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Healthy Slow Cooked Tikka Masala

This healthy Chicken Tikka Masala recipe is easy to make in a slow cooker, tastes wonderful and with low calories, you will feel good about devouring it!

Chicken Tikka Masala is one of those amazing dishes that tastes different at every restaurant you order it. I’ve yet to meet a version I didn’t like, although some I’ve enjoyed more than others.

This Healthy Slow Cooker Tikka Masala recipe is delicious. It is a great healthy slow cooker curry!

I have an awesome tendency to stuff myself whenever we go out for Indian food because I have to try a bite of absolutely everything I can get my hands on (and especially the Mulligatawny Soup!).

Because I like to stuff my face to the point that I feel more like Jabba the Hutt than a reasonably sized (albeit, tall) woman, I thought I might try my hand at lightening up this Indian buffet classic for a healthy tikka masala.

And guess what, guys – it totally works!

Healthy Slow Cooked Tikka Masala recipe or you can call it a healthy chicken curry slow cooker recipe or a healthy slow cooker chicken curry recipe. We call it delicious! Add this to your list of healthy slow cooker recipes!

Annnnnnd just in case you had any qualms about trying this healthy chicken tikka masala recipe, let me just point out to you that it’s made in a slow cooker. With no pre-marinating, pre-searing, pre-anything. Just dump it in and turn it on.

This slow cooker chicken tikka masala healthy recipe is delicious!


So, some notes about the ingredients and instructions:

  • Yes, you absolutely must find yourself some garam masala. I buy mine on Amazon, but you can usually find it on the spice aisle of a well-stocked grocery store.
  • You’ll want to use a good-sized slow cooker; anything smaller than 3 quarts probably won’t work out. I used my awesome handy-dandy self-stirring Crockpot and it came out quite tasty.
  • Please, please, please follow the recipe and don’t add the yogurt in until you’ve let the slow-cooker contents cool. And please be sure to temper the yogurt by stirring in some of the warm Tikka Masala sauce as directed. Using non-fat yogurt is awesome for your waistline, but low-fat dairy products have a tendency to curdle and get generally ticked off if you introduce them to high temperatures.

This healthy chicken tikka masala slow cooker recipe is delicious!

This was really, really yummy and I’m really, really happy to share the recipe with you.

It’s a really simple and delicious dinner served over some basmati rice (check out this post to see how I make my basmati rice fluffy and delicious —> How to Cook Perfect Rice) or with some homemade warm Naan Bread.

healthy chicken masala recipe to make a slow cooker healthy curry!

I know you are going to love this low calorie Chicken Tikka Masala recipe that you can feel good about!


Healthy Slow Cooked Tikka Masala Recipe

This healthy Chicken Tikka Masala recipe is easy to make in a slow cooker, tastes wonderful and with low calories, you will feel good about devouring it!
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Course: Main Dish
Cuisine: Indian
Prep Time: 20 mins
Cook Time: 4 hrs
Total Time: 4 hrs 20 mins
Servings: 6 servings
Calories: 178kcal
Author: The Wanderlust Kitchen
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  • 1 Tbsp. fresh ginger - grated
  • 3 cloves garlic - crushed
  • 1 cup crushed tomatoes
  • 1 cup canned unsweetened coconut milk
  • 1 Tbsp. cumin
  • 1 Tbsp. garam masala
  • 1 tsp. turmeric
  • 1 tsp. coriander
  • 1/2 tsp. cardamom
  • 1/2 Tbsp. chili powder
  • 1 lb. boneless - skinless chicken breasts, cut into bite sized pieces
  • 4 oz. fat free plain Greek yogurt
  • 1 Tbsp. Cornstarch
  • Salt to taste
  • 4 Tbsp chopped fresh cilantro leaves


  • Combine the ginger, garlic , tomatoes, coconut milk, spices, and chicken in your slow cooker. Cook on high for 4 hours, or low for 8 hours. Uncover and let cool ten minutes.
  • Stir together the yogurt and cornstarch in a small bowl. Let it sit for 5 minutes to activate the thickeners. Stir few spoonfuls of the warm Tikka Masala sauce into the yogurt to bring the temperature up and prevent curdling. Pour the yogurt mixture into the slow cooker, stir, then let thicken for 15 minutes. Taste and add salt as needed.
  • Serve over basmati rice with a sprinkling of cilantro leaves.


Nutrition Facts
Healthy Slow Cooked Tikka Masala Recipe
Serving Size
1 serving
Amount per Serving
% Daily Value*
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* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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  1. This was the most disgusting watered down tikka masala I’ve ever had. This “healthy” quick version tastes exactly how a short cut version of any recipe tastes. It has none. There a reason this dish has traditionally been done the way it’s done. Don’t be fooled and don’t waste your time.

  2. Made this for the first time. I think I could have used more chicken I also added peas and cauliflower (I like adding cruci-veg whenever possible.) I felt the dish needed more acid after adding the yogurt and more salt. I added white wine vinegar a splash at a time to my taste. I also added a bit of Penzy’s Hot Curry Powder and deggi mirch since I have a bunch on hand. Love this meal! I’d like to try it with paneer.

  3. This recipe is in the rotation of meals I make often, I love the mixture of flavors. I typically add the chicken breasts whole and shred it with forks when cooked. I used crushed tomatoes the first time, but have use regular tomato sauces I normally have on hand like marinara and I don’t notice a difference. The addition of greek yogurt adds a great somewhat sour taste that complements all of the spices nicely. By far one of my favorite cold weather meals.

  4. I made this (again) last night. Cooked it on high for 3 1/2 hours and the chicken was a little overdone. I think 3 hours on high is plenty. It was spicy enough for me although I did add a pinch of saffron and a pinch of another Indian spice I don’t even remember the name of because I had them. I eat this recipe pretty often.

  5. Late to the party, but quick question – I’m severely allergic to coconut. Could I sub with a different creamy nut milk like almond or cashew?


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