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Slow cooker chicken tikka masala

Slow Cooker Chicken Tikka Masala {Dairy Free!}

Slow cooker tikka masala is easy when it's made in the crockpot - then just serve with rice or naan for a delicious meal.
Course Main Course
Cuisine Indian
Keyword dairy free chicken tikka masala, slow cooker chicken tikka masala
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 8 hours
Total Time 8 hours 15 minutes
Servings 6 servings
Calories 354kcal
Author Snacking in Sneakers


For tikka masala:

  • 1 yellow onion, sliced
  • 6 bone-in chicken thighs
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 tbsp fresh ginger, minced
  • 29 oz can tomato puree
  • 1 cup coconut milk yogurt (if you’re not dairy free, you could try regular plain greek yogurt)
  • 2 tbsp garam masala
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • ½ tsp salt
  • ½ tsp pepper
  • 0 to ½ tsp cayenne (according to spice preferences)
  • 1 cup coconut milk

Optional for topping:

  • ¼ cup chopped cilantro

For serving:

  • Rice or Naan (note – naan is generally not dairy free)


  • Add all ingredients to crockpot except coconut milk and optional cilantro. {When it comes to the cayenne, add based on your preferences – I like the ½ teaspoon when I’m making it for just me and my husband, but when I know my son will be eating it too, I leave it out.}
  • Cook on low for 6-8 hours. Stir in coconut milk and let cook for another 15-30 minutes.
  • Remove from crockpot and serve with either naan or rice (and a side of veggies of course!). If desired, top with some chopped cilantro.


  • If you prefer a thicker sauce, you can bring the sauce to a simmer in a pot to reduce a bit before serving.
  • You can remove skin from chicken to reduce calories and saturated fat.
Nutrition analysis (approximate per serving; includes skin on chicken; does not include rice or naan):  354 calories, 24 g fat (12 g sat fat), 342 mg sodium, 18 g carbohydrate, 5 g fiber, 8 g sugar, 20 g protein, Vitamin A: 20%, Vitamin C: 32%, Calcium: 12%, Iron: 28%


Calories: 354kcal