Slow Cooker Chicken Tikka Masala

I don’t know about you, but I don’t feel like cooking when it’s really hot out. I’d rather spend the afternoon outside in my backyard with a cold drink in my hand, enjoying the sunshine while the kids play. That’s why I love using my slow cooker on hot days. I can get dinner started early in the day before it gets too hot, and then I can enjoy my afternoon and evening without worrying about dinner or heating up my kitchen with the oven.

A friend posted this recipe on facebook and I immediately pinned it. It looked almost too easy. There aren’t many ingredients to assemble and luckily I already had all of them on hand, even garam masala. If you’re not familiar with garam masala, it’s definitely worth trying. It’s a blend of spices that is often used in Indian cuisine, made with cinnamon, cloves, cardamom, and cumin. If you’d like to try making your own, here’s a good garam masala recipe at



I’m just realizing this is kind of a funny photo. I’m not really sure why Cole has his shirt neck stretched over his shoulder like a girl from the 80s and Bennett is staring blankly into space, but in any case, they liked it! Both of them actually liked it! They thought it was fun to add the cucumber and cilantro mixture on top of their chicken. I thought that was a nice touch too; it makes the meal so much more colourful and interesting. I can see this one becoming a family favourite for sure.

Now I guess you probably want the recipe. You can find it at Real Simple (and it really is simple!). The only change I made was using coconut milk instead of heavy cream. I just like a hint of creamy coconut in my Indian food. I think yogurt would be a good substitute as well. I served it over brown Basmati rice and with a side of Naan bread. Delicious! Best of all, I got to enjoy the beautiful sunny day while the slow cooker slaved away in the kitchen for me.

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  1. says

    Oh me too! I hate cooking when it’s hot. I love this idea(and I love chicken tikka!), especially since I put my slow cooker in our back porch to keep any heat out of the house :) Love your critics!

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