5 Minute Slow Cooker Curry

by Fresh Planet Flavor

5 Minute Slow Cooker Curry (just five minutes of prep and you're done!) | Fresh Planet Flavor

This dish may look humble, but… if my blog were a basketball team, this recipe would be in the starting five. It’s called 5 Minute Slow Cooker Curry because the prep time is LITERALLY five minutes (I timed myself). Load everything into a slow cooker and turn it on. Then, six hours later, revel in effortless curry!

Not only is this slow cooker curry crazy lazy as far as prep is concerned, but guess what else takes five minutes? The clean-up! It’s my strategy to clean the kitchen as I go, but sometimes when I’m in a massive rush it all ends up piled in the sink. There’s simply no danger of that with this recipe. Only a single spoon is needed during prep for the tomato paste, and after the curry is finished cooking simply store the leftovers in the fridge and then wash the slow cooker insert. You’re good to go! If you need yet another reason to give this slow cooker curry a shot, know that it’s extremely versatile. Of course, there’s always a vegetarian version possible, full of even more delicious veggies like cauliflower and carrots. If you’re making the version below but don’t have butternut squash on hand, then sweet potato would be a great substitute. Want to add a few handfuls of spinach? Be my guest. Want to serve it with a squeeze of lemon instead of cilantro? By all means. 🙂

5 Minute Slow Cooker Curry (just five minutes of prep and you're done!) | GrokGrub.comTrue, this curry relies on frozen and canned ingredients to clock in at its ridiculously short prep time, which are less optimal than fresh, locally-gorwn, seasonal vegetables of course! But on those days when the quickest of quick is the only kind of homemade meal that your schedule can accommodate, this recipe is there to the rescue.

5 Minute Slow Cooker Curry
Recipe Type: Main
Author: Fresh Planet Flavor
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Serves: 6
This 5 Minute Slow Cooker Curry is delicious, quick and easy to prepare, minimal clean-up required, supplies plenty of leftovers and is somehow more than the sum of its healthy whole ingredients.
  • 1-2 lbs butternut squash*
  • 3 lbs boneless skinless chicken thighs
  • 1 16-oz bag frozen pearl onions
  • 1 16-oz bag frozen peas
  • 1 13.5-oz can coconut milk
  • 1 6-oz can tomato paste
  • 1 tbsp curry powder
  • 2 tsp salt, or to taste
  1. Load the ingredients (in the order listed above) into the slow cooker.
  2. Cook on high for six hours, then stir thoroughly with a fork to break up the chicken and serve warm, topped with chili flakes, coconut flakes and cilantro if desired.
*I buy the pre-packaged peeled and cut butternut squash chunks sold in the refrigerated case of the produce section in the grocery store instead of wrestling with a sharp knife and slippery squash. Peeled and cut butternut squash chunks are also often available in the frozen food aisle and would work well in this recipe, too.

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Shannon Peterson June 9, 2015 - 9:01 am

I love that you added butternut squash – I’m always looking for ways to incorporate it into more dishes as it’s one of my favorites!

Grok Grub June 9, 2015 - 9:03 am

Me too… I think it’s so underrated! 🙂

Hali June 9, 2015 - 9:40 am

Looks delicious, wish we didn’t have allergies so we could try it!

Grok Grub June 9, 2015 - 9:47 am

What allergies, specifically?

Rosie June 9, 2015 - 10:56 am

This looks wonderful and I love that it is so quick.

Ajuli Tulsyan June 9, 2015 - 12:58 pm

Looks yummy! Thanks for sharing 🙂

Lee Anne June 9, 2015 - 3:55 pm

Oh my gosh this looks SO good! Thanks for sharing! Adding to my recipe list!
Lee Anne

Grok Grub June 9, 2015 - 3:57 pm

Yay! Let me know how it goes. 🙂

Tia June 9, 2015 - 4:16 pm

This looks so good and I love the simplicity of how to prepare it. Can’t wait to give it a try in my own kitchen 🙂

Grok Grub June 9, 2015 - 4:23 pm

Thanks! Yep, simplicity is key on those busy, busy, busy days.

Tara June 9, 2015 - 7:24 pm

My husband would LOVE this recipe. He always wants me to make curry but I hate all the work that comes along with my recipe! This recipe would be fast and easy!

Grok Grub June 9, 2015 - 10:57 pm

I love curries too but was searching for an “everyday” recipe (not literally, but one without the hassle). Ended up having to write one myself! 😛

Mary June 9, 2015 - 8:25 pm

Are you somehow “cheating” with the squash? It takes me about 30 minutes to struggled through peeling, coring, and chopping a butternut squash. Is there a shortcut I am missing?

Grok Grub June 9, 2015 - 10:55 pm

Yes, I am cheating with the squash, and I totally forgot to mention that! It’s yet another hack. I’ve updated the recipe notes to answer your question.

Laura Adney | Have Need Want June 10, 2015 - 2:08 am

This sounds delicious! I don’t eat chicken but could definitely see this as a vegetarian dish!
xo, Laura

Grok Grub June 10, 2015 - 4:45 pm

Yep, would be fantastic just loaded up with vegetables. 🙂

Ashleigh June 10, 2015 - 4:08 am

This recipe looks amazing and delicious! Thank you for sharing!

Loriel June 12, 2015 - 12:08 pm

I love how easy this is. I think it would make a great summer meal because of how quick it is to put together and how you don’t have to do anything else! Hallelujah!

Grok Grub June 12, 2015 - 4:22 pm

Totally! I can’t stand slaving over a hot stove in the summer.

Megan Stevens June 12, 2015 - 1:31 pm

Excellent, love it! Sharing tomorrow!

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Elizabeth Nash March 9, 2017 - 10:57 am

Looks yummy but I thought peas were against Whole 30?

Fresh Planet Flavor March 9, 2017 - 8:51 pm

You’re so right! I have removed the Whole 30 tag.


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