Thursday, April 13, 2017

Slow Cooker Chicken Tikka With Basmati Rice and Peas

From our indian night, the main dish was the slow cooker chicken tikka masala and basmati rice and peas. We have never made Indian food before that night and were very very pleased with the outcome. Everything tasted delicious.

Original Recipe:
Basmati Rice with Peas

Slow Cooker Chicken Tikka Masala


1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
1 cup chopped onion
1 tablespoon minced peeled fresh ginger
6 garlic cloves, minced
2 tablespoons tomato paste
2 (14.5-ounce) cans unsalted diced tomatoes
1/3 cup water
3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
1 tablespoon garam masala
1 1/2 teaspoons paprika
1 teaspoon curry powder
1 teaspoon kosher salt
1/2 teaspoon ground red pepper
4 (6-ounce) skinless, bone-in chicken thighs
Cooking spray
1 cup light coconut milk
3 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro

Basmati Rice:
cook according to directions - 3 cups rice
1/2 bag of frozen peas
1 teaspoon turmeric


Heat oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add onion, ginger, and garlic to pan; cook 6 to 7 minutes or until starting to brown, stirring occasionally. Stir in tomato paste and tomatoes; bring to a simmer, and cook 3 minutes. Combine 1/3 cup water and flour in a small bowl, stirring with a whisk until smooth. Add flour mixture, garam masala, paprika, curry powder, salt, and pepper to pan; stir well. Bring to a boil; cook 1 minute.
Place chicken thighs in a 6-quart slow cooker coated with cooking spray. Add tomato mixture to slow cooker. Cover and cook on LOW 7 hours or until chicken is very tender and sauce has thickened. Turn slow cooker to HIGH; uncover and add coconut milk, stirring with a whisk. Cook, uncovered, 15 minutes. Turn cooker off; stir in cilantro. Let stand 10 minutes. Serve over rice. Top each serving with 1 tablespoon sour cream if desired

Basmati Rice:
Cook according to directions - with the addition of turmeric. Add peas after the rice cooker is done.  

What we liked:

The meal was absolutely delicious. The slow cooker option is great for throwing it together in the morning and coming home to a delicious meal!

What we didn't like:

The coconut milk was over-ridden by all the other flavors - perhaps add another can?

What Kaspian thought about it:

He liked the rice and peas. 

Next time:

No changes needed

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