Slow Cooker Chicken Tikka Masala

This delicious slow cooker chicken tikka masala is a must have for anyone who loves a good curry.

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This curry has incredible chunks of tender chunks of chicken that is slowly cooked in a rich curry sauce. It cooks to have a lovely orange color and should be creamy in texture.

As with any curry, some delicious naan bread or even garlic bread goes well with this dish. If you have the time, then these can be made right at home otherwise you can find some decent quality store-bought varieties around.

Chicken tikka masala is a hugely popular curry in the United Kingdom. It is like any Indian curry and has plenty of flavors. It’s certainly a must try, you can quickly see why it became so popular.

Rice is also always an excellent addition to curry, but it’s not completely necessary. I often enjoy this just by itself, and it also saves on washing up. Making cauliflower rice is a great alternative for anyone looking to help keep their carb intake down.

Chicken Tikka Masala

If you’re not interested in making a curry paste from scratch, then you can use a store-bought paste instead. Pataks or Sharwoods tend to be decent brands, but there may be better brands depending on where you live.

The leftovers for this dish will keep pretty well so make sure you don’t throw them out as they make for a delicious lunch the next day.

If you want to see how to prepare and cook this recipe, then be sure to check out the video below. It will take you through all the steps to making this chicken tikka masala curry.

Slow Cooker Chicken Tikka Masala Recipe

Prep time
15 Minutes
Cook time
6 Hours & 15 Minutes
Total time
6 Hours & 30 Minutes


  • 500g (1.1 lb) chicken thighs, cubed
  • 1 Tbsp oil
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 2 tsp garlic, crushed
  • 2 tsp ginger, crushed
  • 1 tsp cumin, ground
  • 1 tsp coriander seeds, ground
  • 1 tsp turmeric
  • 2 tsp paprika
  • 1 Tbsp garam masala
  • 2 Tbsp. tomato paste
  • 800g (28 oz) diced tomatoes
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • cilantro for serving


  1. In a frying pan, add the oil, onion, garlic, ginger, cumin, coriander seeds, turmeric, paprika, garam masala, tomato paste, and cook until fragrant.
  2. Transfer the spice mix into the slow cooker. Also, add the chicken and diced tomatoes.
  3. Cook on low for 6-8 hours or on high for 4 hours.
  4. Lastly add the heavy cream to the slow cooker.
  5. Cook on high for a further 10-15 minutes.
  6. Season to taste.
  7. Serve & Enjoy

Recipe Tips

  • You can skip the preparation of the curry paste in the frypan, but the flavors won’t be as intense. This will make it a lot easier to quickly get it prepared and cooking, perfect if you’re running low on time.
  • If the curry is a bit too runny for your liking, make sure you thicken it with some cornstarch. Make sure you mix the cornstarch with a little bit of water before adding it to the curry. You should find 2 Tbsp. of cornstarch is more than enough.
  • Using coconut milk, cream or Greek yogurt will all give you a different outcome. For me, I prefer just plain cream as it helps bring the dish together quite well. However, Greek yogurt and coconut milk are great alternatives. It just comes down to personal preference.
  • There are a few variations for the dish such as swapping the chicken with something like lamb meat instead.
  • I recommend cooking some basmati rice to go with this curry.
  • You can easily replace the thigh meat with chicken breast instead. Both types will be fine for this chicken tikka masala in the slow cooker.

Nutritional Information

If you’re curious about how much of an impact this delicious chicken tikka masala curry will have on your diet, then you can find all the information you need below.

Keep in mind this information doesn’t include any extras such rice or garlic bread.

Nutrition Facts
Serving Size: 253g (8.92 oz)
Servings Per Recipe: 6
Amount Per Serving
Calories 228 Calories from Fat 80.1
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 8.9g 14%
Saturated Fat 3.2g 16%
Trans Fat 0g
Cholesterol 82mg 27%
Sodium 100mg 4%
Total Carbohydrate 10.6g 4%
Dietary Fiber 2.7g 11%
Sugars 5.8g
Protein 26.3g 53%
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

There are so many curries that you’re able to do in the slow cooker. For example, I have already covered a delicious chicken korma curry that’s so easy to make. Indeed, worth giving a try if you just love a good hot curry.

If you have any feedback, tips or anything else you would like to say about this tasty slow cooker chicken tikka masala, then be sure to leave a comment below.

Note: I use a 5.5L (6 Quart) slow cooker for all the recipes that I have on this website unless specified. If you have a smaller or larger slow cooker, then you might need to adjust the ingredients.


  1. Patty on

    This is easy and so yummy!

    I gave this recipe 5 / 5

  2. Josh on

    I was wondering if this would be fine to put in the cooker for 8-9 hours while I’m at work?

    Love your recipes! Cooking the pumpkin soup right now!

    Thank you.

    1. Gus on

      Hi Josh,

      The only thing you need to be worried about is the chicken overcooking. While it should be fine, you can always cut the chicken into larger pieces to be safe.

  3. Jean Mcconkey on

    Hi can you swap tomatoes for tinned tomatoes? In this recipe many thanks

    I gave this recipe 5 / 5

    1. Gus on

      Yes, that will work great! Tinned diced or crushed tomatoes will work best.

  4. K on

    Is this dish hot or spicy? My kids don’t like spice. They do like very mild curry though.

    1. Gus on

      I would say it’s a very mild curry.

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