Slow Cooker Coconut Chicken

April 6, 2022

Slow cooker coconut chicken is a great dish for busy families. It can be partially prepared ahead of time and frozen, then placed in the slow cooker from frozen. I love this recipe because it has loads of flavor, healthy fat from the coconut milk and a great boost of fiber from butternut squash. We served this with brown rice and steamed asparagus, but you can easily swap in naan and green beans. I assembled the leftovers into meals that we can freeze and use as lunches later!

Slow Cooker Coconut Chicken
Shredding slow cooker coconut chicken
Blend the sauce to desired consistency - slow cooker coconut chicken
Return shredded chicken to the blended coconut milk sauce
Steam your asparagus
Slow cooker coconut chicken with rice and asparagus
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Slow Cooker Coconut Chicken

  • Author: Courtney Bliss
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 8 hours
  • Total Time: 8 hours 5 minutes
  • Cuisine: asian


Creamy and flavorful, this dish is a crowd pleaser with very little effort



3 large chicken breasts (can be frozen)

2 14oz cans whole fat coconut milk

14oz can diced tomatoes

1 1/2 cups peeled & cubed butternut squash (fresh or frozen)

1 teaspoon onion powder (or 1/2 yellow onion diced)

2 cloves minced garlic

1 teaspoon garam masala

steamed rice, brown or jasmine

1 bunch asparagus


  1. Spray the bottom of the slow cooker with nonstick spray.
  2. Pour one can of coconut milk into the slow cooker. Add chicken breasts and butternut squash. Cover with tomatoes and additional can of coconut milk. Sprinkle over spices. Stir well to combine
  3. Set slow cooker on low for 8-10 hours. If possible, stir midway through (optional)
  4. Remove chicken from the slow cooker, to a medium bowl or cutting board. Shredded chicken with two forks.
  5. Optional – use immersion blender to partially blend sauce and veggies (helpful for those who struggle with chunks in sauces). Return chicken to the sauce.
  6. Steam or grill asparagus to your liking. I love this steamer and I’ll cook the asparagus for 4 minutes.
  7. Warm up your rice – I usually make a giant batch of instant pot brown rice and then freeze portions, recipe is in Busy Mom Meal Prep
  8. Serve chicken with rice, sauce and asparagus. Don’t forget a bit of butter on the asparagus!

Keywords: slow cooker, curry, coconut, chicken

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