Garlic Butter Chicken

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Garlic butter chicken

This Garlic Butter Chicken is a garlic lovers dream! Are you the kind of person that automatically doubles the garlic in any recipe you try?!

I am! But I promise you that wont be an issue for this recipe. It’s so good and full of garlic.

Blended cashews or cashew butter is a way way to bring a creamy texture into a dish while keeping it dairy free. 

Best part of this recipe is that your whole house will smell amazing while this cooks slowly for you all day.

Prep time takes about 15 minutes and then freeze the recipe or cook it right away an impressive garlic butter chicken dinner!

Why you will love this garlic butter chicken 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 garlic butter chicken healthy?

Yes! This recipe uses all natural ingredients to create a creamy delicious and healthy garlic butter chicken. Depending on your dietary lifestyle this recipe is easily dairy free, and/or paleo. 
 

Ingredients you will need for garlic butter chicken recipe. 

  • chicken thighs (or chicken breasts)
  • butter (or ghee)
  • broth of preference (I use chicken or veggie broth)
  • garlic cloves
  • dried parsley
  • salt
  • black pepper
  • broccoli (optional)
  • parmesan cheese (optional)
  • raw cashews
  • lemon

Do I have to use fresh garlic in this recipe?

I recommend using fresh garlic for this recipe because of the flavor it gives. Fresh garlic just brings in more goodness. But if you don’t have any or would prefer to use garlic powder that is ok. Just use 1 tsp garlic powder for every 1 1/2 cloves garlic. 

How to make the garlic butter sauce?

SUPER EASY! Everything cooks in the slow cooker for you so the sauce and chicken cook together giving amazing flavor! 
 
Slow cooker meals are so great because they require little to know work cooking. Anyone can cook using a slow cooker or instant pot. 

How to make this garlic butter chicken recipe in the slow cooker?

Just throw everything into a slow cooker or crockpot and let it cook for you. No mess, no fuss and a delicious home-cooked dinner!
 
 

 

What kind of meat can I use?

Chicken thighs is my favorite in this recipe. I love the flavor they bring to a dish. But any cut of chicken will work. Chicken breasts are the next best option.  
 

What to serve with this garlic butter chicken recipe?

My favorite side for any cooked dish is a fresh slaw and a bowl of fresh fruit. You could also serve with some dinner rolls or bread on the side. 
 

How to store this garlic butter chicken 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.
 

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. 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 Garlic Butter Chicken Recipe? 👇 

Slow Cooker Garlic Butter Chicken

Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time3 hrs
Total Time3 hrs 15 mins
Course: Main Course
Servings: 6 Adults
Calories: 514kcal
Author: Hannah Stewart

Equipment

  • Slow Cooker or Crockpot

Ingredients

  • 2 lb Bone-In Chicken Thighs, no skin
  • 2 tbsp Parmesan Cheese (Optional)
  • 2 tbsp Butter, unsalted (or Ghee)
  • 1 cup Broth (I prefer chicken broth)
  • 1 full ead garlic, cloves peeled and smashed
  • 1 tbsp dried parsley
  • 1 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper
  • 1 lb frozen broccoli flourets

Cashew Butter (Blend together):

  • 1/2 cup raw cashews (soaked 15 min in hot water)
  • juice of one lemon
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 3 tbsp water

Instructions

Directions:

  • Soak Raw Cashews in hot water for 15 minutes. (Hottest tap water should work) Then blend together cashew butter and set aside. *If freezing recipe then at this point go to freezer directions and continue.
  • Add all ingredients into slow cooker except frozen broccoli.
  • Cook on low for 4-6 hours or high for 2-3 hours in slow cooker. Add Broccoli during last 30 minutes of cook time.
  • Remove chicken thighs from slow cooker, shred chicken, remove bones and mix shredded chicken back into sauce in slow cooker.
  • Serve over rice and garnish with green onions and roasted pine nuts, if desired.

Freezer Directions:

  • Label gallon freezer bag with recipe name, cooking from frozen directions, and expiration date (three months plus todays date).
  • Add all ingredients into labeled gallon freezer bag except frozen broccoli.
  • Freeze for up to three months.

Cooking from Frozen Directions:

  • Thaw overnight in fridge or in the morning in water (meal may not be 100% thawed but that is ok).
  • Dump contents of gallon freezer bag into slow cooker.
  • Cook on low for 4-6 hours or high for 2-3 hours in slow cooker. Add Broccoli during last 30 minutes of cook time.
  • Remove chicken thighs from slow cooker, shred chicken, remove bones and mix shredded chicken back into sauce in slow cooker.
  • Serve over rice and garnish with green onions and roasted pine nuts, if desired.

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Frequently asked questions

No problem! Just throw the freezer meal in your slow cooker and you’re all set. If it doesn’t fit thaw it for a few minutes in warm water. (You may need to add an extra 30 minutes cook time if completely frozen when cooking).

YES! This recipe freezes so well. It was designed as a freezer meal so prep, freeze and cook for an easy dinner any night. 

Follow the instructions below for an easy recipe. No browning of the meat required. Just dump all ingredients together in a slow cooker or crock pot and let dinner cook for you. 

A serving size assumes 1 cup at 514 kcal per serving. 

Absolutely. You may have to play around with cook times. If you’re interested in an instant pot cheat sheet for cook times click here!

There are so many ways you can serve this dish!

  • over pasta
  • in a casserole
  • on its own
  • with rice
  • with potatoes

Here is a great way to peel garlic! There are two videos with a ton of different tips for peeling garlic!

  1. How to peel garlic
  2. How to peel garlic

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