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Crock Pot Curried Chicken – Paleo and Whole30 Compliant

This crock pot curried chicken recipe will have your whole house smelling amazing while it cooks. Coming home to a dinner that is just about ready for the table is a treat on a busy week night! It makes a nice addition to my collection of crock pot recipes.

My husband is fond of any type of curry recipe. He is British and take away curries are very popular there. I am always looking for new recipes to tempt him.

Keep reading to find out how to make one of his favorite dishes.

This crock pot chicken curry is just full of flavor. It's Paleo and Whole30 Compliant and also gluten free. Super easy to make and so tasty!

Here is how to make this crock pot curried chicken

I love the farm fresh flavors of this dish.  I grow my own herbs and it’s nice to just go outside when I want them to add to my recipes.

Today that meant adding cilantro to sweet peppers and fresh ginger to form the base of this dish. I also added some shallots to give the flavor a nice sweet onion tang but a mild onion flavor. 

(See my tips for choosing, storing, using and growing shallots here.)ingredients for curried chicken.

If you don’t have shallots on hand, there are other vegetables that can give the same taste. These shallot substitutes will work in a pinch.

I always brown my meat in a non stick pan before I add it to the slow cooker.  It adds a nice presentation to the finished dish and lots of extra flavor, as well.Browning chicken thighs in coconut oil

Once the meat is browned, it goes into the crock pot on top of the peppers.  One of the biggest mistakes that people make with slow cooking is to add the meat in first.  

It needs to go on the top, so that the juices drip down over the veggies to give them a delicious flavor.Chicken and peppers in a crock pot

Salsa is added to curry powder. fresh ginger, red pepper, sea salt and garlic salt to make a flavorful topping for the meat and sweet peppers.

It’s time to set and forget the recipe for about 5-6 hours. making the curry sauce

The final step in the recipe is to add some full fat coconut milk about 30 minutes before serving.  This adds a lovely creaminess to the sauce but still keeps it dairy free.Add coconut milk to the curry

To keep this meal Paleo and Whole30 compliant, I used one of my food substitutes.  I used cauliflower rice instead of normal rice.  

It’s super easy to do. Just pulse cauliflower in a food processor and cook it gently in some oil for a few minutes until tender and then season with sea salt.

It makes a great base for the amazing crock pot curried chicken.Making cauliflower rice

Time to taste the curry recipe!

This curry is full of flavor, easy to make and gets a thumbs up from my husband.Yummy chicken curryEvery bite of this amazing curry will have you thinking of a trip to the Orient. It has luscious layers of flavor, not too much heat and is just amazing.Tasting this crockpot chicken curry

It fits into a Paleo and Whole30 diet and is gluten free and dairy free, as well.  It is so nice to eat great tasting meals, knowing that you are being good to your body with healthy ingredients.

Using the cauliflower instead of rice removes a boat load of calories and it has a surprisingly rice like feel and flavor. Even my hesitant husband enjoys it when I make it this way. (and what a great way to get kids to eat veggies!)Chicken Curry cooked in a crockpot

For more delicious curries, try one of these recipes:

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Crock Pot Curried Chicken - Paleo and Whole30 Compliant

Chicken Curry cooked in a crockpot

This crock pot curried chicken recipe will have your whole house smelling amazing while it cooks.

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 6 hours
Total Time 6 hours 15 minutes


  • 6 small sweet peppers chopped. I used red, yellow and orange for lots of color.
  • 4 medium shallots
  • 1 pound of boneless chicken thighs, cut into chunks
  • 1 1/2 tbsp of coconut oil
  • 1 cup of salsa (check labels to make sure there is no sugar)
  • 2 tsp of fresh grated ginger
  • 1/2 tsp of garlic salt
  • 1/4 tsp of red pepper
  • large bunch of fresh cilantro
  • 1/2 tsp of sea salt
  • 1 tsp of curry powder
  • 1/2 can of full fat coconut milk
  • Cauliflower rice to serve


  1. Heat the coconut oil in a non stick frying pan and cook the chicken thigh pieces until they are lightly browned.
  2. Chop the peppers and shallots and place in the bottom of the crock pot. Layer over the browned chicken pieces.
  3. Combine the salsa with the grated ginger, garlic salt, red pepper, curry powder and sea salt. Mix well and pour over the chicken and vegetables.
  4. Add the chopped cilantro and cook on low for 5-6 hours or until the chicken is fork tender.
  5. About 20 minutes before the chicken is done, add the coconut milk and continue heating on high until the chicken is tender and the sauce is silky.
  6. Serve over cauliflower rice.

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 550Total Fat: 36gSaturated Fat: 26gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 8gCholesterol: 138mgSodium: 1181mgCarbohydrates: 32gFiber: 6gSugar: 17gProtein: 34g

Nutritional information is approximate due to natural variation in ingredients and the cook-at-home nature of our meals.

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