This Indian-spiced chicken is a highly flavorful dish filled with Indian spices, creamy yogurt, and slow-cooked all day. Serve with fresh naan and rice.

This slow-cooker chicken is so easy, so warming, and the perfect meal for weeknights. With just a few pantry spices, yogurt, fresh herbs, and chicken, you can prep this Indian-spiced braised chicken recipe in no time and leave it to simmer all day in your crockpot.

a bowl of Indian chicken.

I love good Indian food. It is the second most missed thing from my time living in Boston (My #1 thing I miss from there is pastries!!!). I think they have the best Indian food there.

I channeled all of those flavor memories into this slow-cooker Indian-spiced chicken. I love it because you can toss it together in the morning and leave it to cook all day. The aroma that meets you at the end of the day is so good.

Some yogurt cools the heat in the dish from cayenne pepper you stir in just before serving it. Chopped cilantro adds freshness, enhancing all of those warm spices.

It’s so easy and tasty, especially with white or brown rice on the side to soak up that delicious sauce. My kids love it with naan – they pile the spiced chicken on it and eat it like a taco.

slow cooker Indian spiced chicken.

I usually pick up naan at the store, but I love making fresh naan with this recipe when possible. My favorite is this garlic-infused Naan Recipe.

My slow cooker recipes are my best friends when I need easy dinners. This slow cooker chicken with Indian spices is definitely on the favorites list! It’s up there with our Slow Cooker Butter Chicken and Healthy Slow Cooker Tikka Masala.

If you love the flavor of warm Indian spices like I do, you need to add this dish to your meal plan.

a plate of the final dish with a fork.


  • Boneless skinless chicken thighs
  • Sliced onion
  • Canned diced tomatoes
  • Tomato paste
  • Grated fresh ginger
  • Minced garlic cloves
  • Ground coriander
  • Cayenne pepper
  • Salt and ground pepper
  • Plain yogurt
  • Chopped fresh cilantro
  • Garam masala – this is optional
  • Cooked rice or naan for serving

How to make slow cooker Indian Braised Chicken

In a 5-6 quart slow cooker, stir together chicken, onion, ginger, tomatoes, tomato paste, garlic, coriander, and cayenne; season with salt and pepper.

Cook on high for 4 hours or low for 8 hours until fork-tender. Shred the chicken and stir in yogurt, cilantro, and garam masala, if using.

overhead shot of the yogurt and herbs being added to the slow cooker.

Recipe Tips

  • You can cook the chicken on high for four hours or on low for eight hours—it’s flexible!
  • I prefer chicken thighs for this recipe because they’re juicier and more flavorful than boneless, skinless chicken breast. But you can use either or do a mix of both.
  • Leftovers keep well. Store them in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to four days, and the flavors will be even better.
close up shot of a plate of Indian yogurt chicken.

If you love Indian food and slow cooker recipes, this Indian yogurt chicken combines both into the most leisurely, most delicious dinner.

Pair this With…

  • For delicious sides with Indian-braised chicken, consider rosemary bread, gluten-free loaves, cilantro rice, brown rice, cheesy potatoes, veggies, crispy onions, tostadas, broccoli, onion fritters, or soft naan.
  • Homemade Naan
  • Rice
  • Garlic Noodles

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Indian-Spiced Braised Chicken

Prep: 10 minutes
Cook: 4 hours
Total: 4 hours 10 minutes
Servings: 4 -6
Calories: 174 kcal
This Indian-Spiced Braised Chicken is an extremely flavorful dish, filled with Indian spices and slow-cooked all day. Serve with fresh naan and rice.
a bowl of Indian chicken.


  • 1 1/2 pounds boneless skinless chicken thighs
  • 1 medium onion halved and thinly sliced
  • 14.5 ounce can diced tomatoes drained
  • 2 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 1 tablespoon grated fresh ginger about 1-inch piece
  • 2 garlic cloves minced
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground coriander
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • coarse salt and ground pepper
  • 1/2 cup plain yogurt
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro
  • 1/2 teaspoon garam masala optional
  • cooked rice for serving


  • In a 5-6 quart slow cooker, stir together chicken, onion, ginger, tomatoes, tomato paste, garlic, coriander, and cayenne; season with salt and pepper.
  • Cook on high for 4 hours or on low for 8 hours until fork-tender. Shred chicken  (this is optional, but my kids like it this way), then add in yogurt, cilantro, and if using, garam masala.
  • Serve with fresh garlic naan and basmati rice.
Calories: 174kcalCarbohydrates: 7gProtein: 23gFat: 5gSaturated Fat: 1gCholesterol: 110mgSodium: 251mgPotassium: 519mgFiber: 1gSugar: 4gVitamin A: 290IUVitamin C: 9.4mgCalcium: 64mgIron: 1.8mg
a bowl of Indian chicken.
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  1. 5 stars
    As an Indian, I have tested this recipe many times. It is so delicious and easy to make. Thanks for sharing your thoughts and tips on this recipe.

  2. 5 stars
    I’m always looking for new recipes to try in my slow cooker, and this one sounds delicious! I’ll experiment with both naan and rice when I eat it.

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