Slow Cooker Chicken Tikka Marsala

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Slow Cooker Chicken Tikka Marsala is an easy to make, classic Indian dish that is packed full of amazing flavour, with ingredients that you can buy at your local supermarket. 

Two bowls of slow cooker chicken tikka ma.sala with some fresh coriander on top/

Whenever I go out for dinner and I have Indian, I always order either Butter Chicken or Chicken Tikka Marsala. I hardly ever stray from those two options. The same goes when I make Indian food at home.

So far I have only shared my butter chicken recipe in either the Crock Pot Butter Chicken or the Instant Pot Butter Chicken version. But I had never shared my chicken tikka marsala recipe, until now!


  1.  Well for starters, it is super easy to make. Once you put the together the sauce (which literally takes 10 minutes) you add it your slow cooker along with the chicken thighs and then let it cook on low for 5 hours. 
  2.  The ingredients you need to make this meal can be found at your local supermarket. 
  3.  The flavour is so delicious. It really is amazing.
  4.  It is gluten free, dairy free and low carb. Just add your favourite low carb side instead of quinoa or rice.
A bowl of chicken tikka marsala served with quinoa.


Can I set the slow cooker temperature to high?

I recommend cooking on low heat for 5 hours to ensure you bring out the flavours of the dish. But if you don’t have 5 hours to make this meal and you really want it for lunch or dinner, then you can cook it on high heat for 2-3 hours.

Can I add in green vegetables?

If you want to add any greens to this dish (eg broccoli, zucchini) you can add them in the last 30 minutes of cooking. This will ensure they are not too soggy!

I am not a fan of Coriander, can I use something else?

There is a bit of a debate about Coriander! You either love or hate the stuff. I used to be on the hate coriander bandwagon, but now I quite like it. Anyway, for all the coriander haters out there, top with fresh parsley instead.

A blue bowl with chicken tikka marsala and quinoa topped with coriander.

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Slow Cooker Chicken Tikka Marsala - an easy to make, classic Indian dish that is packed full of amazing flavour, with ingredients that you can buy at your local supermarket.

Slow Cooker Chicken Tikka Marsala

Vanessa Gengaroli
Slow Cooker Chicken Tikka Marsala – an easy to make, classic Indian dish that is packed full of amazing flavour, with ingredients that you can buy at your local supermarket. 
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 5 hours
Total Time 5 hours 10 minutes
Course Main Course
Cuisine Indian
Servings 6
Calories 550 kcal


  • 1.5 lbs chicken thigh (boneless), cut into bite sized pieces
  • 1 tablespoon coconut oil
  • 1 onion diced
  • 4 cloves garlic minced
  • 1/2 cup tomato paste organic preferably
  • 14 oz coconut cream (organic preferably)
  • 1 cup chicken stock or broth
  • 2 cm fresh ginger minced
  • 2 tablespoons tapioca or arrowroot powder
  • 1 teaspoon turmeric
  • 2 teaspoons garam masala
  • 1 teaspoon dried coriander
  • 1 teaspoon cumin powder
  • 1 teaspoon chili flakes more if you like it hotter
  • Pinch sea salt and pepper
  • 1/4 cup fresh coriander (parsley) to serve


  • Saute onion and garlic. Heat coconut oil in a large saucepan on medium high heat. Add onion and garlic, cook, stirring frequently for approximately 3-4 minutes or until the onions have become translucent.
  • Prepare sauce. Add coconut cream, chicken stock, tomato paste, tapioca, ginger, turmeric, garam masala, cumin, coriander, chili flakes and stirr until well combined and the sauce has started to thicken. Season with salt and pepper.
  • Cook. Add the chicken to the slow cooker, then add the sauce and mix through the chicken. Cover and cook on low heat for 5 hours.
  • Serve. Serve with the coriander and your favourite side (eg rice, quinoa, green vegetables)


Serving: 1serveCalories: 550kcalCarbohydrates: 17gProtein: 23gFat: 45gSaturated Fat: 28gPolyunsaturated Fat: 4gMonounsaturated Fat: 9gTrans Fat: 0.1gCholesterol: 112mgSodium: 328mgPotassium: 773mgFiber: 3gSugar: 4gVitamin A: 572IUVitamin C: 9mgCalcium: 40mgIron: 4mg
Keyword chicken, dinner, indian food, slow cooker
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