Slow Cooker Chicken Tikka Masala
Yield: 4 servings
Active Time: 10 minutes
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 6 hours
This is such a fabulous chicken dish…packed with flavor. It calls for a ‘specialty’ spice – garam masala. It’s a very ‘warm’ spice and is commonly used in Indian dishes. It’s a combo of cinnamon, cloves, cardamom and peppercorns. It’s not spicy…but very very flavorful. And it balances well with the tomato sauce and yogurt in this meal.

Ingredients for Single Meal

  • 8 - boneless chicken thighs
  • 1 - small white onion(s)
  • 1 - small fresh ginger
  • 1 - 28 oz. can(s) crushed tomatoes
  • 1 - cup(s) plain yogurt
  • 3 - tsp minced garlic
  • 2 - tsp garam masala
  • - Salt and pepper
  • Garnish: - chopped cilantro**
  • Side: - rice**
  • Side: - salad**
  • 1 - gallon-size freezer baggie(s)
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Cooking Directions for Single Meal

  1. Dice the onion. Peel and slice the ginger (about 8 thin slices).
  2. Cut the chicken into 1-inch pieces and place in the base of the slow cooker. Add the onion and ginger around the chicken.
  3. In a large mixing bowl, whisk together the crushed tomatoes, yogurt, minced garlic, garam masala and a few pinches of salt and pepper. Pour over the chicken in the slow cooker. Set on low and cook for 6 hours.
  4. Cook rice, as directed.
  5. Prepare salad.
  6. Serve Slow Cooker Chicken Tikka Masala with cilantro garnish over rice with side salad.

Freezeasy Meal Prep Directions

  1. Cut 16 chicken thighs into 1-inch pieces.
  2. Dice 2 onions. Peel and slice the ginger (about 8 thin slices).
  3. In a large mixing bowl, whisk together 2 cans of crushed tomatoes, 2 cups plain yogurt, 6 tsp, minced garlic, 4 tsp garam masala and a few pinches of salt and pepper.
  4. Open 2 cans of crushed tomatoes.

To each gallon-size plastic freezer baggie, add the following ingredients:

  • Half of the chicken pieces
  • Half of the onion and fresh ginger
  • Half of the prepared sauce into each bag

Remove as much air as possible and seal. Add label to baggie and freeze.

Freeze & Thaw Instructions

Put baggie in the freezer and freeze up to 6 months in fridge freezer or 12 months in a deep freezer. Thaw in the fridge overnight, or a warm bowl of water for about 20 minutes, before transferring to the slow cooker and cooking on low for 8 hours.

Dairy-Free Modifications

You could substitute 1 cup canned coconut milk for the yogurt to make a dairy-free meal.

Gluten-Free Modifications

Recipe is gluten-free when served with gluten-free sides.

Printable Label Recipe Title

Slow Cooker Chicken Tikka Masala

Printable Label Instructions

Thaw and slow cook on low for 8 hours.
Serve over rice with side salad.

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