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Slow Cooker Chicken Tikka Masala

Indian food is known for its aromatic profiles, and this recipe will deliver the goods: tender, seasoned chicken flying high in a creamy sauce of onions, ginger, garlic, and garam masala.

Course Main Course
Cuisine Indian
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 5 hours 30 minutes
Total Time 5 hours 45 minutes
Servings 10
Calories 389 kcal
Author Rebecca Lindamood

Ingredients

For the Chicken:

  • 9 Boneless, Skinless Chicken Thighs
  • 1 tablespoons Ground Coriander
  • 1 tablespoon Ground Cumin
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 cup yogurt
  • 4 tablespoons butter
  • 1 whole jalapeno pepper Stem Removed, Pepper Pierced Several Times With A Sharp Knife

For the Sauce:

  • 4 tablespoons butter
  • 1 whole large onion, peeled and diced
  • 6 cloves garlic, peeled and minced or thinly sliced
  • 1 tablespoon kosher salt
  • 3 tablespoons garam masala
  • 1 piece fresh ginger, about 2-3 inches long, peeled and grated
  • 4 cups crushed tomatoes
  • 1 tablespoons raw sugar can substitute white sugar if needed
  • 2 teaspoons cornstarch or clearjel
  • 1 1/2 cups heavy cream

Instructions

  1. Cut the boneless, skinless chicken thighs into 1- 1 1/2 inch pieces. Sprinkle the coriander, cumin and salt over the chicken, then stir in the yogurt until all the pieces are evenly coated. Cover lightly and let sit for 10 minutes before proceeding.

    Melt 1 tablespoon the butter in a large saute pan over medium heat. Raise the heat to medium high and quickly brown about 1/4 of the chicken. Transfer browned chicken to the slow cooker as it is finished, using 1 tablespoon of butter per batch, and repeat until the chicken is all in the slow-cooker. Throw the pierced jalapeno in on top of the chicken.

    Prepare the sauce. Return the pan to the heat and melt the butter over medium high heat. Add the onions, garlic, and kosher salt, then stir. Cook, stirring frequently, until the onions begin to lightly brown around the edges.

    Stir in the garam masala and ginger and cook until fragrant (about 1 minute) before raising the heat to high and adding the crushed tomatoes and raw sugar. Stir well, scraping the caramelized bits from the bottom of the pan, and bring to a boil. Pour over the chicken in the slow-cooker.

    Cover and cook on LOW for 5 hours, or until the chicken is very tender.

    Use a fork or whisk to stir the cornstarch or cleargel into the heavy cream until smooth. Pour into the slow-cooker and stir gently until the colour is even. Replace the lid and let cook for 10 minutes or until bubbly around the edges.

    Serve over hot rice and peas, topped with a generous amount of chopped cilantro.

Nutrition Facts
Slow Cooker Chicken Tikka Masala
Amount Per Serving
Calories 389 Calories from Fat 243
% Daily Value*
Fat 27g42%
Saturated Fat 15g75%
Cholesterol 172mg57%
Sodium 1255mg52%
Potassium 624mg18%
Carbohydrates 12g4%
Fiber 2g8%
Sugar 6g7%
Protein 23g46%
Vitamin A 1080IU22%
Vitamin C 11.1mg13%
Calcium 109mg11%
Iron 2.6mg14%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.