Slow Cooker Lemongrass and Coconut Chicken Curry

A chicken curry with a coconut base, fragrant aromatics and a gentle warmth. The onions and aromatics (ginger, lemongrass, garlic and basil) are sautéd first and then everything else is thrown in to cook on LOW for 8 hours. 



  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 large onion, finely chopped
  • 4 garlic cloves, crushed or grated
  • 4 tablespoons prepared lemongrass from a jar (approx 80g/3oz) (see NOTES below)
  • small handful basil leaves, finely chopped
  • 1 heaped tablespoon grated ginger (I used 4 of these cubes)
  • 1kg (2lb 3oz) boneless, skinless chicken thighs, cut into thirds
  • 2 tablespoons mild curry powder
  • pinch cayenne pepper
  • 400ml (13.5 floz) can coconut milk

To serve

  • cooked brown rice
  • plenty of roughly chopped, fresh herbs - I used basil, mint, coriander and parsley
  • salted peanuts, finely chopped
  • lime wedges
  • pita bread or naan bread


  1. Set the slow cooker to the sauté function and add the olive oil. Once it has heated up, add the onion and cook for 3-5 minutes until a little softened. Add the garlic, lemongrass, basil and ginger and cook stirring continuously for a further 1-2 minutes. NOTE - If your slow cooker doesn't have a sauté function, complete this step in a frying pan and transfer everything to the slow cooker when this step is completed. Be sure to scrape every little scrap into the slow cooker, so much of the flavour comes from this stage.
  2. Add the chicken, curry powder, cayenne pepper and coconut milk along with a generous seasoning of salt and pepper. Give everything a good stir, close the lid and cook on LOW for 8 hours.
  3. At the end of the cooking time, remove the lid and stir well. Taste for seasoning.
  4. Serve with rice, peanuts, fresh herbs and warm breads.

If the sauce is too runny at the end of the cooking time, use the advice in the post to help.


  1. If you are using fresh, finely chopped lemongrass, use half the quantity stated in the recipe - the flavour is much more intense.
  2. Please DON'T miss out the garnishes - it's worth the extra effort; really, truly it is.

Keywords: slow cooker, chicken, curry