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Slow-Cooker Chicken Tikka Masala

This Slow-Cooker Chicken Tikka Masala is perfect for busy weekdays when you want an easy, delicious, Indian-inspired meal. Toss it all into your Crock Pot and enjoy.

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Thirty-five years in Los Angeles resulted in Hubby and me becoming Indian food hounds. I mean, okay, we chase all things food. But still. I grew up 10 minutes from a city dubbed Little India.

Hardly a week went by before we’d have to answer the craving and go out for platefuls of chicken tikka masala, tandoori, and naan bread.

Eventually I discovered the method to making mind blowing chicken tikka masala. It hits the spot, now that we live cross-country from Little India. But that classic recipe requires a bit more stove-sitting than we sometimes can swing.

Because busy weeknights. Something about three boys, soccer games, baseball fields, crazy bulldog, and allthedriving. It kinda gets in the way of cooking.

So there’s this ⇓ ⇓ ⇓


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This Slow-Cooker Chicken Tikka Masala is a great way to get your Tikka fix without the fuss. My favorite way to do weeknights = prepping ahead. {Translation: slow cooker.}

Just toss all the ingredients together in your slow cooker the night before, and do your set it and forget it thing in the morning.

You’ll come home to supremely tender, flavorful, succulent chicken tikka masala. The aroma in the air will cause salivation.

And nothing is a better match with this dish than aromatic Basmati rice.

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Enjoy this slow-cooker chicken tikka masala…hope you guys love it as much as we do.

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Slow-Cooker Chicken Tikka Masala

This Slow-Cooker Chicken Tikka Masala is perfect for busy weekdays when you want an easy, delicious, Indian-inspired meal. Toss it all into your Crock Pot and enjoy.

Ingredients

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  • 2 1/2 cups plain, whole yogurt, divided
  • 12 oz canned tomato paste
  • 8 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 large onion, diced
  • 3 TB olive oil
  • 3 TB garam masala
  • 2 TB fresh ginger, peeled and grated
  • 2 TB ground cumin
  • 1 TB sugar
  • 2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 23 tsp ground chili powder
  • 2 tsp ground coriander
  • 2 tsp table salt
  • 1 tsp ground tumeric
  • 3 lbs boneless, skinless chicken breasts or thighs, cut into 1-inch cubes
  • Garnish: freshly chopped cilantro

Instructions

  1. Reserve 1 cup of the yogurt and set aside. Place all remaining ingredients, except for the chicken, into the slow cooker. Stir to combine mixture well. Towel-dry all chicken pieces and add them to the mixture in slow cooker. Cover tightly and cook on Low for 8 hours or High for 4 hours.
  2. When done cooking, gently stir in reserved 1 cup of yogurt. Serve over basmati rice and garnish with cilantro. Delicious with naan bread as well.

Notes

The slow-cooker version requires more tomato taste than typical, as the thickness is needed for slow cooking texture. For our authentic Chicken Tikka Masala method, see this recipe. Slow cooker can be fully prepared, up to point of cooking, the night before. Simply turn on slow cooker in the morning for a meal that’s ready when you get home from work.

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