Slow Cooker Chicken Tikka Masala
Oh My! I love Chicken Tikka Masala, it really is one of my faves. So I decided to try and make it a little healthier and use my slow cooker to make it an easy midweek meal. To be perfectly honest it’s good enough for any meal occasion. So please try this Slow Cooker Chicken Tikka Masala, I’m convinced you’ll love it
My Slow Cooker version is a chuck it all in sort of vibe! Now we all love a dump recipe
It’s a delicious, not too spicy, tomatoey, creamy curry! Tender pieces of chicken surrounded by a delicious sauce, it’s so good and it’s bursting with flavour. Simply delicious and a guaranteed crowd pleaser
Just look at it!
What is Chicken Tikka Masala?
Well I guess we all know it’s a British fave!
So where are its origins?
Well after a little investigation it seems the consensus is GLASGOW!
Ali Ahmed Aslam is said to have invented chicken tikka masala at his Glasgow restaurant in the 1970s.
With chunks of spiced chicken surrounded by a rich tomato and yogurt-based sauce, chicken tikka masala is one of the UK’s most beloved dishes.
However it seems like many great things, it’s origin is entirely debatable
Chicken Tikka Marsala Ingredients
I have used diced chicken breast from the supermarket. These pieces are approx 4cm x 3cm, so quite large dice.
If using whole chicken breasts then I suggest cutting each into 8 pieces
You can of course use skinless, boneless thighs, it’s a preference.
However for this dish I prefer the chicken breast
Tikka Masala Paste
You can of course blend all your spices and make your own Tikka blend. However I have to tell you that this Patak’s Tikka Masala Spiced Paste is perfect! I am not sponsored by, or working with Patak’s, but let me tell you I really rate their blends
Adding extra fresh ginger and fresh garlic as an addition, for me, really ups the flavour
As you will have seen if you’ve a regular here, I also use their Madras blend in my fantastically popular healthier Easy Chicken Curry – it’s so good
I use a whole carton of tomato pasta ( most are packed in 500g) I much prefer this to a tin of chopped tomatoes as it tend to give a very smooth almost velvety sauce , which I love!
I like to add a 1/2 teaspoon of turmeric, as I like what it does to the rich colour of the sauce, never mind the health benefits too
Garam masala can be made from many different spices, but some of the most common are cinnamon, peppercorns, cardamom, mustard seeds, coriander seeds, cloves, mace, and nutmeg.
The spices are toasted whole spices and this brings out their delicious flavour, then they are ground – so delicious and this is why I add them at the end
What can I serve with Chicken Tikka Masala?
Perfect with all the usual suspects:
- Basmatic Rice
Or how about on a jacket/baked potato – so yummy!!
And you can also add a little mango chutney through it, or on the side, if you like a little sweetness?
It really does add a different dimension
It would also be amazing with a side addition of my Healthy Onion Bhaji …. but then I was always a little greedy
Can I store any leftover Chicken Tikka Masala?
Yes you can. Once cooled completely, pop the chicken tikka it in a suitable container or sandwich bag and seal.
It will keep in the fridge for 48 hours
To reheat, remove from the refrigerator and heat in a saucepan or microwave until piping hot!!
It has to be PIPING hot (it’s chicken remember)
Can I freeze my left over Slow Cooker Chicken Tikka Masala?
Leftovers? What do you mean leftovers?
Anyway….. yes you can absolutely freeze any left over Chicken Tikka Masala, it freezes well!
Once cooled completely, pop the chicken tikka it in a suitable container or sandwich bag and seal. It can be stored it in your freezer for up to three months.
When you want to eat, simply remove from the freeze and allow to defrost. Then heat in a saucepan or microwave until piping hot!!
It has to be PIPING hot (it’s chicken remember)
Slow Cooker Choice
Lots of people ask me about which slow cooker I would recommend
Well it has to be this one, it has a sear function for browning – so a lot less washing up and a way more flavour for your recipes
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Other tasty Slow cooker Curry Recipes
I think if you love this then you’d really enjoy my Easy Slow Cooker Beef Curry – it’s so delicious and also very easy
How about a Slow Cooker Chicken Curry – it’s just as easy as this one, if not easier
I really hope you enjoy this one and let me know how you get on!
Big Love as always Clare xxx
Slow Cooker Chicken Tikka Masala - Easy!
- 1 Medium sized Slow Cooker
- 650 g Diced Chicken breast
- 1 Onion Peeled and finely chopped
- 2 cloves Garlic peeled and very finely chopped
- 1 inch Fresh Ginger Peeled and grated
- 100 g Tikka Masala Spice Paste I use Patak's
- 2 tbsp Tomato Puree
- 1/2 teaspoon Turmeric
- 1 lemon juice of
- 500 g Tomato Passata carton
- Salt & Black Pepper
- 2 teaspoons Garam Masala
- 100 g Creme Friache 1/2 fat
- coriander leaves handful
- To your slow cooker add, your chicken, chopped onion, garlic, ginger, tikka masala spice paste, tomato puree and turmeric
- Next add on top your carton of tomato passata, lemon juice, salt & black pepper
- Give it a very good stir
- Add the lid, turn on your slow cooker and set for 4 hours on high, or 8 hours on low
- Once your Chicken Tikka Masala is cooked, add your garam masala and your half fat creme Friache, and stir
- Finally add your coriander leaves and stir, then serve!