Here is my really easy Slimming World Chicken Curry that can be ready for when you get home. It’s also a slow cooker chicken curry that’s syn free, yet so delicious!
You could pretty much call this a Slimming World curry in a hurry. Or, as I’ve recently learned the term “freezer dump meals”.
These Slimming World recipes are the kind of meals which require very little effort. You can simply chuck the ingredients in your slow cooker (or crock pot) and leave until you return from work. Or whatever you’ve been busy doing). And then, you can have enough to store in the freezer from a big batch of cooking.
They’re actually my favourite kinds of dishes because if you’re not aware by now, I renovate a LOT. In fact, I’ve recently made this trellis planter which you can see here. But the trouble is, when I DIY, I’m very focused and can completely forget about meal planning.
Do I Need to Brown Chicken Before Slow Cooking?
Sometimes if I’m really short of time, I don’t bother browning my chicken. However, if you take 10 minutes of your time, it will enrich the flavours and caramelise more in the pan. Also, it helps trap the juices, preventing the chicken from completely falling apart. However, it is debatable about whether smaller cuts like chicken chunks needs browning.
In technical terms, browning chicken develops something called a Malliard reaction. This is where animo acids and sugars work on large molecules to create smaller ones which we can then taste as flavour. It’s particularly more important for larger cuts of meats, such as searing chicken thighs. But for diced chicken, it generally helps to keep its colour and texture as opposed to juices. It’s just a thought.
Is it Safe to Brown Chicken and Cook Later?
Because chicken is a scavenger bird, it is not safe to brown chicken and cook later. This is because when you part cook chicken, any bacteria still present may not have been killed.
If you don’t have time, then I personally would skip the browning process and cook immediately with everything else.
How to Cook Slimming World Chicken Curry in the Slow Cooker
First, if you have time, brown the meat in a frying pan with Frylight or a similar cooking oil spray.
Then immediately transfer to your slow cooker including the remaining ingredients except the peas and ideally the mushrooms.
Cover your slow cooker and cook on high for 3 to 4 hours or low for 6 to 7 until tender. And finally add your peas and mushrooms in the last 30 minutes otherwise they will lose their colour and integrity. Note, I often chuck in the mushrooms anyway depending on how I feel.
Is This Slimming World Chicken Curry Healthy?
Yes, there’s almost no fat in my Slimming World chicken curry and it works out at about 358 calories per person. Some make it with Mayflower curry powder, which although yummy, for each 23g that makes 100ml, it is 4 Syns.
So instead, I decided use as many ingredients from the Mayflower list and turn to my spice rack instead. You’ll need to do a bit more shopping, but stocking up on herbs and spices will be much cheaper and useful in the long run.
Here’s what I used to ensure it was Syn Free:
- Curry powder
- Ground coriander
- Mustard powder
- Salt & Pepper
- Tomato puree
- Star anise (or Chinese 5 spice)
- Regular porridge oats as opposed to cornflour to thicken *but uses part of your Healthy Extra B
TIPS FOR COOKING SLIMMING WORLD CHICKEN CURRY
💡 Sear the chicken to help keep the chicken from falling apart too much (if you wish) .
💡 Add the peas and mushrooms towards the end as they don’t need long to cook.
💡 If the sauce hasn’t thickened towards the end, try adding another tbsp of instant oats. If using as part of your Healthy Extra B, this can be a Syn Free way to cook a delicious fakeaway curry.
Can You Freeze Slimming World Chicken Curry?
This slow cooker chicken curry is the perfect meal for cooking ahead of time and freezing in batches. I purposely portion and spoon in to freezable and lidded containers so I only need to defrost what I need at each time.
I always save any takeaway style containers for this job as opposed to buying them. It’s also preferable to write what is in the container as a frozen dish has often caught me out; particularly soups. And store for up to 3 months to be safe.
Then, when it comes to reheating them, I either put in an oven safe container and reheat with tin foil, or straight in a saucepan or microwave. If you want to store in the fridge, a local cafe once told me it’s best to store dishes with cut up meat for up to 3 days. And 5 days if you haven’t cut up, say a whole chicken. As for the reheating process, I use exactly the same method as above.
Serving Suggestions for Slimming World Chicken Curry
If you’re cooking a slow cooker chicken curry, you may not necessarily have time to watch rice cook when you get home. So here’s some serving suggestions you could make quickly or ahead of time.
- Syn Free Slimming World chips
- Bombay potatoes
- Baked potato in the microwave
- Onion bhajis
- Low Syn horseradish egg fried rice
- Cauliflower rice
- Whole roasted cauliflower
- Fruity salsa rice
- Jewelled rice
- Tandoori chicken
- Red Onion Chutney
- Mixed salad
What Equipment Do I Need for Slimming World Chicken Curry?
Thankfully, there isn’t much fancy equipment you need to make this Slimming World chicken curry. However, because it is also technically a slow cooker chicken curry, you will obviously need a slow cooker.
If you don’t have one, you can simply cook it in the pan on the hob for about 30 minutes. If this is the case, you may want to just blend the porridge oats to speed up the thickening process. But to help you, here’s what I used:
- Slow cooker (mine is 3l, however, I do have a 6.5l one for much larger recipes
- Mercer culinary chef’s knife
- Chopping board
- Large non stick frying pan
- Measuring jug
- Kitchen scales
- Measuring spoons
How to Make This Slow Cooker Chicken Curry Vegetarian
If you’re just looking for a vegetarian Slimming World curry recipe, then of course, chicken isn’t absolutely essential. In fact, by packing it full of extra veggies, this would naturally mean at least 1/3 of your plate is speed food and free food.
However, you could easily make a few other simple swaps to ensure it is vegetarian, such as:
- Quorn or similar meat substitutes
- Adding diced tofu towards the end with the peas and mushrooms
- Extra harder veg, such as potatoes, carrots if using slow cooker
- Extra softer veg if cooking in the pan
- Swapping chicken stock for vegetable or a vegetarian or vegan bouillon.
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IF IN DOUBT
I am in no way associated with Slimming World or trained to give advice. I’m just a regular paying member who loves to cook and eat great food that is as good for me as possible. I take a lot of time to develop and calculate the syns of my recipes.
At the time of publication, the syn information is accurate using their Food search and Syns Calculator tools. All of which are available via the Slimming World app. But, if you’re ever in doubt, always ask your consultant, or call the Slimming World Syns Hotline: 09068 518 518. Syn information can sometimes change to help protect your weight loss, and food manufacturers often change the ingredients they use.
How to Make Slimming World Chicken Curry in the Slow Cooker
Slimming World Chicken Curry (Slow Cooker & Syn Free)
- 4 chicken breasts Cut in to large chunks
- 1 onion cut in to large chunks
- 2 cloves garlic finely diced
- 400 ml chicken stock
- 1/4 tsp ground cumin
- 1 tsp mustard powder
- 1 tbsp ground ginger
- 1 tbsp ground coriander
- 1/4 tsp turmeric
- 100 g mushrooms thickly sliced
- 1 tsp soy sauce
- 1 tbsp curry powder
- 1 tbsp tomato puree
- 1 star anise or 1/2 tsp Chinese five spice
- 2 tbsp oats *or 6-7g part of one person's Healthy Extra B
- 50 g frozen peas
- 1 red chilli deseeded and finely chopped
- Spray a large frying pan with frylight, then season the chicken with salt and pepper and brown.
- Then transfer everything in the slow cooker except the peas and cover.
- Cook on high for 3 to 4 hours or low for 6 to 7 hours.
- Serve with rice.
Syn Information for Slimming World Chicken CurryPlease note this healthy slow cooker chicken curry is Syn Free providing you use:
- lean chicken with no skin or fat
- Fresh ingredients that haven’t come prepacked with oils and other additives
- Fat free stocks
- Frylight as opposed to cooking oil sprays
- Basic porridge oats to thicken, as part of your Healthy Extra B
- If in doubt, ALWAYS do your own research and ask your Slimming World consultant
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