Lightened Up Slow Cooker Indian Butter Chicken
Slow cooker Indian butter chicken with a healthier twist is a simple way to enjoy Indian-inspired cuisine right in your own kitchen. Come home from work and travel around the world for dinner when you make Lightened-Up Slow Cooker Indian Butter Chicken. Your kids will love this chicken too, so make this one of your back to school crock pot recipes!
Disclaimer: This post is sponsored, through a partnership with The Great Courses. As always, all opinions are my own.
I remember one Saturday a year or so back, I was doing chores around the house. Then I realized I hadn’t heard any noise from my oldest son in quite a while. When you have two boys, any period of time with little or no noise is always suspicious. I looked around and found him in the basement, eyes glued to the TV.
Cartoons? Nope. Kids shows? Not this time. Heck, it wasn’t even one of his favorite blockbusters. He was watching a documentary about this history of cancer research. Guys, he was six. And completely fascinated. It was one of those moments when you just don’t care about screen time limits.
And it’s not uncommon to find him watching nature shows or history shows or DIY shows or, my personal favorite, cooking shows. He may love TV as much as any other kid, but he also loves to learn.
I’ll be honest, this former chemical engineer was never much into history. But I do love food. So when I heard about The Great Courses Plus, I thought this was a perfect way to connect my passion for food with my son’s passion for learning. That’s why I cooked up this tasty slow cooker Indian butter chicken dinner…
Lightened-Up Slow Cooker Indian Butter Chicken is an easy recipe, bringing the flavors of India right into your kitchen.
It’s as simple as adding a handful of simple, flavorful ingredients (think curry powder and garam masala) to your slow cooker. Then, let the aromas fill your home. By cutting down on the butter and swapping the cream for Greek yogurt, you still get all of the exotic flavors in a healthier dish. Right before serving, all you need to do is cook some rice and steam some veggies (or make Browned Butter Cauliflower Rice to make it low carb). And of course a piece of Indian naan bread is always a welcome addition to sop up that yummy sauce, as are some Peach Mango Lassis.
While it cooks, you can spend your day learning about the history and culture of the country that inspired that dish by opening up The Great Courses Plus on your computer or tablet…
As we got ready to enjoy our Far East meal, we watched a few lessons on A History of India, just one of over seventy history courses available on The Great Courses. I knew a little about Hinduism and Gandhi and British colonialism, and I’ve heard of the Bhagavad Gita. But there are thirty-six lessons, so you can really dive into the full history of this fascinating country.
But you can use some of the other lessons to inspire more meals. Or use meals to inspire you to learn more about history and culture of other nations. Maybe you’ll watch The Guide to Essential Italy and want to make the World’s Best Lasagna, or learn about Genghis Khan in Barbarians of the Steppes and have some Slow Cooker Mongolian Beef Stew. Have some Pork Souvlaki as you explore Ancient Greek Civilization or dig into Shepherd’s Pie as you dig into The Irish Identity.
Or perhaps you want to know more about cooking with those Indian spices? There’s an entire section of Food and Wine Classes, including Essential Secrets of Spices, where the first lesson is all about India – The Heart of the Spice World.
Of course, the chemical engineer in me is excited about the science courses. Chemistry and Our Universe, Everyday Engineering, and Mind-Bending Math, to name a few. My kiddo is all about Nature of Earth: An Introduction to Geology.
That’s the best part – you are learning on your terms. You can choose the topics and lessons that interest you, and there’s no time limits or homework assignments. But each lesson is accompanied by a printable guidebook to follow along or take notes as you wish. With your monthly subscription, you have access to over 8,000 lessons on a wide variety of topics.
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Here’s the Lightened-Up Slow Cooker Indian Butter Chicken recipe…
- 1 1/2 -2 lb boneless skinless chicken breasts
- 1 onion sliced
- 6 garlic cloves chopped
- 4 T butter light butter, or light butter spread (I used Land O'Lakes Light Butter)
- 2 t curry powder
- 1/2 t cayenne pepper
- 2 t garam masala
- 1/2 t ground ginger
- 1 6 oz can tomato paste
- 2 T lemon juice
- 1 14 oz can light coconut milk
- 1 c plain nonfat Greek yogurt
- Place the chicken, onion, garlic, and dry spices in the slow cooker.
- Add the butter, tomato paste, lemon juice and coconut milk.
- Cover and cook on low for 8 hours, or high for 4.
- Remove the chicken from the slow cooker and shred with a fork. Return the chicken to the slow cooker.
- Stir in yogurt about 15 minutes before serving.
- Salt to taste.
- Serve with brown rice, basmati rice, or jasmine rice. I also served it with steamed broccoli.