Slow-Cooker Curry Chicken

Updated on October 3, 2017
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Anna wears many hats: writer, mother, crafter. Over the years, she has found what works and what doesn't for herself and her family.

Curry Chicken-photo by AMB
Curry Chicken-photo by AMB

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4.1 stars from 7 ratings of Slow Cooker Curry Chicken

A Request Turns Into A Challenge

About a year ago, my husband told me that he wanted me to make curry chicken. I stared at him like he had lost his mind. I am not Indian; I have never cooked Indian food—let alone even eaten Indian food. What would I know about making curry chicken? I was at a loss.

Then, I did a little research. I saw this as a challenge, a chance to show my husband that no matter what he throws at me, I will not only succeed, I will blow him away. My husband and I are rather competitive and always driving the other to do our best and exceed our own expectations.

After a lot of trial and error, and some disappointing dinners, I finally perfected my curry chicken recipe. It turned out so good that he ended up taking some to work, and sharing it with a co-worker, who's father moved here from India as a young man. She was blown away. A person who has no Indian background, had never made or eaten Indian food before this experiment, had made a phenomenal curry chicken. This recipe is very easy to make, and it is delicious!!

All the vegetables chopped up--photo by AMB
All the vegetables chopped up--photo by AMB

Cook Time

Prep time: 20 min
Cook time: 8 hours
Ready in: 8 hours 20 min
Yields: Serves 6


  • 1 lb chicken breast, cut into chunks
  • 1 lg red onion, halved and thinly sliced
  • 1 lg yellow onion, halved and thinly sliced
  • 1 red bell pepper, sliced
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 1/2 Tbs soy sauce, (low sodium prefered)
  • 3 tsp curry powder
  • 4 tsp chili powder
  • 1 1/2 tsp turmeric
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 1 tsp powdered ginger
  • 2 tsp cayenne
  • 1/3 Cup water
  • 1 Tbs vegetable oil, (peanut oil, or other light oil can be used)
  • 6 servings rice
The easiest way to get the skin off the cloves of garlic is to smack it with the flat side of the knife-photo by AMB
The easiest way to get the skin off the cloves of garlic is to smack it with the flat side of the knife-photo by AMB
Finely chopped garlic--photo by AMB
Finely chopped garlic--photo by AMB
What it looks like after a couple of hours--photo by AMB
What it looks like after a couple of hours--photo by AMB


  1. Cut up the chicken, the peppers, the onions, and the garlic.
  2. Add all of the ingredients to the slow cooker, except for the rice. Stir to combine the ingredients, and cover.
  3. Set the slow cooker to low, and let cook for 7-9 hours, or until the chicken is cooked thoroughly. When I am in a hurry, I will let it cook on low for about 5 hours, and then turn it up to medium-high for an hour. This does not seem to affect the taste.
  4. Cook the rice according to the package directions. Basmati rice is a great choice for this recipe, but almost any rice will do.

Meal Planning Note

I know a lot of people that plan, and make a few weeks, or a month's worth of meals all at once. This is a great dinner idea for this sort of meal planning, as it can be cooked and then frozen for up to a month. Freeze the rice separately, or just make rice on the day you plan to thaw and heat the curry chicken.

All done!--photo by AMB
All done!--photo by AMB

© 2014 Anna Marie Bowman


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    • Anna Marie Bowman profile imageAUTHOR

      Anna Marie Bowman 

      5 years ago from Florida

      RTalloni-- I was hesitant to to try curry, but my husband loves it, so I decided to make this for him. He loves it! I actually liked it, too. I hope you enjoy it!

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      5 years ago from the short journey

      Having recently fallen in love, love, love with curry chicken I appreciate that you shared your recipe here. Looking forward to trying it out soon.

    • Anna Marie Bowman profile imageAUTHOR

      Anna Marie Bowman 

      5 years ago from Florida

      avian--It's my husband's favorite. He would eat it every week if I made it.

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      Deb Hirt 

      5 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Just by seeing what you have in this recipe, it is a good one! I intend to give it a go.

    • Anna Marie Bowman profile imageAUTHOR

      Anna Marie Bowman 

      5 years ago from Florida

      janshares-- I am surprised at the number of people that don't own a slow cooker. I got my mother-in-law one a couple years ago, and it took her a bit to warm up to the idea of using it (for months she used it to store her bread), but now she absolutely loves it!! She sets dinner before she goes to work, and it's ready for her when she gets home! I highly recommend buying one!

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      Janis Leslie Evans 

      5 years ago from Washington, DC

      Oh boy, Anna Marie, this looks sooooo good and tasty. Great recipe for curry chicken, Indian style. I don't own a slow cooker. I've commented on other recipe hubs that used one so now I will have to consider getting one. Great pics, voted up, useful, and awesome.

    • Anna Marie Bowman profile imageAUTHOR

      Anna Marie Bowman 

      5 years ago from Florida

      erorantes-- Thank you so much!!

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      5 years ago

      Thanks for writing the recepy for the curry chicken. I love Indian food. You did a fantastic delicious hub . congratulations

    • Anna Marie Bowman profile imageAUTHOR

      Anna Marie Bowman 

      5 years ago from Florida

      Patty--Thank you so much!! Yes, the healthy competition between my husband and I, is just a way to motivate each other to do better. Thankfully, it never turns ugly, or unhealthy.

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      Patty Inglish MS 

      5 years ago from USA and Asgardia, the First Space Nation

      Looks 1,000% delicious! And, I hope that all competition between yourself and your husband forever remains healthy and encouraging. My best to you.

    • Anna Marie Bowman profile imageAUTHOR

      Anna Marie Bowman 

      5 years ago from Florida

      billybuc-- I am guessing you don't like to cook all that much? I do appreciate you taking the time to read this none the less!!

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      Bill Holland 

      5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Honestly I don't spend a lot of time on recipes, but I do spend time observing writing styles, and I always enjoy a good introduction. Your provided a good introduction and for that I am grateful. :)


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