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Slow cooker chicken saag curry

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We are big fans of using the slow cooker. It is low energy to use, low effort to prepare most meals and you just can’t beat knowing that you’ve got dinner waiting for you when you come in from a busy day, or just want to avoid the takeaway! This slow cooker chicken saag curry, a fancy way of saying chicken and spinach curry, is always a winner in my home.

Making a chicken saag slow cooker dinner is SUPER simple and you can have it all ready to put in the slow cooker pot in just a few minutes!

I’m a real lover of the slow cooker. I love nothing more than getting dinner ready in the slow cooker pot, before bed, placing it in the fridge overnight and knowing that in the morning I just pop it on and leave it for 4-8 hours to cook. Depending on the recipe of course.

It is great knowing that dinner is already prepared and this frees me up for work, chores or just spending more time with my lovely family. Also, the prep time on this dish is just a couple of minutes!

If you’re looking for some inspiration for other slow cooker recipes then be sure to check out my Easy slow cooker recipes (UK recipes). Also, my lovely friend Nyomi has this delicious healthy mung bean dal recipe too that you just have to try!

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Spinach is something that is very simple to grow yourself. It costs just pennies and with regular seeding you can enjoy spinach fresh from your garden for months every year.

I first decided to try this recipe after growing a lot of spinach at our allotment, but since then we have moved home and I have continued growing things in my very own garden!

Growing food ourselves has to be one of the most rewarding things that we’ve ever done in our own garden. It is amazing how enjoyable it is, especially around the busy life that is working and parenting two small children!

This curry has quite a mild flavour, so if you want to jazz it up a little be sure to add some chilli powder or even some fresh chillies!

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Ingredients for slow cooker chicken saag curry recipe:

Spray oil

1 large sliced onion

1 tin of chopped tomatoes (400g approx)

2 boneless skinless chicken breasts or 4 chicken thigh fillets

500g spinach

2 cloves of garlic

1/2 a thumb sized piece of ginger

1 tablespoon of mild chilli powder

1 tablespoon of mild curry powder

2 tablespoon of fresh coriander (or 1 tablespoon dried)

1 tablespoon of turmeric

1 tablespoon of garam masala

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Method for slow cooker chicken and spinach curry

Add ALL of the ingredients, apart from the spinach.

Mix together well.

Spray around the edge of the slow cooker pot just above the ingredients with a little spray oil.

Add the spinach to the top of the pot.

Place the lid on and leave it to cook.

Cook on high for 4-5 hours or low for 7-8 hours.

Personally I use chicken breast for this in the past but have switched to chicken thigh, as I find they have more flavour and bring some extra succulence to this dish.

I started using frozen chopped/diced onions for this recipe also when I had a glut to freeze. They work just as well as you can’t really tell the difference.

If you want to thicken the sauce before stirring then mix 1 tablespoon of cornflour to 3 tablespoons of cold water to make a slurry and add this to the slow cooker pot 30 minutes before you serve.

This mix will help to make the sauce thicker. If you’re happy with a slightly runnier consistency then be sure to skip this step and save yourself some hassle!

Two chicken breasts that have been dressed with paprika, chopped rosemary, garlic and olive oil and cooked in the air fryer. The chicken breasts are in a white enamel dish

This saag curry is so simple to prepare and is a real favourite in our home. We often enjoy it with rice and 3 ingredient flatbreads.

On occasion I’ve also served this with a few less traditional side dishes, such as air fryer roast potatoes, air fryer mashed potatoes or even air fryer tortilla chips. We are big fans of using up what we have available and sometimes we don’t have rice to hand.

Just about anything bread based will always go well with this dish, as it will help to soak up all of the lovely sauce and flavours.

Why not take a look at one of my other slow cooker chicken recipes while you’re here?

Why not try one of these fantastic slow cooker accessories:

ALL of the slow cooker recipes on this website have been cooked using a Ninja Foodi OL750UK, or the previous model, but you can use ANY slow cooker, as timings should be very similar.

Can you use coconut milk in this recipe?

Chicken saag curry is meant to be a tomato based curry. If you’re looking for a coconut milk based curry then one of my favourites is a chicken laksa. So simple to create but absolutely packed full of flavour.

Not a fan of spinach?

If you don’t like the texture then don’t skip adding it entirely, instead I would use a food processor to blend the spinach into a paste, add it to the curry at the beginning of the cooking time and over the hours most of the green colour will disappear leaving you with a lovely thick rich curry to enjoy!

How to make a slow cooker spinach curry:

A chicken saag curry cooked in the slow cooker served with cardamom and star anise flavoured rice decorated with coriander in an indian takeaway style metal bowl on a yellow backdrop
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Slow cooker chicken saag curry

A slow cooker spinach curry with chicken breast and healthy goodness from spinach

Course Main Course
Cuisine British
Keyword chicken, curry, slow cooker, spinach
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 6 hours
Servings 3 servings
Calories 217 kcal
Author Katykicker

Ingredients

  • Spray oil
  • 1 large onion sliced
  • 400g tin of chopped tomatoes
  • 2 chicken breasts or 4 thighs
  • 500g spinach
  • 2 cloves of garlic
  • piece of ginger thumb sized
  • 1 tbsp chilli powder mild
  • 1 tbsp curry powder mild
  • 2 tbsp coriander fresh
  • 1 tbsp tumeric
  • 1 tbsp garam masala

Instructions

  1. Add ALL of the ingredients, apart from the spinach.
  2. Mix together well.
  3. Spray around the edge of the slow cooker pot just above the ingredients with a little spray oil.
  4. Add the spinach to the top of the pot.
  5. Place the lid on and leave it to cook.
  6. Cook on high for 4-5 hours or low for 7-8 hours.
  7. Personally I use chicken breast for this in the past but have switched to chicken thigh, as I find they have more flavour and bring some extra succulence to this dish.
  8. I started using frozen chopped/diced onions for this recipe also when I had a glut to freeze. They work just as well as you can’t really tell the difference.
  9. If you want to thicken the sauce before stirring then mix 1 tablespoon of cornflour to 3 tablespoons of cold water to make a slurry and add this to the slow cooker pot 30 minutes before you serve.
  10. This mix will help to make the sauce thicker. If you’re happy with a slightly runnier consistency then be sure to skip this step and save yourself some hassle!

Note: All calorie information is for demonstration purposes only and is based on the specific uncooked ingredients that I used when creating the recipe.

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A chicken saag curry cooked in the slow cooker served with cardamom and star anise flavoured rice decorated with coriander in an indian takeaway style metal bowl on a yellow backdrop
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Julia

Saturday 13th of November 2021

Great and easy recipe. I made it with lamb instead of chicken and it worked well. I might suggest adding salt for flavour.. Maybe a stock cube?

katykicker

Monday 15th of November 2021

So glad you liked it, lamb sounds lovely! Thanks for your suggestion x

Linda

Friday 30th of September 2016

Today I have bought a new Russell Hobbs slow cooker after giving my previous model to a friend. Your easy (easy being the operative word in my house) recipe looks delicious. I'll christen my new one by making it. Got oodles of perpetual spinach growing. Thanks Linda. New Zealand

katykicker

Friday 30th of September 2016

That's lovely Linda! Please let me know how it goes x

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