How to Make Keto Butter Chicken in a Slow Cooker
Welcome back to the ChipMonk blog! Did you know that Jose, ChipMonk's co-founder and president, has started a new journey back to health in 2022? In an effort to eat and feel better, Jose is hitting the gym and changing his diet, but eating healthy doesn't mean you can't enjoy a great meal. Lately Jose has been experimenting with his slow cooker, and the results have been absolutely delicious. Read on to learn how to make Slow Cooked Butter Chicken 🤤
Keto Slow Cooked Butter Chicken Recipe:
- 2 pounds boneless, skinless chicken breasts about 4 medium breasts
- 1 tablespoon coconut oil
- 1 small yellow onion diced (about 1 cup)
- 1 tablespoon minced fresh ginger
- 4 cloves minced garlic about 4 teaspoons
- 1 1/2 tablespoons curry powder
- 1 tablespoon garam masala
- 1 1/2 teaspoons chili powder
- 3/4 teaspoon kosher salt
- 1 (6-ounce) can no salt added tomato paste
- 1 small cauliflower or 1/2 large head, cut into florets (about 4 1/2 cups)
- 1 (14-ounce) can tomato sauce
- 2 tablespoons unsalted butter cut into small pieces (use coconut oil to make dairy free)
- 1/2 cup half-and-half or full-fat coconut milk do not use light coconut milk, as it will water down the sauce
- 1/2 cup plain nonfat Greek yogurt or non-dairy yogurt to make dairy free
- In a nonstick skillet, heat the coconut oil over medium high. Once hot, add the onion and cook until beginning to soften, about 5 minutes. Add the ginger, garlic, curry, garam masala, chili powder, salt, and tomato paste. Cook until fragrant, about 30 seconds.
- Transfer the onions to a 6-quart or larger slow cooker. Lay the chicken on top, then the cauliflower florets, and top with tomato sauce. Stir to combine the florets and sauce a bit, leaving the chicken pieces undisturbed underneath. The chicken pieces will seem large and a bit in the way. Just use a spoon to prod the sauce and florets around a bit so things are more evenly coated. Scatter the butter pieces over the top.
- Cover and cook on high for 1 1/2 to 2 1/2 hours or on low for 4 to 6 hours, until the chicken is cooked through and reaches 165 degrees F on an instant-read thermometer. The cooking time may vary based on your slow cooker, so check early to ensure the chicken does not dry out. When the chicken is done, remove it to a cutting board and let cool slightly.
- At this point, the cauliflower is not likely to be tender. Give the contents of the slow cooker a big stir to coat the florets with the sauce. Recover the slow cooker and cook on HIGH until the florets are completely tender, about 30 minutes to 1 hour more. (If your florets are already tender, you can skip this step.)
- Once the chicken is cool enough to handle safely, cut it into bite-size pieces. Return to the slow cooker with the tender florets. Stir in the half-and-half (or coconut milk). Let cool a few minutes, then stir in the Greek yogurt. (Don't stir in the yogurt right away; if the butter chicken is too hot, it will curdle.) Enjoy warm over brown rice, quinoa, or naan, sprinkled with fresh cilantro.
- Store leftovers in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 5 days or freeze for up to 3 months. Let thaw overnight in the refrigerator. Reheat leftovers gently on the stovetop or in the microwave.
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