• 1 15-ounce can crushed tomatoes
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, chopped
  • 2 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 2 teaspoons garam masala (Indian spice blend)
  • kosher salt and black pepper
  • 1 1/2 pounds boneless, skinless chicken thighs (about 8) or boneless skinless chicken breasts
  • 1 English cucumber, halved and thinly sliced
  • 1/4 cup fresh cilantro leaves
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • 1 cup rice
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream

I’ll be honest with you… I’m a country girl, so I haven’t really been exposed to all that much Indian food.  I’ve definitely never had Chicken Tikka Masala before so I can’t say if this tastes just like they make it in the restaurants, but I can say that it’s good!  The combination of the warm, flavorful chicken in rice with the cool lemony cucumber relish is a great combination!  My 4 year old even ate it!  Isn’t that one of the the beauties of cooking?  You can introduce your family to so many foods from places you’ve never been!  Oh and for a lower carb option, I think this would also be good with cauliflower rice!

Directions:

In a 4- to 6-quart slow cooker, combine the tomatoes, onion, garlic, tomato paste, garam masala, ¾ teaspoon salt, and ¼ teaspoon pepper. Place the chicken on top of the vegetables, cover, and cook until the chicken is tender, on low for 7 to 8 hours or on high for 3 to 4 hours (this will shorten total recipe time).

In a small bowl, toss the cucumber and cilantro with the lemon juice and ¼ teaspoon each salt and pepper. Cover and refrigerate for up to 8 hours.

Twenty minutes before serving, cook the rice according to the package directions.

Just before serving, stir the cream into the chicken tikka masala. Serve over the rice with the cucumber relish.

*This is not spicy, but if you want it to be, add some cayenne pepper to taste!

**Garam masala is a mixture of spices often used in Indian cooking. I found it in the spice aisle at my grocery store, but you can make your own by combining ½ teaspoon cumin, ¼ teaspoon cinnamon, ¼ teaspoon coriander, ¼ teaspoon black pepper, ⅛ teaspoon ground cloves, ⅛ teaspoon nutmeg, and a pinch of cayenne.

Source: Real Simple and my friend Ashley, again!