I’m not going to lie and say it’s exactly the same as you would get in India. However, it’s easy, simply and very healthy. This recipe uses coconut milk as a main ingredient. 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.
As pictured, this slow cooker Paleo chicken tikka masala recipe is not Paleo or Whole30 (because of the naan bread) but it’s easy to eat it like a soup out of the bowl or put over cauliflower rice or cauliflower mash. I’ve even seen Paleo naan bread recipes on Pinterest, if you would like to try that. To make it Clean Eating, serve it over brown rice or quinoa. Traditionally this would be served over basmati rice, but all my family prefers jasmine rice. We like it because it has the most substance and is a little sticky and chewy. I never liked white rice until I tried jasmine and now I love jasmine rice.
My children all love this slow cooker Paleo chicken tikka masala recipe. We all love to go to the Indian restaurant near our house and the only thing my children want is tikka masala. I love eating there because my children actually eat real food instead of an expensive, tasteless, unhealthy kid’s meal. Getting a couple of dishes to share usually ends up costing as much as that. I like it because I get to try a wide variety of foods. I think MY favorite Indian food is either chicken saag or coconut korma, depending on the restaurant. Click the links above to get my recipes for both of those.
The chicken masala we get from our favorite Indian restaurant uses chicken breast, but I don’t like chicken breasts in the slow cooker because it’s very easy to get dried out and tough. However, chicken thighs get soft, tender and juicy in the slow cooker. I think the tomato-based sauce actually helps tenderize the chicken thighs. If you don’t want to use coconut milk, you can use another milk alternative, such as almond milk – or cream is good too.*Please note that most of the links on this page are affiliate links. This means if you click on a link and purchase, you will receive the same price, but I will receive a little money for referring you to the product. This helps keep this blog free for you. I truly appreciate you supporting my blog.
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Slow Cooker Chicken Tikka Masala Recipe (Paleo, Clean, Gluten Free, Dairy Free)
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.
Serve over brown rice and garnish with chopped cilantro.