Slow Cooker Coconut Curry Chicken

Recipe By Tessa Arias
February 24th, 2014

Slow Cooker Coconut Curry Chicken is bursting with savory flavor and is a perfect easy weeknight meal!

Yield: 4 to 6 servings

Prep Time: 25 minutes

Cook: 6 hours

Tessa's Recipe Rundown...

Taste: Full of complex savory flavor. Be sure to include the seeds from the jalapeno for a little spice!
Texture: I love the big chunks of tender potato and carrot alongside the meaty bites of chicken. The sauce is rich and thick and is wonderful for dipping chewy naan bread into!
Ease: Very easy, just some prep work required. Luckily the food processor/blender does most of the work!
Appearance: A little plain but beautiful in its own way… right??
Pros: Easy slow cooker meal that’s perfect for a weeknight dinner.
Cons: None!
Would I make this again? Absolutely!

Slow Cooker Coconut Curry Chicken is bursting with savory flavor and is a perfect easy weeknight meal!
Slow Cooker Coconut Curry Chicken Recipe

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Slow Cooker Coconut Curry Chicken

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How to make
Slow Cooker Coconut Curry Chicken

Yield: 4 to 6 servings
Prep Time: 25 minutes
Cook Time: 6 hours
Total Time: 6 hours 25 minutes
Slow Cooker Coconut Curry Chicken is bursting with savory flavor and is a perfect easy weeknight meal!


  • 2 pounds boneless skinless chicken thighs, cubed
  • 5 large carrots, peeled and chopped
  • 3 large red potatoes, peeled and chopped
  • 1 large bell pepper, seeded and chopped
  • 1 medium onion, peeled and quartered
  • 2 cloves garlic, peeled
  • 1 (6 ounce) can tomato paste
  • 1 (14 ounce) can coconut milk
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 1 tablespoon curry powder
  • 1 tablespoon garam masala
  • 1 jalapeno with seeds
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons cornstarch
  • Cooked rice and Naan bread for serving


  1. Place the chicken, carrots, and potatoes in a slow cooker.
  2. Place the bell pepper, onion, garlic cloves, tomato paste, coconut milk, salt, curry powder, garam masala, and jalapeno in a food processor or blender and process together until mixture is mostly smooth. Pour the sauce over the chicken mixture, mixing well to combine. Cover and cook on low for about 4 to 6 hours.
  3. An hour or so before serving, mix cornstarch and water together in a small bowl until cornstarch is dissolved. Pour mixture into the slow cooker, stir to combine, and continue cooking for another hour. When the sauce is to your desired thickness, turn slow cooker to the warm setting until ready to serve.
  4. Serve over rice, with naan bread.

Recipe Notes

Garam masala is a spice mixture that can be found in many grocery stores or at specialty or ethnic food stores. You can make your own if you can't find it.
Chicken thighs are my favorite in this recipe because they're so tender, but you can use boneless skinless breasts too. You may want to shave 30 minutes or so from the cooking time to prevent the breasts from drying out.
Adapted from Carpe Season via Sweet Treats and More
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Indian

About Tessa...

I share trusted baking recipes your friends will LOVE alongside insights into the science of sweets. I'm a professionally trained chef, cookbook author, and cookie queen. I love to write about all things sweet, carb-y, and homemade. I live in Phoenix, Arizona (hence the blog name!)

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    Taylor @ Food Faith Fitness — February 24, 2014 at 4:08 am

    Me and the hubs are bonkers for curry, especially anything coconut curry! LOVING that I can put this in the slow cooker and come home to a fab dinner! Pinned!

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    Alice // Hip Foodie Mom — February 24, 2014 at 6:03 am

    My slow cooker has held a semi-permanent position on my counter top recently. . i’m loving slow cooker recipes . . can’t wait to try this one!

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      Tessa — February 25, 2014 at 10:04 pm

      Love that!! I nearly break my back every time I try to lug the slow cooker out from the bottom cabinet!

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    Gaby — February 24, 2014 at 7:43 pm

    This is totally my kind of comfort food!

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    Nicole ~ Cooking for Keeps — February 25, 2014 at 12:20 am

    Gosh, I love curry, but hardly ever make it at home. This looks right up my ally, serious comfort with a little bit of spice!

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    Sheelagh — March 31, 2014 at 11:28 am

    I’ve had a crockpot for years but never found a recipe that really got me excited about using it. Thank goodness you changed that! Made this yesterday and LOVED it! I added peas and baby onions for some extra veggies. The whole thing was delicious! Thank you for inspiring me!!

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    Fei-fei — January 15, 2015 at 11:19 am

    I’ve made it twice now and both times it has turned out great. The blender and slow cooker make cooking so much easier. Thank you!

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