Slow Cooker Curry Chicken

Gluten Free

Yellow curry chicken

The instant pot has saved me so many times when I completely forgot my family actually needs foor at night smh. Curry is one of my go to recipes for a last minute healthy dinner. This instant pot yellow chicken curry will blow you away. 

I absolutely love making curry at home…although it used to terrify me. Everyone seems to have a story or strong opinion abiout curry. 

Basically youi will love it or hate it. 

In our family of 5 we love it. I have young kids and we enjoy mild curry’s such as this recipe all the time! 

Curry comes across as intimidating but can be made at home and gives big flavor! This recipe is so delicious and will open up your mind to making curry recipes regularly.

Throw this in the slow cooker, make some for your meal plan to freeze, or pop it in the instant pot and enjoy any night of the week.

This healthy chicken curry recipe is clean with all natural ingredients. 

TIP: if you like to add a little kick to your curry but didn’t add it while cooking just add some crushed red pepper flakes to your individual plate. 

Why you will love this instant pot yellow curry recipe. 

  • 10 Minutes to Prep
  • Super Easy
  • Extremely Tasty
  • Healthy (Soy Free, Gluten Free, Dairy Free, Preservative Free)
  • Family Friendly
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Is yellow curry healthy?

Curry can be a very healthy dish. Often times curry’s are dairy free and tend to contain lots of vegetables and/or quality meat. Curry can be a great way to enjoy vegetarian or low carb dinners with lots of flavor

Ingredients you will need for this (Slow Cooker) or Instant Pot Yellow Curry recipe. 

  • chicken thighs
  • onion
  • tomato paste
  • full fat coconut milk
  • diced tomatoes
  • garlic cloves
  • raw honey
  • curry powder
  • salt
  • crushed red pepper

What is raw honey? Is it different from regular honey?

Raw honey comes straight from the honey comb. It is cleaned of any bits of comb but does not undergo a pasteurization process which leaves it a bit cloudy because this is honey in its pure natural form. 
Regular honey undergoes a pasteurization process making it pure and very consistent in it coloring. It also does not solidify. 
The pasteurization process may decrease the health benefits that raw honey has to offer by lowering the number of antioxidants and nutrients in the honey. You may use raw or regular honey but because of the health benefits I always recommend using raw honey. 

How to make the curry sauce?

SUPER EASY! In the past sauces have intimidated me. But this one is as simple as throwing all the sauce ingredients together in a food processor or high speed blender and blending until smooth. 

How to make this curry chicken recipe in the slow cooker?

Just throw everything into a slow cooker and let it cook for you. No mess, no fuss and a delicious home-cooked dinner!
Slow cook chicken curry instant pot recipes are so delicious!


What kind of meat can I use?

Chicken thighs are the best for any (Slow Cooker) or instant pot curry recipe! 
You could also try using beef or vegetables and use the curry sauce for an amazing instant pot curry dinner. 

What to serve with this instant pot chicken curry recipe?

Serve with a fresh cucumber salad or fruit bowl on the side. Don’t forget the naan bread, pickled veggies and maybe even some hummus or garlic spread to top it off!

How to store this instant pot chicken yellow curry recipe?

After cooking store in fridge in an airtight container for 3-5 days.

Do I need a slow cooker for this recipe?

You can use a slow cooker or crock pot for this recipe. It is designed to be fast and easy so you do not have to take the time to cook all night. Slow cooker chicken curry is the perfect freezer recipe for a healthy fast dinner. 

Can I use an instant pot instead?

Of course! If you are tight on time or a last minute cook then throw everything in the instant post and adjust cook time. Instant pot curry chicken is the best!
For slow cooker to instant pot conversion times click here to get a simple instant pot cheat sheet. You will never have to guess or research an instant pot cook time again!

*See FAQ’s and specific tips following recipe below. (so you don’t have to scroll for a million years to find the food 😉 ).

How do you make this (Slow Cooker) or Instant Pot Yellow Curry Recipe? 👇 

Instant Pot or (Slow Cooker) Yellow Curry Chicken

Instant pot yellow curry is a great mild familyfriendly healthy dinner. This recipe can be made in the slow cooker and is afreezer recipe. Enjoy it all year round.
Prep Time15 minutes
Cook Time6 hours
Total Time6 hours 15 minutes
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Indian
Keyword: chicken curry instant pot, Instant Pot Chicken Curry, Instant Pot curry chicken, Instant Pot Yellow Curry, Slow Cooker Chicken Curry
Servings: 6 Adults
Calories: 414kcal
Author: Hannah Stewart


Main Ingredients:

  • 2 lb Bone-In Chicken Thighs, no skin*
  • 1/2 Large Onion, chopped

Curry Sauce:

  • 6 oz Tomato Paste
  • 13.5 oz can Full Fat Coconut Milk
  • 14.5 oz can Diced Tomatos
  • 2 large Garlic Cloves, minced
  • 3 tbsp Raw Honey
  • 2 tbsp Curry Powder
  • 1 tsp Salt
  • 1 tsp Crushed Red Pepper(Optional)*

Supplies for freezing:

  • 1 Gallon Freezer Bag



  • Blend all curry sauce ingredients in high speed blender or food processor to make curry sauce
  • Add all main ingredients and curry sauce into slow cooker.
  • Cook on low 6-8 hours or high 3-4 hours.
  • Shred chicken, remove bones and stir back into slow cooker.
  • Serve over basmati rice (or cauliflower rice if paleo).

Freezer Directions:

  • Label Freezer bag with Recipe name, cooking from freezer directions and expiration date (todays date plus three months).
  • Blend all curry sauce ingredients in high speed blender or food processor to make curry sauce.
  • Add all main ingredients and curry sauce into gallon freezer bag.
  • Seal bag, removing as much air as possible and freeze for up to three months.

(Slow Cooker) Cooking from Freezer Directions:

  • Thaw overnight in fridge or in the morning in water (meal may not be 100% thawed but that is ok).
  • Dump contents of freezer bag into slow cooker.
  • Cook on low 6-8 hours or high 3-4 hours.
  • Shred chicken, remove bones and stir back into slow cooker.
  • Serve over basmati rice (cauliflower rice if paleo).

(Instant Pot) Cooking from Freezer Directions:

  • Thaw overnight in fridge or in the morning in water (meal may not be 100% thawed but that is ok).
  • Dump contents of freezer bag into the instant pot.
  • Make sure valve is sealed. Set cook time at high pressure for 13 minutes.
  • (Natural Pressure Release) NPR for 5-10 minutes then (Quick Release) QR.
  • Shred chicken, remove bones and stir back into slow cooker.
  • Serve over basmati rice (cauliflower rice if paleo).

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How freezer meals will change your life.

Makes homecooking Easy

Only spend one hour in the kitchen for a whole week of dinners. Day of, throw your freezer meal in the slow cooker or instant pot and enjoy dinner!

feel confident

Knowing you have a fool proof systen for something that is easy and works gives you confidence in the kitchen. So wether you're a seasoned chef or occational home cook the method of freezer cooking will work for you!

Eat Healthier

Because you're prepping the freezer meals with fresh foods you're eating healthier. Anytime you cook at home instead of eating out you get the benefits of healthier food.

Enjoy less stress

Have you ever felt the pressure of forgetting about dinner, or having to cook at the end of a long day?! No more, just grab something out of the freezer and you're good to go.

Frequently asked questions

No problem! Just throw the freezer meal in your slow cooker or instant pot and you’re all set. If it doesn’t fit thaw it for a few minutes in warm water. (Be sure to check your chicken temp to see that it is all the way cooked thru, chicken thighs should be at 165 degrees F)

There are some differences in the color of a curry. Curry powder is a spice blend that can be present in any of the curry sauces regardless of color. Green curry’s contain green chiles. Red curry contains red chiles. Yellow curry contains a high amount of turmeric, heavier on the curry powder than other curry’s.

Kaeng lueang is the traditional term in Thailand for yellow curry. Translates directly as yellow curry in Thai. It’s usually a sour curry that is lighter in color but can be spicier and sharper in taste. This curry is much more mild and inspired by a traditional kaeng lueang curry but not as spicy or sharp.

A serving size assumes 1 cup of yellow chicken curry mix at 414 kcal per serving. 

Absolutely. This instant pot curry chicken and rice dinner is great!

You may have to play around with cook times if you choose a meat other than chicken thighs. If you’re interested in an instant pot cheat sheet for cook times click here!

You can spice up any curry by adding the desired amount of red chiles flakes. You could also add in fresh hot peppers, extra black pepper or temper chiles in oil. Ovoid adding extra coconut oil or creams as this will balance out the spice.

Traditionally green  curry is HOT right up there with the spiciest of the spicy at buffalo wild wings, coming in second is red curry at a more medium-hot, and then yellow curry is the most mild still with a kick at a mild-medium status. However every curry made at home can be as spicy or mild as you desire since you are in control of the ingredients. I love making a yellow curry since my kids are younger right now and cannot seem to handle heavy spice just yet.

Add in 1-2 tbsp tapioca starch mixed with 1-2 tbsp water to make a slurry and then add to the yellow curry mix and cook on low in slow cooker for an additional 30 minutes to thicken sauce. (you can also use cornstarch or arrowroot powder if that’s what you have on hand)

Curry in general is a very healthy dish. They tend to be lower in fat (As long as you use quality meat) with vegetarian curry’s having no cholesterol. You can also enjoy big flavor with low carb as well in a curry dish. Perfect for the dairy free lifestyle.

Curry powder is a spice blend using spices such as cumin, turmeric and other flavors. You can create your own curry blend using what you have at home or purchase curry powder at the store for a healthy homemade yellow curry instant pot or slow cooker dinner.

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    1. I haven’t tried with another milk but I’m sure Heavy cream or high-fat content milk would work great!

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