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SLOW COOKER CHICKEN & SWEET POTATO KORMA

Chicken and sweet potato are slow cooked in a creamy, delicious coconut milk and coriander sauce.  Easy enough for a week-night dinner.

Slow Cooker Chicken & Sweet Potato Korma | sweetpeasandsaffron.com

Guys, I can see my future, and it looks a little scary!

Kai is 8 months old, and he isn’t crawling or walking yet, but it’s going to happen…soon.  GULP.

Everywhere I look in my house is a death trap.  Why are electrical outlets near the floor?!  Why did someone put glass-front cabinets on the floor of our kitchen?!  And don’t get me started on the giant, sharp-edged brick hearth in the middle of our living room.

And my kid?  He’s going to be trouble.  I can see it in his eyes.  He’s going to be one of those mischievous test-the-boundries-babies.  More like test-the-boundries-of-mom’s-sanity.

Can I wrap him in bubble-wrap?  That counts as baby-proofing, right?  I’m protecting my house from my baby.  Baby-proofing.

Slow Cooker Chicken & Sweet Potato Korma | sweetpeasandsaffron.com

Slow Cooker Chicken & Sweet Potato Korma | sweetpeasandsaffron.com

This recipe is going to come in handy in the upcoming months when my hands are full chasing a mischievous baby.  It is pretty easy.  And it is suuuuuper delicious.

Don’t let the photos fool you {cringe}.  It is not a very photogenic dish.  I was not going to post it after looking at these photos, but it tastes SO freaking fantastic that I couldn’t keep it from you!

The secret to its amazing flavor is a tiny bit of extra effort at the start: the onions are sauteed with a bit of sugar until they are lightly golden, then the spices are tossed in and toasted.  I swear that is the ultra important part of this recipe: toasting the spices enhances their flavors so much.  The onions and the spices are pureed with coconut milk, tossed in the slow cooker with the chicken and the sweet potato.  Push start.  And you’re done for the next 3 or so hours.

Slow Cooker Chicken & Sweet Potato Korma | sweetpeasandsaffron.com

I wish that this was a recipe you could start before going out to work.  I tried cooking it for 6 hours on the lowest {10 hr} setting on my crock pot.  The result was a giant pot of mush.  I recommend cooking it on medium-low {8hr} for 3 hours.  This way, the chicken and the sweet potatoes are cooked to perfection, absorbing all the awesome coconut milk-coriander sauce flavor, but still maintaining their shape.

Once your 3 hours are up, you’re going to think: well this looks awfully soupy.  That’s when the magic happens.  Stir in the garam masala, lemon juice and ground almonds.  The garam masala and the lemon juice brighten the flavors right up, and those ground almonds work their magic, thickening the sauce.

Ben swears that this tastes even better the next day.  I wouldn’t know…he stole all the left-overs for his lunch!

If you are looking for an easy, delicious slow cooker chicken meal, give this one a try!  It gives you so much flavor for so little effort!

4.6 from 5 reviews
SLOW COOKER CHICKEN & SWEET POTATO KORMA
 
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Chicken and sweet potato are slow cooked in a creamy, delicious coconut milk and coriander sauce. Easy enough for a week-night dinner.
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Serves: 4
Ingredients
  • 3 tsp ground coriander
  • 3 tsp ground cumin
  • ½ tsp tumeric
  • 1 tsp chili powder
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 4 or so tsp water {to make a paste}
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 medium onions, sliced
  • 1 tsp granulated sugar
  • 2 cloves garlic, crushed
  • 1 can {14oz, 400mL} coconut milk {not light}
  • 8 boneless, skinless chicken thighs
  • 2 medium yams, cut into 1½ inch cubes {peeled if desired}
Just prior to serving:
  • 2 tsp garam masala
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice
  • 2 tbsp ground almonds
Instructions
  1. Prepare spice mixture: combine ground coriander, cumin, tumeric, chili powder, paprika and salt in a small bowl. Add enough water to form a paste, around 4 tsp. Set aside.
  2. Heat oil in a small pan over medium-low heat. Add onions and sugar, sautee {stirring constantly} until lightly golden, around 10 minutes. Add garlic and cook for a minute. Add the spice mixture and cook for 2 minutes, until toasted.
  3. Combine onion-garlic-spice mixture in a blender with coconut milk. Blend until onion pureed, then toss into the slow cooker.
  4. Add chicken and sweet potato; toss to coat.
  5. Cook on low for 3-4 hours.
Just before serving:
  1. Stir in the garam masala, lemon juice and ground almonds.
  2. Serve with rice and naan bread.
Notes
Avoid light coconut milk, it has the risk of curdling in the crock-pot.

Adapted {slightly} from Kenwood

{ 33 comments… add one }

  • Jessica @ Portuguese Girl Cooks June 13, 2014, 5:24 pm

    I know exactly what you are going through! Oliver just turned 9 months old and is now crawling and OMG so scary. This dinner looks perfect and so easy- love it!

    • Denise June 16, 2014, 1:53 am

      Agh so scary! We have hardwood floors throughout the whole house…why??

  • Pam June 13, 2014, 5:48 pm

    It looks and sounds delicious. I bet your house smelled amazing while it cooked.

    • Denise June 16, 2014, 1:53 am

      Oh it smelled so good! I was glad to finally hit a curry recipe that tastes as good as it smells.

  • Natalie @ Tastes Lovely June 13, 2014, 5:57 pm

    Just make him wear a helmet! Then he’ll be safe for sure! haha! Hopefully he doesn’t get too brave too soon. But that is exciting that he’s almost walking!

    I think you did a great job with these photo’s! “Beige” food or slow cooker food can be the hardest to photograph, but your pictures have my mouth watering! These flavors sound delicious!

    • Denise June 16, 2014, 1:54 am

      Hah, that’s so funny, the hub suggested getting a helmet…for real! I am just getting to know my slow cooker, and it really doesn’t produce ‘pretty’ food. But it does produce yummy food, and that’s what’s really important!

  • Jess @ Flying on Jess Fuel June 13, 2014, 6:25 pm

    This sounds soooo yummy! I have been on a bit of an Indian kick lately and the spices in this sound amazing! And your photos are beautiful even with a less than photogenic dish ;)

    • Denise June 16, 2014, 1:57 am

      Loooove Indian food, can’t wait to cook up a hole bunch more in my slow cooker! Thanks for the compliment!

  • Annie @Maebells June 13, 2014, 7:40 pm

    I love anything that can go in my slow cooker!! Such a good idea for a quick weeknight dinner!

    • Denise June 16, 2014, 2:15 am

      I am learning to love my slow cooker. Thanks, Annie :)

  • Consuelo - Honey & Figs June 14, 2014, 2:14 pm

    Oh well, this dish does look fantastic to me!!! And I love all things Indian so I’m sure I’d be a great fan ;–) xxx

    • Denise June 16, 2014, 2:16 am

      Thanks, Consuelo, I love Indian too :)

  • Jess @ Sweet Menu June 15, 2014, 5:49 am

    Yum! This looks great! I would love a big bowl for dinner!

  • Gayle @ Pumpkin 'N Spice June 15, 2014, 11:52 am

    This sounds like the perfect recipe to help you keep an eye on your little one! I absolutely love using my slow cooker, especially in the summer so that it doesn’t heat up the house as much. This chicken looks amazing!! I love all the spices in here, sounds like everything blends together perfectly. Pinned!

    • Denise June 16, 2014, 2:17 am

      Thanks, Gayle! I’m not so familiar with my slow cooker, we are getting to know each other :)

  • Jason August 28, 2014, 6:39 pm

    Made this last night and it was great! I may have cooked it a bit too long (the chicken was falling apart on my fork, which I don’t think it was supposed to) and I used more salt and chili powder than the recipe called for, but the flavors were excellent! This was my first attempt at cooking something Indian so I was pleased to see it turn out so well.

    • Denise August 29, 2014, 12:31 am

      Hey Jason! My chicken was falling apart on the fork as well. I haven’t found a slow cooker recipe for chicken that doesn’t cook it to the point of falling apart…but I don’t really mind that :) Thanks so much for reporting back, and I’m glad you enjoyed the flavors from this recipe!

  • Jessica December 2, 2014, 1:21 pm

    Thanks, this looks amazing! Do you leave the bone in the chicken? :)

    • Denise December 2, 2014, 3:20 pm

      Hi Jessica! I used skinless, boneless chicken thighs, since using bone-in and skin-on in the slow cooker can result in a pretty greasy meal…I will update the recipe. I hope you enjoy it!

  • Brooke January 10, 2015, 11:07 pm

    This looks great! How many ounces of coconut milk are in the size of the can you typically use?

    • Denise January 10, 2015, 11:22 pm

      Hi Brooke! I used a 14 oz can (or 400mL). I will add those details to the recipe. Hope you enjoy the korma!

  • Jennifer January 30, 2015, 9:07 pm

    Any idea what else would work as a last-minute thickener? I’m allergic to almonds. Thanks for this recipe!

    • Denise January 31, 2015, 12:03 pm

      Hi Jennifer, I’ve never tried using anything other than almonds in this recipe, but I’m sure that another nut would be a great substitute, preferably cashews. If not, you could maybe try some breadcrumbs? I’m not sure if that would alter the texture, though. Let me know if you use an alternative to the ground almonds and how it works out!

  • MD February 14, 2015, 4:59 pm

    Thanks for the recipe… it is super tasty!

  • Mary February 16, 2015, 7:48 pm

    I made this tonight with a few modifications and my hubby and I loved it! I added a sliced red pepper with about an hour and a half of cooking left to go. I also added a few tbsp of Curry powder and a few tbsp of brown sugar just to up the flavor a bit. I also made this yogurt sauce to go with it http://www.epicurious.com/recipes/food/views/traditional-indian-raita-242185 Served with a bit of naan. It was outstanding. Thank you so much for this recipe!!

    • Denise February 17, 2015, 9:21 pm

      Hi Mary! Those sound like delicious modifications! I will have to try that raita, sounds delicious!

  • Jenna February 22, 2015, 12:14 pm

    Made this last night and my boyfriend said it was his favorite dish I’ve ever made. I added a few things to make it more similar to the way our favorite restaurant makes it. Instead of almonds I put raw cashews in at the beginning. I also added golden raisins and green bell pepper. It was delicious, thanks for sharing.

    • Denise February 22, 2015, 8:49 pm

      Wow, Jenna, that’s so awesome! I’m so glad you guys enjoyed this recipe, and that would be great to add cashews! I think the original recipe called for cashews and almonds, now I’m definitely thinking I need to try it with cashews!

  • Jess March 5, 2015, 2:21 am

    Hi Denise, thinking of making as sounds delicious but wary as to how spicy it may be? My partner can only manage mild curries (unlike me!).
    Think I’ll still try it though as I’ve got loads of sweet potatoes in the cupboard!

    • Denise March 5, 2015, 3:04 pm

      Hi Jess! This one isn’t actually spicy (despite being full of spices), it is more of a rich and comforting curry. I hope you like it!

  • Angie March 26, 2015, 1:23 am

    This was delicious!! I made it this evening for friends and we all loved it. I’m so happy to find easy and great crock-pot recipes.

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