Pinterest Win: Easy Creamy Crock-Pot Chicken Tikka Masala

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This recipe gets filed under “Pinterest Win”! My husband and I love Indian food, but I’ve never been able to recreate it at home. I’ve tried recipes that turned out really yummy…but just not the same. This recipe by The Iron You  is the closest I’ve ever gotten to that glorious Indian take-out we crave, and it’s in the crockpot- PRAISE!!!!!

IMG_1238I didn’t change a thing about the recipe, but there’s one pointer I will add: Mike notes to add cayenne pepper to taste; do so little by little. Luckily, my husband and I really love spicy food; but the heat level was probably a little more intense than I would have liked. Next time I will add more gradually.

When I share recipes from other bloggers I like to do so respectfully: If you’d like to save the recipe for later, here’s the original Pin I found to make this deliciousness! 

Easy Creamy Crock-Pot Chicken Tikka Masala


  • 2 lbs / 900 gr free-range organic chicken breasts, cut into 1½-inch chunks
  • 1 large onion, finely chopped
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 tablespoons grated fresh ginger
  • 1 (29 oz.) can of tomato sauce
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon Garam masala
  • 2 teaspoons ground cumin
  • 2 teaspoons ground coriander
  • 2 teaspoons paprika
  • 1 teaspoon turmeric
  • ½ teaspoon cinnamon
  • ½ teaspoon cayenne pepper (adjust according to your heat preference)
  • ½ teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1 cup / 250 ml heavy cream (or full-fat BPA-free coconut milk)
  • 2 tablespoons arrowroot powder*
  • Juice of ½ lemon
  • *arrowroot powder acts like cornstarch (you can use cornstarch if that’s what you have in your pantry.)


  1. Grease the inside of your crockpot bowl with a bit of olive oil. Set aside.
  2. Combine all ingredients (except for bay leaves, heavy cream, arrowroot powder, and lemon juice) in a large bowl. With a large large spatula, stir to combine everything, making sure that the chicken is well coated.
  3. Pour the mixture into the slow cooker and place the two bay leaves on top.
  4. Cover and cook for 8 hours on low (or 4 hours on high).
  5. When done, in a small bowl combine heavy cream and arrowroot powder (or cornstarch), and gently stir into the mixture. Let cook an additional 20 minutes to thicken up.
  6. Finally add lemon juice and gently stir to incorporate.
  7. Serve warm.
  8. Leftovers can be stored in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 5 days.



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