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Slow Cooker Chicken Saag Curry

My slow cooker chicken saag curry is an easy to make, fairly mild curry with spinach that goes down well with my whole family and is an easy way to pack in the vegetables!

Slow Cooker Chicken Saag Curry

We love spinach and I was looking for a curry without coconut milk so it would be quite light and low in calories. Slow cooker chicken saag curry seemed to tick all the boxes. This is a delicious, fairly mild curry (as I made it) which is suitable for all the family. Making it in the slow cooker lets the flavours develop and mix together during the long cooking time, which is ideal for a curry.

Slow Cooker Chicken Saag Curry

I adapted this recipe from one I found on the Mamta’s Kitchen site here. I also regularly make this recipe with diced chicken thigh instead of chicken breasts, and usually make it without browning the onions off first, and it works just as well if you throw the ingredients straight into the pot. This makes it perfect for when you are short on time!

Slow Cooker Chicken Saag Curry

Slow Cooker Chicken Saag Curry
Slow Cooker Chicken Saag Curry

A mild and tasty slow cooker curry your family will love

  • 1 tbsp oil
  • 1 onion chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 1 tbsp of lazy ginger or 1 cm piece of real ginger grated
  • 0.5 tsp to 1 hot chilli powder
  • 2 tsp ground coriander
  • 1 tsp turmeric
  • Grinding of salt or more to your taste
  • 1 tsp garam masala
  • 1 small carton (500 passata
  • 4 chopped chicken breasts or a pack of diced chicken thigh
  • 200 g spinach chopped if you like (I leave mine whole)
  1. Brown onion, garlic and ginger in the oil.
  2. When browned, add the spices except the garam masala and stir fry for a couple of minutes.
  3. Add the passata.
  4. Bring to the boil then reduce to a simmer. Add the garam masala.
  5. Add the spinach and let it wilt. Stir to mix it in once wilted.
  6. Pour the mixture into your slow cooker.
  7. Add the chopped chicken and combine with the sauce.
  8. Cook on low for 6-7 hours.
  9. Half an hour before the end, taste and add more garam masala if needed.
  10. If you like, pull the chicken apart and stir into the sauce. This helps make the chicken go a bit further I find.
  11. Serve with rice, poppadoms or naan bread and raita.
Recipe Notes

Alternative method for when you are short on time:

  1. Add the onion, garlic, ginger and all the spices into the slow cooker pot.
  2. Add the passata and mix to combine.
  3. Add the chicken and mix it into the sauce.
  4. Place the spinach on top.
  5. Then follow from point 8 above.

Slow Cooker Chicken Saag Curry

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Yummy looking curry! Next time I buy chicken that’s what I am making, loving the look of your rice, how was that done?

Love cooking in my slow cooker great to find a blog like yours and a UK one bonus lol


Lol at cheating, nothing wrong in that! And will definitely keep reading 🙂


Hi. This looks really good and I’m going to give it a go at the weekend! What size slow cooker did you use? Thanks


on the ingredients it says 1 ginger is that whole ginger of 1 tsp/tbsp


This is currently in my slow cooker. Thanks il let you know. Looks delicious. How many does it serve?

Amy Compton

This curry is a must in my home, I found the recipe on Facebook a while ago and since then probably had at least 3-4 times a month. My husband loves it, it is delicious and so easy to do. Thank you Lucy I love your recipes xx

Matt Clifford

If I cook this for 8 people with I have to double the ingredients? Stupid question u know?!

Matt Clifford

Thank you! It looks & smells lovely! Maybe need to thicken it up a little though?


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Just about to prep this curry for slow cooker. Looking fwd to the curry smells whilst doing jobs. Will update on results later. Hoping it’s as good as the Pasanda


That looks so delicious and how gorgeous must the house smell by the time it’s time to eat? I think lamb saag is one of my all time favourites though I wouldn’t say no to a big plate of this!

Dannii @ Hungry Healthy Happy

We often use our slow cooker for making curries, for a quick and easy meal, but I need to try adding some spinach to them next time too.


My only complaint about this dish is we have no leftovers for Thursday night cos we’ve eaten the lot! Scrummy


Could I use 200g of frozen chopped spinach instead of fresh?


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Not A Frumpy Mum

We made this for dinner last night, it was delicious. Thank you for sharing! xx


I’m trying the Atkin Diet this week is this meant to have a relative lot of calories in

Louise morris

Hi. Did u stir the spinach in before cooking or just put it on the top?