Slow Cooker Chicken Curry Recipe

Katie Jasiewicz | Katie's Cucina

This slow cooker chicken curry recipe calls for chickpeas and is chock full of Indian flavor.

Slow Cooker Curry Chicken Picture

I love to make a wide variety of foods from all over the world. I'm always experimenting with new flavors and mostly get inspiration from restaurants that I eat at.

I just started eating curry over the past decade and enjoy it very much. My husband isn't a big fan, although by slowly introducing him to dishes like Beef and Asparagus Curry, he has begun to enjoy the flavors of India as well.

Are you a fan of curry? I love the depth of flavor it has, but cooking it at home definitely meant some trial and error before getting it just right for our tastebuds.

Slow Cooker Curry Chicken Photo

Over the past few years, I have tried a few curry slow cooker recipes. Each turned out quite bitter. This time I decided to cut the curry powder during the majority of the cooking time. I wanted just a tiny bit of curry powder to cook all day in the slow cooker.

By adding in the majority of the curry powder just before you’re ready to serve, it cuts out the bitterness that can form over hours of cooking on low. This might not be a traditional method of cooking curry, but it works for us! Experimenting in the kitchen helps you decide what you like while still trying flavors from around the world.

This Slow Cooker Curry Chicken & Chickpeas can feed an army and freezes well. We like to portion it into individual containers to reheat for lunches throughout the week. And on busy weeknights, it has been a lifesaver to have a prepped meal in the freezer. 

Serve it up with yogurt raita and naan for an Indian feast!

NOTE: If you’re looking for a vegetarian curry dish (not cooked in a slow cooker but cooked on the stove top) I'd highly suggest my Chickpea Curry.

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Slow Cooker Chicken Curry Recipe

    8 Servings


  • 1 15-ounce can Garbanzo Beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 28-ounce can Diced Tomatoes, undrained
  • 1 cup Chicken Broth
  • 1 Bay Leaf
  • 5 teaspoons Curry Powder
  • teaspoon Ground Ginger, ground
  • 1/2 teaspoon Salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon Black Pepper
  • 1 pound Chicken Breast
  • 1 small Onion, diced
  • 3 cloves Garlic, minced
  • 1 tablespoon Cornstarch
  • 2 tablespoons Fresh Lime Juice
  • 1 package Spinach
  • Basmati Rice, for serving


  1. In the slow cooker add drained garbanzo beans, tomatoes, broth, and bay leaf. Mix in 1 teaspoon of curry powder, 1 teaspoon of ground ginger, salt, and pepper. Mix well until seasonings are blended in. Then add chicken, diced onions, and garlic. Make sure the chicken is covered with the sauce.
  2. Place the lid on the slow cooker and cook on low setting for 8-10 hours or on high for 4 to 5 hours.
  3. Once the chicken is done, remove the chicken and shred. Take 2 tablespoons of the broth and add it to a bowl. Mix with 1 tablespoon cornstarch. Stir in cornstarch mixture.
  4. Then stir in remaining 4 teaspoons of curry powder, 1 teaspoon of ground ginger, lime juice and spinach.
  5. Mix in shredded chicken and let it stand for 5 minutes (lid on) or until spinach starts to wilt.
  6. Reheat leftover basmati rice. Serve the curry chicken and chickpeas over the rice.


The package of spinach should be nine ounces.

Better Homes & Garden
Cooking Method:
Slow Cooker
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Author: Katie Jasiewicz
Source: Better Homes & Garden
Recipe Yields: 8 servings
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 480 minutes
Total Time: 495 minutes

Nutrition Facts

Serving Size 1 serving
Servings Per Recipe 8

Amount Per Serving
Calories from Fat 7
Calories 106

% Daily Value*
Total Fat 1g
  Saturated Fat 0g
Sodium 274mg
Total Carbohydrate 7g
  Dietary Fiber 1g
  Sugars 1g
Protein 15g

* Percent Daily Value are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
** Nutrition Facts are estimated based on ingredients and data provided by Fat Secret. Please consult a doctor if you have special dietary needs.
Katie Jasiewicz

About Katie

Katie is our resident one-pot meal fanatic, but you'll find that she's passionate about every kind of food, from dinners to desserts, on her blog Katie's Cucina.

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