Tikka masala is one of those things that completely varies from one recipe to another and is claimed to be the true British national dish.
Though tomato and coriander are generally components... there is just no standard recipe. Out of a survey of 48 tikka masala recipes, the only common ingredient was chicken.
I think the last time that I made tikka masala was on the 100th anniversary of the sinking of the Titanic a few years back. I love to do themed dinners so I made some of the dishes that were served on the menu the night the Titanic sank while watching documentaries on the event.
I seriously don't know why this recipe isn't made more in my house. It's inexpensive, makes a ton, and is super delicious! Anyone could make this recipe. Seriously. Anyone.
This recipe has the basics of the original version that my family adored, however I've swapped the yogurt for light coconut milk, added carrots, and heaps more spices! Don't let that scare you off. This dish isn't spicy at all. In fact, the carrots and cinnamon give a warm and sweet aroma through the house while is simmers all day. Mmm...
Skinny Crock Pot Chicken Tikka Masala
Servings: 6-8 • Size: About 1 Cup • Calories: 164.3 • Fat: 1.7 g • Carb: 15.6 g • Fiber: 4.2 g • Protein: 22.3 g • Sugar: 5.1 g • Sodium: 322.9 mg
24 Oz. Boneless Skinless Chicken Breasts, Cubed
1 Onion, Diced
1 Bell Pepper, Diced (I used one half of a red and one half of a green.)
13.5 Oz. Light Coconut Milk
6 Oz. Tomato Paste
14.5 Oz. Crushed Tomatoes
14.5 Oz. Diced 'No Salt Added' Tomatoes
2 Carrots, Peeled & Grated
2 Inches Ginger, Peeled & Grated
2 Garlic Cloves, Diced
1 Tbsp. Curry Powder
2 Tbsp. Garam Masala
1 Tsp. Cumin
1/2 Tsp. Chili Powder
1/4 C. Cilantro, Chopped
Combine all ingredients, except for the cilantro, into a crock pot.
Give everything a good stir until well combined. Secure the lid, cover and cook on high for 6-8 hours or on low for 8-10 hours.
When ready, remove the lid to stir. Serve over rice or with some naan bread. Top with the cilantro.
My only regret was that I didn't have any naan to soak up the remains of the sauce.