Slow Cooker Chicken Tikka Masala


Chicken Tikka Masala doesn’t get any easier than this!  I created this recipe because so often people skip Chicken Tikka Masala in their dinner rotation recipes because it takes so much time and effort to prepare.  In my opinion this cooking method tastes just as good, if not better, than any of those tediously time consuming recipes.

The better comes because of the unbelievably tender chicken this recipe yields from long hours of slow, low cooking and also how much time it gives the spices to meld and develop in this incredible dish.  I’m quite certain this will now be my only method/recipe for Chicken Tikka Masala.  How could I go back to the long, laborious method now?

Never tried Indian food before?  Then now is definitely time!  I was thinking, how do you describe Indian food and it’s enticing, delectable flavors in two words?  Bold and exciting!

If you have never tried Indian food before, it’s likely you have tried the spices it contains in several alternate dishes but Indian food combines all those rich spices into one amazing dish.  So go on and excite your taste buds with this flavorful, spice packed Indian dish.

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Slow Cooker Chicken Tikka Masala

5 from 5 votes

Deliciously flavorful, easy to make Chicken Tikka Masala cooked in the slow cooker.

Servings: 6
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 6 hours
Total Time 6 hours 20 minutes


  • 5 boneless , skinless chicken breasts, cut into 1 inch pieces (about 3 lbs)
  • 1/2 large yellow onion , finely diced
  • 4 cloves garlic , minced
  • 2 Tbsp freshly , finely grated ginger
  • 1 (29 oz) can tomato puree (I recommend Contadina Brand)
  • 1 1/2 cups plain yogurt
  • 2 Tbsp olive oil
  • 2 Tbsp lemon juice
  • 2 Tbsp Garam Masala
  • 1 Tbsp cumin
  • 1/2 Tbsp paprika
  • 2 tsp salt , or to taste
  • 3/4 tsp cinnamon
  • 3/4 tsp freshly ground black pepper
  • 1-3 tsp cayenne pepper*
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 1/2 tbsp cornstarch
  • Prepared Long Grain White Rice or Basmati Rice
  • Chopped cilantro , for serving


  1. In a large mixing bowl combine chopped onions, minced garlic, grated ginger, tomato puree, plain yogurt, olive oil, lemon juice, Garam Masala, cumin, paprika, salt, cinnamon, pepper and cayenne pepper. 

  2. Stir until combine. Pour half of sauce mixture into a large slow cooker then add in diced chicken followed then cover chicken with remaining sauce. Add in 2 bay leaves. Cover slow cooker with lid and cook on low heat for 6 - 8 hours (or high for 3 - 4 hours).
  3. In a mixing bowl, whisk together heavy cream and cornstarch, pour mixture into slow cooker and gently stir. Allow mixture to cook 20 minutes while you prepare the rice. Remove bay leaves and serve warm over rice and sprinkle with chopped cilantro.

Recipe Notes

*I put 1 -3 tsp because it is all depending on your heat preference. If you don't like spicy foods you could even omit this ingredient. I go for 3 tsp but I like my food really spicy.

Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Indian
Keyword: Slow Cooker Chicken Tikka Masala
Author: Jaclyn


  • SailAway: Hi just a question, I want to make this recipe but I have a dairy allergy. Would you know if the dairy products could be substituted for anything else? :s Thank you so much! April 14, 2019 at 8:25am Reply

    • Jaclyn: It should work with dairy free yogurt and canned coconut cream. April 17, 2019 at 12:51pm Reply

  • Julie: I tried this recipe and the sauce curdled, well before the final addition of cream and cornstarch. Very disappointing. January 27, 2019 at 10:09pm Reply

  • George: Is 29 oz of tomatoes purée correct it sounds a lot January 4, 2019 at 1:44pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: Yes it’s one of the large cans. This recipe has a fair amount of sauce. January 4, 2019 at 3:42pm Reply

  • Alissa: Jaclyn- your recipe rocks! I stumbled across your site trying to find a slow cooker chicken tikka recipe for my company’s potluck. I usually like to bring something I am familiar with but something about your blog gave me the confidence to just go for it- and boy am I glad I did! Success, thank you and Merry Christmas! December 6, 2018 at 1:02pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: Glad you liked it Alissa! Merry Christmas to you! December 6, 2018 at 2:03pm Reply

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