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Healthy Slow Cooker Chicken Tikka Masala

Slow Cooker Chicken Tikka Masala is a lightened up comforting Indian dish made with tomato sauce, chicken breast, coconut milk and flavorful, bold spices like garam masala, ginger, cayenne, curry powder and so much more. Serve with brown rice or naan for a full meal!

Course Dinner, Gluten Free, Grain Free, Healthy, Paleo Friendly, Slow Cooker
Keyword chicken tikka masala, slow cooker chicken tikka masala, tikka masala
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 3 hours
Total Time 3 hours 10 minutes
Servings 4 servings
Calories 278 kcal
Author Monique of AmbitiousKitchen.com

Ingredients

  • 1/2 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 white or yellow onion, chopped
  • 1 jalapeño, seeds removed and finely diced
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 (28 ounce) can crushed tomatoes or tomato puree (do not use tomato sauce)
  • 1 tablespoon fresh grated ginger
  • 1/2 lemon, juiced (about 1-2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice)
  • 1 tablespoon garam masala
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground turmeric
  • 1/2 teaspoon curry powder
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 1/2 pounds boneless skinless chicken breasts
  • 1 cup light coconut milk (from the can)
  • Additional salt, to taste
  • Optional for garnish: greek yogurt & cilantro

Instructions

  1. Heat olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add in onion, jalapeno and garlic; saute for about 5 minutes or until onions are slightly golden and translucent. Transfer to a large slow cooker.

  2. Next add in tomato puree, ginger, lemon juice, garam masala, paprika, cayenne pepper, turmeric, and curry powder to the slow cooker; stir to combine. 

  3. Add chicken breasts and spoon sauce over the chicken to make sure they are covered. Cover and cook on low for 6-7 hours or on high for 2-3 hours.
  4. Once cooked, remove chicken with a slotted spoon and transfer to a cutting board. Shred the chicken with two forks, then transfer back to the slow cooker. 
  5. Stir in coconut milk and allow to cook on high UNCOVERED for 15-20 more minutes to help thicken the sauce. Taste and adjust seasonings as necessary, including adding more salt, if desired.
  6. Serve with brown rice, pita bread/naan or enjoy as is. Garnish with plain greek yogurt and chopped cilantro.

Recipe Notes

If you want to make this vegetarian: instead of chicken, I suggest using 2 (15 ounce) cans of chickpeas that have been rinsed and drained.

If you'd like you can add 1 cup frozen peas when you add the coconut milk in step 5.

Nutrition Facts
Healthy Slow Cooker Chicken Tikka Masala
Amount Per Serving (1 serving)
Calories 278 Calories from Fat 83
% Daily Value*
Fat 9.2g14%
Saturated Fat 3.8g24%
Carbohydrates 22.2g7%
Fiber 3.9g16%
Sugar 9.5g11%
Protein 26.2g52%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.