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Slow cooker recipes are a favorite of mine, but sometimes they can all start to taste…. the same. If you are looking for something that is both a little different, but still kid-friendly, this slow cooker coconut curry shrimp recipe will not disappoint!

This dish is best served over some basmati rice, which can easily be cooked in an Instant Pot. Need a quick run-down on how to do that? Just add 1 part rinsed rice to 1 part water, a dash of salt, and hit the “rice” button on your Instant Pot! So easy!

Need this meal done in a hurry? You can make this in the Instant Pot! Just follow the prep instructions and instead of using the slow cooker setting, cook at high pressure for 5 minutes + 10 minute natural release.


Prep bin:

  • 1 1/2 cups long-grain rice
  • 1 lg. onion
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 2/3 cup tomato paste (1 can)
  • 1 can coconut milk


  • 3 large chicken breasts

Pull out same day:

  • 1 red bell pepper or 1 cup frozen or dried bell pepper
  • 1 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1 T curry powder
  • 1 T Garam Masala (Indian spice mix)
  • 1 1/2 T cornstarch
  • Optional: cayenne pepper

Prep Directions:

  1. Chop chicken into 1″ cubes and place in the slow cooker. Optionally, you can lightly brown the chicken cubes and chopped onion in 1 T butter or coconut oil. This will add extra flavor.
  2. Chop the onion and add it to the slow cooker.
  3. Peel and chop the garlic
  4. Wash, deseed, and chop the pepper.
  5. To a food processor or blender add: garlic, pepper, tomato paste, coconut milk, salt, curry powder, and Garam Masala. Want a little spice? Add cayenne pepper to taste. If you are making this for the first time, start with a 1/4-1/2 tsp.
  6. Pour the sauce mixture over the chicken and onion. Cover and cook on “low” for 6 hours.

When there is 1 hour left on the slow cooker

  1. Mix together 2 T water and 1-1/2 T cornstarch until the cornstarch is completely dissolved. Add the mixture to the chicken curry sauce and mix well. Place the lid on for the rest of the cooking time.
  2. If you won’t be ready to eat when the time is up, make sure it gets switched to “keep warm” so that it doesn’t overcook.
  3. Serve over rice and enjoy!

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