kitchen.

In this post I’ll show you the best ingredients to use (and why), how to make your own spice blend easily, and hand you one of my top recipes (with serving suggestions).

In fact, I stumbled upon it simply by experimenting with different spices and herbs to make new combinations.

The reason I’m telling you this? It’s because it goes to show that adding variety and seeking new experiences is important both in the kitchen and in any healthy diet!

Making food you truly enjoy and eating healthily are not separate tasks, but instead a wonderful combination.

With that in mind, let’s get into it. Here’s how to take advantage of quality ingredients, some great ways to personalise this slow cooker Indian chicken curry, and of course the recipe itself.

If you’ve found yourself here without a slow Cooker of your own yet, Here’s Why to Use a Slow Cooker (and my recommendations).

Making Your own Curry Powder (Why Most Blends are Bad)

Before I say anymore, this is an easy slow cooker chicken curry. Making your own curry powder on a simple level is quick and will truly make a difference to your cooking.

For this recipe, we use a few key spices to make a mixture and supplement with a few fresh herbs and spices. (You may even have them around).

By doing this in your own healthy recipes, you get to learn how spices and flavours interact more. And then preparing your own curries and everything else becomes much more fun.

Not only do you get to decide what does go into it (spicy, salty, sour?), but also what doesn’t!

easy slow cooker chicken curry making your own curry powder

Why Not any Indian Curry Powder?

Unfortunately, a lot of the spice mixes you’ll find on the supermarket shelf have added sugar, seed oils, and chemicals. Amongst the countless ways in which these are bad for us, here are a few:

  • Inflammation (^)(^)(^)
  • Disrupted hormonal systems (^)
  • Increased risk of illness and disease (^)(^)
  • Reduced brain function (^)(^)

Naturally, many of these effects and their studies overlap.

Of course, use spice mixes if you’d prefer, but look out for these ingredients if you do.

Ingredient Selection – The What’s and Why’s

Of course one of the best things you can do when buying fresh produce and meat is to go organic. Getting organic meat can be hard sometimes, but at least opting for some same quality vegetables can go a long way.

The benefits of using organic produce in recipes such as this healthy slow cooker chicken curry are numerous. Most obviously, you will get to reduce your intake of pesticides and toxic chemicals. The produce and meat also get to thrive naturally and develop a more beneficial nutrient profile.

And what this means for your cooking? Flavour! Real food, nutrition, and flavour have a strong correlation.

Remember you’re doing the planet a favour, too.

What is the Most Ethical Meat to Eat?

Chickens raised ethically have access to the outdoors and get to feed on a natural diet, access free space, grow naturally, and are exposed to less chemicals. Not only do these live happier lives, but they develop healthier nutrient profiles. The same goes for all meat, dairy, and eggs.

As the main ingredient in this is chicken, its quality is also worth considering.

In the US, the best practice is to opt for organic pasture-raised chicken. Whenever reasonably possible, it’s worth avoiding conventional options.

In the UK, go for Soil Association organic approved if possible, as they provide the most humane living standards.

Australia has the Australian Certified Organic (ACO), Humane Choice, and PROOF as high quality standards. Learn more from an interesting article from Choice (worth a short read for Australian residents).

Personalising the Recipe

Being a healthy Indian chicken curry recipe, you may expect it to be spicy. However, the recipe I’ve prepared actually is quite mild, and uses more aromatic and fragrant spices instead.

But if you’re like me, you might be partial to spicy foods – they add heat to the flavour and the experience! In the recipe template below, the notes provide a good guideline if you want something more spicy.

I don’t add any salt into this recipe, either, as I personally don’t think it needs it.

What are Some Good Side Dishes for Curry?

If you’re having this slow cooker Indian chicken curry alongside something else, there are some great options!

Don’t overdo it. Some potatoes, brown rice, perhaps some cauliflower rice or vegetable noodles for low calorie / carb or keto diets. A small touch of salt and pepper (if desired) and you’re set!

healthy slow cooker chicken curry - cauliflower rice What are Some Good Side Dishes for Curry

Cauliflower rice is easy to make and literally takes 5-10 minutes. Here are 2 easy step-by-step methods with 6 delicious recipes from Downshiftology’s Lisa Bryan.

(P.S. Check out my Turmeric Brown Rice recipe here)

Healthy Slow Cooker Chicken Curry – The Recipe

Here it is, our easy-to-follow slow cooked chicken curry recipe. And by this point you know how to make the most of it!

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5 from 2 votes

Healthy Slow Cooker Chicken Curry

A simple slow cooker Indian chicken curry ideal for nights in, social occasions, and the family!
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time5 hrs
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Indian
Keyword: Curry, Healthy, Slow Cooker
Servings: 4 people
Calories: 360kcal

Equipment

  • Slow Cooker
  • Sharp Knife
  • Chopping Board
  • Teaspoon
  • Measuring Jug

Ingredients

Main Ingredients

  • 640 g Chicken Breast (4 chicken breasts)
  • 240 g Butter Beans (1 can of beans) OR Soaked/fermented/sprouted and cooked beans if fresh
  • 200 g Onion (1 large onion)
  • 280 g Tomato (3 medium tomatoes)
  • 200 g Water (200 ml)

Spice Mix

  • 1 tbsp Fenugreek Powder
  • 1 tbsp Masala Spice Blend (Check for the additives in the Notes or above) OR use ground coriander seed, ground cumin, cardamom, black pepper, fennel, and mustard
  • 1 tbsp Turmeric Powder
  • 1/2 tsp Garlic Powder

Fresh Herbs and Spices

  • 1 cube Ginger Root (About a thumb-sized piece)
  • 2-3 cloves Garlic
  • 30-40 g Fresh Coriander (About a small-medium handful)

Instructions

  • Get all of your ingredients and equipment out and ready-to-go. Add the ingredients to your slow cooker as we go along.
  • Dice the fresh tomatoes.
  • Peel and finely chop up the onion. Carefully slice off (not through, or your eyes will sting) the root at the bottom and discard. Slice to half, score almost all the way through to create thin strips, and cut across.
  • Finely chop the ginger. Peel if preferred.
  • Drain and rinse the butter beans if canned. Add into the slow cooker.
  • Using a clean knife, chopping board, and hands, carefully dice the chicken into bite-sized pieces and add. Wash hands and equipment.
  • Measure and mix your spice mix ingredients in a bowl. If making your own masala mix, you can use a pestle and mortar or a blender if necessary. (Don't forget you can it make in batches and store).
  • Sprinkle the spices over the ingredients and mix well to cover.
  • Pour in the water, cover your slow cooker, and cook on low for 5 hours (3 for high).

20-30 min before Serving

  • Crush fresh garlic lightly and peel. Then dice finely or use a crusher and stir in.
  • Bunch the coriander (always use the stems!) and chop well before stirring in.
  • Leave to rest for the extra 20-30 minutes to let the flavours develop. Serve and enjoy!

Notes

Recommended Serving: 1 Bowl per person, topped with a tablespoon of Goat’s Yoghurt for a creamy rich undertone. Optionally garnished with finely sliced coriander, chives, or chili pepper. Season with a pinch of black pepper for extra heat.
I use a Slow Cooker with a warm function to keep dishes warm and stop cooking. For curries like this, it’s ideal. Check Out the Tower 6.5L for the whole family!
For the spice mix, I personally use the Rajah Mild Madras for this recipe. You can find it here if you’d like to try it! (Unkown retailer)
(Or check your local International or Asian supermarket)!
Healthy Slow Cooker Chicken Curry fresh vegetables, spices, chicken, and coriander
Excuse the poor lighting in this one!

That’s it for our healthy Indian chicken curry recipe!

This should be served in a bowl or a dish due to the liquid content from the tomatoes and water.

Alternatively, incorporate your own ingredients such as potatoes instead of beans.

Once again, an excellent accompanying side to this is my Turmeric Brown Rice recipe.

For those restricting the extra carbs or calories, making cauliflower rice is quick and easy and works well with this kind of curry.

Feel free to personalise the slow cooker Indian chicken curry recipe to your liking (Read above for guidelines).

FAQ:

Can You Make Chicken Curry in a Slow Cooker

You can absolutely make chicken curry in a slow cooker! This results in much more tender meat, improved nutrition, retained moisture, and allows flavours to develop.

When making any curry, utilising your slow cooker is better for your health and makes the most of complex flavours (without the complex cooking).

Why is Making Your own Curry Powder Better?

Simply put, making your own curry powder and spice blends avoids unhealthy additives and gives you freedom to experiment and match your palate.

Unfortunately, a lot of the spice mixes you’ll find on the supermarket shelf have added sugar, seed oils, and chemicals.

What are Some Good Side Dishes for Curry?

Don’t overdo it. Some potatoes, brown rice, perhaps some cauliflower rice or vegetable noodles for low calorie / carb or keto diets. A small touch of salt and pepper (if desired) and you’re set!

I hope you enjoy this recipe! It’s a simple go-to for nights in, enjoying with the family, and social occasions.

To learn about more healthy food from India, Check out Our List!

If you tried it out, have any of your own ideas, or enjoyed the article please do comment below and I’ll be eager to respond! Have a nice day.

Until next time, stay healthy
James