Slow Cooker Chicken Tikka Masala Recipe


Get ready to give your taste buds a treat. Bringing Indian food into your kitchen is so easy to do thanks to this recipe. Slow cooker meals can tend to be bland, flavorless, and dried out.

They tend to get a bad rap, but I promise there are awesome slow cooker recipes out there. And this recipe for slow cooker chicken tikka masala is anything but flavorless.

I tend to stay away from slow cooker recipes with a lot of ingredients; however, I was intrigued to try this recipe.

Slow Cooker Chicken Tikka Masala Photo

The original recipe from Cooking Light calls for bone-in chicken thighs. I’m not a fan of dark meat, so I took a gamble and used boneless chicken breast.

We found that by keeping lots of sauce on the table and adding sauce once we cut our chicken into bite-size pieces that the chicken was perfect. If you don’t add the sauce after cutting the chicken, it definitely can lack flavor and taste a little dry.

So if you’re like me, you can use chicken breast. If you like dark meat, go on and make the chicken thighs!

Slow Cooker Chicken Tikka Masala Picture

I used my KitchenAid Multi-Cooker to cook this meal. Since I knew I would need to simmer the sauce before adding the chicken and turn the slow cooker on, this was the easier less messier route for me to go.

I absolutely love all the functions that my Multi-Cooker can do. So if you don’t have a Multi-Cooker don’t worry you can execute step one in a large pot on the stovetop then transfer to a slow cooker.

I also added in a little extra curry powder and graham masala before serving. The sauce is good, but adding a little more spice at the end freshens it up! Oh, and lots of fresh cilantro! So, so good!

Slow Cooker Chicken Tikka Masala Image

We added a dollop of Stonyfield Greek yogurt on top of the chicken and served it with basmati rice and baked naan. You could also add in this cucumber tomato salad recipe if you want some fresh veggies in the meal!

Many grocery stores now sell naan, making it easily accessible to everyone now. I bake it in the oven for a few minutes because I find that I like it warm.

So if you’re craving Indian food and don’t want to go out to eat–you can make this slow cooker chicken tikka masala in the comforts if your own home!

Slow Cooker Chicken Tikka Masala Pic
Slow Cooker Chicken Tikka Masala Photo

Slow Cooker Chicken Tikka Masala Recipe

Katie Jasiewicz
Slow Cooker Chicken Tikka Masala is the classic Indian meal you can now make in your own home. How great is that?
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 4 hours 15 minutes
Total Time 4 hours 35 minutes
Cuisine Indian
Servings 4
Calories 591.94 kcal


  • 1 Olive Oil
  • 1 Chopped Onion
  • 1 Fresh Ginger Peeled and minced
  • 6 Garlic Minced
  • 2 Tomato Paste
  • 2 Unsalted Diced Tomatoes
  • 0.33 Water
  • 3 All-Purpose Flour
  • 1 Garam Masala Plus 1 teaspoon, divided
  • 1.5 Paprika
  • 1 Curry Powder Plus 1 teaspoon, divided
  • 1 Kosher Salt
  • 0.125 Ground Cayenne Pepper
  • 4 Boneless Skinless Chicken Breast
  • 1 Light Coconut Milk
  • 3 Fresh Cilantro Chopped
  • 2 Cooked Basmati Rice
  • Plain Greek Yogurt For topping


  • Preheat the KitchenAid Multi-Cooker to sear mode. Add the olive oil, onion, ginger, and garlic to the cooker, stir occasionally and cook for 5 minutes until golden. Stir in the tomato paste and tomatoes, and cook for 3 minutes.
  • While the tomatoes are simmering combine 1/3 cup water with the 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour; mix until smooth. Then add that in the Multi-cooker as well as the garam masala, paprika, curry powder, salt, and cayenne pepper. Mix well and cook for 1 minute.
  • Place the chicken breast in the tomato mixture, and make sure the breasts are completely covered. Cook on high for 4 hours.
  • Once the chicken is cooked, stir in the coconut milk, and additional teaspoons each of garam masala and curry powder, and cook for an additional 15 minutes.
  • Stir in the chopped cilantro.
  • Place a half cup of rice on each plate, carefully place chicken breast on top of the rice.
  • Ladle sauce on top as well as a dollop of Greek yogurt.
  • Enjoy immediately.


Calories: 591.94kcalCarbohydrates: 84.91gProtein: 34gFat: 8.75gSaturated Fat: 3.25gSodium: 379.66mgFiber: 2.5gSugar: 2g
Keyword Dinners, Easy Dinners, Indian, One Pot Meals, Sauces, Simmered, Slow Cooked, Slow Cooker
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