Slow Cooker Chicken Tikka Masala with Cucumber Relish Recipe

This tikka masala is a fun, simple way to try Indian cooking.  We swapped traditional cream with yogurt and topped it with a salad—created as a riff on a traditional Indian pickle—to give the rich dish a dash of freshness.

Slow Cooker Chicken Tikka Masala with Cucumber Relish

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 4 hours

Yield: 6-8 servings

Slow Cooker Chicken Tikka Masala with Cucumber Relish


2 onions, peeled and cut into 1 inch pieces

2 Tablespoons minced ginger

1 Tablespoon minced garlic

1 Tablespoon vegetable oil

3 Tablespoons Garam Masala (Indian spice blend, available at larger supermarkets or specialty markets, or online)

2 pounds boneless skinless chicken thighs, cut in half

1 (28 ounce) can chopped tomatoes in juice

1/2 cup chicken broth

14 ounces plain yogurt, divided

3 Tablespoons chopped cilantro

1 small shallot, peeled and thinly sliced

2 Kirby cucumbers, ends removed and chopped

Juice of 1 lime (about 1 Tablespoon)

1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper


    To make the chicken
  1. In a small skillet over medium heat add the vegetable oil and swirl in the pan. When the oil starts to shimmer, add the ginger, garlic, and Garam Masala, and cook for 1 minute until fragrant.
  2. Scrape the spice mixture into the bowl of a slow cooker and add the onion, chicken, tomatoes, and broth. Cook for 4 hours on high. Just before serving, stir in 7 ounces of yogurt.
  3. To make the relish
  4. Mix the chopped cilantro, shallot, cucumber, lime juice, and cayenne pepper in a mixing bowl until combined.
  5. Add 2 Tablespoons of the cucumber relish and a spoonful of yogurt to each serving.
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Prep time: 10 min

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