Slow Cooker Chicken Curry

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Warm curry flavors and coconut milk add flavor and moisture to lean chicken breasts to make this Slow Cooker Chicken Curry recipe a delicious one-pot dish.

Slow cooker chicken curry.

When it comes to preparing moist and delicious dishes using lean chicken breasts, I’ve learned that the slow cooker is your friend! By locking in the moisture and cooking the meat slowly, you always end up with tender and juicy chicken without relying on fat, oil, or extra calories from the skin. My Slow Cooker Chicken Curry is a family favorite, as it’s mild enough for anyone to enjoy! It’s also extremely versatile, so you can change it up to be whatever you like!


  • Chicken breasts: While I prefer lean chicken breasts you can use Chicken thighs or any type of dark meat. The darker meats will boost the flavor!
  • Onion: White onion will add great, strong flavor without adding more sweetness.
  • Sweet potatoes: Mild and sweet, they make the curry filling and hearty.
  • Chickpeas: A great source of protein, and makes the curry more hearty and filling.
  • Coconut milk: A staple in many curries, it adds sweetness to balance out the savory and sometimes spicy flavor.
  • Chicken stock: While you can also use veggie stock, I think chicken stock adds the best flavor to curry.
  • Tomato sauce: Slightly sweet and slightly acidic, you could also use crushed or diced tomatoes if you want your curry more chunky.
  • Curry powder: Different brands have different blends, but it usually consists of cumin, turmeric, ginger, and pepper, but they all add a delicious warmth.
  • Green peas: Added towards the end of cooking, they don’t soften too much to add a great pop as well as fiber and antioxidants.
  • Lemon juice: Bright, acidic flavor that adds freshness to the curry.

How to Make Slow Cooker Chicken Curry

Chopping sweet potatoes

Start your Slow Cooker Chicken Curry by peeling and chopping up your sweet potatoes, and dicing your onion.

Adding sweet potatoes to crockpot

Then add the sweet potato to the bowl of your slow cooker.

Adding onion to crockpot

Followed by the diced onion.

Rinsing chickpeas

Then drain and rinse your chickpeas, and add them to the pot.

Adding coconut milk to curry

Next pour in the full-fat coconut milk.

Adding chicken broth to curry

And your chicken or veggie stock.

Adding tomato sauce to curry

And the tomato sauce or crushed tomatoes.

Seasoning with curry powder

Next add the curry powder and cayenne.

Chicken added to crockpot curry

Then place your raw chicken breasts and season with some salt and pepper.

Stirring up curry

Using a large spoon or tongs, gently stir until mixed and chicken is coated. Then cover and cook on high for 4 hours or low for 8.

Garnishing slow cooker chicken curry

During the last couple minutes, add the frozen peas until warmed through and the lemon juice. Then serve over rice, garnish with fresh scallions or cilantro, and enjoy your Slow Cooker Chicken Curry!

Easy substitutions

  • Swap the potatoes: If you aren’t a fan of sweet potatoes, use regular or try something new like Brussels sprouts.
  • Make it vegetarian: Swap the chicken out for extra veggies, or follow the recipe for my vegetarian curry.

Frequently asked questions:

Can you put raw chicken in a slow cooker?

Yes you can! And you can even start with frozen breasts, not needing to thaw them ahead of time.

Will coconut milk curdle in slow cooker?

As long as you use a good quality brand, you shouldn’t have to worry about curdling.

Can I make this curry in a instant pot?

Yes you can! Follow the first 2 steps the same, then seal and cook on high pressure for 25 minutes. Stir in the peas and lemon juice, until heated through. Then serve!

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Slow cooker chicken curry

Slow Cooker Chicken Curry

4.37 stars average
Warm curry flavors and coconut milk add flavor and moisture to lean chicken breasts to make this recipe a delicious one-pot dish.
PREP: 10 minutes
COOK: 4 hours
TOTAL: 4 hours 10 minutes


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  • 1 pound boneless (skinless chicken breasts)
  • 1 medium onion (sliced or diced)
  • 15 ounces can chickpeas (drained and rinsed)
  • 2 medium sweet potatoes (peeled and diced)
  • ½ cup full-fat coconut milk (light)
  • ½ cup chicken stock (low sodium)
  • 15 ounces can tomato sauce
  • 2 tablespoons curry powder (salt-free)
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon cayenne powder (optional)
  • 1 cup green peas (frozen)
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • cilantro (optional garnish)


  • In the bottom of the slow cooker, whisk together coconut milk, chicken stock, tomato sauce, curry powder, salt and cayenne.
  • Add chicken breasts, onion, chickpeas and sweet potatoes. Using tongs, gently toss ingredients together to ensure evenly coated.
  • Cook on Low for 8 hours or High for 4 hours. Shred the chicken.
  • Stir in peas and lemon juice 5 minutes before serving.
  • Serve over rice and with plenty of fresh cilantro.

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Serving Size: 2 1/2 cups


Serving: 2.5cupsCalories: 302kcalCarbohydrates: 43.1gProtein: 24.4gFat: 4.7gSaturated Fat: 1.9gPolyunsaturated Fat: 2.8gCholesterol: 60mgSodium: 1232mgFiber: 8.6gSugar: 12.2g
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467 responses to “Slow Cooker Chicken Curry”

  1. Rosa Avatar

    Pretty bland. Is there a way to add more flavor? Perhaps more curry? I was pretty disappointed as it lacked flavor. I followed the recipe exactly!

    1. Liz DellaCroce Avatar
      Liz DellaCroce

      What kind of curry powder did you use? That is the first thing I would check! Next would be to use more curry powder, lemon juice, or to add some cumin or turmeric (depending on the curry powder you used).

  2. Carey Avatar

    Instructions say slice onions thinly – but photo shows that onions are chopped. Lemon juice not mentioned in actual/final recipe instructions.

    1. Liz DellaCroce Avatar
      Liz DellaCroce

      Don’t know where the lemon juice step disappeared to, thanks for pointing that out so I could fix it!

  3. Crystal Avatar

    I made this for dinner with the instapot testing out the “slower cook” function. It did a wonderful job! This dish has a good kick to the mouth if you love spicy. I’m definitely making this again, I love it and my boyfriend.

  4. Janet Avatar

    Yum! Added some Brussels sprouts as well and a little extra cumin and coriander, cooked for 5 hrs on high and it was amazing. Served it over cauliflower rice.