Slow Cooker Chicken Tikka Masala

Total Time
8hrs 15mins
Prep 15 mins
Cook 8 hrs

If you can't find tomato puree, you can substitute tomato paste mixed with water. Using regular canned tomatoes will not produce a rich red sauce. From Cooking Classy's blog.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. In a large mixing bowl combine chopped onions, minced garlic, grated ginger, sliced jalapeno, tomato puree, plain yogurt, olive oil, lemon juice, Garam Masala, cumin, paprika, salt, cinnamon, pepper and cayenne pepper. Stir until combine.
  2. Pour half of sauce mixture into a large slow cooker then add in diced chicken followed then cover chicken with remaining sauce. Add in 2 bay leaves.
  3. Cover slow cooker with lid and cook on low heat for 8 hours (or high for 4 hours).
  4. In a mixing bowl, whisk together heavy cream and cornstarch, pour mixture into slow cooker and gently stir. Allow mixture to cook 20 minutes while you prepare the rice.
  5. Remove bay leaves and sliced jalapeno and serve warm over rice and sprinkle with chopped cilantro.
Most Helpful

don't let the small number of reviews deter you; this recipe is fantastic! We, as another reviewer did, added more guram masala near the end of cooking to maintain the flavors. We also added twice as much cream because we like it creamy. Don't judge. I didn't need to add the cornstarch bc it thickened up nicely on its own. It was amazing and I am definitely making it again. Thank you!

sum dum girl February 14, 2013

Made this and bought some from a restaurant to compare. The crockpot one was a hit. I personally couldn't taste a difference and my friends agreed. I don't like spicy so I didn't add jalapeño and did 1teaspoon of cayenne pepper, with that said, I still thought it was a little too spicy. Next time I'll only do 1/2 teaspoon of cayenne pepper. Will be making this again! Thank you!

fredomoftruth September 09, 2013

So yummy! We used non-fat Greek yogurt and half-n-half instead of cream (that might be why it didn't look uber creamy like you get in a restaurant, but it tasted great!) Also didn't use the cornstarch, forgot to get it. This was a super easy dish. We served with aromatic rice and a couple of sides from an Indian cookbook we have. The sides were more time consuming than the main dish! This will definitely go into our dinner rotation. :)

Stebnay August 04, 2013