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Our slow cooker chicken curry recipe is so easy to make, packed with vegetables that all count towards your five-a-day. The perfect easy family dinner recipe that they’ll all love. 

I know we are biased BUT… OMG this is such a good chicken curry.

It’s perfect for Saturday nights when you want a take away, but fancy a healthier, less expensive version.

It tastes amazing and it’s really easy to make. It should definitely be in your weekend food plans!

How to make slow cooker chicken curry

black slow cooker crockpot pan filled with cooked chicken curry with fresh chopped spinach stirred through it

Slow Cooker Chicken Curry Ingredients

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  • 15ml Sunflower Oil
  • 1 Onion – diced
  • 1 Red Pepper – diced
  • 450g Chicken Breast – diced
  • 450g Potatoes – peeled and diced
  • 400g Tin Tomatoes
  • 2 tbs Curry Powder – I use mild when cooking for the kids
  • 100g Fresh Spinach – roughly chopped

How To Make Easy Slow Cooker Chicken Curry

The slow cooker I use at home is the CrockPot sauté model with removable pan – so I bring the curry to the boil on the hob before putting the pan into the CrockPot base to slow cook.

blue, white and orange patterned bowl filled with freshly cooked homemade slow cooker chicken curry scatter with torn coriander leaves
  • Switch the slow cooker on to the low setting to warm up.
  • Heat the sunflower oil in the pan and gently sauté the chopped onions.
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  • Tip the diced chicken breast fillets into the slow cooker pan with the sautéed chopped onions.
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  • Gently stir fry over a low heat until the pink chicken turns a white colour.
black slow cooker crockpot pan filled with sautéed chopped onions and chicken breast pieces - small white bowl of mild curry powder on wooden chopping board next to the slow cooker pan
  • Tip in the mild curry powder and stir well to coat all the chicken.
black slow cooker crockpot pan filled with onions and chopped chicken that have mild curry powder stirred into them
  • Next dice the pepper, peel and chop the potatoes and open a tin of chopped tomatoes
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black slow cooker crockpot pan filled with chicken and onions stirred with mild curry powder with chopped peeled potatoes tipped on top of them. Next to the crockpot pan is a small red and white bowl filled with chopped red peppers and an open tin of chopped tomatoes
  • Add the diced pepper to the slow cooker pan.
black slow cooker crockpot pan filled with chicken and onions sautéed in oil and mild curry powder with peeled chopped potatoes and chopped red peppers tipped on top of them. Next to the crockpot pan is an open tin of chopped tomatoes
  • Tip the tinned tomatoes into the slow cooker pan and add 1/3 tin of water – I just use the tomato tin to do this – swishing all the tomatoes off the side as I go.
  • Stir everything together and bring to the boil then transfer to the slow cooker. I cook this on low for 6-8 hours whilst I just get on with my day.
black slow cooker crockpot pan filled with sautéed chicken and onions with mild curry powder stirred into them - chopped peeled potatoes, chopped red peppers and a tin of chopped tomatoes have been tipped into the pan on top.
  • Once the slow cooker chicken curry is cooked – roughly chop the fresh spinach.
  • Cooks Tip – kids prefer spinach chopped up finely – it stops it going stringy in the curry and there’s less complaining!
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  • You can eat the curry without the spinach if you prefer – I just like to add in as many vegetables I can sneak past the kids!
black slow cooker crockpot pan filled with cooked chicken curry. Orange white and blue patterned bowl filled with chopped fresh spinach is next to the pan waiting to be stirred through the chicken curry
  • Tip the chopped spinach into the curry and stir through – the spinach will just wilt in the heat of the curry after a few minutes.
black slow cooker crockpot pan filled with cooked chicken curry and a pile of fresh chopped spinach has been tipped into pan ready to be stirred in
  • Once the spinach is wilted the curry is ready to serve.
black slow cooker crockpot pan filled with cooked chicken curry with fresh chopped spinach stirred through it
  • Serve the curry scattered with chopped coriander for added taste.
blue, white and orange patterned bowl filled with freshly cooked homemade slow cooker chicken curry scatter with torn coriander leaves

How to make easy slow cooker chicken curry your way

  • you can make this recipe with chicken mini fillets if you prefer, these are often cheaper than packets of chicken breasts.
  • try adding in different vegetables like sweet potato, courgettes or aubergine.
  • switch the chicken for turkey.
  • if you like your curry spicy – make it hotter with a spicier curry powder.
  • go vegetarian and skip the chicken, replace with a couple of tins of chickpeas.

What sides to serve with chicken curry?

Our slow cooker chicken curry is delicious served with plain boiled rice or chips… or you could even do half and half.

I like to add a side of naan breads and popadoms with dips. More side dishes to try are…

  • Mint raita – simple Indian style dip made from shredded cucumber, fresh chopped mint leaves and creamy natural yogurt – great served with popadoms.
  • Indian salad – a spicy, zesty salad of finely chopped lettuce, cucumbers, tomatoes and peppers – the salad is flecked with freshly chopped chillies and coriander and served with a squeeze of lemon juice and pinch of sea salt.
  • Easy veggie rice – a simple rice dish packed with extra veggies – good for adding more vegetables into your diet.

More Slow Cooker Chicken Recipes to Make

  • Slow Cooker Chicken Shawarma – use the slow cooker to create delicious spiced chicken you can shred and serve on flatbreads with salad and sauces.

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Yield: 4

Easy Slow Cooker Chicken Curry

black slow cooker crockpot pan filled with cooked chicken curry with fresh chopped spinach stirred through it

Super easy slow cooker chicken curry that's great as an easy family dinner idea.

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 8 hours
Total Time 8 hours 15 minutes

Ingredients

  • 15ml Sunflower Oil 
  • 1 Onion
  • 1 Red Pepper
  • 450g Chicken Breast
  • 450g Potatoes
  • 2 tbs Curry Powder - Mild 
  • 400g Tinned Tomatoes 
  • 100g Spinach 

Instructions

  1. Heat the slow cooker to low.
  2. Add the olive oil to the pan and gently sautee the chopped onions.
  3. Add in the diced chicken breast and fry for a couple of minute.
  4. Add in the curry powder and stir to coat all the chicken.
  5. Tip in the potatoes, peppers and tinned tomatoes and 1/3 tin water - stir to mix everything together.
  6. Bring the curry to the boil then transfer to the slow cooker to cook on low for 6-8 hours - always ensure chicken is cooked through properly to the correct temperature before eating.
  7. Once the curry is cooked - stir through the chopped spinach and allow it to wilt.
  8. Serve and eat

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

4

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 371Total Fat: 9gSaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 6gCholesterol: 96mgSodium: 230mgCarbohydrates: 34gFiber: 7gSugar: 6gProtein: 40g

Nutritional content will vary depending on the exact ingredients you use and how careful you are with measuring - this nutritional information is given as a general guide only - you should always calculate your own nutritional information especially if you have specific dietary requirements.

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