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Slow Cooker Better Vegetarian Butter ‘Chicken’

Indian Butter Chicken is one of the few meaty dishes I drool over when we go to the Indian lunch buffet near our house. That sauce is freaking fantastic! So, over the years, I’ve been trying, mostly unsuccessfully, to create a vegetarian version at home. It seems simple right? Butter chicken? Butter plus chicken. But no, it’s a mixture of Indian yumminess and yogurt over tandoori chicken. How do you emulate that? So when I found this delicious-sounding (and, maybe more importantly, simple sounding!) crockpot version, I knew I had to give it a shot!

Better Butter ‘Chicken’


Kristi @ onceamonthmeals.com Adapted from Dinner with Julie


  • 1.33 cups cooked chickpeas
  • 0.67 cups onion, halved and thinly sliced
  • 0.67 tablespoons grated ginger
  • 2.67 teaspoons garlic cloves, crushed
  • 0.67 tablespoons chili powder
  • 1.33 teaspoons curry paste or powder
  • pinch pinch cinnamon
  • 18.67 ounces diced tomatoes, undrained
  • 1.33 tablespoons tomato paste (optional)
  • 1.00 teaspoons garam masala (optional)
  • 0.67 cups plain yogurt*
  • 0.33 cups half & half or whipping cream*
  • to taste salt and pepper
  • steamed brown basmati rice, for serving*

*serving day


Throw everything but the yogurt, cream, salt and pepper into the CrockPot, cover and cook on low for 6-8 hours. Uncover, stir in the yogurt and cream, season to taste with salt and pepper, and serve hot over rice.

Freezing Directions:

BEFORE cooking, divide all ingredients among gallon freezer bags. To serve: Thaw. Place in crockpot and cook on LOW for 6-8 hours. Add cream and yogurt. Serve over rice.

Servings: 4

**conversion chart image provided by Erik Spiekermann

7 Responses to “Slow Cooker Better Vegetarian Butter ‘Chicken’”

  1. [...] { #vegetarian #slowcooker #wholefood } I’m sharing this deliciously simple Better Butter “Chicken” made with chickpeas, of course, over at OAMM. This is just one of the delicious meals in [...]

  2. Kris says:

    I just need a reminder on how this works- the above recipe is for 4 people? The amounts are all a bit different so I’m a bit confused.

  3. This sounds wonderful! All the spices and warming flavours of butter chicken without the meat!

  4. Dee says:

    Sounds delicious! Am I reading this correctly? Is it asking for 11Tbs of ginger??? Sorry if this sounds silly haha not sure how to read this

  5. LTM says:

    your write-up above doesn’t say whether or not you liked this recipe – did you?

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