slow cooker chicken tikka masala

by jenna on October 18, 2011

Every day I fall just a little more in love with my slow cooker.

First there was pulled pork, then black beans….now, chicken tikka masala! The best yet. By far.

In fact, it was so good that I made it twice in one week. No lie! I made it once to surprise Adam since tikka masala is his favorite, then after he told me it was one of the best things he’s ever eaten, I made it again a few days later for a friend’s birthday dinner.

We just couldn’t get enough. It kicked my previous recipe for tikka masala to the curb (which I thought was quite delicious, thank you very much!) and I’m sharing the recipe now with everyone I know. And don’t know. You’ll thank me later!

Quite simply, it’s one of the best meals to come out of my kitchen. It’s worth the price of a cheap slow cooker from Target for sure, and leftovers taste even better the next day.

The recipe for this plateful of love can be found on The Tasty Kitchen Blog, complete with my step-by-step photos.

You want this. Trrrrrrrrust me…you really, really do.

 

 

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Casey @ Pocket Full of Sunshine October 18, 2011 at 6:56 am

I do trust you. :) looks so delicious!

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Cait's Plate October 18, 2011 at 7:03 am

Why is life just so much better when you have a slow cooker? This looks incredible.

By the way, went back and watched your vintage 1960′s video last night – even better the second time around, it really was SO good!

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Gina @ Running to the Kitchen October 18, 2011 at 7:06 am

I loved your last one! I made it for my dad a few months ago for dinner. He was born and raised in India so he had quite his share of chicken tikka and he loved it too :)

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Charlotte Marie October 18, 2011 at 7:15 am

I am so excited about this! Love the original recipe and making it in a slow cooker makes it even easier. Thanks!

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Joelle (on a pink typewriter) October 18, 2011 at 7:24 am

Gahhh, I need to buy a slowcooker!

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Averie @ Love Veggies and Yoga October 18, 2011 at 7:26 am

Tikka masala…and in a slow cooker…and kicking your other recipe to the curb? Ok, I am sold! Headed over to check it out now…
:)

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Destini October 18, 2011 at 7:40 am

This looks soo amazing! I love slow cooker recipes for the convenience. I will for sure be making this REAL soon. Fantastic Post

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Lys October 18, 2011 at 7:42 am

This looks incredible! Do you think that this could be converted to a non-slow cooker version, say cooked in a pot for a shorter amount if time, to cook just veg for vegetarian friends? I live tikka masala and want my friends to enjoy those flanked as well, despite not being able to eat chicken.

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Lys October 18, 2011 at 7:42 am

This looks incredible! Do you think that this could be converted to a non-slow cooker version, say cooked in a pot for a shorter amount if time, to cook just veg for vegetarian friends? I live tikka masala and want my friends to enjoy those flanked as well, despite not being able to eat chicken.

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Carolyn @HealthKitten.com October 18, 2011 at 7:42 am

I lurve Tikka Masala! I’m going to make this very, very soon!!

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Sweet Marcella October 18, 2011 at 7:46 am

I’ve been wanting to try Rebecca’s slow cooker chicken tikka masala for a loooong time! I think ill try it this week! Mmmmmm

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amy walters, aDESIGNdock October 18, 2011 at 7:56 am

Love Tikki Masala…so I just know I’m gonna love this recipe ;) Hopping over to the Tasty Kitchen as we speak! Thanks Jenna.

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Cat @Breakfast to Bed October 18, 2011 at 7:57 am

This looks a crapton cheaper than delivery. I neeeeeed to make it.

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Krystina (Organically Me) October 18, 2011 at 8:15 am

If I made this, my boyfriend would be ecstatic that I’m saving him $30 on Indian take out.

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Kristin October 18, 2011 at 8:15 am

Girl I have a recipe for a slow cooker crustless pumpkin pie that you serve in a mug with a dollop of whipped cream and it is HEAVEN!!! Let me know and I’ll send it to ya if you don’t have something like it already!

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Charlotte Marie October 18, 2011 at 8:16 am

One quick question about this – do you think it would be okay for it to cook on Low for a lot longer than 5 hours? Like even 9 – 10 hours? I tend to make meals in the crock pot that I can leave all day while I’m at work…thoughts? Thanks!

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Moni'sMeals October 18, 2011 at 8:17 am

I know about 500 people that would LOVE this recipe!!! I trust you and what a great idea with Indian…

:)

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Emmy (Wine and Butter) October 18, 2011 at 8:34 am

I want a slow cooker sooooo much! Unfortunately my most recent order was a blender, which was recorded as delivered but never arrived ( I just have to talk about this to everyone everywhere all the time. sorry! my husband thinks I am obsessed). ANYWAYS im in the midst of some massive corporate debate about THAT right now – but as soon as that is sorted – slow cooker here I come. My husband loves Indian, so Im sure he will be crazy about this!!

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Leslie Means @ Her View From Home October 18, 2011 at 8:47 am

Yea this seems perfect for a cold day – and in a slow cooker!! I was just telling my hubby that I needed a new recipe for the crock pot. THANKS!!

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Erin October 18, 2011 at 9:10 am

I don’t use my slow cooker nearly enough. Maybe this one will set me over the edge into slow-cooking-obsessed,

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Chelsea g October 18, 2011 at 9:38 am

How funny! I made up a batch of tikki masala today too! But I cheated. Mine was chicken, sauteed onion, tomato and a jar of tikki masala simmering sauce. I’ll give you the laurel crown for making it from scratch.

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Lauren @ What Lauren Likes October 18, 2011 at 9:38 am

Definetly trust you!! Great recipe :)

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katie @KatieDid October 18, 2011 at 10:09 am

Love my slow cooker! It’s the closest thing to having a boyfriend or parent prepare a meal for me the moment I walk through the door. Miss those days!

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Jen October 18, 2011 at 10:25 am

What size slow-cooker should you cook this in?

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jenna October 18, 2011 at 10:35 am

Mine is a 5-quart cooker and it worked fine!

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Addy October 18, 2011 at 11:15 am

My neighbor just regifted me with a HUGE Crock Pot….can’t wait to try this sometime this weekend! I love Indian food!

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jenna October 18, 2011 at 11:48 am

woah..best re-gift ever!!

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Rachael @ FreshlyMinted October 18, 2011 at 11:56 am

Our only Indian restaurant within a 75 mile radius closed last year…. this might just fill the gaping hole in my heart!

Slow cooker for the win (again!)

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Emma October 18, 2011 at 1:13 pm

This post reminded me how much I love chicken tikka masala, but I also realized that since I recently had to cut out dairy, I can’t have it! Do you by any chance know a dairy free recipe or have ideas for substitutes??

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Sally October 18, 2011 at 1:17 pm

Emma, Could you try coconut milk? The full fat stuff in a can is a pretty good sub for cream. . . .

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Sally October 18, 2011 at 1:17 pm

THANKYOU THANKYOU THANKYOU!

Can you tell I’m excited. Chicken Tikka Masala is one of my favorite meals!

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Katt October 18, 2011 at 2:46 pm

Your right on time with this. I attempting a version of Tikka Masala last night, but I love the slow cooker more! Will be trying this soon.

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Alexa @ SimpleEats October 18, 2011 at 7:02 pm

Sounds amazing! Tikka massala is my favorite dish ever! I’ve never thought of making it homemade!

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Lora @cakeduchess October 18, 2011 at 7:13 pm

I bet this was delicious! You’ve inspired me to take out my slow cooker:)

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Priyanka October 19, 2011 at 1:15 pm

Looks so delicious…!!!
The photos are perfect.

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Kahea October 19, 2011 at 7:05 pm

I saw your post yesterday and decided to try making this tikka masala today. And ohmygodsogood!!! Thanks for sharing!

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Laura October 20, 2011 at 5:46 pm

Made this for dinner tonight and my husband said that he will always remember this meal. Definitely a keeper! Thank you :)

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Alex October 23, 2011 at 5:00 pm

I made this for dinner tonight, with a couple of tweaks (I cheated and used a jar of TJ masala simmer sauce, and then doctored it up with extra tomatoes and spices). Excellent! Thank you!

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Katie October 23, 2011 at 7:07 pm

Thank you for sharing this recipe! I made it today and it was absolutely amazing. Chicken Tikka Masala is one of my favorite orders when I go to Indian restaurants, but this recipe blows everything else out of the water.

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Erica October 24, 2011 at 10:30 am

Made this last night and it was AMAZING. My roommate and I were in shock that this actually came out of our kitchen! Thank you for sharing – keep this type of recipe coming!

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Tara October 29, 2011 at 4:05 pm

it was delicious! now, wondering, can I freeze the rest? what do you think?

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Gina November 6, 2011 at 2:07 pm

I love slow cookers.I’m definitely trying this one!

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Sandra November 13, 2011 at 10:56 am

I made this last night and it came out soooooooo good! The fresh cilantro is such a nice complement to the creamy tikka masala. Even after boyfriend and I ate way too much we still have enough leftover for at least 4 more meals! Great recipe!

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jen November 18, 2011 at 10:04 am

i made this last night and it is hands down one of the best meals i’ve ever made…so delicious! i’m currently borrowing a friend’s slow cooker…but will definitely be adding one to my christmas list! thanks for the awesome recipe jenna!!!

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Tammy January 3, 2012 at 6:03 pm

yummmmmm thanks for posting.
indian+slow cooker = amazing

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spicegirl January 29, 2012 at 6:08 am

This was one of the best meals I have ever made. Ever. Thanks for sharing!

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Mandie April 1, 2012 at 8:42 pm

Just made this tonight and it was soooo delicious! Have been a reader for a while but never commented, until now. Had too after sucks fantastic meal. Thank you Jenna!

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Mary May 21, 2012 at 3:56 pm

Made this last night–it was so good! Thank you!

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Robin Sabins August 28, 2012 at 5:40 pm

THIS IS DELICIOUS!!! I did modify.

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Mary September 6, 2012 at 3:10 pm

This is my new favorite, go-to recipe! I made this Friday night. Followed your recipe exactly – except – I did add 1 tbsp. of smoked paprika along with the garam masala. This was so good. We ate it for dinner Friday night and for breakfast/brunch on Saturday, and I think we finished off a wee bit on Sunday.
The peas add a lot, don’t they? Interesting. Really, really good. THANK YOU!

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Talia March 14, 2013 at 9:01 am

Apparently Adam isn’t alone in his sentiments about this chicken! I made this last night for dinner, and my boyfriend’s words were: “Ummm, this chicken? May be the most incredible thing you’ve ever made.” [He then followed it up with, "I want a garam masala-chicken-scented candle," at which point I decided that he'd probably had too much wine].

Thank you for yet another delicious recipe, Jenna!

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Christina April 3, 2014 at 5:31 pm

My husband loves loves loves this recipe. New favorite. He’s always been wary of Indian food, but now he wants me to cook more of it! BTW, I thought I had yogurt at home, but all I really had was mango Noosa. And it ended up being really good. Thank you!

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