Healthy Slow Cooker Chicken Tikka Masala

HEALTHY SLOW COOKER TIKKA MASALA – Made with aromatic Indian spices, tomato sauce, chicken and coconut milk, it’s one of our favorite slow cooker meals.

Prep Time 20 mins

Cook Time 4 hrs

Total Time 4 hrs 20 mins  

Servings: 8


  • 1 yellow onion, chopped
  • 2 lbs. bone-in chicken thighs, skin removed
  • 30 ounces tomato sauce
  • 3 tablspoons minced garlic
  • 1 tablespoon freshly grated ginger
  • 1 teaspoon curry powder
  • 1 tablespoon + 1 teaspoon garam masala
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground tumeric
  • 3/4 cup full-fat coconut milk
  • 1/2 cup chopped cilantro


  1. Add the onion to the bottom of your slow cooker.Add the chicken right on top of the onion.Pour the tomato sauce over the chicken.
  2. Top the sauce with garlic, ginger and all of the seasonings: 1 tablespoon of the garam masala, paprika, turmeric, curry and salt.Gently stir together the sauce with the seasonings.Place the lid on the slow cooker and cook for 3-4 hours on high (or 6-8 hours on low).
  3. Once it is finished cooking, using tongs remove the chicken thighs from the sauce and transfer them to a plate or cutting board. Remove the bones from the chicken and then shred all of the chicken meat. I do this using two forks and just pull the meat apart.
  4. Once the chicken is shredded add it back to the sauce.Stir together the 3/4 cup coconut milk and the remaining teaspoon of garam masala. Pour coconut milk into chicken and sauce.
  5. Serve over rice or with flat bread and top with fresh cilantro.This makes a great freezer meal!