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Chicken Tikka Masala {Crockpot}

I feel like I’m 95 years old this week. I’ve been so tired every night. I’m struggling writing this blog post as we speak. It looks like I’m crying because I’m yawning so much. On top of all that, I have noticed that I’m getting really bad lower back pain. I sit all day long and sometimes I don’t even get up to take a walk. Does that happen to you? If it’s raining out, I typically don’t go out for a walk so that really isn’t good, but some days I get so busy or involved at work, I forget to leave my chair, only to the bathroom. I think that’s really affecting my lower back. Why do we have to get old?! I’d be perfectly fine if I were 25 forever :)

Being tired after work doesn’t help the whole dinner part of the evening. When I’m tired, I’m usually too lazy to cook or make anything decent. That was this entire week. We ate horribly this week because I was so tired so we would go out to eat. I hate doing that but what can ya do? You can’t force yourself to cook when you can barely keep your eyes open.

That’s where slow cooker meals come into play :) a few weeks ago, I prepped everything the night before (mostly all the chopping) and threw everything in the crock pot right before we left for work in the morning and we came home to the most amazing and comforting dinner. It’s so nice to walk into your house after work and smell dinner already prepared. It’s as if you have an in-house chef.

I have seen crockpot tikka masala all over the place but a lot of them had you cooking some parts of it as a prep step. This is just my opinion but what’s the point of a set it & forget it meal if you still have to cook it before you set it? I hate those. I just like chopping things up and throwing it in a crockpot. So when I finally found this recipe on Jaclyn‘s site, I was thrilled. Definitely a keeper. Tastes just like the real thing and it makes a ton! Leftovers in this household = less days I have to cook during the week, haha

Chicken Tikka Masala {Crockpot}
Recipe type: Main Entree, Slow Cooker
Cuisine: Indian
Prep time: 
Cook time: 
Total time: 
Serves: 6-8
  • 8 boneless, skinless chicken tenderloins, or about 5 boneless, skinless chicken breasts (about 3 lbs.) - cut into 1.5" cubes
  • 1 large onion, diced
  • 4 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 2 tbsp. fresh ginger, minced
  • 1 (29 oz.) can of tomato puree
  • 1½ cups plain yogurt
  • 2 tbsp. olive oil
  • 2 tbsp. Garam masala
  • 1 tsp. tumeric powder
  • 1 tbsp. cumin
  • ½ tbsp. paprika
  • 2 tsp. salt, or to taste
  • ¾ tsp. cinnamon
  • ¾ tsp. fresh ground black pepper
  • 1-3 tsp. cayenne pepper (depending on your heat preference)
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 3 tbsp. cornstarch
  • Lemon juice from half a small lemon
  • Chopped parsley or cilantro, for topping
  1. Place everything up to the bay leaves in a large bowl. With a spatula, stir to combine everything and make sure the chicken is coated well.
  2. Gently place the mixture in the insert of the crockpot and add the two bay leaves.
  3. Cover and cook for 8 hours on low (or 4 hours on high).
  4. When done, in a medium bowl, whisk together heavy cream and corn starch, then pour the mixture into the crockpot and gently stir. Let cook an additional 20 minutes to thicken up. Squeeze half a lemon over the mixture then stir to incorporate.
  5. Serve hot over a bed of white (or brown) rice.
  6. Store leftovers in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 5 days.
Source: adapted from Cooking Classy



  1. 10/19/2012 at 7:07 am

    Oh yum, this looks amazing!!! I love using my slow cooker, and love that this has few steps to do so as well!

  2. 10/19/2012 at 7:30 am

    I used to have horrible back pain when I worked a desk job and I still struggle with it when i don’t move around a lot. Do you exercise regularly? I’ve noticed that the more I stretch and exercise (which still isn’t that much) the better my back feels. I think we tend to lose our posture while sitting.

    I love tikka masala and this looks wonderful!

  3. 10/19/2012 at 8:49 am

    Oh this has definitely been me this week – tasty food with minimum effort sounds exactly what we need. Hope you manage to get some rest over the weekend!

  4. 10/19/2012 at 8:58 am

    Ughhh I feel ya, except I’ve been having hip pain–how are we old ladies in our mid-twenties? Sigh. Thank goodness for crockpots.

  5. 10/19/2012 at 9:11 am

    Great photos, Julie! Not an easy thing to make pretty!

    • 10/19/2012 at 9:11 am

      Thanks Rachel! I agree, it was definitely difficult trying to style this guy lol

  6. 10/19/2012 at 9:13 am

    Just pinned this bad boy!

  7. 10/19/2012 at 9:17 am

    OMG I’ve been dying for a tikka slow cooker recipe to go with my saag!


  8. Liz @ The Lemon Bowl
    10/19/2012 at 9:21 am

    Adding this to the menu next week! Thanks for inspiration! PS Are you team parsley? I love cilantro but my aunt hates it. I know it’s a love hate thing,, ;)

    • 10/19/2012 at 9:42 am

      Totally team parsley! I always sub parsley for cilantro when it’s called for as a garnish. Cilantro tastes like soap to me. I hear you’re either born with the taste buds for cilantro or not. I know my parents love it – so I guess I’m odd kid out ;)

  9. 10/19/2012 at 9:36 am

    Thank you thank you thank you! I’ve really been wanting to get into more slow cooker more, but have been deterred by a lot of recipes that require serious prep. This recipe is perfect. Plus, I’ve been craving Indian. Done and done.

  10. 10/19/2012 at 9:47 am

    Yuuuuum! I’ve been craving tikka masala all week and this is just making it worse! Hope your back feels better! :)

  11. Emily
    10/19/2012 at 10:28 am

    This looks delicious and just what I need for a chilly and busy fall day! Is there a substitute for the heavy cream? Would using a combination of milk and cream still give the same consistency and reduce the fat content by a little bit?

    • 10/19/2012 at 10:33 am

      You could use half and half if you wanted, 2% milk would work too.

      • Sally
        02/09/2014 at 1:18 pm

        What about using coconut milk instead? Think that will work well?

      • 02/09/2014 at 5:09 pm

        I haven’t tested that myself so I’m not sure I can recommend that. I’ve heard of some people using coconut milk in the crockpot but it curdled, so maybe you could add it in at the very last second before serving and temper it to avoid curdling.

  12. 10/19/2012 at 10:36 am

    Better buy your cane now… you’ll need it to get down the aisle ;)

  13. 10/19/2012 at 10:37 am

    I love a lazy day meal that is waiting for me after work making my house smell delicious. I totally understand the lack of motivation when it is raining outside. I always want to have something and warm and comforting but I don’t have the energy to make it! Slow cooker meals are perfect :)

  14. 10/19/2012 at 10:37 am

    I know exactly how you feel this week! I’ve only done one blog post due to feet being swollen and just not wanting to get up from the couch after a long nap. Glad you made this because I have never had Indian food and I heard this is a great food to start with.

  15. 10/19/2012 at 10:38 am

    UM HOLY CRAP YES. I want to face dive into that and never come up for air. I sound like Bev don’t I? haha!

  16. 10/19/2012 at 11:39 am

    I totally agree, if I’m using my crockpot I don’t want to do many extra prep steps! This looks delicious, I’ve been meaning to make this for awhile and now is the perfect season!

  17. 10/19/2012 at 11:56 am

    I’m obsessed with chicken tikka masala, but I’m with you, being so tired when I get home that all I want is something quick and easy. This is perfect and I can’t wait to make it!

  18. 10/19/2012 at 12:03 pm

    Okay, I seriously need to get my act together and try tikka misala. I’ve NEVER had it before and it looks so delicious! Plus, if it’s a slow-cooker recipe, it’s my new BFF so I have no excuse not to make it :) and I agree with you about getting old; sometimes my hips start hurting for no reason and I have to walk around complaining “my hips!” Lol, I’m 21. I def. shouldn’t be complaining of hip problems!

  19. 10/19/2012 at 12:21 pm

    This looks awesome! I tried to do an Indian Butter Chicken in the crock pot a few weeks ago but just wasn’t happy with the results. My chicken all fell apart and the flavors in the sauce didn’t quite balance. Can’t wait to try yours!

  20. 10/19/2012 at 12:53 pm

    I’m so lame, I’ve never had this dish. I better go ahead and try your recipe pronto, so I can join the cool kids

  21. 10/19/2012 at 12:57 pm

    Love that you made this in a crock pot! :) Thanks for the recipe!

  22. 10/19/2012 at 1:40 pm

    Ow yeah, I hear you. Tired and what you want to do is just lying on the couch, eating potato chips (or whatever you see first within reach – no walking required) and sleep, hahaha. This is the answer – slow cooker. I definitely need this recipe! That looks so fabolous!

  23. 10/19/2012 at 3:27 pm

    The crockpot is a dream come true and I cant think of a better smell to come home to then Chicken Tikka Masala.

  24. 10/19/2012 at 3:41 pm

    I can barely even wait one more minute to have a bite of this. LOVE these flavors. And slow cooker meal? Bring. It. ON!

  25. 10/19/2012 at 3:57 pm

    You just became my boyfriend’s new favorite person ever by exposing me to this recipe! Chicken Tikka Masala is his favorite!!

    Question: did you cut the chicken into cubes before cooking?

    • 10/19/2012 at 4:56 pm

      Yes! I cubed it and then tossed it with everything. I’ll have to write that in the instructions, thanks for pointing it out!

  26. Mary
    10/20/2012 at 3:17 am

    Hey, will you please come up with a curry chicken recipe for a slow-cooker? My fiance loves the above dish, so I’m happy to try, but I can’t eat dairy (can’t digest it). Love, love, love chicken curry though, and would love to slow-cooker it!

  27. 10/20/2012 at 3:36 am

    I’m 28 and take a 2 hour nap every day because I’m constantly exhausted and the only part of me that doesn’t hurt are my arms and chest. So it could be worse. :)

    And this looks interesting! I’ve never had chicken tikka masala before. Sounds good, though.

  28. valerie
    10/20/2012 at 8:30 am

    This looks amazing…I know how you feel, sitting at the computer so long, or reading. I love knowing my dinner is cooking tho. Try rubbing peppermint on your back when it hurts. It increases circulations and feels invigorating. Keep blogging…

  29. Ronca B.
    10/20/2012 at 9:08 am

    Yum!!! Can’t wait to try yhis recipe!!!

    I used to have the same evening fatigue. Turns out I’m Anemic and my body doesn’t get as much as Iron as it needs. Talk to your Dr.!!!! Ferralet 90 (an iron supplement) changed my life!

  30. 10/20/2012 at 10:07 am

    I can’t wait to make this. I love Indian food, and Tikka Masala is one of my favorites. Plus making it in the crock pot is just a bonus!

  31. Alyce S
    10/20/2012 at 10:10 am

    omg! I can’t explain how excited I am to make this! that was my first Indian dish to try and I fell in love! I will win brownie points with the boyfriend for cooking this and even better in the crockpot!

  32. 10/20/2012 at 10:32 am

    I am right there with you. I have been so tired lately and crockpot meals are becoming a new favorite. This looks delicious. I can’t wait to give it a try. My husband LOVES Indian food so he’ll be happy too!

  33. 10/20/2012 at 5:13 pm

    crockpot meals are a life saver!! Julie, tikka masala is my favorite favorite FAVORITE indian dish! I’ve never made it myself though. Only have had it at restaurants. I need to give this a try! You are the queen of quick meals that taste like my favorite take-out meals :)

  34. 10/20/2012 at 7:20 pm

    Omg, I love chicken tikka masala! This is awesome how you can just cook it in the crockpot!

  35. 10/20/2012 at 7:37 pm

    Tikka masala is my fave Indian dish! I think I love it even more now that I can make it in a crock pot!

  36. Amy
    10/20/2012 at 7:42 pm

    To Mary who mentioned a dairy issue- I haven’t tried this recipe yet, but my plan is to make it with plain coconut milk yogurt (found at Kroger & whole foods, etc) sub coconut cream (in the can) for heavy cream. My son has a life threatening dairy allergy & these are our go to substitute ingredients so we can eat the same meals as a family. In the case of those who don’t like the coconut taste, I’m going to guess that there will be enough Indian spice to overpower the coconut. But, coconut would blend nicely with Indian spices anyway :) win-win!
    Thanks for posting this recipe!

  37. 10/21/2012 at 4:07 am

    I get the same way too – I’m so tired throughout the week and I’m actually getting at least 6-8 hrs of sleep! Us 20-years old are getting old! But thank god for amazing slow cooker recipes, right? I’ve made this same one from Cooking Classy and absolutely loved it!

  38. 10/21/2012 at 4:36 am

    Yummy DELICIOUS! ;)

  39. Mary
    10/21/2012 at 5:44 am

    To Amy – Thank you for the suggestion! I’m new to the dairy problem, and any suggestions like that are very helpful! Thanks for taking the time to suggest it.

    To all – Did we establish this is in a 6 qt. crockpot? I have a baby one (1.5-2 qt. single/two person serving one) and will have to scale the recipe down. It would be helpful to know what the starting point is! :) Happy cooking, everyone!

    • 10/21/2012 at 9:14 am

      Yes, this is for a 6 qt.

  40. 10/21/2012 at 11:51 am

    Oh I feel our pain on that tired thing. It has been KILLING me!! I know exercise will help, but when am I gonna have time to do that?? I would have to wake up earlier and then umm doesn’t that kinda defeat the purpose? I will have to try that recipe this week. It’s gorgeous!!

  41. Laurie
    10/21/2012 at 12:53 pm

    Where can I get Garam masala? Never heard of it before.

  42. Grace Garst
    10/21/2012 at 2:16 pm

    You should see a chiropractor for an evaluation. I used to feel that way sometimes. Achy dull pain, that made me grumpy and lazy. My chiropractor changed all of that. The key is to find one that is very thorough and will take X-rays before they treat you. Hope this helps!

  43. Carole Cook
    10/21/2012 at 6:45 pm

    Okay, kids, I don’t want to hear about achy-breaky backs, hips, etc. Wait ’til you reach 67 like me–lol!! Strange problem: neither hubby nor I like cumin. Can we substitute or leave it out without destroying the recipe? We DO like cilantro, though. :-)

  44. GrammyCarole
    10/21/2012 at 6:55 pm

    Okay, kids, you haven’t felt aches or pains ’til you’ve reached 67 like me! Strange question: neither hubby nor I like cumin. Can I omit it or replace it without compromising the flavor? And we DO like cilantro–lol.

    • 10/21/2012 at 7:42 pm

      You could try ground coriander or chili powder.

  45. mar
    10/21/2012 at 8:08 pm

    If I cut the recipe in 1/2, how long do I cook it for? And high or low. I want to make this this week. My son LOVES butter chicken, and to me this has a same taste, so do not think he will now the diff. He just loves the sauce w/tons of nan, lol..

    • 10/21/2012 at 8:13 pm

      I’d probably cook it for 6-7 hours on low or 3-4 hours on high.

  46. 10/21/2012 at 9:09 pm

    Thanks for this recipe! I made it tonight and liked it. I couldn’t find garam masala, so I used this recipe for it:

  47. 10/21/2012 at 10:25 pm

    When I first looked at the photos I couldn’t believe this was made in a crockpot. I don’t use mine often enough but if I put this on the table I’d be a hero for sure

  48. 10/21/2012 at 10:38 pm

    Chicken Tikka Masala in a crockpot?? Sign me up!!

  49. 10/21/2012 at 10:50 pm

    This will be on my dinner table really soon! Work is crazy so this slow cooker recipe will be perfect.

  50. 10/22/2012 at 12:31 pm

    My mouth is watering for this!

  51. 10/22/2012 at 5:50 pm

    Ahh, this looks amazing too Julie! I am loving all these crockpot recipes! I cannot wait to whip mine out! I need to get cooking with all these beautiful recipes. PS, I went to Sur La Table this weekend for the first time! Heaven!!!! It is bad that it is so close to me. Im going to get in trouble there ;)

  52. Kathy
    10/22/2012 at 9:38 pm

    Cooked this today for the family. The kids didn’t go for it at all and I have to say that it wasn’t super-great for me either. It was a miss for me, sorry!

  53. erin
    10/22/2012 at 10:29 pm

    I just did this tonight too and I have to agree with Kathy – it was very bland, believe it or not!! I don’t know what to add to give it some more flavor…

  54. Mary
    10/23/2012 at 12:45 am

    To Julie – Thanks, Julie! (For the clarification and the link for the spice.)

    To Soknitpicky – thanks for the post for the spice recipe. I was thinking of just skipping that ingredient since I didn’t know what it was. Thanks! :)

  55. 10/23/2012 at 2:13 pm

    oh my this is such a heavenly dish. I have never thought about making it in a crock pot..I will have to try this out soon!
    love your photographs

  56. 10/24/2012 at 8:37 am

    Hi, lovin the recipe but struggling with the 29oz can of tomato puree… 29oz??? Really that much??

    Just going to try this now but seems I haven’t got enough!!!

  57. 10/24/2012 at 8:40 am

    29oz = 822.13617g

  58. Yum! I am going to have to try this recipe – I tried one a while back from Tasy Kitchen and the hubby and I werent too crazy about it. Hopefully this one will be a winner!

  59. 10/27/2012 at 11:06 pm

    Thanks so much for posting this Julie =)! I wish my pics looked as good as yours! I love your blog, it’s so pretty and original and your photography is always amazing.

    • 10/27/2012 at 11:14 pm

      Oh Jaclyn, please! I love YOUR blog!! Your photographs are always so flawless and the way you stage your photos make me so envious of your food styling! Your frosting skills are superb too :) thanks for the sweet comment, it was a delicious dish! xoxo

  60. 10/29/2012 at 12:09 am

    Count me in the too tired club this week. Plus I finally replaced my old crock pot that died and I’m looking for some tasty things to try in it. Adding this one for sure. Thanks Julie.

  61. 11/03/2012 at 11:02 am

    I’m thinking this will be dinner tomorrow night. Looks absolutely delicious.

  62. 11/05/2012 at 2:15 am

    This was fantastic! I made it today for dinner tonight, and my husband and I were super impressed. Only drawback was that I used a little too much cayenne for the kids to like it, but it provided just the right amount of heat for the grownups. I’m looking forward to leftover night!

  63. Rita
    11/05/2012 at 9:17 pm

    I made this for dinner tonight and it was really good. I substituted chicken thighs for the breasts and they tasted great. They fell apart in the sauce. My family really enjoyed it and there is enough left overs to use for dinner another night. Do you think it would freeze well?

    • 11/05/2012 at 10:02 pm

      Yes! It would freeze well in an airtight container or Tupperware. Glad your family enjoyed it!

  64. Jamie
    11/07/2012 at 6:13 pm

    I made this last night exactly as the recipe says (except I cooked it in a dutch oven at 300 degrees for five hours). It was absolutely amazing! It tastes exactly like the chicken tikka masala I have had in restaurants. Definitely on the top 3 list of favorite recipes!

  65. Jenny D
    11/08/2012 at 11:14 am

    This is absolutely amazing! I used canned coconut milk in place of the heavy cream since I always have that on hand. I sneaked in some cauliflower and peas, too.

    I made this just for me since I know no one in my family would even try it so I froze the left over sauce in individual containers. I had only added one chicken breast. I always keep cooked turkey breast in the freezer and I usually have cooked chicken in the fridge so I always have quick meals ready to go verses having to buy those frozen dinners.

  66. Gina
    11/08/2012 at 11:16 am

    I made this yesterday and it was absolutely delicious! I had to leave it in the crockpot almost 12 hours because that’s how long I was at work, so I added some chicken broth so it wouldn’t get too dry and it was incredible.

  67. 11/13/2012 at 4:52 pm

    Thank you so much for this amazing recipe! I found it on Pinterest a few weeks ago and have been looking for a cold day to make it. Today’s the day. I started it at 1pm and doing the 4-5 hrs on high. It’s starting to smell amazing! It looks really good for Chicken Tikka Masala. I’ve made a different version of this recipe in the past that wasn’t bad, but it excluded the Masala…WHAT?!? Yes, and it didn’t taste right either. I’m looking forward to the end result. Thanks again, and keep up the great work on this wonderful blog!

  68. Kassi Nelson
    11/20/2012 at 2:08 pm

    Hey! This looks amazing and I am making it tonight. I have one question thought….did you dice the chicken beforehand or let it cook and then cut it up?

    • 11/20/2012 at 2:44 pm

      I diced it beforehand.

  69. 11/29/2012 at 12:19 pm

    I have this recipe in the crock pot now. Glad to have found it on pinterest. Really looking forward to dinnner!!! I’m sorry to hear about the pain & tiredness you’ve been experiencing. As I was reading, I thought, “I need to share nopalea.” It’s an all natural juice with cactus in it. It has been a life changer for so many experiencing pain & inflammation, including myself. Now i don’t like to go 1 day without it. More info at

  70. Daniela
    12/07/2012 at 11:18 am

    I can’t wait to make this. I’ve never used a crockpot before but with my hectic schedule I plan to buy one this week! This may be a silly question but am I suppose to cut the chicken up before???

    Thank you for this recipe!


    • 12/07/2012 at 11:48 am

      Yes, I cut up the chicken before! Hope you enjoy!

  71. Hanna z
    12/12/2012 at 3:26 am

    Is there any benefit from cooking 8 hours over 4? Is there a different in taste?

    • 12/12/2012 at 7:26 am

      No, there isn’t. 8 hour is on low and 4 hours is on high. Just depends how much time you have. If you’re setting it to cook while you’re at work, I’d do 8 hours.

  72. Em
    12/23/2012 at 7:02 pm

    Great recipe! I used fat free evap milk in place of heavy cream and it had a nice texture to it. Could have used more tomato flavor – may add paste next time. Thanks for this!!

  73. Jessie
    12/26/2012 at 11:39 pm

    So, the first time I read the recipe I read TABLESPOONS of cayenne (wishful thinking?), and I added 3 tablespoons of cayenne to the pot! Needless to say, it was insanely spicy. What I ended up doing is just doubling everything else AND adding a can of coconut milk (instead of doubling the cream). It turned out great. I made this two weeks ago and we are STILL enjoying it, I froze all the extra. Reheating on the stove as we speak!

    I served it with this garlic naan (I doubled the garlic [on purpose] and griddled it in a saute pan with salted butter, AMAZEBALLS). I season your recipe with salted butter, for a little more fat in the flavor, and sea salt.

    While I am still trying to find the elusive “restaurant-style” Chicken Tikka Masala (I’m convinced that there is some secret that no one is telling us home cooks), I really have enjoyed your recipe–and having tried several as well as having taken a cooking class for it–I plan on making yours many more times in the future! The ease of the crockpot seals the deal for me. Thanks!

  74. 12/31/2012 at 3:41 am

    your blog is beautiful and this recipe looks delicious and not too complicated. :)

  75. Lee
    01/06/2013 at 8:42 am

    I’m making this tonight! So excited! I’ve never cooked in a crockpot before so this may be a silly question. Do the chicken pieces need to be thawed beforehand?

    • 01/06/2013 at 8:45 am

      Yes, they need to be thawed beforehand.

  76. Mari-Leigh
    01/06/2013 at 3:23 pm

    Made this last night but used skim milk instead of cream. To make up for the creaminess heavy cream would have given I used Greek yogurt. It was a huge hit and my new favorite recipe. Thanks for sharing!

  77. 01/14/2013 at 8:39 pm

    Made it for dinner and it was AWESOME! even my kids loved it. thank you so much for the recipe

  78. Jessica
    01/16/2013 at 8:45 pm

    Just wanted to thank you for this recipe, I made this tonight and it is sooo yummy! I was afraid to try it because I can’t tolerate anything spicy but it looked so good so I decided to give it a try and just left out the cayenne and pepper all together and it tastes delicious, very flavourful but not spicy at all so if anyone doesn’t like spicy food you can still use this recipe minus the cayenne. This was super easy too, cut the chicken, onion and garlic up last night and put it in a large ziplock bag in the fridge and measured all the spices out and put in a bag then just dumped it all in in the morning and presto!

  79. Victoria
    01/17/2013 at 5:12 pm

    Pretty good, SO EASY! I threw everything in my crockpot the night before (put it in the fridge) and had it all mixed up so i could just pop it in the crockpot in the morning and turn it on.

    It seemed to be missing a certain flavor though? and wasn’t as red as I was expecting it to be.

  80. 01/17/2013 at 7:45 pm

    I just had to comment and say how freakin’ delicious this was. I found your blog through Pinterest and everything I’ve tried so far has been amazing! Thank you! :)

  81. Jessica
    01/18/2013 at 1:19 pm

    Yum!! I just made this for lunch today!!! So easy and delicious! Thanks for posting! I found your blog on Pintrest and love your recipes!

  82. Katie
    01/23/2013 at 12:36 pm

    SO good!! I had to add a little extra cayenne pepper, Garam masala & garlic to kick it up for my taste…but super yummy! Thank you for the recipe :)

  83. Vicky
    01/25/2013 at 9:54 am

    Recipe looks amazing… my family LOVES the spices in Garam Masala! Making it for dinner tonight – with coconut & yogurt to replace the cream (lactose issues). Also, don’t need to cut your meat before hand… it will easily shred after hours in the crock pot and wonderful sauce! Thanks for the great recipe.

  84. 01/25/2013 at 1:45 pm

    Julie, thank you thank you thank you + THANK YOU.

    Found this on Pinterest. Had it for last night’s dinner (plus just now at lunch) and it was amazing. I knew it would be too spicy for my toddler so she dined on rice and na’an … and my husband + I licked our bowls … seriously.

    Not sure if it will make a difference for anyone reading but thought I would pass it along. I just threw in the chicken breasts whole (lazy) and it was perfect. Also added some peas and carrots when serving to say I ate veggies at dinner.

  85. cheryl
    01/26/2013 at 12:40 pm

    I am making this for tonight – cannot wait.
    p.s. the lovely woman who owns my favorite Indian restaurant near Cincinnati says the secret ingredient is “love”. She’s right !

  86. kirsten
    02/01/2013 at 4:32 pm

    I have this in the slow cooker now … about 3 hours left and ALL I SMELL is cinnamon, even tho I followed the directions to a T. I’m concerned that this is just going to be so sweet that we can’t eat it. Also, my sauce is barely pink after I added the yogurt … haven’t even added the cream yet. Anyone have any suggestions how to salvage the $16 worth of chicken breasts I used? Another half can of tomatoes, maybe?

  87. Rachael
    02/01/2013 at 10:55 pm

    A friend of mine posted this link on Facebook. I though it looked good and bookmarked it. My husband (who happens to be from India) told me “Hey, that chicken tikka masala recipe that you saved on the computer looks good!” So, I’m making it tomorrow! We are both excited!

  88. Rachael
    02/02/2013 at 8:00 pm

    Thank you so, so much for posting this recipe! It is off the hook! It was a big hit with my family! Color me impressed!

  89. Jen
    02/02/2013 at 9:58 pm

    This was obscenely delicious — I used chicken thighs, omitted the bay leaf, and used light cream and a little extra half and half instead of the heavy cream, but I don’t think that made a huge difference. I cannot believe how good this came out! The BF loved it (and he’s hard to please), and I’m excited for my leftovers tomorrow :)

  90. Whitney
    02/05/2013 at 10:08 pm

    I just made this tonight, and it was delicious!!!

  91. Liz
    02/07/2013 at 2:08 pm

    I think this is a fantastic recipe!

    Last night I prepped this dish and put it into the crock this morning. Couldn’t wait to get home for dinner. It’s so easy. I used boneless skinless chicken thighs because my experience is that chicken breast can get dried out in my crock.
    Before I added the cream/cornstarch mixture I tasted it. I had only put in 1.5 tsps of cayenne and it was really hot. After the (light) cream it lost its heat so next time I’ll go all the way to 3 tsps. However, I think I will also use less cream because I feel it masked the other spices as well. Overall very yummy.

  92. Sarah
    02/08/2013 at 1:41 pm

    This is in my crock pot right now, and it’s honestly distracting from my ability to get my work done because it smells so good. I cannot wait for dinner tonight.

  93. jen
    02/14/2013 at 9:11 pm

    Great recipe. My son said it tasted just like what we get in the Indian restaurant (high praise from him). Tons of sauce so make lots of rice or better yet get some Naan.

  94. Ken
    02/17/2013 at 7:54 pm

    You should correct the recipe to say that “combine all indredients except heavy cream and corn starch…I just made an expensive boo boo.

    • 02/17/2013 at 8:35 pm

      Hi Ken! Sorry it didn’t work out for you. You didn’t elaborate on what went wrong but this was how I have made it and how others have too, and it worked out for them. Sorry I can’t help you out but if you’d like to explain what happened, maybe we can troubleshoot!

  95. Kathryn
    02/17/2013 at 8:49 pm

    Made this today and everyone loved it. I used diced canned tomatoes because I didn’t have the pureed, and I did brown my chicken and onions a bit before I put it in the cooker. (That’s my habit with making meats in the slow cooker, I think they turn out better tasting that way.) For the commenter who thought the cinnamon smelled too strong: I thought the same thing. I was worried, because I’m not a big fan of cinnamon. But the taste was amazing.

  96. Ken
    02/19/2013 at 6:44 pm

    Hi Julie,

    I ended up adding all the ingredients together to include the cream and cornstarch per the first instruction….leave it to a guy I had not read down to the end, BUT it ended up great…I added a little water to keep the cream from making it too dense and it cooked just fine. I added a recipe for Palak Paneer and made some Naan. The family was very happy with the end results. I will read all the way thru next time….Great Recipe.

  97. Lisa
    02/20/2013 at 2:41 pm

    Hi Julie,

    I followed the recipe to a T minus the ginger because…well, Ginger and I are not friends so I used a lot less. Mine came out pretty bland. Not sure what I did wrong. :-(

  98. 02/21/2013 at 9:11 pm

    I made this today with minor modification (I reduced the ginger a little and replaced the majority of cayenne pepper with fresh hot chili peppers finely chopped). By far the BEST tikka masal in the crock pot I have made to date. I’ve tried several and none have come out so delicious. We like our indian very spicy and found using fresh chili’s is the trick.

    Thanks for the recipe, it will now be a part of our monthly rotation! SCORE!

  99. Christine
    02/26/2013 at 7:30 pm

    Is there a substitute for the tomato paste? My fiancé is allergic to tomatoes. We miss out on a lot of recipes because of it. If there’s not, that’s fine, but I was curious if this recipe would still work with something non-tomato?
    Thank you.

    • 02/26/2013 at 8:22 pm

      Hi Christine! Unfortunately, the tomato base in this recipe is what makes this recipe taste correctly (I would’ve suggested red bell pepper but that would probably be really gross) :( I wish I had another way around it for you! I’m so sorry!

  100. Christine
    02/26/2013 at 8:57 pm

    Ok, thank you anyway! I might have to make a small batch for myself and make something special just for him. It sounds too good for me not to try.

  101. Laura
    02/27/2013 at 1:06 pm

    Can I substitute Greek yogurt?

    • 02/27/2013 at 9:15 pm

      For which part of the recipe? The plain yogurt part or the heavy cream part? If you’re talking about the plain yogurt part, then yes. If the heavy cream part, no.

  102. Elizabeth Burchfield
    02/28/2013 at 6:10 pm

    Ok this recipe ROCKS! I have made it about four times now and each time it is better than the last! Thank you sooooo much for sharing the love:)

  103. mary
    03/03/2013 at 12:50 pm

    I just made the crockpot tiki masala for the first time! I am a huge fan of Indian food! This was an excellent recipe..very flavorful! Thank you for making one of my favorite foods easier to make!

  104. Melanie
    03/17/2013 at 11:30 pm

    Do you think I could combine the majority of the ingredients ahead of time, freeze and then cook it in the slow cooker? I’m getting ready to return to work after my maternity leave and would love to prep some meals!

    • 03/18/2013 at 8:25 am

      I’ve never done that before so I can’t say for sure, but I don’t see why it wouldn’t work.

  105. Daphne
    03/21/2013 at 8:22 pm

    Kind of dumb question but is the tomato purée tomato sauce or paste? I really want to make this! I had Indian food for the first time the other night and loved it. I actually saw this recipe awhile back but was afraid to make it without knowing what it was supposed to taste like! Ha! Can’t wait to try it.

  106. Daphne
    03/22/2013 at 12:15 pm

    Thank you! I always buy diced, whole, tomato sauce or paste so I’ve never really seen this before. Good thing I asked!

  107. Kathy
    03/24/2013 at 12:49 pm

    I am going to try to use coconut milk instead of the heavy cream…hope it works!!

  108. Amanda
    03/25/2013 at 8:52 am

    This sounds great! As I am infamous for overlooking a vital detail in a recipe, I just wanted to clarify that the chicken should be uncooked when it goes into the crockpot?

    I’ll be trying this with my in-laws this week! Thanks.

  109. Beth
    03/28/2013 at 9:37 am

    Julie, what a great recipe! I had to cut the recipe in half to fit my little crockpot and used plain tomato sauce instead of purée, but it still made plenty and came out absolutely delicious. Half of my family is Indian, but chicken tikka masala is the one dish I never make bc traditionally you need tandoori chicken which takes forever to marinade, then use that in the sauce. But somehow doing this in the crockpot eliminated the need for those extra steps and now I can make CTM in just a few min of prep :)

  110. Jenna
    03/28/2013 at 1:16 pm

    Looks delicious!!!! Thank you for posting this. Can I just use more yogurt instead of the heavy cream? Or almond milk? I’d like a lower-calorie/healthier substitute for the heavy cream, if possible.

    • 03/28/2013 at 3:04 pm

      You need some kind of fat in there so the yogurt doesn’t curdle. You could maybe add like 1/4 cup of heavy cream and a little more yogurt? Or if you want, just use almond milk instead. I’m not sure flavor-wise though if that’d interfere, but I doubt it.

  111. 03/31/2013 at 11:06 pm

    I tried this and it was so good! I’m writing a post about recipes I’ve tried recently, and will definitely be linking to this post! :)

    Thanks for sharing!

  112. Pamela
    04/08/2013 at 9:06 pm

    I tried the recipie but it didn’t turn out. Maybe its because I used sourcream because I didnt have yogart. I cooked it on low for 8 hours and found the chicken way over cooked and the sauce didn’t taste good. (I usually love Indian food). If I was to do this again, I would cook the chicken separtely and just add it in at the end to warm up. Thoughts?

    • 04/08/2013 at 10:22 pm

      Traditional Indian dishes always use yogurt. I’m pretty sure the sauce didn’t taste good because of the substitution of sour cream. I think you should try that next time. The yogurt also tenderizes the chicken throughout the cooking process so the omission of yogurt might’ve just been why your dish didn’t turn out. If you want to make this again, I definitely suggest using yogurt and if you want, you could definitely cook the chicken separately and then add it in at the end!

  113. Megan Esser
    04/16/2013 at 10:03 am

    Thanks for the recipe. I made this last night and wanted to share my take on the spiciness level. I’m an absolute wimp when it comes to spice. I used 1.5 tsp of cayenne and for me it was too much. My husband is a spicy enthusiast and added more red pepper to his plate. I’m going to try adding some extra greek yogurt to my plate of leftovers tonight to try and cut down on the spice for me. My husband raved about this dish and offered to be in charge of eating all of the leftovers this week :) So I’d say it was a success!

  114. 04/22/2013 at 1:30 pm

    Made this pot of goodness over the weekend, and we loved it. Very complex flavors, easy to throw together, and gave us plenty of leftovers. Considering it a regular in our rotation now!

  115. Stephanie
    04/24/2013 at 1:25 am

    Made this tonight and it was fantastic! Easy to throw together and came out delicious. The chicken ended up really tender, pretty much shredded but that’s probably because it cooked for about 10 hours since I work long shifts.

    For anyone looking for a slightly lighter alternative, I used light coconut milk in place of the heavy cream and it turned out great – the spices definitely covered any coconut taste. I also used plain Greek yogurt, which kept the sauce nice and thick.

    Thanks for the great recipe! I will definitely make this again

  116. Ale
    05/13/2013 at 12:22 am

    Can I use curry as a substitute for garam masala?
    or is there a susbtitute for it

    • 05/13/2013 at 7:38 am

      You could but I wouldn’t recommend it. Garam masala is a mixture of spices and your dish probably would just end up being a chicken curry dish as opposed to a tikka masala.

  117. TC
    05/15/2013 at 9:53 pm

    Is there a typo in this recipe? I made it with 29oz tomato puree and it was soooooo tomatoey and didn’t need thickening. Should it be 29oz tomato sauce?

    • 05/16/2013 at 8:00 am

      No, there is no typo in the recipe. I made it myself with 29 oz. tomato puree.

  118. 05/25/2013 at 6:47 pm

    We are HUGE Indian food fans around here – so I couldn’t wait to try my hand at this. We really liked it – I would cut down a tad on the cayenne next time (sometimes I forget it’s better to start easy on the spice because you can always add, but you can’t really take away!)

    I felt like it was missing a little something – something I can’t quite put my finger on. Maybe more salt! Either way, it’s a fantastic recipe and it is definitely going into our rotation! Thanks for sharing!

  119. Meli
    06/03/2013 at 2:36 am

    Tried this recipe and it was amazing! Hands down mine and my hubbies favorite meal. One thing, we both LOVE spicy. What can we add to this to give it that extra kick? It would be much appreciated!

    • 06/03/2013 at 8:17 am

      You could add more cayenne pepper to give it an extra kick!

  120. TC
    06/06/2013 at 6:51 pm

    Hahaha! I’ve realized my mistake. I’m from England and we call tomato paste tomato puree. I will try it again with American tomato puree :)

  121. 06/13/2013 at 2:24 pm

    This looks way easier than I thought It would be. I make this with the canned stuff alot but would love to make it without all the sodium. Can not wait to try this out soon!

  122. Abiha
    07/11/2013 at 1:39 am

    Can’t wait to try making this!8 just have a question about the you cut the chicken breasts or tenderloins into pieces before putting in the crockpot? Or do you just cook the chicken breast whole?

    • 07/11/2013 at 8:27 am

      Yup, cut it into pieces before marinating it in the yogurt sauce.

  123. Sallie
    07/13/2013 at 3:42 pm

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  124. Derek
    07/29/2013 at 7:21 pm

    Made this tonight. I put everything in a ziploc last night and poured it in the crock this morning. The checkin had some time marinating in the mixture and allowed the yogurt to tenderize the meat. I used boneless thighs and left them whole. Let me say the house smells amazing and tastes great…This is a keeper!!

    • 07/30/2013 at 8:04 am

      Lovely! So glad you enjoyed :)

  125. Veru
    07/30/2013 at 2:30 pm

    This looks yummiii¡ do u think i can add some potato? Should i added right at the beginning or wait ? What do u think? Thanks so much!

    • 07/31/2013 at 9:46 am

      Hi Veru, yes you could definitely add potatoes if you want. I think you should add them halfway into the cooking process so they don’t become mush.

  126. 08/09/2013 at 3:16 pm

    I just wanted to let you know that this recipe is nothing short of magical. I make it with a side of garlic mint yogurt and naan bread to go with it and every time I make it I never end up with leftovers because my husband and friends devour it.

    • 08/11/2013 at 11:02 am

      Yum! That sounds great!! So glad you enjoyed :)

  127. Emily
    08/20/2013 at 6:31 pm

    Just made this tonight and it’s yummy! It was easy to make but seems fancy. :) Thank you for yet another delicious recipe, ESPECIALLY a crockpot one!

    • 08/21/2013 at 8:40 am

      Thank you for coming back to let me know what you think! Glad you enjoyed :)

  128. Amanda
    08/24/2013 at 1:01 am

    I’m sorry if this has been asked, I read through the comments but only briefly… Garam masala seems to be a combination of the spices already being added (with only a couple extra).. do we need to add garam masala AND all the components in it separately??
    Thanks! Look forward to trying this! I LOVE tikka masala but haven’t ever made it homemade :)

    • 08/24/2013 at 9:49 am

      Hi Amanda! Yes, you need to add garam masala and all the other components! Enjoy!

      • Amanda
        09/04/2013 at 2:32 pm

        I LOVE this recipe!!!!!! I have told all my friends about it :) I even had some people over for dinner when I made it, and they love it too! THANK YOU so much for sharing :)

  129. Ann
    08/25/2013 at 2:08 pm

    Love the idea of a different dish in a crock pot!I just made chicken veggie kabobs with masala sauce from a jar and my bible study group just LOVED it! I wanted a recipe for a crock pot and yours is perfect.

    Thank you for sharing. We are making it today. I share my crock pot meals with my mom and our adopted grand pa. It makes there lives easier and mine. They get a different meal that they would normally not make or buy and it is very healthy.

    • 08/25/2013 at 8:51 pm

      Aw how sweet of you to cook for your mom and adopted grandpa! I hope everyone enjoys!

  130. Carmen
    08/27/2013 at 8:27 pm

    This was amazing! I made it because my husband loves Tikka Masala. I couldn’t stop eating the stuff. Wow! Can’t wait for left overs. Thank you for sharing this recipe. I found it on Pinterest month ago and I’m so happy we tried it.

    • 08/28/2013 at 8:55 am

      Yay! So glad you enjoyed this!

  131. 08/31/2013 at 1:50 pm

    Yum, I definitely need to try this! It looks amazing – and I love using the crockpot! :)

    • 08/31/2013 at 9:09 pm

      I love the crockpot! Makes dinners so easy :)

  132. maria
    09/04/2013 at 10:57 pm

    What did I do wrong? It was so spicy, we couldn’t even eat it… Yikes. I am not a crock pot cooker

    • 09/05/2013 at 8:20 am

      Hi Maria, sorry yours turned out too spicy. Unfortunately, you didn’t give me enough information for me to properly diagnose what went wrong. Did you happen to mix up TSP (teaspoon) for TBSP (tablespoon) in the cayenne pepper? That’s the only thing I can think of that could make this too spicy. Garam masala and the other ingredients don’t have that much heat – they’re more flavor, and the yogurt should’ve helped with the heat component. From what you’ve told me, I can only assume that you added too much cayenne pepper or you are just really sensitive to heat/spice so maybe next time leave out the cayenne?

  133. Caroline J
    09/16/2013 at 12:18 pm

    Hi, I had a quick question about you what kind of yogurt to use. Should I use regular plain yogurt or could I use Greek plain yogurt? Could I use fat-free or should I get a yogurt with a little bit of fat? Also I saw in an earlier comment that you said that I could sub half & half for the heavy cream, but could/should I use fat-free half & half or would that really alter the taste? I am just trying to lighten up the recipe a tad, as I am watching what I eat!

    Thanks for sharing an amazing sounding recipe!

    • 09/16/2013 at 8:16 pm

      Hi Caroline, I used plain Greek yogurt. You could use fat-free Greek yogurt. I wouldn’t sub fat free half & half, I hear that stuff is actually worse for you than the real thing, so just use regular half & half. Enjoy!

  134. Patrick P
    09/16/2013 at 9:34 pm

    Please help. I didn’t read instructions all the way through and added the heavy cream with everything else (not at the end). I have not started cooking. If I cook it will it be OK? Please help!!! I won’t start cooking it till in about 4 hours.

    Seems like this is a typical guy mistake…. fail!

    • 09/17/2013 at 6:58 am

      Hi Patrick! Sorry I didn’t get to you last night. Hope it still turned out. But yes, it would’ve been fine if you added the cream early.

      • Patrick
        09/18/2013 at 7:50 pm

        Julie, thanks for getting back, you are right it did turn out fine. I look forward to trying it the correct way next time!

      • 09/19/2013 at 8:25 am

        Wonderful! So glad it worked out for you, Patrick!

  135. Kate
    10/09/2013 at 9:43 am

    Oh no, I accidentally added the heavy cream to the mixture before adding it to the crockpot!? Will it turn out ok?! Haven’t added the cornstarch. Will add then in later. Help!

    • 10/10/2013 at 8:19 am

      Hi Kate, yes, it’ll be ok. Someone actually asked the same thing right above your comment and his turned out fine, as well! :)

  136. Lisa
    10/11/2013 at 4:11 pm

    I’m sorry, but this recipe feels like it’s missing half of the flavor of real tikka masala. It tastes flat. I wasn’t impressed. I wish there was a way to rate these recipes. I would have avoided it had there been an honest rating system.

    • 10/11/2013 at 5:43 pm

      Sorry you felt this way Lisa! The comments on this recipe serves as a pretty good rating system since a lot of them are actual people who made it and had a positive experience with it! Thank you for your feedback, though, and sorry this dish disappointed you.

  137. Danielle
    11/06/2013 at 10:18 pm

    We used to live in England where Indian food is like Chinese food here. We have had lots of tikka masala and since we moved away from there a year ago, I have tried many recipes trying to recreate the flavor. This was the closest I have come! It was delish and so easy. Thanks so much-will be making it often!

    • 11/07/2013 at 9:09 am

      Oh, I’m so happy that this is your new fav! Thank you for the feedback!

  138. 11/19/2013 at 1:52 pm

    This looks delicious. Have pinned to try soon. I usually stick to dishes that are a little more WW friendly but I have a 2-1/2 year-old grandson who just moved here from England. Tikka masala is one of his favorite foods and I’ve been looking for an easy recipe to try out for him. Thanks so much.

    • 11/19/2013 at 9:52 pm

      Oh that’s wonderful! I’m so glad you found this recipe. I hope you all enjoy :)

  139. Erin
    11/23/2013 at 8:53 pm

    I googled a crockpot tikka masala recipe and came across this. I just made it tonight and it was REALLY good for a crockpot dinner. Almost tasted like I was dining in my favorite Indian restaurant!! Thanks for the post!

    • 11/24/2013 at 10:31 am

      Awesome, Erin! So glad you enjoyed it! :)

  140. Christine Lang
    11/24/2013 at 8:25 pm

    I found it to be a little bland…..spicy but bland. Needed more salt. I am not a salt adder when I cook but there definitely was not enough.

    • 11/24/2013 at 8:42 pm

      Hi Christine! Glad you tried this! Everyone’s salt preference is different, which is why I noted “2 tsp. of salt, or to taste” so if you didn’t think 2 tsp. was enough, then by all means, go ahead and add more to your liking! I hope you try it again with more salt next time! Thanks for the feedback :)

  141. Amber C.
    12/01/2013 at 1:33 pm

    I thought this turned out pretty well. If it’s missing anything I think it’s that hint of sweetness I get from my stovetop recipes that use coconut milk. I’m wondering if that would be too thin to use in place of heavy cream at the end? Maybe thicken it with more cornstarch? Perhaps will try that next time. Thanks for the recipe!

    • 12/02/2013 at 12:49 pm

      Hi Amber! You can certainly do that! I bet that would be delicious :)

  142. 12/08/2013 at 10:44 am

    Hi! Great site and I’m so excited to try this tomorrow night. One question — for Step 4, should I keep the crockpot temperature on low or high when I pour the heavy cream/corn starch mixture into the crockpot?

    Thank you!

    • 12/08/2013 at 9:57 pm

      Hi Melissa, I would keep the crockpot temperature on high. Enjoy!

  143. Candace
    12/31/2013 at 12:42 am

    I’m so excited to try this! I made the mistake of combining all the ingredients then transferring to the crockpot. Is it ruined? Also how will red pepper flakes do instead of cayenne pepper? Thanks!

    • 12/31/2013 at 7:39 am

      Hi Candace, sorry I didn’t get back to you until now. Not sure if you got a chance to read the other comments in this post but others have done the same thing as you and theirs turned out fine so I hope yours turned out ok, too! Cayenne’s heat intensity is a lot higher than red pepper flakes so I’d suggest adding more red pepper flakes if you like it hotter! Enjoy.

  144. Megan
    02/11/2014 at 10:58 am

    Hi Julie,

    I thought that I was all set to make this today, but just saw in a comment above that you used plain greek yogurt, not regular yogurt, when you made this. Having not seen that before I went to the store, I only have normal yogurt. Is there anything I can and should do to get the thickness and tangyness of greek yogurt into my dish? Thanks!

    • 02/11/2014 at 1:19 pm

      Hi Megan, I’ve used both and they both turned out fine. You’ll be ok to use regular yogurt :)

  145. Jen
    02/14/2014 at 12:04 am

    I made this tonight and it was de-lish! I was excited to find this recipe that was close to the kind in the restaurants. However, we had a lot left over – Do you know if the leftovers can be frozen??

    • 02/15/2014 at 10:32 pm

      Hi Jen, yes, you can freeze the leftovers. Glad you enjoyed!

  146. Joseph
    02/24/2014 at 2:05 pm

    I haven’t had a chance to make this yet as it makes a lot (could be something to keep in mind during low-budget times when we could use some meals that can be stretched out) but it looks good and flavorful. For lazy cooks like me they actually make diced cooked chicken breast that you can get in the freezer case at the supermarket. I can also find diced onions in the freezer case too. And for lightening it up I could replace the yogurt called for with plain fat-free Greek yogurt, and I could probably use light cream or fat-free half-n-half instead of heavy cream. And I like that they make smoked paprika now too. Using Smoked paprika should give this recipe a nice smokey flavor :-)

    • 02/25/2014 at 7:58 am

      I hope you make this sometime soon, Joseph! Sounds like you know how to make it work!

  147. Megan
    03/11/2014 at 11:39 pm

    Made this tonight, and it was a hit! Thought the flavor was pretty close to what you get at the local Indian places, at a fraction of the cost. I forgot to buy half and half, so used a little more nonfat Greek yogurt and a little less whole milk, and it was still fine, just not quite as creamy. Used 2 tsp. of cayenne, and found it very spicy — probably about a “4 stars” on the restaurant heat scale. Served with naan and basmati rice. Thanks for the recipe… You’ve got a new blog follower. :)

    • Julie
      03/12/2014 at 11:30 am

      So glad to have you as a follower, Megan! I’m glad you enjoyed this crockpot dish!

  148. Ruth
    04/02/2014 at 5:47 pm


    how would I adapt this to using a Curry Masala paste? It’s from Himalayan Gourmet. Thanks!

    • Julie
      04/03/2014 at 8:21 am

      Hi Ruth, I have no idea. I’ve never used curry masala paste before. Sorry!

  149. Ruth
    04/03/2014 at 8:50 am

    Thanks for responding anyway!

  150. Bethany
    04/07/2014 at 12:45 pm

    Have to say – I was very excited to try this as I have recently moved and haven’t found any great indian food take out places near my new home. This was spicy but bland – I thought it would taste great since it has all the spices that should make this come out right, but tasted nothing like chicken tikka masala.

    • Julie
      04/08/2014 at 8:33 am

      Aw, sorry to hear this, Bethany!

  151. Caitlyn
    04/18/2014 at 3:21 pm

    Hey there! This is in the cooker now! I’m so excited. Just curious, why did you leave the lemon juice out of your version of the recipe? (Cooking Classy originally had 2 TBSP)

    • Julie
      04/19/2014 at 11:23 am

      Hi Caitlyn, I left it out because I thought it made the sauce too tart.

  152. daddy
    05/04/2014 at 12:43 am

    OK I followed the instructions to the T I have been a cook for quite some time I have to say that the sauce came out really good but the chicken came out very dry. I can’t even eat the chicken due to how bad this came out. The best thing for this recipe is to cook the chicken separate. That way it does not come out dry.

  153. Kimberly
    05/08/2014 at 10:20 pm

    Hi, are you certain that you only meant to write 1 can of puree because I followed this recipe to the T and it’s quite light almost tan in color before the cream. I’m added another box of puree and it looks and tastes better now. Am I wrong? Just wondering?

    • Julie
      05/09/2014 at 5:49 pm

      Hi Kimberly, yes I’m certain it’s only 1 can of puree. Did you use the 29 oz. can or something smaller?

  154. Priyanna
    05/13/2014 at 10:31 am

    This turned out wonderfully! Tender and delicious. Thanks for the easy recipe!

    • Julie
      05/13/2014 at 10:04 pm

      Glad to hear, Priyanna! Thanks for the feedback!

  155. matt
    05/25/2014 at 10:22 pm

    Thanks for this! Wpund up turning out absolutely delicious. Now if only I had a decent recipe for na’an…

  156. Nana Phyllis
    06/01/2014 at 9:23 am

    Made this yesterday for my son’s 38th birthday. Everyone loved it. I did cut down on the cayenne and cornstarch, but followed the rest. I used 4 lg. chicken breasts and have a lot left over. I froze it for future meals.

  157. Katie
    06/03/2014 at 9:39 am

    I made this yesterday and it was incredibly delicious. I used four boneless chicken thighs and one large breast, subbed coconut milk for heavy cream and kind of fudged the spices (being more heavy-handed with my favorites). The end result was super flavorful, and just the right amount of spicy/sweet. The sauce was so good my boyfriend actually licked his bowl clean!

    For those of you who work crazy hours like me, the recipe is forgiving on time. I cooked it for eight hours on low, then left it for over three hours on the “warm” setting. My chicken was shredded, but the liquid/meat ratio remained good.

  158. Abraham
    06/04/2014 at 12:17 am

    If it is not too much of a hassle, can you post next to each ingredient needed in grams?

    Looks delicious! And a person said to make it REALLY good and more authentic is to use ground cashews instead of cornstarch. Have you tried this with ground cashews?

    • Julie
      06/04/2014 at 8:24 am

      Hi Abraham, I don’t measure anything in grams so it would take me a longer time to convert recipes to that, therefore, I don’t post in grams. There are online converters that you can use to help you with that if you need it! I’ve never tried it with ground cashews – sounds delicious!

  159. Jill
    06/05/2014 at 10:55 pm

    I only have a 4 qt crockpot. Should I cut the recipe in half or will a full recipe fit in the smaller size?

    • Julie
      06/06/2014 at 7:36 am

      Mine’s a 4-quart crockpot, too. It’ll fit but it’ll be a close one! Haha :)

  160. 06/09/2014 at 12:37 am

    So delicious! Easy dish with little to no hassle that packs lots of flavor. I followed the recipe to a T with the exception of using turkey breast instead of chicken. This recipe beats my favorite Indian restaurant’s chicken tikka masala. Thanks for sharing!

    • Julie
      06/09/2014 at 7:54 am

      Wow, great to hear, DeLea!

  161. christine k
    06/15/2014 at 7:23 pm

    I just made this and it was super easy and everyone liked it… but it didn’t taste like tikka masala. Tikka Masala is my favourite Indian dish and I’ve had it numerous times and different restaurants. This meal wasn’t bad, but it essentially tasted like a sourcream chicken. It didn’t taste like Indian food. I just stepped back through the entire recipe and made sure that I didn’t miss anything or add too little or too much of something. I did it perfectly (save the cilantro at the end because we just didn’t have any). I would totally make it again, but it is lacking in something and I can’t place it.

  162. Nikki
    07/02/2014 at 4:32 pm

    I agree with the above comment, I won’t say we didn’t enjoy it but I was not ready for it to taste so unlike the tikka masala we are used to. We tend to go out for Indian food at least twice a month. I followed the recipe every step of the way and it was really easy but the taste just wasn’t there for me. I seemed to get a lot of cinnamon taste even though I didn’t add anymore then I was supposed to and then chicken was a drop dry.

  163. Jill
    07/03/2014 at 7:56 pm

    I just made this recipe and I must say it is awful and nothing like what I expected. Either something is missing from the recipe that caused this epic fail or I just don’t like this recipe and I have had chicken masala many times and it never tasted this way. Very disappointed at the huge waste.

  164. Ali
    07/09/2014 at 3:51 pm

    There was something off about this dish so I did some research and realized you left out the lemon juice that basically every other chicken tikki masala recipe has. I added some and it helped a lot!

    • Julie
      07/10/2014 at 8:33 am

      Hey Ali – thanks for catching that! I actually added lemon juice to my tikka masala and I really didn’t like the way it tasted with it so I omitted it when I wrote the recipe because I didn’t want people to get angry about it, but maybe I should add it back in. Thanks!

  165. 07/16/2014 at 9:05 am

    I made this lovely dish on Monday, and it turned out amazing. The chicken was tender. The sauce was flavorful. And, it only took a few minutes to prepare. I definitely recommend making this. Thanks for sharing!

  166. Bethan
    08/10/2014 at 10:08 pm

    So I managed to forget to buy cornstarch when I made this today. Doh! Luckily I had some flour which worked as a good substitute. Pretty tasty dish over all. I think I may try and rub down the chicken before hand as that was the only part that I didn’t like so much. The sauce was amazing but it didn’t penetrate the meat like I’d hoped. Still super yummy though!

    • Julie
      08/11/2014 at 8:02 am

      Glad it turned out well for you!

  167. Matthew
    08/11/2014 at 4:18 pm

    Can I add curry powder to this recipe?

    Also, is smoked paprika better than regular paprika?

    Thank you!

    • Julie
      08/12/2014 at 8:49 am

      You can add curry powder to this recipe if you want but I haven’t tried it that way so I’m not sure how it’d taste with the other ingredients. Smoked paprika and regular paprika (which is sweet) are both different so I can’t say if one is better than the other. If you’re looking for a smokier taste, then I’d use smoked paprika (my personal favorite) but if you just want a hint of sweetness, use regular.

  168. Rima
    09/20/2014 at 11:51 am

    Hi everyone.. I made this the other day and it was really good, but it was missing something… So close, but some flavor note was missing for sure my fiancé and I agreed. I figured it out. It’s TUMERIC POWDER! Added it afterward, and then it was PERFECT. Tastes identical to Indian restaurant Chicken Tikka. Try it!

  169. sanya
    10/13/2014 at 8:12 pm

    Tonight I was desperate for a good curry recipe and luckily I came across this. By far the best I’ve made. I didn’t have heavy cream so I threw in a can of coconut milk. Thank you very much for the delicious recipe!


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