Slow Cooker Chicken Curry

Ready for the easiest weekday dinner? Using just a few kitchen staples, this easy Thai-inspired Crockpot Curry Chicken is a meal everyone will love. This dish is dairy-free and gluten-free and perfect for when you need a quick dinner solution! It’s flavorful and so comforting.

Thai curry chicken in a bowl with cilantro on top.

Thai Crockpot Curry Chicken

Sometimes the name of the game is “how can I get a delicious and healthy dinner on the table without actually have to do much cooking,” and when that is how your week is looking, this Slow Cooker Chicken Curry can be the answer! This simple crockpot Thai-inspired chicken dinner comes together quickly, using mostly pantry staples, but still packing in tons of flavors.

This curry definitely lives in the “non-authentic” category and is geared towards an easy dinner win, while still being totally satisfying.

The preparation of crockpot curry chicken.

Crockpot Curry Chicken Ingredients

  • Boneless Chicken Breasts
  • Onion + Garlic + Ginger
  • Curry Powder
  • Coconut Sugar
  • Full-Fat Coconut Milk
  • Salt + Pepper + Red Pepper Flakes
  • Fish Sauce
  • Lime
  • Sesame Oil
  • Cilantro
  • Scallions

Serving Ideas

Curry is perfect served with rice, of course! Feel free to use traditional white or brown rice, or you can go a lower-carb route and pair this withe cauliflower rice. Another healthier option would be to serve this with spaghetti squash or another veggie noodle!

What Type of Curry Powder is Good to Use?

Curry powder is a great blend to have in the house. The ones you buy in the store are generally made up of ground coriander, cumin, turmeric, ginger, dry mustard, black pepper, cinnamon, and cayenne pepper or ground chilies! They aren’t typically spicy, so I like to add in a hit of heat with red pepper flakes. Any curry powder is going to work here. However, if you are avoiding a spicy curry blend so you can serve it to your whole family, make sure to avoid any blends that are labeled as hot or spicy.

Two bowls of crockpot curry chicken with scallions on top.

Make-Ahead Options

This crockpot curry chicken is the perfect make-ahead option! Dishes like this only improve in flavor on the 2nd or 3rd day. Even better is this dish will freeze wonderfully!

Store this either in individual storage containers along with the side you plan to serve it with for a quick grab and go lunch. Or to freeze, let it cool completely before covering and storing in an air-tight container in the freezer for up to 3 months. For a deep dive into freezer meals, check out this Guide to Freezer Meals.

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Slow Cooker Chicken Curry

Ready for the easiest weekday dinner? Using just a few kitchen staples, this easy Thai-inspired Crockpot Curry Chicken is a meal everyone will love. This dish is dairy-free and gluten-free and perfect for when you need a quick dinner solution! It’s flavorful and so comforting.

  • Author: Lexi's Clean Kitchen
  • Prep Time: 00:05
  • Cook Time: 04:00
  • Total Time: 04:05
  • Yield: Serves 4 1x
  • Category: Dinner
  • Method: Slow Cooker
  • Diet: Gluten Free

Ingredients

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  • 1 onion, sliced
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 tablespoon minced ginger
  • 2 tablespoons curry powder
  • 2 teaspoons coconut sugar
  • 1 teaspoon fine sea salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • Pinch red pepper flakes, more to taste
  • 1 14-ounce can full-fat coconut milk
  • 1 tablespoon fish sauce
  • 1 lime, juiced
  • 1 teaspoon sesame oil
  • 1 1/2 pound boneless chicken breasts
  • Cilantro, for serving
  • Chopped scallions, for serving

Instructions

  1. Place sliced onion in the bottom of the insert of your slow cooker.
  2. Add coconut milk, garlic, ginger, fish sauce, lime juice, sesame oil, sugar, and spices. Toss to combine.
  3. Add in chicken and mix to coat.
  4. Set on high for 4 hours. When done, shred with two forks.
  5. Serve over white rice or cauliflower rice, garnish, and enjoy.

Notes

For Whole30 omit sugar and serve with cauliflower rice.

This recipe was originally published in 2016, and updated with new photos and republished in 2020.

Nutrition

  • Serving Size: 1/4 recipe
  • Calories: 420
  • Sugar: 5g
  • Sodium: 775mg
  • Fat: 23g
  • Saturated Fat: 20g
  • Carbohydrates: 9g
  • Fiber: 1g
  • Protein: 40g

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  1. This meal is a huge hit in our house of six!!! I love that there is barely any prep work and I can dump it and go right around lunch time. The flavor profile is fantastic!!

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