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Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Slow Cooker Indian Chicken



I know it ain't the prettiest dish, but I swear it tasted better than it looks.  I am always on the hunt to find good slow cooker meals and healthier versions of chicken tikka masala - my absolute favorite Indian dish.  A really good chicken tikka masala has a boat-load of cream and clarified butter - that's why it tastes so damn delicious!  Well, this "version" has a very small amount of cream and not nearly enough butter for you to even be able to taste it's in there.

Although this won't relieve me of the urge to gorge myself at the nearest Indian buffet, it is a decent slow cooker meal with some decent Indian flavors.  I'll definitely cook it again when I'm craving Indian food.  The chicken was super tender.  Also, Adrienne liked it and asked for seconds, which is a HUGE plus.  I might halve the recipe next time because this made a lot of food.

Slow Cooker Indian Chicken
adapted from Smells Like Home

3-4 lbs boneless, skinless chicken thighs, trimmed of excess fat
1 Tbsp ground cumin
1 Tbsp ground coriander
1 cup nonfat greek yogurt
1/2 tsp salt
1 jalapeno, stem removed and pierced several times
4 Tbsp unsalted butter
1 whole onion, chopped
6 garlic cloves, minced
3 Tbsp garam masala
1 2-3 inch piece of ginger, peeled and minced
1 28-oz can of crushed tomatoes
1 tsp sugar
1/4 cup heavy cream

Combine the chicken, yogurt, cumin, coriander, and salt in the slow cooker.

Add the jalapeno to the top.

In a large saucepan, melt the butter over medium-high heat.  Add the garlic and onions and cook until the onions begin to brown slightly around the edges.

Add the garam masala and ginger and cook for about a minute until fragrant.  Then add the crushed tomatoes and sugar and bring to a boil.

Pour the tomato mixture over the chicken mixture.

Cover and cook on low heat for 5 hours.

At the end of the cooking time add the cream and let cook for another ten minutes.

Serve with your choice of rice and enjoy!

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