Slow Cooker Curry Chicken Recipe

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This slow cooker curry chicken recipe is totally worth pulling out your slow cooker! It’s amazing!!

The love affair I have with my slow cooker is currently bordering on obsession.

Just when I think I’ve run out of time to make dinner, I remember that I prepped it the night before and stuck it in the crockpot in the morning before I left. My stress level is instantly reduced to a manageable level.

You can see somebody holding a fork, getting ready to take a bite of this Clean Eating Curry Chicken Recipe. You see only the hand holding the fork which is dipping into the dish.

In fact, I’m considering mixing up some crockpot blends in 1-gallon zip lock bags and tossing them in the freezer. I’ll make a whole bunch at one time. Then, all I have to do is grab a bag, toss it in the crockpot and head out the door. How’s that for an easy meal? (Ya, sometimes I’m just a little bit brilliant…. and arrogant…ehem…)

I got this recipe while surfing the net for crockpot recipe ideas. I came across the website and they had a recipe for curry chicken that sounded incredible. And to my great surprise, it was clean!

An overhead view of this Clean Eating Curry Chicken dish shows tow bowls filled with the curry chicken and brown rice. A small bowl of dried apricots sits to the side of these bowl on the right, with a fork on the left.

Then I realized that I didn’t have half of what I needed to make it, so I improvised, and wow. This is some seriously good chicken. I think the only thing I would change is to add more broth next time for extra gravy. But seriously, Disney can cook! (And I guess, so can I! Ha!)

What Is Curry Chicken Made Of?

Typical chicken curry is made of chicken stewed in a tomato and onion sauce with lots of various spices added.

What Does Curry Chicken Taste Like?

Since spices can vary based on where the dish is made, it can have slightly different flavors anywhere you eat it. But typically, it has an earthy, heady flavor thanks to spices like curry powder, ginger, and turmeric.

Are Curries Healthy?

The answer to that is, it depends. They CAN be extremely healthy if they are made to be. But some curries have a lot of additives, unhealthy fats, and other ingredients most health-minded folks would avoid. It all depends on who is making the curry.

More Healthy Curry Recipes

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Clean Eating Curry Chicken Recipe

Slow Cooker Curry Chicken

This is one of the most delicious chicken dishes I’ve ever had and I know you’ll love it too!
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Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Indian
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 10 hours
Total Time: 10 hours 15 minutes
Servings: 8 servings
Calories: 192kcal


  • 2 lb. chicken breasts (boneless, skinless)
  • ½ cup raisins
  • 1 medium shallot (diced)
  • ½ cup dried apricots (no sugar added – I used the unsulfured kind from Whole Foods)
  • ½ tsp. dried ginger
  • 12 cloves garlic (chopped – yes, 12. That’s not a typo)
  • 1 tsp. curry powder
  • 1 tsp. ground cumin
  • ¼ tsp. ground cloves
  • ¾ cup chicken stock (use 2 cups if you want gravy, + 1-2 tablespoons whole wheat pastry flour. Whisk well into the broth before adding to the crock pot to avoid clumps.)
  • 1 tbsp. apple cider vinegar
  • 1 medium lemon (juice only)


  • Place all ingredients in the crock pot and stir as best you can to get everything mixed and coated in the spices.
  • Cook on low for 8-10 hours.
  • Serve over brown rice and add a side of cauliflower. Yum!


Please note that the nutrition data is a ballpark figure. Exact data is not possible.


Calories: 192kcal | Carbohydrates: 14g | Protein: 25g | Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 72mg | Sodium: 144mg | Potassium: 646mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 335IU | Vitamin C: 3.2mg | Calcium: 30mg | Iron: 1.6mg

Recipe from the Gracious Pantry archives, originally posted 10/28/11.

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  1. Julie Bastuk says:

    Thank you, I have now have dinner for tonight. I had no clue what I was going to make. 🙂

    1. Anonymous says:

      Julie – You’re welcome! Hope you enjoy it!

  2. Have you read about “The Big Cook”?
    Their concept is to batch cook, store in freezer bags, and then throw into oven/slow cooker, BBQ, etc. A great concept, but a lot of (okay ALL) of their recipes are not clean, because they rely heavily on items like BBQ sauce, ketchup, dry onion soup mix, etc. I’ve used my Cleaning Eating techniques to “clean up” some of their recipes. I do like the concept of grabbing something out of the freezer and throwing into the crock-pot too! It’s like you are making your own convenience food without all the sugar/sodium/preservatives!

    1. Anonymous says:

      Natalie – I do like the idea of the big batches!

  3. bagged crockpot meals sounds fantastic. Please post your results along with recipes for all of us to try!

    1. Anonymous says:

      Brenda – I will! Although, I recently found out that it’s not a good idea to put frozen food in a slow cooker. It takes longer for the food to arrive at the right temp, leaving more time for bacteria to grow on the food.

  4. Looks awesome! Thanks for the recipe!

    1. Anonymous says:

      Gina – You’re welcome! Hope you enjoy it!

  5. Oh, yeah. I have to get my crock pot out again. It’s gotten coooooold and rainy here in central VA. I’m so craving hot soups and stews. And warmth. I just finished the antibiotic Monday and already my sinus infection is back. Acheyhead and face need comfort foods.

    1. Anonymous says:

      Jodi – Oh no!!! Take care of yourself sweetie!

  6. I came here to tell you NOT to do the bagged thing unless you let the food thaw, but I see that you know that now.

    1. Anonymous says:

      Nicole – Yes! Thank you! Learning as I go…

  7. leannatufts says:

    this looks sooo good. I want it right now and its 9 am!

    1. Anonymous says:

      Leannatufts – Haha! Hope you make it. It’s YUMMY!

  8. Bethcook100 says:

    I want to try this one!
    I only have boneless skinless chicken breast – will this alter the outcome of the recipe too much?

    1. Anonymous says:

      Bethcook – Nope, that’s what I used!

  9. Kristiemerrill1 says:

    Isn’t it great when you find a recipe and it’s already clean! I have a great curry recipe from my mom thats clean also! Always was! This one is just a little different and I’m gonna have to try it love the dried apricots! Thanks!

    1. Anonymous says:

      Kristie – Fantastic! I love older recipes. They always seem to be clean!

  10. Anonymous says:

    Shelley – Yes, I shred it right in the crock pot. It just falls apart.

  11. Anonymous says:

    Klop – We’re certainly hoping so! Just submitted the last of the recipes today and hope to have a manuscript to proof very soon!

  12. Anonymous says:

    Kat – Hmmm. I’m not sure. The only way to find out would be to cook it without and add it after if you need it. Sorry, I know that doesn’t help much…

  13. I made this on Saturday — it is super yummy and filling!

    1. Anonymous says:

      Allison – Wonderful! I’m so glad you enjoyed it!

  14. Heather Buscemi says:

    Is dried ginger the same as ground?

    1. Anonymous says:

      Heather – Usually.

  15. This sounds delicious! I can’t wait to try it (when I have the ingredients on hand!) Thank you AGAIN for your amazing site.

    1. Anonymous says:

      Jess – Fantastic! Let me know how you like it!

  16. Anonymous says:

    Sarah – Thank you! I actually have a slow cooker cookbook coming out in January that I co-authored with Gale Compton of Fit Fabulous Forever. All the recipes are based on clean eating, so you may enjoy it.

    1. Sarah Perrie says:

      I would love to have that book! Where will it be sold? Looking forward to making your post from today too! You have made my life so much easier, and much more delicious too. =)

      1. Anonymous says:

        Sarah – Why thank you! I’m glad I could help! I will post the book here on my blog for sale when it’s available. It will be sold on QVC on Jan 8th and then everywhere else on Feb 9, including here on my blog.

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  19. Anonymous says:

    April – Hope you enjoy it!

  20. Anonymous says:

    That’s wonderful! Thanks for sharing your recipe. If memory serves the sauce is clean too!

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  23. How do you think this would taste with coconut milk instead of chicken broth? Prepared the meal tonight so I can stick it in the crock tomorrow morning and realized we’re out of chicken stock!

    1. graciouspantry says:

      It would probably be pretty tasty, but definitely thicker.

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