Crock pot Chicken Tikka Masala Recipe is so easy in the slow cooker.  Serve this tender chicken and flavorful curry sauce over rice for an easy meal that your family will love.

Crock pot Chicken Tikka Masala Recipe is so easy to make  Serve this tender chicken and flavorful curry sauce over rice for a meal your family will love.

Crock pot Chicken Tikka Masala Recipe

Have you been putting off making Crock Pot Chicken Tikka Masala Recipe? I know it sounds fancy but it is actually quite simple thanks to the crock pot. The chicken is so amazingly tender that it falls apart and the sauce is even richer from being slow cooked all day.

We love chicken but needed a new way to serve it. This tikka masala recipe was amazing and perfect for jazzing up plain chicken.

Your family will think you spent all this time on a fancy dinner when really you just tossed a few ingredients into the crock pot. 🙂 Give this a try and watch your family go crazy over this.

Crock pot Chicken Tikka Masala Recipe is so easy to make  Serve this tender chicken and flavorful curry sauce over rice for a meal your family will love.

You don’t have to go to Indian restaurants to enjoy this dish. Make this easy slow cooker chicken tikka masala dish and enjoy Indian food at home.

You need a good slow cooker to make this Crock pot Tikka Masala Recipe.

If you are in the market for something new, I really love my Ninja cooker. The nice thing about this is you can brown the meat in the same slow cooker for recipes that call for that.

It is so handy to just have the one pan to clean. It has become of my favorite kitchen appliances.

I also really like this crockpot as well.  I use this all the time and it’s great.

My favorite feature is that you can lock the lid down. This is awesome for when you need to take the crockpot somewhere.

Crock pot Chicken Tikka Masala Recipe is so easy to make  Serve this tender chicken and flavorful curry sauce over rice for a meal your family will love.

I often use the slow cooker to take dishes to potluck events and this feature is amazing! There are several others on sale here.

Another favorite is this programmable crock pot  for when I am am not at home all day. I love coming home to a nice meal ready and waiting!

I also like to use crock pot liners to make clean up a breeze. These are worth every penny and save a ton of time.

Crock pot Chicken Tikka Masala Recipe is so easy to make  Serve this tender chicken and flavorful curry sauce over rice for a meal your family will love.

Chicken tikka masala ingredients:

  • boneless skinless chicken thighs 
  • garam masala 
  • cumin 
  • turmeric 
  • paprika 
  • salt and pepper
  • yellow onion
  • minced garlic
  • fresh ginger 
  • tomato sauce
  • heavy cream 
  • cooked rice 
  • fresh cilantro 
Crock pot Chicken Tikka Masala Recipe is so easy to make  Serve this tender chicken and flavorful curry sauce over rice for a meal your family will love.

How to make slow cooker chicken tikka masala?

First, place the chicken in the crock pot. 

Season with the garam masala, cumin, turmeric, paprika, salt, and pepper. Sprinkle the spice mix over both sides of the chicken thighs, coating them liberally.

Crock pot Chicken Tikka Masala Recipe is so easy to make  Serve this tender chicken and flavorful curry sauce over rice for a meal your family will love.
Crock pot Chicken Tikka Masala Recipe is so easy to make  Serve this tender chicken and flavorful curry sauce over rice for a meal your family will love.

Place the onion on top. 

Crock pot Chicken Tikka Masala Recipe is so easy to make  Serve this tender chicken and flavorful curry sauce over rice for a meal your family will love.

In a small bowl combine the tomato sauce, garlic, and ginger. 

Crock pot Chicken Tikka Masala Recipe is so easy to make  Serve this tender chicken and flavorful curry sauce over rice for a meal your family will love.
Crock pot Chicken Tikka Masala Recipe is so easy to make  Serve this tender chicken and flavorful curry sauce over rice for a meal your family will love.

Pour the sauce on top. 

Cover and cook on high for 3 hours or low for 6 hours.

When done, the chicken should be fall-apart tender. Break apart the chicken into big chunks. 

It will be super easy to do because it is so tender. (note- you can substitute chicken breast.)

Crock pot Chicken Tikka Masala Recipe is so easy to make  Serve this tender chicken and flavorful curry sauce over rice for a meal your family will love.

Turn the slow cooker off, then add the heavy cream. Stir gently to combine the cream with the tomato sauce. Taste the sauce and add salt if needed.

Crock pot Chicken Tikka Masala Recipe is so easy to make  Serve this tender chicken and flavorful curry sauce over rice for a meal your family will love.

To serve, spoon the chicken and tomato sauce over cooked rice and top with fresh cilantro.

Crock pot Chicken Tikka Masala Recipe is so easy to make  Serve this tender chicken and flavorful curry sauce over rice for a meal your family will love.

Keep reading for the full recipe.

Crock pot Chicken Tikka Masala Recipe is so easy to make  Serve this tender chicken and flavorful curry sauce over rice for a meal your family will love.

Can you put coconut milk in crockpot?

Now this recipe calls for heavy cream instead of coconut milk. However, both are fine to put in the crock pot.

The trick is waiting until everything has cooked. You just want to turn off the crock pot before adding the cream.

Crock pot Chicken Tikka Masala Recipe is so easy to make  Serve this tender chicken and flavorful curry sauce over rice for a meal your family will love.

What to serve with slow cooker chicken tikka masala?

This meal is delicious served over white rice and fresh cilantro.  We actually cook rice in the slow cooker.

This is so handy and I like to cook a ton of rice in my crock pot and then freeze it for recipes like this one.

This way I always have some cooked rice on hand for recipes that require it or for a quick side dish in not time at all.

Freezing rice is so easy and saves me tons of time in the kitchen. If you aren’t freezing rice, you should be! It is a huge time saver.

Crock pot Chicken Tikka Masala Recipe is so easy to make  Serve this tender chicken and flavorful curry sauce over rice for a meal your family will love.

This really saves us so much time and makes dinner time easier during the week. I am always looking for ways to save time and still serve my family amazing meals.

Little time saving tricks like these really add up to big time savings and make a huge difference in getting dinner on the table fast. Try freezing rice and see how much time you save and how delicious it is.

It is just so  handy to add to meals anytime you need rice.

Crock pot Chicken Tikka Masala Recipe is so easy to make  Serve this tender chicken and flavorful curry sauce over rice for a meal your family will love.

Food Prep Tip:

We keep diced onion and bell pepper in the freezer so it is easy to add to any recipe we like. Another time saving tip is to use a small food chopper or food processor to quickly and easily chop the onions.

If you do not have one of these, I highly recommend them. They are such a time saver and you can get the veggies really fine if you have children that are picky.

I usually just chop the entire vegetable and freeze what I don’t need. It’s so nice to be able to just take the diced onion out of the freezer for recipes.

This is how I meal prep. It’s so quick and easy and helps get dinner on the table fast.

Learn and  how to freeze onions and also how to freeze peppers to save so much time in the kitchen!

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Crock pot Chicken Tikka Masala Recipe

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Crock pot Chicken Tikka Masala Recipe is so easy to make  Serve this tender chicken and flavorful curry sauce over rice for a meal your family will love.
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 6 hrs
Total Time 6 hrs 15 mins
Servings 6
Cuisine Indian
Course Main Course
Calories 393
Author Eating on a Dime

Ingredients

  • 2 lbs. boneless skinless chicken thighs
  • 1.5 Tbsp garam masala
  • 1/2 tsp cumin
  • 1/2 tsp turmeric
  • 1/2 tsp paprika
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/2 yellow onion diced
  • 2 teaspoon minced garlic
  • 1 Tbsp grated fresh ginger
  • 15 oz. tomato sauce
  • 1/3 cup heavy cream
  • 4 cups cooked rice
  • 1/4 bunch fresh cilantro

Instructions

  • Place the chicken in the crock pot.
  • Season with the garam masala, cumin, turmeric, paprika, salt, and pepper. Sprinkle the spice mix over both sides of the chicken thighs, coating them liberally.
  • Place the onion on top.
  • In a small bowl combine the tomato sauce, garlic, and ginger.
  • Pour on top.
  • place the lid on top, and turn the slow cooker on. Cook on high for 3 hours or low for 6 hours.
  • When done, the chicken should be fall-apart tender.Break apart the chicken into big chunks.
  • Turn the slow cooker off, then add the heavy cream. Stir gently to combine the cream with the tomato sauce. Taste the sauce and add salt if needed.
  • To serve, spoon the chicken and tomato sauce over cooked rice and top with fresh cilantro.

Nutrition Facts

Calories 393kcal, Carbohydrates 36g, Protein 34g, Fat 12g, Saturated Fat 5g, Cholesterol 162mg, Sodium 901mg, Potassium 665mg, Fiber 2g, Sugar 4g, Vitamin A 620IU, Vitamin C 6mg, Calcium 44mg, Iron 2mg

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  1. 5 stars
    This was very good. I, unfortunately, forgot to add the heavy cream, so I can only imagine how good it is with it. Will make again!

  2. Is this supposed to be sort of like a soup? It appears that it is in one of the pics. Just wondering how liquid-y it’s supposed to be in the end.