Slow Cooker Butter Chicken Sliders

Slow Cooker Butter Chicken Sliders |

This post was approved by Kiwi. I wouldn’t dare share an Indian recipe without his buy-in.

When I first mentioned “butter chicken,” he hesitated. And at “sliders,” he raised his eyebrows, as if to say—“could you be any whiter, my love?”

But who can resist a pile of slow-cooked shredded chicken piled high on a soft slider bun? Not Kiwi, certainly. And once he got over the whiteness of it all, he was on board and full of ideas: “oh, it would be great with a little mango chutney and some sliced red onions….oh and cilantro…definitely cilantro”.

Slow Cooker Butter Chicken Sliders |

I’ve always considered butter chicken to be essentially the California roll of Indian food: culturally influenced perhaps—but hardly authentic—and engineered for sensitive (read: white) palates. But if you trust what Wikipedia has to say about it, butter chicken is actually “Murgh Makani” a popular dish of Punjabi origin that is served in India. You hear that Kiwi? Served in India.

Granted the authentic Indian version isn’t typically whipped up in a crock pot, I expect. More likely slow-cooked in a tandoor and then lovingly bathed in a complexly-spiced curry.

Neither would it be piled onto soft rolls and called a “slider,” though it would be scooped up with warm fresh naan bread, which in my mind is pretty close.

Slow Cooker Butter Chicken Sliders |

Many recipes for butter chicken call for a mixture of garam masala and curry powder, but the combination of garam masala (which you can buy at just about any decent grocery store these days), cumin, turmeric, and fresh garlic and ginger in this recipe is almost as simple, and makes for a more layered and complex flavour, which is everything in Indian cuisine. (Incidentally, and much to Kiwi’s dismay, I do use curry powder liberally in my kitchen, a practice which I will defend in a different post!)

The slow cooker makes this recipe really easy to pull off. Saute the onions, garlic, ginger and spices, add the liquids, and then pour everything over the chicken and let it cook slowly while you sleep or work.

Butter Chicken Sliders |

Someone will inevitably ask if the onion-browning step can be skipped (everyone loves a dump and go slow cooker recipe), and while I’m sure it would be fine that way, I’m also sure it won’t be even half as good as the version that starts in a skillet. If you can’t imagine browning onions and garlic early in the morning (I’m not a fan), consider doing it the night before, then refrigerating the mixture and dumping it into the slow cooker in the morning.

If you don’t like the idea of butter chicken in a bun, it’s also delicious over rice or quinoa. And the Bean had the great idea to stuff the leftovers into corn tortillas with a dollop of sour cream and a handful of avocado. Butter chicken tacos, anyone?

Which brings me to my final point, this is a kid-pleaser if ever there was one: soft, flavourful but mild (if you skip the cayenne), rich and creamy. My little guy shovels it in with both his hands, and the Bean doesn’t ask me to wash off the sauce! Win.

Slow Cooker Butter Chicken Sliders |

4.7 from 32 reviews
Slow Cooker Butter Chicken Sliders
Prep time
Cook time
Total time
Serves: 8-10
  • 2½ tablespoons of butter (or oil, to make this recipe dairy free)
  • 1 large onion, diced
  • 4 cloves garlic, crushed
  • 2 thumb-size pieces of ginger root, peeled and finely grated
  • 2 teaspoons garam masala
  • 2 teaspoons cumin
  • 1 teaspoon turmeric
  • ½ to 1 teaspoon cayenne (optional; leave out if you have spice-averse kids)
  • 1 398 ml / 15 oz can full fat coconut milk
  • 1 small (156 ml / 5 oz) can tomato paste
  • 3 pounds boneless skinless chicken thighs
  • 1 teaspoon cornstarch
  • ¼ cup whipping cream (optional)
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • For serving: small slider-sized buns or cooked rice, cilantro, shredded cabbage, mango chutney, sliced cucumber
  1. Heat the oil or butter in a medium-sized skillet set over medium-high heat. Add the onion and cook until it is soft and starting to brown. Add garlic and ginger and continue to cook until the onion is brown and caramelized. Stir regularly so that the garlic and ginger do not burn.
  2. Add the garam masala, cumin and turmeric, and cook, stirring constantly until they become fragrant.
  3. Stir in the coconut milk and tomato paste. Bring to a boil and then take the mixture off the heat.
  4. At this point you can either transfer the mixture to the fridge or freezer and use it later, or dump it into the slow cooker and use it now.
  5. Combine the chicken thighs and coconut milk mixture in the bowl of the slow cooker and cook on low for 6-8 hours or until chicken thighs are very tender.
  6. Remove the chicken thighs to a plate and shred them. Whisk the cornstarch into the sauce and turn the slow cooker to high. Stir in the whipping cream, if using. (To prevent the cream from curdling, add a little of the butter chicken sauce into the whipping cream to bring it to room temperature, and then dump the mixture into the crock pot). Add salt and pepper to taste. (You will need quite a bit of salt; I added about 2 teaspoons.)
  7. Dump the shredded chicken back into the sauce and serve on slider buns or rice with your favourite condiments and garnishes. Alternatively you can pile the shredded chicken onto the buns, and drizzle the sauce overtop.
  8. Leftovers can be cooled in the fridge and then frozen in Ziploc bags or containers.


68 Responses to Slow Cooker Butter Chicken Sliders

  1. Mia Bee October 15, 2019 at 12:51 pm #

    Welll the information u shared is nice and helpful for myproposal-writing- on

  2. Jacob Oram October 14, 2019 at 6:39 am #

    Nice post. Thanks for sharing this post.

  3. October 11, 2019 at 2:36 am #

    If you have been assigned a research paper, browse the following research paper topics about education that are grouped into a few interesting categories.Any student who orders an affordable paper from will have their project completed by a highly professional and extensively experienced writer.

  4. My Assignment Help October 11, 2019 at 1:19 am #

    A special thanks to My Assignment Help for providing a well-written assignment. You guys were a savior to me. Will contact you soon for my upcoming assignments. You can email us at cs@Myassignmenthelpau.Com or Phone Number: +61-2-8005-8227

  5. Jacob Oram October 10, 2019 at 1:57 am #

    Nice post on different types of food and recipes.I am a writer and work with a writing company named dissertation proposal writing services. If you are worried about dissertation writing, then try our Ph.D writers.

  6. Payday Loans Florence Al October 8, 2019 at 4:41 am #

    Are you looking for Payday Loans Florence Al? We are here to help to get payday loans quickly. Once approved, your payday loan will be credited to your account within 24 hours. Apply today!

  7. MY Assignment Help October 7, 2019 at 1:39 am #

    Ideal Assignment Help to offer something way better to the students rather than selling only the written contents, the A reason which makes many clients have trust in us. If you want My Assignment Help then contact us and also visited our website IdealAssignmentHelp.

  8. professional paper writers October 1, 2019 at 4:39 am #

    Nice post. I really enjoy reading this blog. Informative and easy language used. Nice

  9. Alpha Assignment Help September 18, 2019 at 5:18 am #

    Nice to be visiting your blog again, it has been months for me. Well this article that i’ve been waited for so long. I need this article to complete my assignment in the college, and it has same topic with your article. Thanks, great share.
    Best Dissertation Writing Services

  10. Assignment Help September 13, 2019 at 5:38 am #

    I suggest everyone to choose Assignment Help Australia for getting the best guidance in their academia. The proficient experts assist as per the requirements and learning styles desired by the university.

  11. Paraphrasing Tool September 13, 2019 at 3:53 am #

    Paraphrase your content with effective use of world’s best paraphrase tool

  12. Dubai Expo September 13, 2019 at 2:04 am #

    I enjoy kinds very own post. It will be respectable to get a single narrative inside and outside of the core of this distinctive core specialized niche will likely be commonly knowledgeable.
    expo 2020

  13. T***s C***y September 9, 2019 at 2:58 am #

    Fix, user id password issues, of M.s office 365, contact +1-855-947-4746 customer support.

    For more information

  14. jack kirby August 26, 2019 at 7:27 am #

    “Eradicate the issue of the Black screen with the help of Microsoft Windows 10 support”
    If you have not yet upgraded to the Windows 10 update, then you may see yourself affected by the black-screen bug that results from a minor security upgrade. So, to overcome this problem you need to follow some simple steps given here. First of all, hit Ctrl + Alt + Delete simultaneously on your keyboard. After that, hit the Power button in the bottom right corner then “Restart” your system. These steps will surely eradicate your issue, but if not, its time to take help from Microsoft windows 10 support team. Experts will sort out your problem and suggest the best remedy for your problem. Just dial our toll free number and get the assistance.

  15. Epson Support August 26, 2019 at 1:41 am #

    Wireless printer connection problem is one of the common twinges for most of the Epson printer owners. Wireless connection is ideal for creating trouble-free transfer of documents or data from laptop or computer device to your printer for printing purpose. But, creating a Wireless connection is not as simple as it looks. Most of the time, users have to face connection issue which haunt them for eternity. If you also suffering from wireless connectivity issues and wants a simple resolution to create Wireless setup, then we suggest you to take assistance from Epson Support team. As a third party support technicians, the experts are accessible throughout the day and night to resolve your queries.

  16. ashleykoree August 23, 2019 at 7:22 am #

    I like to eat butter chicken. After reading this article, I got another recipe for Butter Chicken. I will definitely use this recipe in my kitchen. I am a professional research paper writer. I have written a very abstract research paper on food for

  17. Top seo company india August 12, 2019 at 3:18 am #

    Thanks for sharing.Keep it up. Top seo company india

  18. Online Payday Loans Denver August 8, 2019 at 2:16 am #

    Search for payday loans near me and get instant approval payday loans Denver. Apply for online payday loans Colorado Springs no credit check. Visit, a valuable service provider for your all financial needs.

  19. Buy Assignment Online August 1, 2019 at 4:50 am #

    If you buy assignment online, then you will be able to meet the deadline without any extra burden. Apart from this, there are also other reasons for which such a beneficial help can be availed.

  20. MICHAELS July 24, 2019 at 6:07 am #

    How to get rid of canon printer not responding issue?

    When you try to print any document from canon printer, your printer is refused to print. It means that your canon printer is facing technical faults. Without repairing your canon printer, you can work on your canon printer exactly. To get rid of this error, we are the best and successful third party technical support company, offering live technical support services for canon printer users. Our printer technicians are technically trained for solving this error simply. Our printer experts are available 24/7 for solving canon printer not responding error completely from the root.

  21. Office 365 Support July 23, 2019 at 12:11 am #

    Thanks for sharing unique information. If you have any Technical issue related to Microsoft office products so you can connect with Office 365 Support.

  22. Assignment Help July 20, 2019 at 1:29 am #

    Thanks for sharing informative stuff on Assignment Help! You have explained all relevant information on writing services in this write-up. Students who are struggling for higher marks can visit greatassignmenthelp to place their order for quick help.


    Looks great and tasty!! You had me at butter!

  24. IGNOU Project July 19, 2019 at 3:43 am #

    Ignouproject provide projects and solved assignment to the learners of the university students. Our online protal offer help to those learners who are busy and working and not able to get time to write project. To provide help to these kind of students we have project writing experts who write plagiarism free project which is totally customized according to the students.

  25. Alabama online payday loans July 19, 2019 at 1:39 am #

    Great write-up, I am a big believer in commenting on blogs to inform the blog writers know that they’ve added something worthwhile to the world wide web!

  26. Assignment help July 18, 2019 at 8:07 am #

    Great post. keep it up.

  27. assignment help australia July 17, 2019 at 4:17 am #

    Livewebtutors aims at providing the students with a one stop solution for all the academic related issues. The company has Livewebtutors is an online Assignment Help and assignment writing service offering expert assignment help. Hire Australian assignment writing experts.

  28. Thesis help Singapore July 12, 2019 at 4:00 am #

    Grab online thesis writing help from the experience writers of Our writers are in huge numbers and all our years of expertise. That is why they know how to prepare student’s academic papers. They also prepare their thesis paper as the requirements of student’s universities and colleges. Get in touch with us today and enjoy submitting a unique thesis paper.

  29. Help with Computer Science Project July 3, 2019 at 5:38 am #

    Only Professional Writers Can Make This Kind Of Material, Cheers

  30. Essay help June 13, 2019 at 3:50 am #

    Your all recipes are looking good, I also try this recipe at home, I hope to keep more post for sharing. thanks for sharing post also.

  31. dissertation writers uk June 11, 2019 at 3:37 am #

    This is a very well written post, my compliments. I’m glad to find your post. Keep sharing this type of stuff. 


    We provide immediate ACADEMIC TRANSLATION SERVICES SINGAPORE service are a demandable tool to help you achieve your academic goals. That can be horrifying thought when you can see those deadlines drawing near. Relax! We are available to reduce your pressure and allow you some breathing space, while not sacrificing every other area of your lifestyle. For more detail email us

  33. Assignment Help April 18, 2019 at 4:32 am #

    When you switch to a university in the USA, you face many troubles while copping up with the university’s education pattern and assignment types. One of the best ways to eliminate such assignment writing troubles is to approach an Assignment Help in USA as early as possible.

  34. Online assignment help April 15, 2019 at 3:50 am #

    Nice article.

  35. john hancock April 13, 2019 at 3:54 am #

    Interesting blog. Thanks for writing.
    Marketing Essay Writing Help

  36. dissertation writing services uk February 20, 2019 at 2:48 am #

    This is a very well written post, my compliments. I’m glad to find your post. Keep sharing this type of stuff. 

  37. Professional Coursework Help UK February 13, 2019 at 6:33 am #

    This is a really delicious meal and it can really make a difference for your system. I often use this to start my day. This meal gives you all the nutrients and also provides you with various calories.

  38. Cheap Essay Writing Service February 7, 2019 at 2:19 am #

    what a delicius and crunchy burger i can eat a dozen of these.

  39. Assignment Writing Service January 5, 2019 at 9:37 am #

    The recipe beneath is my go to favorite manner of creating sluggish cooker meals.On this recipe I used fowl breast, but I additionally use red meat, fowl thighs, and beef. If you comply with the stairs due to the fact the recipe proven beneath and keep the taste and herb profile, you could exchange up the protein and greens but nevertheless get a super moist and flavorful stew.

  40. Law Essay Writing Service January 4, 2019 at 5:53 am #

    The formula underneath is my go-to most loved method for making moderate cooker this formula I utilized chicken bosom, anyway I moreover use pork, chicken thighs, and red meat. on the off chance that you pursue the means in light of the fact that the formula demonstrated underneath and keep the flavor and herb profile, you could exchange up the protein and greens anyway all things considered get a splendid wet and tasty stew

  41. Coursework Help November 22, 2018 at 2:37 am #

    Favorites go get a good sized chuck roast two packs of Italian seasoning mix the kind that comes in what looks like a big koolaid pack and any type of no fruity beer the darker the better. Cut up chuvk roast add some soy sauce and worchestire sauce the Italian seasoning then drown in beer fill crock all the way up cook for 8-9 hours pull out beef shred it split loaf of French bread pile beef on one side and your favorite cheese on the other place on foil cover meat side with foil then into oven till cheese is melty use juice for dipping. Also any meat that didnt fit on bread and left over juice put in large skillet till boiling add a little water use that to make instant rice.

  42. Kay Hughes September 20, 2018 at 6:51 am #

    This is an exact recipe that what I was looking for. Thanks for sharing the amazing recipe with us! that is very simple and easy to cook and I am always searching for new recipes like this.

  43. Sj June 20, 2018 at 10:49 pm #

    Made this tonight for dinner. Amazing! Thank you for sharing, have been looking for the perfect butter chicken recipe (Bonus that it’s in the slow cooker!)

  44. Law Coursework Help June 1, 2018 at 12:29 am #

    The recipe beneath is my go to favorite way of making slow cooker this recipe I used chicken breast, however I additionally use pork, chicken thighs, and red meat. in case you follow the steps because the recipe proven underneath and keep the flavor and herb profile, you could alternate up the protein and greens however nevertheless get a brilliant wet and flavorful stew:

  45. Karena Minh October 11, 2017 at 12:09 am #

    Why is it okay to stereotype white people and their pallets?

  46. Anita April 1, 2016 at 11:03 am #

    Would this work with chicken breast instead ? Any modifications ?

    • Sarah April 4, 2016 at 3:38 pm #

      Hi Anita — I wouldn’t put chicken breasts in the slow cooker. They dry out too easily.

  47. Sonia January 26, 2016 at 9:20 pm #

    Just made this today, it was awesome!

    • Sarah February 10, 2016 at 8:11 am #

      Glad you enjoyed!

  48. Eva September 3, 2015 at 11:15 am #

    Made the dairy free version of this and it turned out amazing!

    • Sarah September 15, 2015 at 4:05 pm #

      Hooray! So glad to hear it!!!

  49. CurryCook August 17, 2015 at 2:14 pm #

    “More likely _slow cooked_ in a tandoor”.

    Nothing is “slow cooked” in a tandoor. The temperature in a tandoor is hotter than any conventional oven in a typical American kitchen.

    Wikipedia: Temperatures in a tandoor can approach 900 degrees F.

    • Sarah August 31, 2015 at 12:53 pm #

      Ha ha good point CurryCook! 🙂

  50. Agata August 13, 2015 at 1:35 pm #

    Sounds like a great summer party dish. I bet my friends would go mad for this sliders

  51. Karen Kelly | August 12, 2015 at 6:15 pm #

    This looks like a great dish for a crowd. I love pulled pork or chicken when I have lots of people over. It’s so easy! And I would love to see my little ones shovel it in. Thanks for sharing.

  52. Donna August 12, 2015 at 3:28 pm #

    Yum, this sounds (and looks) so amazing! I don’t care if its not ‘traditional’ 🙂 Pinned for sure!

  53. whitney August 12, 2015 at 1:19 pm #

    Absolutely gorgeous! You know what? People may roll eyes when you use curry powder…but I mean if you make your own, it’s pretty much just an easier and shorter way of adding spices to curries! Why keep 20 jars when you can have one? I wouldn’t use a market bought curry powder, unless I have a good look at the ingredients. But it does come in handy! Especially for people who don’t cook a lot of Indian food. I have a cabinet full of Indian spices, but every now and then I bust out the curry powder 🙂

    • Sarah August 12, 2015 at 1:45 pm #

      Love this! Good point Whitney :-). Thanks for making me feel less guilty about my curry powder habit. Ha.

  54. Kathleen | Hapa Nom Nom August 10, 2015 at 6:23 pm #

    Butter chicken, yes! Sliders, yes! Each one on it’s own is incredible, but the combination of the two is phenomenal! I absolutely LOVE this dish – I seriously want to do a face-plant into the screen! And when it’s hot outside, nothing beats a slow cooker!

    • Sarah August 12, 2015 at 1:46 pm #

      Agree re. slow cooker! I’ve always considered it more of a fall or winter thing. But it’s actually a perfect way to cook meat in the summer. Thanks for stopping by Kathleen :-).

  55. Claudia | The Brick Kitchen August 8, 2015 at 5:32 am #

    Oh my goodness this looks gorgeous! I think authenticity is always very debatable, so just go for what tastes the best!! What do you think the best way of cooking the chicken would be without a slow cooker? Very keen to try but don’t own one as yet… would love to know your thoughts!

  56. Lisa @ Healthy Nibbles & Bits August 8, 2015 at 12:59 am #

    Sarah, I’m so glad you stopped by my blog! It’s great to be meeting another fellow lawyer turned food blogger! These slow cooker sliders look absolutely scrumptious. I just want to grab one and eat it now!

  57. Thalia @ butter and brioche August 7, 2015 at 11:36 pm #

    I love that you’ve turned the flavours of butter chicken into a slider! This is such an awesome and I bet delicious recipe. Totally craving one of these to devour now.

  58. Felesha August 7, 2015 at 8:14 pm #

    You had a me at butter! 🙂 Looks great and yummy!!

  59. Chris @ SimpleFood365 August 7, 2015 at 7:11 pm #

    Love the way this looks and sounds! This is going on the must try list!

  60. Meredith @ The Weekday Gourmet August 7, 2015 at 6:59 pm #

    I love butter chicken! The sliders are such a cute idea!

  61. Alex from Sew, Simmer, and Share August 7, 2015 at 6:39 pm #

    These look absolutely delicious!! I must be even whiter than you though, because I’ve never had butter chicken. Well, at least I think so? People just hand me things and say, “It’s __insert food__ curry” and then I eat it.

  62. I think I can eat a dozen of these… your sliders look deliciious and I like the fact that you used red cabbage along with the other ingredients.

Leave a Reply to Lisa @ Healthy Nibbles & Bits Click here to cancel reply.

Rate this recipe: