Chicken Tikka Masala – Crock Pot


If you are an Indian food purist stop right here – this is not your recipe… BUT if you like an easy crock pot meal with a little less oil/calories and a lot less fuss than the traditional recipe read on.


  • 2 Tablespoons fresh ginger, grated
  • 3 cans tomato puree (30 oz)
  • 1 1/2 cups plain greek yogurt
  • 2 Tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 Tablespoons lemon juice
  • 2 Tablespoons Garam Masala (I like Penzey’s mix)
  • 1/2 Teaspoons smoked paprika
  • 2 Teaspoons salt
  • 1 teaspoons grated stick cinnamon
  • Pepper
  • 2 sweet yellow onions, sliced thin
  • 2 Tablespoons olive oil (for frying onion)
  • 5 boneless, skinless chicken thighs, cut into 1 inch pieces
  • 1/2-3/4 Cup Whole Milk or coconut milk
  • 1/2 Teaspoons cornstarch
  • Brown or white Basmati Rice



  • In a large mixing bowl combine first 10 ingredients until combined. Pour half of sauce mixture into the crockpot, add the chicken and then cover with the remaining sauce.
  • Cook for 6-8 hours.
  • In large saucepan heat olive oil and saute onions slowly until caramelized.
  • In small mixing bowl whisk whole milk or Coconut milk with cornstarch. Pour into crockpot and stir. Allow mixture to cook 20 minutes.
  • Add caramelized onions.
  • Prepare rice according to directions.
  • Serve Chicken Tikka Masalal over rice with Naan.


Penzey’s a wonderful spice shop where I used to buy spices every time I went to visit family in CT. I miss going there but you can order online.


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