Chicken is such a versatile protein and I love trying new recipes with it. The following slow cooker butter chicken is one of my absolute favourites right now and I think you will just LOVE this slow cooker dairy free butter chicken with cauliflower rice recipe. If you are looking for an easy slow cooker recipe or a chicken curry recipe, this is one to try!
I love this slow cooker butter chicken because it has such a tasty sauce. This chicken curry recipe does have a long ingredient list, but trust me – it’s well worth making. The flavours are amazing.
So when you want to find a new and easy slow cooker recipe which tastes great, look no further. I promise you this butter chicken with cauliflower rice is going to impress you.
Dairy Free Butter Chicken Ingredients
I used chicken breasts to make this slow cooker butter chicken, but thighs would also be good if you prefer them. Some people like to use thighs for their richer flavour, but really either would work just fine here.
For the butter chicken sauce, you need garlic, shallots, garam masala, red pepper flakes, red curry paste, ginger, coconut milk, and more. All these ingredients blend together beautifully to make the best sauce.
I made a tasty gluten free no yeast naan bread to go with this easy slow cooker recipe, and it’s great for mopping up the juices. If you prefer steamed or boiled rice, that’s also good. You could even make mashed potatoes for an East meet West style curry dish.
If you’re in a rush you might want to buy some readymade naan bread and have that with the curry. It’s totally down to personal preference.
How to Make this Chicken Curry Recipe
To make this butter chicken with cauliflower rice, you need to chop the chicken and add lemon juice as well as red pepper flakes. Grind in some salt and pepper. While the chicken marinates, you can go ahead and make the sauce.
Melt coconut oil and add shallot, ginger and garlic. Use fresh if possible – it tastes so much nicer. This mixture can then go into a food processor with garam masala, curry paste, and tomatoes.
Put the chicken in the crockpot and add the sauce on top. This is such an easy slow cooker recipe because at this point you can simply forget about it for a few hours. After the chicken has finished cooking, stir in the coconut milk and just simmer for 15 minutes.
If you are making your own naan bread, you can start this an hour or so before the chicken is done. You can prepare the cauliflower rice when you get the chicken into the crockpot and then cook while it simmers for the last 15 mintues.
All there is left to do is serve the dairy free butter chicken, naan bread and cauliflower rice and sprinkle some cilantro on top.
What to Serve with Butter Chicken?
Naan bread is the classic bread to service with your butter chicken and I have some cauliflower rice used in this recipe. You will love it! I have a recipe for gluten free naan bread that you will love with this dairy free butter chicken recipe.
If you are making your own naan bread, you can start this an hour or so before the chicken is done. Next you can start preparing the cauliflower rice so it is ready when the chicken is. Steam-able bags are a great time-saving option here if you are short on time.
If you like this slow cooker recipe, you might also like Gluten Free Cauliflower Carbonara, Chicken Pot Pie Soup or Slow Cooker Authentic Greek Lemon Chicken Soup -Avgolemono.
What is Garam Masala?
This spice blend adds plenty of flavour to this slow cooker butter chicken. This spice blend is used in a lot of Indian recipes, not just this chicken curry recipe. Garam masala is good in soups, lentil dishes and most curries.
There are different brands with different flavours, but cinnamon, peppercorns, mace, cumin, cardamom, and coriander seeds. These spices are toasted and then ground, to extract the most flavour.
Garam masala is a rich-tasting seasoning so a little goes a long way. If you like to make Indian recipes it’s a great staple to keep in the pantry.
Dairy Free Butter Chicken Tips
Butter chicken with cauliflower rice is so good and there isn’t much that can go wrong when making this recipe. It’s a very easy slow cooker recipe and both sides – the cauliflower rice and naan – are optional. You can make other side dishes if you prefer.
The key to a lot of Indian recipes, including slow cooker butter chicken, is using fresh ingredients. It’s also important to take your time with the preparation. Indians use fresh ingredients wherever possible, even if there is a bit more effort required to pull a dish together.
Dairy Free Butter Chicken with Cauliflower Rice Recipe
Give the chicken plenty of time to marinate in the lemon juice, and use fresh lemon juice if you can. Cook this easy slow cooker recipe low and slow, to coax every bit of flavour out of the ingredients.
Choose the best ingredients and take your time. That way, this will be the best chicken curry recipe you ever made. Once you taste this impressive dairy free butter chicken, you will want to make it again – definitely!
Slow Cooker Dairy Free Butter Chicken with Cauliflower Rice
- 4 chicken breasts boneless skinless
- 1 lemon juiced
- 1 bunch cilantro leaves for garnish
- 1 head cauliflower or a bag of steamable frozen cauliflower rice
Butter Chicken Sauce
- 1 Tbsp. coconut oil
- 1 Tbsp. ginger root
- 4 cloves garlic
- 2 shallots
- 1/2 Tsp. red pepper flakes
- 3 Tsp. garam masala
- 1/4 Tsp. ground black pepper
- 1 Tbsp. red curry paste
- 1 Can roasted tomatoes
- 4 Tbsp. tomato paste
- 1 Can coconut milk
- Cut chicken into cubes and place into a large mixing bowl. Juice the lemon into the bowl. In a small ramekin, mix red pepper flakes, salt, and pepper. Add to the bowl and toss chicken to coat. Let marinate for 15 minutes.
- Prepare the butter chicken sauce. Heat a skillet over medium heat. Add coconut oil to the skillet and melt. Once melted, add chopped ginger root, crushed garlic, and minced shallot. Saute for 3 minutes and remove from heat. Add ginger, garlic, and shallot to a food processor. Then, add garam masala, black pepper, sea salt, red curry paste, roasted diced tomatoes (undrained), and tomato paste. Blend until smooth.
- Add chicken to the slow cooker. Pour sauce on top and stir to coat. Cover, and cook on high for 4 hours, or on low for 6 hours.
- After the chicken has finished cooking, stir in the coconut milk. Cover and let simmer on low for 15 minutes.
- Prepare cauliflower rice according to the package. I use the frozen steamable bags for this step to save time, but feel free to make your own. To do this, simply grate a head of cauliflower and add to a skillet with 1 tbsp of coconut oil. Saute for 5 minutes.
- Serve butter chicken over cauliflower rice with naan bread. Garnish with fresh cilantro and enjoy
The nutrition information provided are only estimates based on an online nutritional calculator. I am not a certified nutritionist. Please consult a professional nutritionist or doctor for accurate information and any dietary restrictions and concerns you may have.
Let me know if you try out this slow cooker dairy free butter chicken with cauliflower rice recipe. If you are looking for an easy slow cooker recipe or a chicken curry recipe, this is one to try! You might also want to check out this Slow Cooker Greek Shredded Chicken Gyros with Homemade Tzatziki Sauce recipe, too!.
Bella Bucchiotti is a storyteller, food lover, dog mom and adventure seeker living on the Pacific coast. She shares her passion for food, dogs, fitness, adventures, travel and philanthropy, in hopes of encouraging followers to run the extra mile, try new recipes, visit unfamiliar places and stand for a cause. Bella lives with Type 1 Diabetes and Celiac Disease.