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Front view of Paleo Slow Cooker Butter Chicken with rice. Small bowls of lime wedges off to the side.

Slow Cooker Butter Chicken (GF, DF, Paleo, Whole 30)

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  • Author: One Lovely Life
  • Total Time: 3.5 hours
  • Yield: 4-6 servings 1x


Slow Cooker Butter Chicken – This paleo butter chicken is so easy and delicious! It’s become one of the all-time most popular recipes on this site–you’ll want to slurp the sauce with a spoon! (Gluten Free, Paleo, Whole30)


  • 1 lb. boneless, skinless chicken breast (or chicken thighs)
  • 1 medium onion, diced
  • 2 tsp coconut oil (or ghee)
  • 4 cloves garlic, finely minced
  • 1 tsp fresh ginger, finely minced
  • 1 tsp coriander
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 1 tsp cardamom
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/41/2 tsp cayenne pepper (optional)
  • 1 (14oz) can coconut milk (full fat, please)
  • 1 (6oz) can tomato paste
  • juice of 1/2 lime (about 1 Tbsp.)
  • 1/4 cup cilantro, or to taste


  1. In a medium saute pan, heat coconut oil over medium heat. Add onion and sauté until translucent and fairly tender. Add garlic, ginger, spices, and salt. Cook 1 minute longer, till all the spices are fragrant and amazing. Stir in coconut milk and tomato paste and stir until well combined.
  2. Add chicken to the slow cooker. Pour sauce over everything.
  3. Cook on high heat for 3-4 hours or on low heat for 6-8 hours.
  4. Shred or dice chicken into the sauce, squeeze in lime juice, top with cilantro, and serve with your favorite vegetable, rice, or naan.


“DUMP & GO” DIRECTIONS:  If you are short on time, you can pour all the sauce ingredients into the crock of your slow cooker, give it a whisk, then add the chicken and set it to cook.

  • Prep Time: 15 Minutes
  • Cook Time: 3-4 hours
  • Category: Main Dish, Chicken
  • Method: Slow Cooker
  • Cuisine: Indian, Indian-American