Slow-Cooker Chicken Tikka Masala

Slow-Cooker Chicken Tikka Masala

Brian CampbellCamfam Cookery
Rich and flavorful and a one-pot-dish! This is one of Colin's favorites and much easier than the traditional methods. Make sure that you use drained canned diced tomatoes and tomato paste so the sauce will be deep, rich, and full. I found that using yogurt made the sauce perfect. I tried sour cream, and it was good, but the yogurt makes it great! This has been called "Britain’s unofficial national dish".
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Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 3 hours
Total Time 3 hours 15 minutes
Course Main Course
Cuisine Indian
Servings 4
Calories 435 kcal


  • 1 Slow Cooker or Crock Pot
  • 1 Micro Grater for the ginger


  • 1 onion chopped fine
  • 3 tbsp vegetable oil
  • 1 serrano chile stemmed, seeded, and minced
  • 2 tbsp tomato paste
  • 4 tsp garam masala
  • 3 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 tbsp ginger fresh – grated
  • 2 tsp sugar
  • Salt and pepper
  • 1 can diced tomatoes 14.5-ounce can, drained
  • 2 lbs chicken breast boneless skinless – cut into 1 1/2-inch pieces
  • ¾ cup yogurt plain whole-milk
  • ¼ cup cilantro fresh & minced


  • Season chicken with salt and pepper. Set aside in the fridge while you prep the sauce.
  • In a microwave-safe bowl (I use a Pyrex measuring cup), add onion, oil, serrano, tomato paste, garam masala, garlic, ginger, sugar, and ½ teaspoon salt, and microwave for about 5 minutes, stirring occasionally until onion is softened; transfer to slow cooker.
  • Stir tomatoes into the slow cooker with the sauce.
  • Stir in the chicken.
  • Cover and cook until chicken is tender, 2 to 3 hours on low.
  • Turn off the slow cooker.
  • In a bowl (again, I use a Pyrex measuring cup) add all the yogurt and take about ¼ cup of sauce from the slow cooker and whisk it in with the yogurt to temper. Do this a total of 4 times (1 cup of total sauce mixed into the yogurt). This is critical or you will have a curdled-looking sauce. Confession: I use an immersion blender to mix.
  • Once the yogurt is tempered and velvety smooth, add the whole thing into the slow cooker and let sit until heated through, about 5 minutes.
  • Stir in cilantro and season with salt and pepper to taste.
  • Serve


Serving: 1gCalories: 435kcalCarbohydrates: 11gProtein: 51gFat: 19gSaturated Fat: 5gPolyunsaturated Fat: 4gMonounsaturated Fat: 6gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 151mgSodium: 439mgPotassium: 1132mgFiber: 2gSugar: 7gVitamin A: 563IUVitamin C: 14mgCalcium: 105mgIron: 3mg
Keyword Chicken, Healthy
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