Slow Cooker Chicken Tikka Masala – This pseudo-Indian classic gets a slow cooker makeover. Let the slow cooker do the work for you!
(Plus, it’s gluten free, dairy free, Paleo, and Whole30 approved!)
I can tell it’s getting close to the seasons changing, since it seems like I’m seeing slow cooker recipes pop up everywhere on Pinterest and Facebook. I guess I’m not the only one craving a little comfort food (and an easy idea for dinner!).
I’d originally planned to make this Chicken Tikka Masala on the stovetop, but with several appointments in a day and errands to run, I ended up making it for the slow cooker. I’m SO GLAD I did! Slow Cooker Chicken Tikka Masala is a revelation!
It’s very much in the same family as Butter Chicken (my other slow cooker fave). It’s got a velvety sauce loaded with flavor, and tender cooked chicken that makes the whole house smell amazing. We LOVED this dish!
The spice list might look a little intense, but the combination of warm spices is mouthwatering. Savory, complex, and layered, this sauce was absolutely my favorite part.
Notes on the recipe
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Serve it with…This Tikka Masala recipe is paleo friendly, which means it’s gluten, dairy, and grain free. If you’re eating paleo, you can serve it with cauliflower rice, or over steamed veggies. Otherwise, I love a little coconut rice with mine. #teamwhiterice
You do not have to do the sautéing steps as outlined. I prefer this for a softer texture on the onions, but you can absolutely put all the ingredients in the slow cooker, give it a good stir and set it to cook–your choice!
1 – 1 1/2 lbs. chicken breast or thighs (boneless, skinless)