March 8, 2012

Tikka Masala by Crock-pot

I love Indian food.

It's exotic and interesting to me, and every single bite is full of flavour. I wonder if the same feelings go when people from India visit North America? Maybe our food tastes amazing to them! Or maybe they have a bite and have an irresistible urge to return home...

This recipe actually has a little taste of Lethbridge inside of it, as I purchased some of the ingredients of The Creative Cleaver, a butcher/grocery store that specializes in local and healthy alternatives. If living in Lethbridge, it's definitely a store worth stopping in and seeing (1010 Mayor Magrath Dr S). After becoming more of a food activist this year, I had to search for a store that has these sorts of alternative items and I was fortunate to discover this one!

Instead of Greek Yogurt, I went with the recommended Sheep's Yogurt.

Did your face just wrinkle up? Don't panic, it's delicious! It's basically the same as other varieties of yogurt, but there was something special about this particular yogurt. While tasting like the traditional grocery store yogurt, this one seemed oddly addictive and fresh...  Actually, maybe that is the difference.

I also got myself a bone-in chicken breast, while costing $7.50, fed two of us and had tons leftovers. You have to love those massive breasts..... sorry mom. While some may raise an eye at why I don't get the big box of chicken for ten dollars at Costco, for me right now, it's all about having food that's pure and natural. I don't eat meat that often anymore, so quality over quantity is the message of the day!

The other message is easy cooking floats my boat! This recipe was a cinch! Crock-pots may be my new best friend.... And while the original (located at makes excellent use of chicken thighs, I still used breast meat this go round. However, I definitely think you should go check out Smells-Like-Home when you get a chance! The below recipe is adapted from her original one, so you can check out her tips as well!  I hope you enjoy the recipe!

Tikka Masala by Crock-pot

Chicken Breast - 1-2 (Any chicken meat will do really, slow cookers soften up everything)
Coriander - 1 tbsp
Cumin - 1 tbsp
Salt -  a healthy pinch
Sheep Yogurt - 1/2 cup
Jalapeno - 1, diced

Butter - 2 tbsps
Onion - 1, diced
Garlic - 4 cloves, minced
Salt - a healthy pinch
Garam Masala - 3 tbsps
Ginger - 1 2-3" piece, grated
Crushed Tomatoes - 1 14oz can (About 2 1/2 cups)
Sugar - 1 tbsp
Sheep Yogurt - 2-3 tbsps (Heavy cream or sour cream are good substitutes)

In a small bowl, mix together the coriander, cumin and salt. Rub into the chicken breasts, then place in the bottom of the crock-pot. Add the yogurt and place the jalapeno on top. Turn the heat to high and cover.

In a medium frying pan, melt the butter over medium high heat. Add the onion and garlic and saute until the onion starts to brown. Add the salt, Garam Masala and ginger and stir into the onions. Let cook for about a minute, then add the tomatoes and sugar. Bring the mixture to a boil, then pour over the top of the chicken in the slow cooker. Cook for about 2-3 hours.

If you want to cook earlier in the day, __________ has her recipe cooking on low for about 5 hours. I was already running behind on dinner, so I had to crank mine up to high. Either way, it's basically finished when the chicken is tender.

Pull the chicken breasts out of the sauce with some tongs. With a fork, shred the chicken into large chunks. Place back into the sauce. Add the yogurt until the colour becomes even, more of a rose colour. I would also say add more to tone down the temperature if you don't like spicy food. Replace the lid and let cook for about 10 minutes.

Serve over rice or with a nice naan bread. I know you'll love this one!


  1. That does sound good. My husband is crazy about rice, so he'd love this! Thanks!

  2. We love Indian food. The spices are what is addictive to me....and the heat. This sounds delish and I bet you could put half in the freezer for another quickie meal down the road.

  3. I also love love love Indian food and this crockpot chicken tikka masala is totally calling to me! I love sheeps milk yogurt!

  4. Sheep yogurt?! Interesting! This masala looks amazing! I love Indian food, and it has been far too long since I have had any. Must change that!

  5. I love Indian flavours, and this looks absolutely delicious. Never tried sheep's yoghurt before - I wonder why they recommend it in particular?

  6. This dish looks very delicious. I love Indian food. I will defiantly make this.
    thanks for sharing. :)

  7. isn't Indian food the best?! we got Indian takeout on Monday for dinner, which reminded me that I really need to learn to make it at home to save a bit of money. this sounds + looks absolutely delicious - will have to give it a try!

  8. Thank you for the Tikka Masala by Crock-pot recipe! Indian cuisine is really at the top of my "cuisine favorites" list. Can't wait to try this! Allen.

    1. Thanks Allen, I don't really have the same lifelong skills as others, but this may be my exception!