Sunday Slow Cooker: Chicken and Cauliflower Tikka Masala

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Don’t let this recipe fool you the ingredient list is long, the name might be unfamiliar, cooking Indian food might be way out of your comfort zone, and other members of your household might make more than one questionable face when you tell them what’s for dinner but it is totally worth it. I was introduced to Chicken Tikka Masala a few years back and was it was love from first bite. However I never even thought to attempt to make it on my own until I ran across this recipe for a slow cooker version. It has a few more steps than I normally like for a slow cooker recipe (dump in and turn on) but makes up for the extra time in flavor. At the end you have a delicious chicken dish that is packed with flavor and will quickly become a favorite.

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Sunday Slow Cooker: Chicken and Cauliflower Tikka Masala

Sunday Slow Cooker: Chicken and Cauliflower Tikka Masala

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COOK TIME: 6 Hours
TOTAL TIME: 6 Hours, 15 Min
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  • 1 lb boneless skinless chicken breast, cut into chunks
  • 1 lb boneless skinless chicken thighs, cut into chunks
  • 1 tbsp coriander
  • 1 tbsp cumin
  • 1 tsp kosher salt
  • 1 cup nonfat plain yogurt
  • 1 U jalapeno pepper
  • 2 tbsp butter
  • 1 U onion, diced
  • 6 U cloves garlic, minced
  • 3 tbsp Garam Masala
  • 2 tbsp. fresh ginger, grated
  • 4 cups can crushed tomatoes
  • 1 tbsp sugar
  • 1 lb cauliflower florets
  • 1 tbsp cornstarch
  • 1 cup nonfat canned evaporated milk

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Toss the chicken with the coriander, cumin, 1 tsp. salt, and yogurt. Add to the bottom of the slow cooker. Place whole jalapenos in with the chicken.


Melt the butter in a medium sauce pan over medium heat. Add the onions, garlic, and 1/2 tbsp. salt. Cook for about 6 minutes or until they begin to brown. Stir in the Garam masala and ginger and cook 1 minute. Add the crushed tomatoes and sugar. Either pour directly over the chicken for a chunkier sauce or use a blender to create a smoother sauce and then pour over chicken.


Cook on low for 6 hours or until chicken is tender. Add the cauliflower in one hour before you finish cooking the chicken.


Stir the cornstarch into the evaporated milk. Stir into the chicken and then cover again and cook for 10 more minutes to thicken up the sauce.

Nutritional Facts
Serving Size: 3/4 cup (317g)
Amount Per Serving
Calories 220
Calories from Fat 34
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 5g
Saturated Fat 2g
Monounsaturated Fat 1g
Polyunsaturated Fat 0g
Cholesterol 69mg
Sodium 568mg
Total Carbohydrate 20g
Dietary Fiber 3g
Sugars 12g
Protein 25g

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

The Nutritional Values provided are estimates only and may vary based on the preparation method.

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Oh my goodness is this delicious! As I read the ingredients I thought it was going to be too spicy but the flavors blend together beautifully. This is my first venture into Indian cooking and this recipe will be a staple in our rotation. Thank you so much!!!!!
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