Slow Cooker Thai Chicken Massaman Curry Recipe

This Clean Eating Slow Cooker Thai Chicken Massaman Curry. This was crazy good stuff!

I loved the pineapple slaw, it was an absolutely perfect pairing with the chicken. And because I had leftover slaw, I ate it as a delicious salad for lunch the next day!

Clean Eating Slow Cooker Thai Chicken Massaman Curry Recipe

At one point, I was working with eMeals. That business relationship has long since passed, but I still have the recipes here to share with you. This particular dish was one that I made quite a few changes to. The original had a fair amount of spice in it and my little guy never would have eaten it if it was spicy. So I made adjustments, and with my alterations, there is just a hint of kick to it. So if you are cooking for wee ones, keep that in mind. My son loved it and so did I! The flavors sort of explode in your mouth!


This did have some water left behind in the crock when I took it out. I used a little for “sauce”, and discarded the rest. Even the original recipe left behind a fair amount, so I think that’s just how the recipe is. But rest assured, you don’t want to cut back on anything for the sake of flavor.

But honestly, this is wonderful stuff. Clean eating at its finest!

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Adapted from eMeals.

Clean Eating Slow Cooker Thai Chicken Massaman Curry Recipe

Slow Cooker Thai Chicken Massaman Curry

This delicious recipe makes a lot of slaw. So if you have some left over, try it in a wrap the next day! Yum!
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Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Thai
Servings: 4 servings
Calories: 447kcal


  • Slow Cooker



  • 1 lb. chicken breasts (boneless, skinless)
  • 1 tsp. curry powder
  • 2 medium garlic cloves (minced)
  • ½ cup white onion (sliced thin)
  • ½ cup red bell pepper (sliced thin)
  • ½ cup chicken broth (no sugar added)
  • 14 oz. can light coconut milk


  • 16 oz. bag shredded cabbage coleslaw mix
  • 20 oz. can crushed pineapple (no sugar added)
  • ½ cup chopped green onion
  • 2 medium limes (juice only)
  • 3 tbsp. olive oil


  • Combine the chicken ingredients in a slow cooker and cook on low for 4 to 6 hours.
  • In a separate bowl, combine the slaw ingredients.
  • Stir in the lime juice and oil; let stand 1 hour before serving. Serve half of slaw, and save remaining for another meal. (I had it for lunch the next day. Delicious all by itself!)


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


Serving: 0.25the recipe | Calories: 447kcal | Carbohydrates: 36g | Protein: 27g | Fat: 21g | Saturated Fat: 8g | Cholesterol: 72mg | Sodium: 348mg | Potassium: 933mg | Fiber: 6g | Sugar: 25g | Vitamin A: 925IU | Vitamin C: 85.9mg | Calcium: 93mg | Iron: 2.1mg

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  1. This sounds very good. I love the slow cooker meals. Did you drain the canned pineapple?

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Yes, I did. Sorry, should have mentioned that…

  2. Jen O'Brien says:

    This looks wonderful! Thanks for sharing another delicious clean recipe!

  3. This looks so delicious – do you think leaving out the pineapple would have a big impact on the flavor?

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Yes, it would. I think the pineapple is important for this one.

  4. I think I will have to swap this one into next weeks meal plan-it sounds delicious

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      I hope you enjoy it!

  5. This looks delicious and I’m going to start cooking it in a few minutes. I’m just wondering if you cut up your chicken breasts or if you cooked them whole? Thanks for sharing the recipe! Can’t wait for dinner tonight.

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      I cooked them whole.

  6. Barb Marshall says:

    This is in the crock pot now.. I did it with chicken thighs and breasts with bone in… Silly me added the pepper flakes to the crock .. ahh need to learn to read. Will let you know how it turns out.

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      I’m sure it will be fine. Enjoy!

  7. I made this as orginally written (except that we used the light cocount milk) and it the curry was so bland and watery. We didn’t even keep the leftovers. Now the slaw was wonderful and was even better as leftovers the next day.

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      How odd. What kind of chicken did you use? I used the light coconut milk as well and it turned out great. There was a little liquid in the bottom, but nothing like what you seem to be describing here. I’m wondering if the chicken you used may have been pumped with water? Many stores are doing this now.

  8. We just got done eating this recipe. Pretty good. The slaw was really good. I will have some for lunch tomorrow. I have one question though, was the broth mixture supposed to thicken as it cooked? It did not for us. It was very soupy when the chicken was done.

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      No. I didn’t really bother with the liquid. I just scooped out the chicken and served it over the slaw.

  9. Ok, that is what I did also.

  10. We just finished this for dinner. I made Jasmine Rice to serve it over. Mine was soupy, but it was a hit! The rice helped. I served the slaw on the side. It was all delicious! Thank you for sharing! 🙂

  11. We had this last night for supper. It was great! My husband said it looked like a restaurant meal. The cole slaw is delicious. I would make that anytime to eat as a salad. We like it hot; so I say go for the heat!

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      So glad you enjoyed it! 🙂

  12. I love the coleslaw and added jicama to it…..but the chicken curry was a little bland…

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Really? Did you make it exactly the same or did you make any changes?

  13. Stephanie says:

    I’m unclear…is the lime juice and oil added to the chicken or the slaw? Also if thawing frozen chicken in the microwave before putting in the crock pot would you have any suggestions for ensuring the liquid isn’t watery from the extra liquid in the still slightly frozen chicken? Thanks!

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Stephanie – I just fixed the recipe so it’s a little more clean. There will be liquid in the slow cooker regardless. You can simply discard it.

  14. Teresa Meyers says:

    This would be good to take to lunch in the Crock Pot warmer you are giving away.

  15. I love Thai food, I will have to try this. BTW thanks for all the great info you provide it has been so helpful for me 🙂

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      My pleasure. 🙂

  16. Thank you for posting this recipe. I’ve read a few posters comments that this recipe is runny. In my experience, I’ve only eaten Massaman curry chicken as a soup. This is my favorite dish at a local Thai restaurant. So instead of worrying about the “extra” liquid…put this dish in a bowl an throughly enjoy!

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      It’s not that it’s runny, it’s that there is a small to medium amount of liquid in the bottom of the slow cooker from the chicken and such. I just scooped everything out and discarded the liquid. But you could certainly use it!

  17. making it tonight! looks and smells great! my tummy is rumbling already. thanks.

  18. Megan d'Entremont says:

    I cooked this today not realizing the difference between Coconut water and coconut milk! So I used the water. Oh well, we shall find out soon how it turned out. I did add a natural sweetener to it as I read the milk is sweeter then the water. I know the taste will probly be quite different but as long as edible I will be happy hahaha

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Oh dear! Let me know how it turns out!

  19. If I cook this it will be when I go to work so my question is…can I put the coleslaw in at the same time and let it all cook on low?

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Dawn – the coleslaw doesn’t get cooked.

  20. I was looking for a great dish to try tonight in my slow cooker while I Zumba…can’t wait to try this one!

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      LouAnn – I hope you enjoy it! 🙂

  21. Made this tonight for tea….the coconut milk curdled. I usually love the soupy’ness of Thai curries…not tonight. Think we will just scoop the chicken out.

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Haley – What brand of coconut milk did you use? That’s rather strange, I’ve never had it happen before. Was it out of a can or a carton?

  22. Nice heat from the pepper, for sure. But whoever told the author this was massaman was sorely mistaken! Massaman has potatoes, ginger, lemongrass, sugar, and loads more. At least this is something simple to throw in the slow cooker.

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Jess – I’m sure there are many different variations. This is a version from eMeals.

  23. can u do this in a regular oven?..if so how?

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Barb – I don’t recommend it for this recipe.

  24. i wish ur web page notified us when someone replied to our comments…i usually forget i where commented or asked a question…u seem so SMART and creative..maybe you can do that?? just askin..:):)

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Bar – I’ll ask my designer and see if it’s a possibility.

  25. Great!! if u it ur fb page so ill know!..:):)

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Barb – Will do!