Slow Cooker Chicken Tikka Masala

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    This slow cooker chicken tikka masala is a classic Indian dish that you can make in the slow cooker so it's waiting for you when you get home!

    Slow Cooker Chicken Tikka Masala

    I am obsessed with chicken tikka masala and let’s be real — Indian food for that matter.

    Whenever I go to an Indian restaurant, as American as this is, I always order chicken tikka masala.

    I like trying each restaurant’s own take on chicken tikka masala and most of the time I have not been disappointed.

    I love the complex flavors of Indian cuisine and the numerous spices used in their dishes to give you the most flavorful experience ever.

    I always look to create restaurant favorites at home and this slow cooker chicken tikka masala is one of those.

    When you’re tired after work, the whole dinner part of the evening is kind of daunting.

    That’s where this slow cooker chicken tikka masala comes into play.

    I prepped everything the night before and put everything into the slow cooker right before I left for work.

    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!

    This slow cooker chicken tikka masala is a classic Indian dish that you can make in the slow cooker so it's waiting for you when you get home!

    Tips to make this slow cooker chicken tikka masala dish

    • Try to prep/chop everything the night before so you can put this into the slow cooker before you head out for the day
    • Read the instructions carefully — some of the ingredients are not added at the beginning
    • Use the correct spices
    This slow cooker chicken tikka masala is a classic Indian dish that you can make in the slow cooker so it's waiting for you when you get home!

    Can you make this vegan or vegetarian?

    I don’t see why you can’t! You could substitute out the chicken for firm tofu (but I’d add that in at the end of cooking).

    Can I omit any of the spices that I cannot find?

    No! It is what creates the flavor of this dish.

    Indian cuisine is highly flavorful because of the spices used.

    This slow cooker chicken tikka masala is a classic Indian dish that you can make in the slow cooker so it's waiting for you when you get home!

    Can I substitute sour cream for the yoghurt?

    You can, but it MIGHT be too sour.

    I accidentally added everything into the slow cooker, will my recipe be ruined?

    No, it will be fine.

    This slow cooker chicken tikka masala is a classic Indian dish that you can make in the slow cooker so it's waiting for you when you get home! #slowcooker #slowcookerrecipes #chickentikkamasala #indianfood #indiancuisine

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    Slow Cooker Chicken Tikka Masala

    If you love chicken tikka masala, this is an easy way to make it while you're away from the home!
    Prep Time: 25 mins
    Cook Time: 8 hrs
    Total Time: 8 hrs 25 mins
    Course: Dinner
    Cuisine: Indian
    Servings (adjustable, but please note that results, timing, and cookware may vary when adjusting servings): 8
    Calories: 356kcal
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    Ingredients

    • 8 boneless skinless chicken tenderloins, or about 5 boneless, skinless chicken breasts (about 3 pounds) – cut into 1.5-inch cubes
    • 1 large onion, diced
    • 4 cloves of garlic, minced
    • 2 tablespoons fresh ginger, minced
    • 1: 29- ounce can of tomato puree
    • 1 1/2 cups plain yogurt
    • 2 tablespoons olive oil
    • 2 tablespoons Garam masala
    • 1 teaspoon tumeric powder
    • 1 tablespoon cumin
    • 1/2 tablespoon sweet paprika
    • 2 teaspoon salt, or to taste
    • 3/4 teaspoon cinnamon
    • 3/4 teaspoon fresh ground black pepper
    • 1-3 teaspoon cayenne pepper, depending on your heat preference
    • 2 leaves bay
    • 1 cup heavy cream
    • 3 tablespoon cornstarch
    • Lemon juice from half a small lemon
    • Chopped parsley or cilantro, for topping

    Instructions

    • Place chicken, onion, garlic, ginger, tomato puree, yogurt, olive oil, garam masala, tumeric powder, cumin, paprika, salt, cinnamon, ground black pepper, and cayenne pepper in a large bowl. With a spatula, stir to combine everything and make sure the chicken is coated well.
    • Gently place the mixture in the insert of the crockpot and add the two bay leaves.
    • Cover and cook for 8 hours on low (or 4 hours on high).
    • 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.
    • Serve hot over a bed of white (or brown) rice.
    • Store leftovers in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 5 days.

    Video

    Notes

    Source: adapted from Cooking Classy
    Nutrition Facts
    Slow Cooker Chicken Tikka Masala
    Amount Per Serving (1 Serving)
    Calories 356 Calories from Fat 189
    % Daily Value*
    Fat 21g32%
    Carbohydrates 16g5%
    Fiber 2g8%
    Sugar 9g10%
    Protein 27g54%
    * Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
    *Nutrition facts are an estimate and note guaranteed to be accurate. 

    Photography by Jesse Reilly

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  • Jenn C says:

    Hi! Do you think sour cream would be a good substitute for the plain yogurt!

    • Julie Wampler says:

      No, probably wouldn’t be. Too sour!

      • Jenn C says:

        Actually, it worked out nicely. It just made it richer and creamier. I’m not sure how it would work in a slow cooker, though. I cooked mine completely on the stovetop.

  • Denise knowles says:

    How many servings does this recipe make?

    • Julie Wampler says:

      it says 8 in the recipe card, but you can adjust it if need be.

  • Kaitlin says:

    Could I use half and half instead of heavy cream?

    • Julie Wampler says:

      yes

  • Sherin David says:

    I just made this and it came out great!! Thank you 😊

  • Tawny says:

    This is a delicious recipe. Picked up some naan from the local international grocery store. Mmm!

  • Jasmyne says:

    I’m trying to make this keto style what would be a good substitute for the yogurt? Cream cheese or sour cream?

    • Julie Wampler says:

      probably sour cream

  • David Lions says:

    If your going to prep the day before you may as well coat the chicken with garam masala and par grill it first and serve the finished dish with long grain basmati rice instead of plain white or brown. It’ll make the dish more traditional. Aside from those two things everything else looks spot on! Going to try it soon.

  • Ryan says:

    Wow!! thanks for sharing this amazing recipe cooking tips at home i will definitely try to cook by following your instructions.

  • Doral Allen says:

    Hi, Julie, I see lime wedges in the photo, but the ingredients list uses lemon. I love lemons as well as limes. Which should I use?

    • Julie Wampler says:

      either or is fine

  • Yvonne D Bright says:

    This is a favorite recipe I use when I have guests. I get so many compliments and never have any leftovers, I often make a double batch and freeze portions. It freezes extremely well. I use Half and Half instead of heavy cream. I have used ground ginger when I do not have fresh. I put all the ingredients up to black pepper into the Crock Pot and mix. I don’t mix them in another bowl first. I highly recommend Chicken Tikka Masala. f you are on WW Smart Points its 3.75 Points.

  • Haley says:

    Is it supposed to have such a heavy cinnamon flavor? I think the garam masala i used had cinnamon in it already. Is there a way to counteract the cinnamon flavor?

    Thanks!
    Haley

    • Julie Wampler says:

      no, it’s not supposed to have a heavy cinnamon flavor. the best thing to do is just up the other spices

  • crazydave500 says:

    Hi Julie,

    Going to make this tonight. When you say tomato purée, do you mean tomato sauce, diced tomatoes, or something else? Please let me know. That’s you!

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