HEALTHY SLOW COOKER CHICKEN TIKKA MASALA

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If you enjoy Indian food, but don’t like the fact that a lot of Indian food recipes have tons of heavy cream and butter in them, then this recipe is for you!!!  The other day, I was craving Indian food, so I went on Pinterest for some ideas, and I saw this pin for one of my FAVORITE indian dishes – Chicken Tikka Masala – YUM!!!

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Sure enough, the recipe that this links to includes heavy cream and butter, and plenty of it!  I made my own version with some replacement ingredients and with a different concoction of spices, etc.  I can assure you this tastes just as good without the bad ingredients – Oh my gosh, this stuff is AMAZING!  On top of that, I did it in my slow cooker, so it was ridiculously easy!  I’ve only had my slow cooker for a week now, and we are already becoming great friends – how did I not know how much easier my life would be with this handy little device in it?  I popped all the ingredients in it this morning, and went about my day.  I came home to amazing smells and dinner ready to go – best. thing. ever.

I served this deliciousness over brown rice, and I had some baked broccoli as a side…I’m pretty sure this may be close to a perfect meal – healthy, filling, easy, and delicious!

HEALTHY SLOW COOKER CHICKEN TIKKA MASALA

Ingredients: (makes 4-6 servings)

  • 1.5 lbs. boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cut into bite size pieces
  • 1 large onion – chopped
  • 15 oz can coconut milk – light
  • 1 1/2 cup plain greek yogurt
  • 2 roma tomatoes – chopped
  • 2 1/2 tablespoons grated ginger root
  • 3/4 tsp. garlic powder
  • 2 1/2 tablespoons garam masala
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt

Directions:

1.) In a food processor, add the coconut milk, yogurt, tomatoes, ginger, garlic powder, garam masala, cornstarch, and sea salt.  Mix on high till completely combined.

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2.) Chop your chicken and onions, then put them in your slow cooker.

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3.) Pour your sauce into the slow cooker over the chicken and onions and stir to combine well.

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4.) Cook on high for 4 hours, or on low for 8 hours.

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5.) Serve over brown rice with a side of vegetables.

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As you can see, the prep time for this is about 10 minutes – the slow cooker does everything else for you!  A delicious Indian dish that is healthy, so your taste buds will love it as much as your body will!  Enjoy! 🙂

 

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