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Slow Cooker Chicken Tikka Masala from One Lovely Life

Slow Cooker Chicken Tikka Masala

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  • Author: One Lovely Life
  • Total Time: 6 hours 10 minutes
  • Yield: 4-5 servings 1x


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!


  • 11 1/2 lbs. chicken breast or thighs (boneless, skinless)
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 1 Tbsp coconut oil
  • 34 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 Tbsp fresh ginger, minced
  • 2 tsp fresh turmeric (or about 1 tsp dried)
  • 2 tsp garam masala
  • 1 tsp dried coriander
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 1 tsp chili powder
  • 1/2 tsp chili flakes
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • pinch cloves
  • 23 Tbsp tomato paste
  • 1 (14oz) can coconut milk (I prefer full-fat)
  • 1 cup broth or water
  • 1/41/2 cup fresh cilantro, minced

Optional: if you like a thicker sauce:

  • 2 Tbsp arrowroot powder or 1 Tbsp cornstarch


  1. Place the chicken in the crock of your slow cooker.
  2. To make the sauce, heat coconut oil over medium heat. Add onion and cook 5-7 minutes, or until translucent.
  3. Add ginger, garlic, turmeric, garam masala, coriander, cumin, chili powder, chili flakes, cloves and salt. Cook 1-2 minutes more, or until very fragrant.
  4. Stir in tomato paste, coconut milk, and broth (or water) and stir to combine.
  5. Pour sauce over the chicken.
  6. Cook on HIGH about 3 hours or on low 5-6 hours.
  7. (If you like a thicker sauce, mix arrowroot OR cornstarch with about 1 Tbsp water. Add to slow cooker in the last 3-5 minutes before serving.
  8. Stir in cilantro right before serving.
  • Prep Time: 10
  • Cook Time: 6 hours
  • Category: Main Dish, Chicken
  • Method: Slow Cooker
  • Cuisine: Indian