If Crock Pot Chicken Tikka Masala had a theme song, it would be called, “Bombshells of Gypsy Magic All Up in Your Mouth.”
…and it would include the lyrics, “we’ve got a brand new recipe you’re making in your crock pot.
Brand new recipe, it’s called the tikka masala.
It’ll kick you in your taste buds, the gypsy magic….the gypsy, gypsy magic.”
Sang to the tune of, “The Cupid Shuffle.”
I’m awesome at this.
You just averted your eyes.
A crock pot version of chicken tikka masala has been on my To Make list for a long time. First off, it’s my favorite Indian dish. Secondly, I feel like Indian food in general turns out superbly in the crock pot. Thirdly, I absolutely LOVE lazy man meals that yield leftovers.
In case you’ve never heard of or tried Chicken Tikka Masala, it is a classic Indian dish of tender chicken lavished in creamy tomato Indian-spiced sauce. It melts in yo mouf.
The word, tikka means pieces of meat, or as I like say, chunks of lovejoy. Just kidding, I don’t talk like that.
Legit chicken tikka masala takes about seventy thousand years to make, because it involves marinating the chicken, roasting, and then slow cooking. The result of the authentic version plays a number on your heart strings; however, for this recipe, we’ve got things to do, man, so we skip the time-consuming steps and go straight to the slow cooking. This involves putting every ingredient in your crock pot and turning the dang thing on. Boom! Football food. < – roll with it.
I enjoyed my tikka with Ginger and Turmeric Aromatic Rice. Bombshells of gypsy magic explode in your mouth. Do these two recipes together is my recommendation!
Although I was kind of jesting about the football food thing, this actually is the perfect food to serve to your football buds this weekend. It feeds a crowd and is super filling. Plus is requires zero effort. No one will be digging through your pantry in hot pursuit of the pretzels and peanut butter. Crock pot chicken tikka masala wards off pantry pirates.
If you aren’t footballing anytime soon, you can save the recipe for the winter months or make this the next time you’re in dire need of comfort food. It’s just.so.comfortable.
P.S. Don’t be intimidated by the looooong list of ingredients – they’re mostly spices and you probably have all of them on-hand already!
P.P.S. If you make the turmeric rice, double the recipe if you’re serving it to more than 4 people.
P.P.P. S. Have a beautiful weekend!
This will bring you peace.