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Slow Cooker Chicken Tikka Masala Recipe

Paleo slow cooker chicken tikka masala Recipe

  • Author: Rebecca Baron
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 240 minutes
  • Total Time: 255 minutes
  • Yield: 6 1x
  • Category: Main Course
  • Cuisine: Indian


Browning the chicken in a pan first, along with the onion and spices develops a deeper flavor and richer sauce. The Garam Masala can be found in any Indian grocery store, but I was even able to find it in my small town grocery store, so maybe it is becoming a more prominent spice.


  • 2 Tbl Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • 6 Chicken Thighs (boneless, skinless) (cut into 1"pieces)
  • 1 Yellow Onion (diced)
  • 2 tsp Garlic (minced)
  • 2 tsp Coarse Real Salt * (Kosher)
  • 1 1/2 Tbl Garam Marsala
  • 1/2 tsp Paprika
  • 3 Tbl Tomato Paste
  • 1 28 oz can Diced Tomatoes
  • 1 15 oz can Coconut Milk *
  • Fresh Cilantro (to garnish)


  1. Heat the oil in a saute pan. Add the chicken and cook until it is golden brown on all sides. Add the chicken to the slow cooker and put the pan back on the heat.
  2. Add the onion to the pan and saute for 2-3 minutes. Add the garlic, salt, Garam Masala, and paprika and saute for another minute. Stir the tomato paste in and cook for another minute. Add the tomatoes to the pan and bring to a simmer.
  3. Pour the diced tomatoes over the chicken in the slow cooker along with the can of coconut milk. Cook on high for 4 hours or low for 6-8 hours. Remove the lid of the slow cooker for the last 30 minutes of cooking to allow the sauce to thicken slightly.
  4. Serve over brown rice and garnish with chopped cilantro.

Keywords: Slow Cooked, Spicy