Slow Cooker Chicken Tikka Masala

Slow Cooker Chicken Tikka Masala is an easy healthy Indian comfort food recipe with chicken, tomato paste, coconut milk and spices. Set in a crock pot and forget.

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  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 3 hours 5 minutes
  • Total Time: 3 hours 10 minutes
  • Yield: 6 servings 1x


  • 2 lbs chicken breasts, skinless & boneless, cut into 2” pieces
  • 4 garlic cloves, crushed
  • 2 medium onions, minced
  • 2 tsp ginger, grated
  • 4 tsp turmeric
  • 2 tsp garam masala
  • 2 tsp ground coriander
  • 2 tsp cumin
  • 1 tsp smoked paprika (optional)
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp freshly ground black pepper
  • 6 oz can tomato paste
  • 14 oz can coconut milk, light or full fat
  • 2 tbsp cornstarch (for GF) or 1/4 cup whole wheat flour
  • 1/4 cup cilantro/scallions, chopped (for garnish)
  • Cooking spray (I use Misto)


  1. Preheat large non-stick skillet on medium heat and spray with cooking spray. Add garlic, onions and ginger. Cook for 30 seconds, stirring frequently.
  2. Add turmeric, garam masala, coriander, cumin, paprika, salt, pepper, tomato paste, coconut milk, cornstarch (flour) and whisk to combine. Bring to a boil, reduce heat to low and cook for 4 minutes or until mixture thickens a bit.
  3. Transfer to a large slow cooker along with chicken and stir to cover chicken in sauce. Cover and cook on High for 3 hours or on Low for 6 – 8 hours. Serve hot on a bed of brown rice or quinoa, garnished with cilantro/scallions.

Store: Refrigerate covered for up to 5 days or freeze in an airtight container for up to 6 months.

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