Have I mentioned how much I love my Crock Pot? Not slow cooker, Crock Pot. I have an actual Crock Pot brand slow cooker. Not one like my mom used to have back in the day. This thing is massive – 6.5 quart capacity. Stainless steel (so pretty) and digital. All sorts of bells and whistles. I can’t say enough good things about this handy appliance. It’s one of my favorite kitchen tools, especially when I can make meals like this. Chicken Tikka Masala with Peas. Yum.
Here’s the thing. I’ve made Chicken Tikka Masala many times before. It’s one of mine and John’s favorite Indian meals. When I’ve made it in the past, it involved me standing over the stove for several hours. A labor of love. This time around, several hours were involved, but most of that time was spent browsing through Target, not slaving over a hot pot.
There is a bit of prep involved here. First of there’s s the chicken. Dark meat from boneless, skinless chicken thighs, cut up into large chunks. Lots of flavor. Toss the chicken with some spices, yogurt and then brown. Dump it into the Crock Pot. Not too hard.
Then there’s the sauce. A rich, spice filled tomato based sauce. Garam Masala produces the most heavenly aroma when sauteed with onions, ginger and garlic. All this goodness is mixed with the chicken in the Crock Pot and cooked on low for 5 hours.
5 hours later, your house will smell delicious. Add some cornstarch, cream and peas. Serve over rice with lots of cilantro and some naan or flat bread on the side. I handed John a plate of this when he got home and he devoured it. It was so much better than my previous versions of Chicken Tikka Masala, with so much less effort. Oh Crock Pot, how I love you so.
- 2 lb skinless, boneless chicken thighs – cut into 2 inch pieces
- 1 T ground coriander
- 1 T ground cumin
- 1 t kosher salt
- 1 c plain greek yogurt
- 4 T olive oil
- 1 large onion, peeled and diced
- 6 cloves garlic, minced
- 1/2 t red pepper flakes
- 1 T kosher salt
- 3 T garam masala
- 2-3 inch piece of ginger, peeled and grated
- 2 – 28 oz cans crushed tomatoes
- 1 T sugar
- 1 T cornstarch
- 2 c light cream
- 10 oz bag frozen peas, thawed
- In a small bowl, combine coriander, cumin and salt.
- Place the chicken in a large bowl and toss with the spice mixture. Stir in the yogurt until the chicken is evenly coated. Cover the bowl and allow chicken to marinate in the yogurt for at least 10 minutes.
- Heat 1 tablespoon of olive oil in a large skillet over medium high heat. Add half of the chicken and cook until browned. Transfer chicken to the slow cooker and repeat with the other half of the chicken.
- Using the same skillet, lower the heat to medium and add 2 tablespoons of olive oil. Add the onions, garlic, salt and red pepper flakes. Cook until onions are translucent, 7 minutes. Add the ginger and garam masala. Cook one more minute. Add the tomatoes and sugar. Raise the heat to high and bring sauce to a boil. Pour the sauce over the chicken in the slow cooker, mixing the chicken into the sauce. Cook on low for 5 hours.
- Using a fork, whisk the tablespoon of cornstarch into 1/4 cup of the light cream. Add the slurry and remaining 1 3/4 cup of cream to the sauce. Stir until well combined. Add the peas. Cover and continue to cook 10 more minutes.
- Serve over rice with chopped cilantro.
Adapted from Tasty Kitchen Blog