Slow Cooker Chicken Tikka Masala - Sisters, What!

Slow Cooker Chicken Tikka Masala

So I got the best early birthday present last week. My parents brought me home for Labor Day weekend. And so while I was enjoying my time home my sister Anjuli and I decided to take advantage of the time together and make some of her favorite type of food, Indian. Her name is Indian and cause of this she has formed a special bond with Indian food, but really who can blame her its so good! Well we decided to take the easier route and start with the most common Chicken Tikka Masala. Let me tell you it was delicious and on top of that it was super easy. The only difficult part is that you have to find all the special Indian spices, which we found at a World Market. The only mistake made was that I forgot the cream (which we didnt notice until we found it in the fridge the next day) so needless to say if you can't eat cream then you can leave it out and it will still taste really good. We also didnt do the last paragraph of the recipe. So if your feeling courageous and want to try something new this is definitely a recipe I would recommend. The slow cooking part of it really makes the chicken nice and moist. So enjoy!

Chicken Tikka:
1 cup plain yogurt
1 tbsp lemon juice
2 tsp cumin
1/4-1 tsp cayenne (depending on how spicy you like it)
1 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp pepper
1 tsp salt

6-8 chicken thighs (skin on, bone-in)

Stir all ingredients except chicken into the bottom of a large plastic container. Add the chicken and coat the chicken completely with the marinade, cover and place in the fridge for at least an hour or overnight.

1 can 28 oz. diced tomatoes
1 can 5.5 oz tomato paste
2 inches fresh ginger, grated (store your ginger in the freezer and it will be super easy to grate)
2 garlic cloves, minced
1 onion, diced
1 tbsp garam masala
1 tbsp tikka paste (could use mild curry paste instead, but then also add about a tbsp of lemon juice)
1 tsp cumin
1 tsp chili powder
1 tsp dried coriander

1/2 tsp cumin
1/2 tsp chili powder
1/2 tsp garam masala
1 cup cream
2 tbsp fresh cilantro, chopped

Turn your oven to broil. Cover a baking sheet with aluminum foil and place a rack over top. Take the chicken out of the marinade and place on the baking rack. Place under the broiler about 6-10 inches from the heating element and broil on each side about 10 minutes. You don't have to worry about cooking the meat all the way through, you are just looking for a nice browned color.

While the chicken is broiling, in a pan over medium high heat, add about a tsp or two of oil. Add the onion and saute for a few minutes to soften. Add the garlic and ginger and saute for a few more minutes until the mixture is nice and fragrant. Place the mixture into your crockpot. To that, add the diced tomatoes, tomato paste, garam masala, tikka paste, cumin, chili powder and coriander. Stir together. When the chicken is done broiling, add them straight to the slow cooker and stir into the masala (sauce). I have cooked and experimented with this dish quite a few times, and it by far tastes the best when the chicken is first broiled and then slow cooks in the masala sauce. It gives the sauce a real richness of flavor. Slow cook on high for 4-6 hours or on low 6-8 hours.

Before serving stir in 1/2 tsp cumin, 1/2 tsp chili powder, 1/2 tsp garam masala and salt if it needs it. I find this just brightens up the spice flavors a bit. Then stir in the cream and fresh cilantro. Serve a chicken thigh with lots of sauce over basmati rice or Yellow Basmati Rice: 2 cups basmati, 4 cups water, salt, and 1/2 tbsp of turmeric. Stir together and prepare as you normally would. When the rice is done, stir in 1/2 cup frozen peas


  1. Oh I'm so hungry right now. Not fair! This looks absolutely delicious-thank you for posting this Sierra. Indian food is my favorite - if I could only pick one kind of food to eat for the rest of my life that would be it. So I guess it might help if I knew how to make it eh?

  2. That sounds so yummy! How funny that you forgot the cream. I would so do something like that. Glad it still turned out great.

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