Slow Cooker Butter Chicken

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Healthy Slow Cooker Butter Chicken made in the crockpot comes out incredibly tender, packed with flavor, and just as good as your favorite take out version. Plus with just 3 Weight Watchers SmartPoints and under 300 calories, it’s a meal you can have again and again,

I recently went to Chicago and ate the most amazing butter chicken, better known as Chicken Makhani, from a local takeout restaurant. I hardly ever eat this Indian dish since it is super high in calories but this version was so good, I couldn’t resist. It convinced me that I had to come up with a way to make a lighter version at home. It has all the flavor of a traditional butter chicken, although a bit less rich since I used about a fourth of the butter typically called for in this type of recipe.

Weight Watchers Slow Cooker Butter Chicken in a bowl with cilantro.

There are all kinds of options for serving this. Keep things light and healthy by serving it alongside some cauliflower rice or go a more traditional route and make some white basmati rice. Naan is always a good choice, but its important to watch the serving size. There is a frozen Naan at Trader Joe’s that is really good and sometimes I can find a whole wheat version at my local grocery store.

  • For a vegetarian version, use chickpeas instead of the chicken. You can also add chickpeas to the version with chicken for a heartier dish.
  • Play with the spice level to get it just where you like. Butter chicken traditionally isn’t very spicy, but you can definitely kick things up with extra chili powder.
  • Garam masala varies greatly in terms of flavor and strength. You may need to add more to get that curry flavor to come through.
  • You can replace all the diary with a can of full fat or light coconut milk if you like.

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