Monday, April 21, 2014
slow cooker chicken tikka masala
Chicken Tikka Masala is my very favorite recipe. When I saw a slow cooker recipe I proceeded with crossed fingers that it would be good enough to make again...and again. It is! It's not my favorite recipe which is also on this blog but my that recipe takes some doing. This recipe is PERFECT for a weeknight when I want something delicious and I want something without much effort.
slow cooker chicken tikka masala (adapted slightly from Dinners, Dishes & Desserts)
4 large boneless, skinless chicken breasts (I used frozen...see below)
1 small onion, finely chopped
4 cloves garlic, minced
2 tablespoons fresh ginger, grated
1 (29 ounce) can tomato puree
1 1/2 cups plain Greek yogurt
2 tablespoons olive oil
2 tablespoons Garam Masala (I omitted because my favorite recipe doesn't call for it)
1 tablespoon cumin
1/2 tablespoon paprika
2 teapsoons salt
3/4 teaspoons cinnamon
3/4 teaspoons black pepper
1 teaspoon cayenne (if you like spicy!!)
2 bay leaves
1/2 cup half and half
2 tablespoons cornstarch
rice for serving
cilantro for garnishing
In your slow cooker, combine the onion, garlic, ginger, tomato puree, Greek yogurt, olive oil, garam masala, cumin, paprika, salt, cinnamon, black pepper and cayenne. Add cubed chicken breasts and stir to combine (if using frozen chicken see below). Add bay leaves and cook on LOW for 6 hours or HIGH for 3 hours. Twenty minutes before serving, combine half and half and cornstarch. Add to slow cooker. Cover and continue to cook for 20 minutes.
Serve over rice and sprinkle with cilantro.
What I have to say: I forgot to thaw my chicken breasts so before I began this recipe I put 4 large, frozen chicken breasts in my slow cooker and cooked them on HIGH for 1 hour. I took them out and cubed them and put them back in (they were partly frozen). I combined all the ingredients like onion, garlic, ginger, tomato puree, etc. in a bowl then poured it into my slow cooker and stirred it up and continued on as though I had used thawed chicken breasts.