I've made chicken tikka masala many times before, and in fact it's one of my favorite recipes. But I figured it was time for a foray into the meats section of my beloved Indian Slow Cooker cookbook.
I started on everything last night; Dave cut the chicken and I mixed the marinade: plain yogurt, lemon juice, and a laundry list of spices that I already had on hand, conveniently enough:
- Chili powder
- Black pepper
- Yellow onions
- Garlic cloves
- Serrano chilies
- Tomato paste
- Garam masala
- Ground coriander
- Red chili powder
- Brown sugar
Eventually it was very smooth, and I added the tomatoes and some crushed cardamom pods. It was a perfect fit for one of my larger Tupperware containers, so I stored it in the fridge overnight.
This morning, I mixed the tomato puree and the chicken into the slow cooker and discarded the marinade. It simmered while I was at work, and when I came home, I was hit with the gorgeous smell of Indian spices and cooking chicken.
In case you're wondering, that's a New Glarus Golden Ale in the background, which we opened and paired with the masala. This is a research and development brew that's only available at the New Glarus Brewery in Wisconsin, and we only have four bottles - total! It's wonderful, spicy, and sweet, and I figured it would be a great accompaniment to the main dish.
Yet another victory for the Indian Slow Cooker cookbook - I love that woman and what she is causing me to churn out of my Crock Pot!