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Slow Cooker Chicken Tikka Masala

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.

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Other slow cooker recipes to love:

Slow cooker chicken enchilada soup

Slow cooker beef and broccoli

Slow cooker pumpkin coconut curry

Mississippi Roast

Slow cooker chicken pot pie soup

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!
3.95 from 17 votes
Prep Time: 25 mins
Cook Time: 8 hrs
Total Time: 8 hrs 25 mins
Servings: 8
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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 ½ cups plain yogurt
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons Garam masala
  • 1 teaspoon tumeric powder
  • 1 tablespoon cumin
  • ½ tablespoon sweet paprika
  • 2 teaspoon salt, or to taste
  • ¾ teaspoon cinnamon
  • ¾ 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.

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Notes

Source: adapted from Cooking Classy

NUTRITION FACTS

Serving: 1 Serving | Calories: 356 kcal | Carbohydrates: 16 g | Protein: 27 g | Fat: 21 g | Fiber: 2 g | Sugar: 9 g

This website provides approximate nutrition information for convenience and as a courtesy only. Nutrition information can vary for a variety of reasons. For the most precise nutritional data use your preferred nutrition calculator based on the actual ingredients you used in the recipe.

Course: Dinner
Cuisine: Indian
Keyword: chicken, slow cooker, tikka masala

Photography by Jesse Reilly

Recipe Rating




Jay

Saturday 4th of September 2021

I'm actually extremely surprised at how well this turned out. Tastes very akin to the same dish from an Indian restaurant. Bravo! You definitely have a talent for these flavor profiles! : )

Michelle

Saturday 19th of June 2021

Can this be halved? Or broken down even more & cooked in a 1.5 qt crock pot?

Julie Chiou

Sunday 20th of June 2021

hi! yes, it can be halved. next to the ingredients header, i have buttons that automatically do the calculation for you. just tap or click the 0.5 button.

Sarah

Thursday 8th of April 2021

OK. Sauce runny even after cornstarch added. Slight vinegar after taste, no real flavour.

Jackie

Thursday 1st of April 2021

Do you have an instant pot version of this recipe? I love it but don't always have the time for a crockpot recipe.

Julie Chiou

Tuesday 13th of April 2021

Sorry, I do not at this time.

Tim

Thursday 18th of February 2021

How much is a serving for this dish? Is the rice count towards the nutrition information?

Julie Chiou

Friday 19th of February 2021

approx. 2/3 cup as my best guess, and no, rice is not counted