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Slow Cooker Tikka Masala + Weekly Menu

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Super Bowl Sunday. Oh, hi. I couldn’t care less. If I were entertaining, perhaps I’d anxious to feed a bunch of mouths, but even the promise of funny commercials isn’t drawing me in this year.

Honestly, I think I’m in a bit of a sports slump…

Not only did the Illini footballs season end in its usual embarrassing way, but now our basketball team earned its 7th straight loss in the Big 10 last night. At home. A game that was well within reach, even after coming back from being down TWENTY ONE POINTS IN THE FIRST HALF. Grrrrrrrr.

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Mr. Prevention and I were streaming the game on our smartphone at the restaurant/bar last night after learning they didn’t have Big 10 Network. Yes, we’re that couple. But on a snowy Michigan night at 9pm, there’s not many others around to 1. judge or 2. care.

Thursday night at hockey, my sports slump was also evident. Not only did I miss about 2,128 shots wide of the net after receiving PERFECT passes, but I just…fell. Out of no where…BOOM. I landed awkwardly and for a few moments, was just sure I had seriously injured my right arm. Needless to say, carrying a body bag-sized hockey bag weighting about 40 pounds out of the rink was not enjoyable.

But, I was able to (try to) play tennis yesterday, so all is well in the world with my right arm.

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Except, I sucked it up at that, too. My coach said several times, “Well, that was a good try…” as he transitioned into a more remedial drill. When he started putting tennis tips into hockey terms I knew he’d about had it with me for the day…for the whole one hour lesson.

“Nicole, let’s think of anything in front of the baseline as the ‘crease’. In hockey, you can’t stay in the crease, you have to move into the slot and be ready to crash the net. Same thing in tennis. Get back to the ‘slot’ quickly so you’re ready for the next return.” he explained. Okay, coach! Got it!

While sports are creating turmoil in life, dinner time has been quite successful as of late. As lovers of Indian food and having tried some not-so-great crock pot Indian dishes, I’m glad to declare this one a real winner. Something or someone has to win around here! Leave it to food, I guess.

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Slow Cooker Tikka Masala
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Serves: 8
Great authentic flavors. I've tried 2 crock pot tikka masala recipes and HANDS DOWN, this one is the better. The only thing I would do differently is cook the onions on the stove top before transferring to the crock pot. Even after a low and slow, long cook time, they were firm. I prefer them softer and to add just a bit of texture, but mostly just flavor. I will definitely be making this again, however!
  • 3 lbs boneless, skinless chicken breasts cut into 1 inch pieces
  • 1 small onion, finely chopped
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 Tbsp fresh ginger, grated
  • 1 (29 oz) can tomato puree
  • 1½ cups 2% plain Greek yogurt
  • 2 Tbsp olive oil
  • 2 Tbsp garam masala
  • 1 Tbsp cumin
  • ½ Tbsp paprika
  • 2 tsp salt
  • ¾ tsp cinnamon
  • ¾ tsp black pepper
  • 1 tsp cayenne pepper (more if you like things spicy)
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1 cup half and half
  • ½ Tbsp cornstarch*
  • cilantro, chopped for garnish
  1. Combine onion, garlic, ginger, tomato puree, yogurt, olive oil, and spices (garam masala through cayenne) in slow cooker; stir to mix. Add chicken and mix to coat. Add bay leaves.
  2. Cover and cook for 6-8 hours on low (or 3 hours on high).
  3. Whisk together half and half with the cornstarch. During the last 20 minutes of cooking, stir in the half and half; mix well. Cover and continue to cook for 20 minutes or until heated through and thickened.
  4. Serve over rice, if desired, and garnish with cilantro.
Recipe from Cooking Classy, as seen on Dinners Dishes and Desserts

*potato starch, arrowroot, or tapioca starch to make gluten-free
Nutrition Information
Serving size: ~ 6 oz meat with sauce Calories: 345 Fat: 9.6 Carbohydrates: 15.5 Sugar: 7.4 Sodium: 765 Fiber: 2.5 Protein: 44.9 Cholesterol: 101

Weekly Menu: February 2nd – 6th

 Yay for relaxing Sundays 🙂 Go Seahawks, I guess. (SIL, that’s for you.)

Be well,


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  1. Biz
    February 2, 2014 / 11:06 am

    I may have to make that at work this week for lunch – just throw it in the crock pot when I get there and lunch is ready! I don’t care about the Super Bowl either, but it’s my husbands favorite day of the year – guess what he wanted for his final football food for the season??

    King crab legs and country fried chicken gizzards. I am okay about the crab, but the gizzards?? No thanks!

  2. Michelle
    February 2, 2014 / 4:08 pm

    Thanks 🙂 I’m definitely going to try this. I’ve made a couple of Tikka Masala recipes at home in the past that just didn’t make the cut. I’ve even pinned it to share with all of my friends!

  3. Paula - bell'alimento
    February 3, 2014 / 12:18 pm

    I’m a big fan of Tikka Masala …

  4. Cate O'Malley
    February 3, 2014 / 1:26 pm

    Such delicious tummy-warming food!

  5. Meagan @ A Zesty Bite
    February 3, 2014 / 2:37 pm

    I have tried many foods but I’ve never had tikka masala. This looks so good.

  6. Jen
    February 3, 2014 / 9:14 pm

    Sport slumps stink! 🙁
    However …
    This wonderful tiki Marsala looks delicious! Gonna have to give it a whirl ASAP! Yum!

  7. Lisa
    February 5, 2014 / 1:29 pm

    Looks like there’s enough sauce to add in a little cauliflower at the end to do a veggie sneak!

    • Nicole, RD
      February 5, 2014 / 9:30 pm

      I LOVE that idea!

  8. Barb
    February 6, 2014 / 3:11 pm

    Just wondering if it is spicy. I just for the first time in my whole 37 years on this earth tried East Indian a few months ago. I had coconut curry shrimp. I am thinking I would like to try and make this for a dinner but I have 2 small girls ( 4 and 2) so I am worried about it if it will be spicy.

    • Nicole, RD
      February 6, 2014 / 3:27 pm

      Hi Barb, I would either leave out the cayenne pepper or use VERY little. This is spicy, but that’s the only ingredient that really causes it to be spicy. I hope that helps 🙂

  9. Barb
    February 6, 2014 / 3:14 pm

    Just wondering if this dish would be to spicy for small children? Looks amazing and sounds wonderful.

  10. Sarah @ The Woks of Life
    February 9, 2014 / 8:20 am

    mmmm…LOVE indian food and looking to try making more of it myself at home. Great post!

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  12. Lauren
    March 3, 2014 / 2:06 pm

    Hi. We made this last night, and to be honest, it was very bland. Couldn’t put my finger on what went wrong. It smelled amazing though. I am wondering if substituting coconut milk for the half and half would help.

  13. Katie
    October 13, 2014 / 11:22 am

    I combined this with another recipe so I added half a roasted red pepper and a handful of cashews. I also used heavy cream instead of half and half. I was lazy and just threw everything but the tomato puree and bay leaves in a blender then into the crock pot. Turned out amazing.

    • Nicole Morrissey
      October 14, 2014 / 7:57 pm

      Awesome! 🙂

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