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Healthy slow cooker chicken curry combines classic spiced flavors, lean chicken, veggies and nonfat yogurt to make a delicious, creamy curry. An easy, healthy everyday meal.

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It’s easy to tell you how to use a slow cooker to make chicken curry. But what about making it a healthy meal? I left out the cream, fat and starches, but not the flavor!

Healthy Chicken Curry Recipe

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How to make healthy chicken curry:

I love flavorful, creamy curries. Over a bed of basmati rice with a side of garlic naan! There’s not much more that can satisfy that craving. Some of my favorites are tikka masala, tandoori masala, and vegetable korma. I wanted to create a curry dinner that covered all my favorites. Chicken, veggies and a drinkable sauce. I knew I needed to cut out the rich meats and cream and cut down on any added sugars or rich coconut milk.

I used curry powder, onions, garlic, sweet raisins and carrots to create a delicious flavor base. I added turmeric for an extra kick of that classic curry color. And did you know turmeric was a fantastic anti-inflammatory. It’s true. Healthy bonus!

To achieve just enough creaminess in the sauce I added nonfat yogurt to this slow cooker chicken curry.

I love lean chicken breasts, but cooking them in the slow cooker is hit or miss. I knew I wanted the lean, meaty texture of chicken breasts but I added in some boneless, skinless chicken thighs too because I know they stay nice and tender in the slow cooker. The mix is perfect. I feel like I’m getting my lean protein but have meaty goodness.

To achieve just enough creaminess in the sauce I added nonfat yogurt. The tang also adds to the flavor and enhances all the spiciness.

Chicken curry recipe you can make at home

I love making Indian food at home. Or Indian-flavor Indian food at home. Making it in the slow cooker is a bonus. But once you have the spices in your pantry, you’re good to go with just a few other ingredients. I’ve even taken shortcuts, like with my Chicken Biryani, I use a curry paste blend from the store. It’s delish too!

You could certainly use a multicooker for this recipe (I just got this one and have lots of learning to do!). I have not tested the timing, but all of the elements would hold up well in that style of pressure cooker. I use my favorite slow cooker and let it simmer for several hours. I love how the flavors absorb into the chicken and veggies.

How to serve healthy slow cooker chicken curry:

This chicken curry is flavorful and low-calorie. It includes vitamin C-rich cauliflower, vitamin A packed carrots and anti-inflammitory turmeric. Serve it with plenty of fresh cilantro. You can serve this curry over whole-grain brown rice or quinoa for added fiber. That way you don’t have to miss out on the rice, but you get added health benefits.



5 from 8 votes
Healthy Slow Cooker Chicken Curry
Work Time
20 mins
Cook Time
7 hrs
Total Time
7 hrs 20 mins
 

Healthy slow cooker chicken curry combines classic spiced flavors, lean chicken, veggies and nonfat yogurt to make a delicious, creamy curry. An easy, healthy everyday meal.

Course: Main Course
Cuisine: healthy
Keyword: chicken curry
Yield: 6
Calories: 236 kcal
Ingredients
  • lbs chicken breasts and thighs boneless, skinless, cut into 3-inch pieces
  • 1 small onion thinly sliced
  • 3 carrots sliced into thick rounds
  • 4 tsp curry powder
  • 2 tbsp cornstarch
  • ½ tsp kosher salt
  • ½ tsp ground black pepper
  • ¾ tsp ground tumeric
  • ½ head cauliflower cut into large florets
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • cup raisins
  • cup plain nonfat yogurt
  • ¼ cup chopped cilantro
Instructions
  1. Add the chicken, onion and carrots to a 6-qt slow cooker. Combine the curry powder, cornstarch, salt, pepper and turmeric in a small bowl and toss with chicken mixture. Add cauliflower, garlic, raisins and ⅓ cup water; cover and cook 4 hr on high or 8 hr on low.

  2. Ladle about 1 cup of the cooking liquid into a bowl and combine with the yogurt and cilantro; add mixture back to the slow cooker, stirring gently.
Recipe Notes

Serve this chicken curry over whole-grain brown rice or quinoa for added fiber.

Nutrition Facts
Healthy Slow Cooker Chicken Curry
Amount Per Serving
Calories 236 Calories from Fat 45
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 5g 8%
Saturated Fat 1g 5%
Cholesterol 108mg 36%
Sodium 373mg 16%
Potassium 769mg 22%
Total Carbohydrates 21g 7%
Dietary Fiber 3g 12%
Sugars 7g
Protein 26g 52%
Vitamin A 103.6%
Vitamin C 33.7%
Calcium 14.7%
Iron 11.1%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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Recipe by Tara Teaspoon and Khalil Hymore. Photographs by Peter Ardito. Food Stylist Susan Ottaviano. Prop Stylist Michelle Wong. Originally published LHJ Feb 11.

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