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Last Updated on January 13, 2021

Slow Cooker Chicken Tikka Masala that is simple and flavorful! Not only is this recipe Whole30 but it has the perfect creamy texture with authentic Indian spices!

slow cooker chicken tikka masala in a serving pan

I am sucker for paleo Indian recipes, the spices and the exoticness of the cuisine calls to me.  When you combine that love with a time saving recipe, you have my attention.

I knew without a doubt that this slow cooker chicken tikka masala was one recipe that I literally had to make. It’s tasty, simple, and one of my favorite Indian food recipes, ever.

And when you get to use your slow cooker to make this Chicken Tikka Masala recipe, you’re never going to have to order from an Indian restaurant again.

What can you serve with this Slow Cooker Chicken Tikka Masala recipe?

I served it over some cauliflower rice and, let’s just say I had seconds without any shame. My family loves eating this with a dollop of Greek yogurt on top as well but you really can’t go wrong with anything that you want to add. (You can also serve with basmati rice as well)

If you like spice, you can easily add chili powder as well. This is one of the best slow cooker chicken tikka masala recipes that you’re ever going to make.

This recipe is not only easy to make but it’s really one of those chicken tikka masala recipe that seriously deserves 5 stars. You’ll feel like a real chef when you cook up this simple chicken tikka masala dish.

I also love to eat this Indian food recipe with naan bread as well. It’s easy to dip, combine, and enjoy. And if you don’t have the ingredients listed above on hand, you can always gather them for next time. (because there is totally going to be a next time!)

slow paleo chicken tikka masala in a bowl with a cookbook on front

What you’ll need for this Slow Cooker Chicken Tikka Masala recipe

Gather up the list of ingredients listed below to make this easy chicken tikka recipe. Your total time cooking and prepping will be cut down dramatically if you can grab the ingredients and have them all ready to go before you start on this chicken tikka masala recipe.

  • Raw cashews
  • Boneless skinless chicken thighs chopped into 2-inch cubes
  • Tomato puree
  • Yellow onion 
  • Garlic 
  • Garam masala
  • Sea salt
  • Ground ginger
  • Paprika
  • Cayenne pepper
  • Fresh cilantro

How to Make This Slow Cooker Chicken Tikka Masala recipe

Place the cashews in a bowl and cover with water. Cover with a towel or plastic wrap and set aside.

Place the chicken, tomato puree, onion, garlic, garam masala, salt, ginger, paprika, and cayenne pepper in a slow cooker.

Cover and cook on low for 6 hours.

When the chicken is just about done cooking, drain the cashews and place them in a blender. Add 1/4 cup of fresh water and blend the cashews into a smooth cream. 

Stir the cashew cream into the chicken right before serving and garnish with the cilantro.

If you want to add on some freshly ground black pepper or extra spice mixture, you can add it at the end as well.

Is a chicken tikka masala spicy?

This dish is usually made with boneless skinless chicken combined with a tomato sauce. The added spices tend to make this Indian food recipe spicier than most.  

What is the difference between chicken tikka and tikka masala?

The only real difference is that there are just a few different ingredients and spices between the two recipes. Both are Indian food recipes.

Which is better chicken tikka masala or butter chicken?

It all just depends on what your tastebuds want. Butter chicken has a sweeter taste and flavor than other types of chicken so that is just something to be aware of when you’re making one of these recipes.

What does tikka masala translate to?

If you were to translate tikka masala, it would be “spicy pieces” of food. And if you take one bite of this Indian dish, you just might agree that this easy chicken tikka masala recipe has a little bit of heat.

This is one of those recipes that is meant to warm your tastebuds but shouldn’t have you sprinting for the cold milk. (This might vary if you order this dish at an Indian restaurant because they might make it spicier than what you’re used to.)

The flavor of this chicken tikka masala recipe should very much mimic a restaurant style dish so you’ll be able to enjoy the same ingredients and spices without worry.

Why you should try Indian food?

There are so many reasons that you should make this Chicken Tikka Masala recipe! I’m a recipe developer and making Indian dishes is one of my passion.

This is because I love the flavors of yogurt, coconut milk, heavy cream, tomato sauce, chili powder, and all the other Indian spices and ingredients that add so much flavor and taste. When you make this tikka masala recipe, you’re going to realize what everyone thinks it’s so tasty! It’s just one of those recipes that will keep you coming back for more.

Which country has the spiciest food?

While you might think that it’s India, there are actually a few other countries that enjoy tasty and spicy dishes more often. Thailand is at the top of that list!

How do you make chicken tikka masala and store the leftovers?

This chicken tikka recipe stores easily in the fridge so that you can heat it up and enjoy it later. All you need to do is put this chicken tikka masala recipe in the fridge and keep it covered with a lid. When it’s time to enjoy next time, you just have to unthaw your chicken tikka masala recipe and reheat. It’s as simple as that!

Is chicken tikka white meat?

Typically, chicken tikka masala is made using white meat. If you’re comparing that to butter chicken, you’ll find that chicken recipe is made using dark meat.

This doesn’t mean that you can’t swap out the chicken tikka and try another type of chicken but if you followed the recipe exactly, you will want to use the recipe as it’s written.

What part of the chicken do you use for this slow cooker chicken tikka masala recipe?

You’re going to use chicken for this easy slow cooker chicken tikka masala recipe and traditionally you’re going to want to use chicken thighs for this dish. If you don’t have chicken thighs, you can try to use other types of chicken instead like skinless chicken breasts, butter chicken, or other cuts of chicken, too. This will change the authenticity of the Indian food recipe but it’s still going to taste amazing and delicious!

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paleo chicken tikka masala
Yield: 8

slow cooker chicken tikka masala

Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 6 hours
Total Time: 6 hours 15 minutes

This dairy-free slow cooker chicken tikka masala is perfectly spiced.

Ingredients

Instructions

  1. Place the cashews in bowl and cover with water. Cover with a towel or plastic wrap and set aside.
  2. Place the chicken, tomato puree, onion, garlic, garam masala, salt, ginger, paprika, and cayenne pepper in a slow cooker.
  3. Cover and cook on low for 6 hours.
  4. When the chicken is just about done cooking, drain the cashews and place them in a blender. Add 1/4 cup of fresh water and blend the cashews into a smooth cream.
  5. Stir the cashew cream into the chicken right before serving and garnish with the cilantro.

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

8

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 314Total Fat: 15gSaturated Fat: 4gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 10gCholesterol: 173mgSodium: 801mgCarbohydrates: 11gFiber: 2gSugar: 4gProtein: 37g

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40 Comments

  1. Hello! I was wondering what brand of garam masala you used. I have tried a few and have not liked the taste. Thanks so much 🙂

  2. I am so happy I found this! I LOVE Danielle’s original recipe on her blog but it’s really lengthy so I wanted to find an easier way to make it when I’m short on time. Here it is!

  3. wanting to make it for dinner tonight but wondering how long I need to soak raw cashews for? Can I just soak it for 2 hrs? I, unfortunately, did not plan the best today but really craving tikka masala :-)!

  4. looks good! have you tried this with a can of coconut milk? is there a ratio that i could replace the cashew cream with coconut milk, or do you think that will affect the integrity of the flavor too much?

  5. Recipe looks great! Unfortunately, I can’t look at it for more than 30 seconds without an obnoxious pop up ad that I can’t close coming up.

  6. Curious if the cashews are necessary? If not, what would be a good non-nut replacement? I am allergic to nuts. I saw a chef on tv put yogurt in his recipe for this dish.

  7. Hi,
    Can you substitute chickpeas instead of the chicken? If you can, is there anything else you would need to change with that? Thanks!

  8. Quick question…to help expedite the recipe and minimize the work involved (yes, streak of lazy here especially during the work week), couldn’t you purchase and use organic raw cashew butter and skip the soaking of the cashews and the food processor, etc? If so, what would you say the conversion might be? 1/2 cup of the cashew butter? Thanks in advance for your feedback!

  9. Hi! Does this keep well for meal prep for a work week? I’m so excited to try this!

    Thanks!!