Slow Cooker Chicken and Lentil Curry Recipe

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We love cooking with chicken at home and when we use the slow cooker that doesn’t change – we love creating new chicken slow cooker recipes at home. One thing I love to cook in the slow cooker is curry and Dave was so impressed with this one I just had to share it – He said it tasted like ‘a proper one from the takeaway’! Chicken and lentils really is a winning combination!

Recipe: Slow Cooker Chicken & Lentil Curry

Unlike most of our crock pot recipes this slow cooker lentil curry does take a little preparation. You need to brown the onions, garlic and chicken before adding it to the crockpot. This is worth doing though as it locks in all the flavours and lets them mature during the red curry cook time.

What lentils should you use in the chicken and lentil curry?

We always use red lentils for this chicken and lentil recipe but there’s no reason you can’t use green lentils, brown lentils or any other lentils you have to hand. We also tend to use chicken thighs for this as they don’t dry out during cooking like chicken breasts tend to but you can use any chicken that works for you.

We use standard coconut milk for this slow cooker curry but you could use light coconut milk for a slightly healthier option with the same results. Instead of using standard curry powder, we use a mix of herbs and spices to give a real authentic flavour to this curry – and the results are great.

How do you serve this curry?

We serve this simple dish with rice and naan bread but you could add a side of Bombay Potatoes, Saag Aloo or any other dishes you like to accompany a traditional curry. The choice is yours!

If you’re looking for other slow cooker curries to try, why not give our Slow Cooker Chicken and Spinach Curry a go? You can see all our recipes to date here.

So here’s our easy Slow Cooker Chicken Curry Recipe:

Ingredients

  • 1 large onion chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves chopped
  • 1 teaspoon of dried chilli flakes
  • 800 g diced chicken
  • 200 g lentils
  • 600 ml chicken stock
  • 300 ml coconut milk
  • 2 tsp ground ginger
  • 2 tsp ground cumin
  • 1 tsp coriander
  • 10 cardamom pods

Instructions

  • Heat a frying pan and spray with oil. Cook the onion for a couple of minutes. Add the garlic and chicken and cook until browned.
  • Transfer to the slow cooker pot and add the rest of the ingredients. Stir, cover with the lid and cook on low for 6 hours.

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Slow Cooker Chicken & Lentil Curry

This is such a hearty curry that can be simply served with bread if you want a nice one pot meal.
Course lunch, Main Course
Cuisine Indian
Keyword curry, dinner, lunch, slow cooker
Servings 4 servings

Ingredients

  • 1 large onion chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves chopped
  • 1 teaspoon of dried chilli flakes
  • 800 g diced chicken
  • 200 g lentils
  • 600 ml chicken stock
  • 300 ml coconut milk
  • 2 tsp ground ginger
  • 2 tsp ground cumin
  • 1 tsp coriander
  • 10 cardamom pods

Instructions

  • Heat a frying pan and spray with oil. Cook the onion for a couple of minutes. Add the garlic and chicken and cook until browned.
  • Transfer to the slow cooker pot and add the rest of the ingredients. Stir, cover with the lid and cook on low for 6 hours.

*Note: Nutritional information is estimated, based on publicly available data. Nutrient values may vary from those published.

Slow Cooker Chicken and Lentil Curry

4 thoughts on “Slow Cooker Chicken and Lentil Curry Recipe”

  1. How did you get the red colouring in the curry, I made it following the recipe you gave and it was creamy colour…but the taste was very nice thanks

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    • To be honest, it’s always a orange/brown colour when we make it. I think the combination of the stock and the red lentils that we use. Glad your tasted good despite the colour difference!

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