Slow-Cooker Chicken Tikka Masala

Hands On Time:
10 mins
Total Time:
8 hrs 10 mins
4 serves


  • 1 15-ounce can crushed tomatoes

  • 1 medium onion, chopped

  • 2 cloves garlic, chopped

  • 2 tablespoons tomato paste

  • 2 teaspoons garam masala (Indian spice blend)

  • kosher salt and black pepper

  • 1 ½ pounds boneless, skinless chicken thighs (about 8)

  • ½ English cucumber, halved and thinly sliced

  • ¼ cup fresh cilantro leaves

  • 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice

  • 1 cup basmati or some other long-grain white rice

  • ½ cup heavy cream


  1. In a 4- to a 6-quart slow cooker, combine the tomatoes, onion, garlic, tomato paste, garam masala, ¾ teaspoon salt, and ¼ teaspoon pepper. Place the chicken on top of the vegetables, cover, and cook until the chicken is tender, on low for 7 to 8 hours or on high for 3 to 4 hours (this will shorten the total recipe time).

  2. In a small bowl, toss the cucumber and cilantro with the lemon juice and ¼ teaspoon each salt and pepper. Cover and refrigerate for up to 8 hours.

  3. Twenty minutes before serving, cook the rice according to the package directions.

  4. Just before serving, stir the cream into the chicken tikka masala. Serve over the rice with the cucumber relish.

    Chicken Tikka Masala
    A good foray into Indian food, this tomato-based dish is light on the warm spices but still has distinct ethnic flair. Sprinkle garam masala (an aromatic blend of spices like cumin, coriander, black pepper, cinnamon, and cardamom) into a basic tomato sauce. Adding the raw chicken to the sauce helps ensure the chicken soaks up all those delicious flavors while it cooks. Get the recipe:Chicken Tikka Masala. Roland Bello

Chef's Notes

* Total Time ranges from 4 hours, 10 minutes to 8 hours, 10 minutes

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

559 Calories
25g Fat
48g Carbs
37g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Calories 559
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 25g 32%
Saturated Fat 10g 50%
Cholesterol 152mg 51%
Sodium 738mg 32%
Total Carbohydrate 48g 17%
Total Sugars 3g
Protein 37g
Calcium 91mg 7%
Iron 4mg 22%

*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.

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