Slow Cooker Chicken Tikka Masala

Slow Cooker Chicken Tikka Masala

Chicken Tikka Masala is tender pieces of chicken swimming in a creamy, robustly seasoned sauce that’s usually served over rice. Thanks to you can make this traditional Indian meal at home with the help of your slow cooker.

Slow Cooker Chicken Tikka Masala
Container count per serving: 1 red, ½ green, 1 tsp

  • 3 lbs boneless skinless chicken breasts (about 5 breasts), cut into 1½” cubes
  • 1 large onion, diced
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 tbsp fresh ginger, minced
  • 1 (29 oz) can of tomato puree
  • 1½ cups plain nonfat Greek yogurt
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 tbsp garam masala
  • 1 tsp tumeric powder
  • 1 tbsp cumin
  • ½ tbsp paprika
  • 2 tsp salt, or to taste
  • ¾ tsp cinnamon
  • ¾ tsp fresh ground pepper
  • 1-3 tsp cayenne pepper (depending on your heat preference)
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1 cup almond milk
  • 3 tbsp corn starch
  • lemon juice from half of a small lemon
  • chopped parsley or cilantro for garnish


  1. Place everything up to the bay leaves in a large bowl. With a spatula, stir to combine everything and make sure the chicken is coated well.
  2. Gently place the mixture in the insert of the crock pot and add the 2 bay leaves.
  3. Cover and cook 8 hours on low or 4 hours on high.
  4. When done, in a medium bowl whisk together almond milk and cornstarch, then pour the mixture into the crockpot and gently stir. Let cook an additional 20 minutes to thicken up. Squeeze half a lemon over the mixture and stir to incorporate.
  5. Serve hot over a bed of white or brown rice, and garnish with parsley or cilantro if desired.
  6. Store leftovers in an airtight container for up to 5 days.

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19 Comments on “Slow Cooker Chicken Tikka Masala

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  5. Hi Cal, good question. I think of cornstarch as being similar to flour, so I consider it 21 Day Fix Extreme approved. I’ve seen it used in recipes on the Beachbody website too so I’d say it’s ok.


  6. Hi Jenny, that’s a great question that’s kind of tricky to answer. When you see a recipe say something like 3lbs of chicken, that’s referring to the weight (mass), not the volume. The containers measure volume, and one red container is 3/4 cup or 6 ounces. But because it’s volume not mass, that doesn’t mean that 48 ounces (3lbs) of chicken is equal to 8 red containers. So to make this whole volume vs mass debacle less confusing, what I use as a rule of thumb is that 1.5 lbs of chicken breasts is equal to 2 cups of cubed chicken (read more about that here . So for this recipe 3lbs equals 4 cups cubed chicken. 4 cups is equal to about 5 red containers, then add 2 red containers for the Greek yogurt and you have 7 red containers for the entire meal. Divide that by 6 servings and you’ve got roughly 1 red per serving.

    Phew! That was way more math than is appropriate for a food blog.

    I use this little cheat sheet to figure out the containers Hope this helps!


  7. How did you calculate the containers? For the red, I would think it would be 2 if one red is 4 ounces and the whole recipe is 3 pounds. I just want to make sure I’m tracking it right.


  8. Hi Jenene, you’re absolutely right, the almond milk in this recipe counts as a yellow. However, it works out to being a very small amount per serving (about 1/3 of a container), and in those cases I don’t usually count it. 🙂


  9. Doesn’t the milk or milk alternative count as a yellow? I have found a lot of 21 Day recipes that don’t seem to fit with what the book outlines.


  10. Hi Shawna, you asked a great question that actually made me do a bit more research. Initially, I had thought the pureed tomatoes would count as a purple container, like jarred pasta sauce does. But after looking into it further I found that canned tomatoes count as a green! I’ve updated this on the recipe itself. I appreciate your question and hope you enjoy the recipes!


  11. Hi! I’ve pinned a few recipes from your blog for 21 Day Fix! They look yummy! I do have a question though. What in this recipe makes 1/2 purple? I would think you’d have more red, or maybe a green? Thanks!


  12. Does anyone know the exact 21dayfix container count on this recipe? Thank you 🙂


  13. Any substitutes for almond milk if you’re allergic to almonds?


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