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Slow Cooker Chicken Tikka Masala

It's time to pull out that Crock-Pot, whip up some Indian seasonings, and enjoy a big bowl of Slow Cooker Chicken Tikka Masala.  This healthy, gluten-free, Paleo, low-carb, and Whole30 chicken tikka masala recipe is an easy dinner for your busy weeknights!

Course Dinner, lunch, Main Course
Cuisine Indian
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 4 hours
Total Time 4 hours 15 minutes
Servings 6 servings
Calories 266 kcal


  • 1 ½ pounds chicken breasts cut into 1-inch cubes
  • 1 ½ cup sweet onion finely chopped
  • 16 ounces tomato sauce
  • 1 Tbsp. tomato paste
  • 2 Tbsp. olive oil
  • 3 cloves garlic crushed
  • 1 Tbsp. ginger grated
  • 1 cup coconut milk full-fat

Tikka Masala Seasoning:

  • 1 ½ Tbsp. Garam masala
  • 1 tsp. cumin ground
  • 2 tsp. coriander ground
  • 1 tsp. paprika
  • 1 tsp. turmeric
  • 1-1 ½ tsp. salt to taste
  • Pinch of cinnamon


  1. Place cubes of chicken and chopped onion in a 6-quart slow cooker.
  2. In a medium-sized bowl combine tomato sauce, tomato paste, oil, garlic, and ginger. Whisk to combine.
  3. In a small bowl combine tikka masala seasonings. Whisk to combine. Add seasonings to tomato sauce and stir until well incorporated.
  4. Add tikka masala sauce to slow cooker, making sure to lift up the chicken cubes so the sauce coats the bottom of the slow cooker.
  5. Cook tikka masala on high for 4 hours or low for 6 hours.
  6. Once tikka masala is done cooking, remove chicken from the slow cooker and add coconut milk.
  7. Puree the sauce with an immersion blender until smooth. (This step is not necessary but gives you the smoothest sauce!). You can also put the sauce in a high-speed blender or food processor and blend until smooth.
  8. Add the chicken back to the slow cooker and until it is heated through. Serve chicken tikka masala over basmati rice or cauliflower rice and enjoy!

Recipe Notes

*Nutrition facts are calculated without rice or cauliflower rice.

**This is a mild version of chicken tikka masala.  Add cayenne pepper or chili garlic paste to bump up the spice level in this recipe.

Nutrition Facts
Slow Cooker Chicken Tikka Masala
Amount Per Serving
Calories 266 Calories from Fat 99
% Daily Value*
Fat 11g17%
Saturated Fat 3g19%
Cholesterol 72mg24%
Sodium 1060mg46%
Potassium 896mg26%
Carbohydrates 13g4%
Fiber 4g17%
Sugar 5g6%
Protein 26g52%
Vitamin A 910IU18%
Vitamin C 20.1mg24%
Calcium 57mg6%
Iron 3.1mg17%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.