Crockpot Butter Chicken

In our homeschool history lessons, we've been studying the early explorers who were looking for a shorter/easier way to get to India to trade items for Indian spices. I thought it would be fun to make an Indian dish to drive home the lessons we had been focusing on. We are not normally adventurous with our food, but I found this recipe for Crockpot Butter Chicken and knew we had to try it. So, where does a "plain Jane" go to get worldly inspiration and ingredients?  World Market, of course!
When I went in to the store, I was immediately drawn to their LIFE OF PI section with all kinds of Indian items displayed together. Have you seen the LIFE OF PI movie yet? In case you haven't heard of it or seen it yet, it is the story of an Indian boy named Pi, a zookeeper's son, who survives a disaster at sea and is thrown into an epic journey. While adrift in the middle of the Pacific Ocean, he forms an amazing and unexpected connection with a fearsome Bengal tiger. The movie opened in theaters November 21, 2012.

You can watch the trailer for the LIFE OF PI here:!/watch-trailer
In the display, there was traditional Indian clothing and furniture...
...beautiful LIFE OF PI jewelry, accessories and home decor...
...Indian Cookware and serving items too.
I was smitten with this gorgeous green scarf and it had to come home with me...but it wouldn't necessarily be for me to was for my table ;-)
I also picked up this beautiful stainless steel Hammered Karhai, which is actually a traditional Indian wok. I didn't use it to cook it with, rather to serve up a salad with my meal. They had these in various sizes.
This was an exciting find too! World Market is running a LIFE OF PI Sweepstakes right now. Here are the details:
The Life of Pi Sweepstakes runs from 11/17 to 12/ 28

  • Grand Prize package includes: a dream trip for 2 to India and $1,000 World Market gift card.
  • There will be 3 runner up prize winners that will each receive a $500 World Market gift card.
  • If you share the sweepstakes with 5 of your friends (via Facebook share or email) you can receive 5 additional bonus entries. This is part of the registration process when entering. Users can also enter daily for more chances to win.
  • Enter online at or
When looking for global inspiration to decorate your home, accessorize yourself or even put food on your table, be sure to check out World Market's websiteTwitterFacebook, Google+Instagram, and especially their Pinterest boards.
I got sidetracked at the LIFE OF PI display and almost forgot to go into their food section to get ingredients for my Indian dish. World Market has a wonderful sampling of gourmet food and drink items from around the world. From spices to packaged meals and beverages, they have you covered for those occasions when you want something out of the ordinary.
So, are you ready to get to the recipe?
Here's what you need: butter, oil, chicken breasts, onion, garlic, curry powder, Tandoori masala (spice blend), chicken masala (not shown), tomato paste, cardamom seed pods, coconut milk, yogurt, salt, cilantro to garnish (not shown), and cooked basmati rice
Here's how you make it:
Melt butter and oil together over medium heat and add chicken and onion. Stir and cook for about 8 minutes, then add in the garlic for a couple of minutes. Transfer to crockpot.
In separate bowl, combine curry powder, Tandoori masala, chicken masala, tomato paste, coconut milk and cardamom pods. Season with salt.
Pour mixture over chicken in crockpot and stir. Cook on low for 5-6 hours or high for 3-4 hours, until chicken is tender.
During last few minutes of cooking, stir in the yogurt and heat through. Remove the cardamom pods and serve over basmati rice. I paired it with a simple spinach salad and Naan bread.
Crockpot Butter Chicken
(adapted from All Recipes)

2 Tbsp. butter
2 Tbsp. vegetable Oil
4 boneless chicken breasts, cut into small chunks
1 onion, diced
2 tsp. minced garlic
2 tsp. curry powder (World Market)
2 tsp. Tandoori Masala (World Market)
1 tsp. Chicken Masala
1 (6 oz.) can tomato paste
10-15 green cardamom pods (World Market)
1 (14 oz.) can coconut milk (World Market)
1 cup plain yogurt
Salt to taste
Cilantro for garnish

Melt butter and oil together over medium heat and add in chicken and onion, cooking for about 10 minutes until the onion is translucent. Add in garlic during last couple of minutes of cooking. Transfer to slow cooker. In separate bowl combine curry powder, Tandoori Masala, Chicken Masala, tomato paste, coconut milk and cardamom pods. Season the sauce with salt. Pour the mixture over the chicken in the crock pot and cook on high for 3-4 hours or low for 5-6 hours, until chicken is tender. During the last few minutes of cooking, add in the cup of yogurt and heat through. Remove the cardamom pods. Spoon over basmati rice and garnish with cilantro.
I enjoyed putting together this meal and really appreciated the inspiration from the LIFE OF PI section at World Market. See my LIFE OF PI finds in the picture? The gorgeous scarf made for a striking centerpiece and the Hammered Karhai was the perfect little salad bowl. I hope you enjoyed going on this little journey to India with me.

This shop is part of a social shopper marketing insight campaign with Pollinate Media Group™, but all my opinions are my own.

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  1. Thanks for stopping by Mrs. Mama. Glad I'm a new follower! I enjoy great recipes and household tips.

  2. We don't have a World Market where I live, but it looks like so much fun, and the chicken looks devine.

  3. What a beautifully exotic recipe!!! LOVE the flavors! YUMMY!

  4. Nici I pinned this! It looks so good!!! I am definitely trying this!

  5. Hi Nici,
    What a great post, and a fabulous recipe. I can't wait to try this one. Hope you have a great week and thank you so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday.
    Come Back Soon!
    Miz Helen

  6. Looks wonderful. I love me some World Market, too!! Thanks so much for linking up on Monday! You are featured on my favorite features post:


  7. Sounds delicious, Paula!! Thanks for linking up to Tasty Thursdays at The Mandatory Mooch. Nichi

  8. Nici, this looks delicious!! What a great combo of flavors. I would have gotten distracted by the LIFE OF PI display too. What fun colors. Thanks for linking up, Nichi

  9. YUMMMMM. I can't tell you how much I adore Indian/Middle Eastern Cuisine, and add it to the slow cooker??? Yes, please! Thanks for Linking Up in the Crock-pot GIVEAWAY!

  10. Thank you so much for adding this to the Crockpot Link up, Nici!! :)

  11. Butter Chicken is literally my very favorite Indian dish! Love that I can now make it in my Crock Pot. :)

  12. What do you mean by "Chicken Masala"? Is this a spice? I cannot find it. Thanks!!:)


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