Slow-Cooked Meat Curry

Are you guys super busy during the week at the office but want a hot, satisfying meal waiting for you when you get home? Well do I have a great recipe for you – incredibly easy, basic ingredients, and best of all, it uses a SLOW COOKER! πŸ™‚ Made this last night and wowed the hubby with this at lunch today. πŸ˜‰

Serve this over brown or white rice or with some simple noodles or even fried rice! I promise to get some noodles and rice recipes coming in the next week to pair with these asian-inspired dishes!

Enjoy! πŸ™‚

PS – this may look a bit like my noodle-curry soup, but it’s totally different! The only likeness is the red curry paste as the base πŸ™‚

Yields: 4 servings


~2 lbs of chicken (can be any cut – thighs, breast, or even drumsticks!) – [Note: you can make this a beef or lamb dish too!]
1 large onion, sliced
1 14 oz. can coconut milk (or light coconut milk)
6 cloves garlic, minced
2 teaspoons ginger, grated (or 2 teaspoons ginger powder)
2 teaspoons red curry paste (can also use yellow or green curry paste, whatever you want!)
2 teaspoons brown sugar

Salt and pepper to taste

Garnishes (optional): fresh thai or regular basil leaves (chopped or whole), fresh chopped cilantro, roasted peanuts, chopped green onions, steamed brocooli, sauteed mushrooms, or really any vegetable! πŸ™‚


Add all ingredients EXCEPT chicken into slow cooker. Whisk and make sure all ingredients are well-incorporated. Now add chicken pieces and cover with lid. Cook on low for 6-8 hours or on the high setting for 3-5 hours. Taste seasoning and add salt and pepper, per your taste. Garnish with optional toppings!

Wine pairing: A sweet Riesling would be a perfect accompaniment to this spicy curry dish! – I really like the one I’ve linked to with spicy dishes and it’s very affordable and easily available too.

8 thoughts on “Slow-Cooked Meat Curry

  1. Priyanka, what kind of slow-cooker (brand, size, etc.) would you recommend? We used to have one that was too big and so now we’re unsure what to buy.

    • I made the awful mistake of buying a baby (2 qt, I think) slow-cooker years ago and always ended up over-filling it. I was lucky enough to have an amazing 6 qt. all-clad slow cooker with a ceramic insert (you can find it at that was gifted to me as a wedding present. You definitely don’t have to spend the money on a name-brand – I’ve used Hamilton Beach slow cookers and loved them too.

      I’ve noticed that if I fill it 2/3 full, the food cooks much better than if I fill it closer to the brim (because the food does boil over and expands as it cooks!), so a 6 quart cooker may be suitable for you, depending on how much you like leftovers and how often you entertain. I really like my 6-quart slow-cooker, but I think a 4-quart slow-cooker would be a reasonable size for a home with 2-4 people as well. Hope this helps! πŸ™‚

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