Slow-Cooker Chicken Tikka Masala

By Cara Hobday From the book The Complete Slow Cooker Cookbook
Slow-Cooker Chicken Tikka Masala

This perennial favourite works very well in the slow cooker. Set it to cook before you head off to work on Friday morning and you can return home to restorative curry with pickles, poppadums and cold beer.

Prep Time 20 min Cook time 4 h For how many? Serves 6


  • 1.5kg chicken pieces
  • 2 tbsp oil
  • 2 onions, chopped
  • 120ml coconut milk
  • 400g can chopped tomatoes
  • 120ml natural low-fat yoghurt
  • 1 tsp cornflour
  • 3 tbsp tomato puree
  • 1 tbsp cumin seeds
  • 2 tsp garam masala
  • 1 tsp black onion seeds
  • 5 cm piece of fresh root ginger, chopped
  • 3 tbsp freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 2 garlic cloves, chopped
  • 2 tsp cayenne pepper, or to taste
  • 1 red chilli, chopped
  • 15g mint, chopped
  • 15g coriander, chopped
  • lime wedges, to serve
  • 350g basmati rice, to serve
  • naan bread, to serve
  • raita, to serve


Heat the oil in a large frying pan over a high heat and brown the chicken pieces all over. Transfer to the slow cooker.

Heat the remaining oil in the frying pan over a high heat and cook the onions for 5 minutes. Set aside. Add the coconut milk and tomatoes to the slow cooker. Mix the yoghurt with the cornflour and stir this in too.

Using a blender or food processor, blend the fried onion with the rest of the ingredients up to and including the chilli. Add to the slow cooker and cook for 4 hours on the high setting or 8 hours on low.

Just before serving, cook the rice according to the packet instructions. Stir the mint and coriander into the curry and serve hot with the rice, naan bread and some raita on the side.

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