Slow Cooker Chicken Tikka Masala

1 Feb

we’ve had a bunch of ‘eh’ and ‘bleh’ slow cooker dinners lately…   we love indian food so i gave this one a shot!  and it DID NOT disappoint!  it was really good!   this was not one of those just throw a few things in the crock and set it kind of meal though….  it required work.. but it was worth it!  next time i’ll add in more ceyenne — it needed just a bit more spice!  i served it over basmati rice and with tj’s garlic naan.  there’s a slow cooker butter chicken recipe on the same blog i’m going to have to try next!

Slow Cooker Chicken Tikka Masala

adapted from themealplanner

Chicken Tikka:
1 cup plain greek yogurt
1 tbsp lemon juice
2 tsp cumin
1 tsp cayenne (next time i’ll put in more)
1 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp pepper
1 tsp salt

3 lbs boneless skinless chicken breasts

Stir all ingredients except chicken into the bottom of a large plastic container. Add the chicken and coat the chicken completely with the marinade, cover and place in the fridge for at least an hour or overnight.

Masala:
1 can 28 oz. diced tomatoes
1 can 5.5 oz tomato paste
2 inches fresh ginger, grated (store your ginger in the freezer and it will be super easy to grate)
2 garlic cloves, minced
1 onion, diced
1 tbsp garam masala
1 tbsp curry paste

1 tbsp of lemon juic
1 tsp cumin
1 tsp chili powder
1 tsp dried coriander

1/2 tsp cumin
1/2 tsp chili powder
1/2 tsp garam masala
Salt
1 cup light cream
2 tbsp fresh cilantro, chopped

Turn your oven to broil. Cover a baking sheet with aluminum foil and place a rack over top. Take the chicken out of the marinade and place on the baking rack. Place under the broiler about 6-10 inches from the heating element and broil on each side about 10 minutes. You don’t have to worry about cooking the meat all the way through, you are just looking for a nice browned color.

While the chicken is broiling, in a pan over medium high heat, add about a tsp or two of oil. Add the onion and saute for a few minutes to soften. Add the garlic and ginger and saute for a few more minutes until the mixture is nice and fragrant. Place the mixture into your crockpot. To that, add the diced tomatoes, tomato paste, garam masala, curry paste, lemon, cumin, chili powder and coriander. Stir together. When the chicken is done broiling, add them straight to the slow cooker and stir into the masala (sauce).  Slow cook on high for 4-6 hours or on low 6-8 hours.

Before serving stir in 1/2 tsp cumin, 1/2 tsp chili powder, 1/2 tsp garam masala and salt.  Then stir in the cream and fresh cilantro.

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