Slow Cooker Chicken Tikka Masala

Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free, Sugar-Free

I loooove Indian food. I love the crockpot/slow cooker for minimal effort and maximum deliciousness. This is a happy meeting of the two, and healthy, of course.

Ingredients

1.5-2lbs organic chicken (breasts or thighs)
1 bag frozen organic peas
2 TB garlic, minced
1 packet tikka masala spice mix 
1 can full-fat coconut milk
1 yellow onion diced
3 large heirloom tomatoes chopped
Extra spices: lime juice, fresh grated ginger, cumin, coriander

Nutrition Facts

Makes approx 8 cups, Per 1 cup
342 calories
17g fat
600mg potassium
14g carbs
5g fiber
6g sugar
32g protein
Vitamin C 48% RDA, Iron 17% RDA
Vitamin A 15% RDA

Instructions

Place everything in the slow cooker, with the chicken on the bottom. Set to cook on high for 4-5 hours. That’s it! You can serve your chicken tikka masala over jasmine rice, brown rice, quinoa, or as the main dish with a side salad for grain-free dinner.

Nutrition Tips

This chicken tikka masala is a low maintenance recipe, hence the reliance on pre-made sauce/spice mix. The link takes you to a masala mix is that is a favorite of mine– organic, and gluten-free. You can always add your own additional spices: coriander, cumin, ginger, lime juice and a dash of honey make great additions.

This chicken tikka masala is very high in niacin, which has been shown to relieve symptoms of depression. The recipe also contains high levels of selenium, which can boost thyroid function for those with low metabolisms or thyroid dysfunction.

You may have heard some recent hype about meat causing cancer. One of the carcinogenic compounds tied to meat is caused by high-heat quick cooking like barbecuing, grilling, and pan-frying. This type of high heat cooking creates harmful compounds and should be used sparingly. Slow cooking chicken is a wonderful way to eat meat without any carcinogenic components.

Chinese Nutritional Therapy

In Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), spices like ginger and cumin are warming. Chicken is fairly thermally neutral as far as animal proteins go, which makes this dish overall warming but not hot for the body. Too many warming components can cause sweating, headaches, heartburn, constipation, breakouts, or other heat symptoms. However, some warming is important for winter months to balance the climactic effects of cold. Warm foods help digestion do less work while nourishing the spleen meridian. Spleen meridian weakness can cause symptoms like gas, bloating, post nasal drip, sinus drainage, brain fog, fatigue, easy bruising, and a propensity to worry. Who couldn’t use a little nourishing to help balance those symptoms out?!  If you need help balancing hormones, healing from an injury, or managing arthritis pain, try acupuncture.

Learn More

Read more about why gluten-free can be a smart choice, and when it is not.

Another slow cooker recipe: Pumpkin Turkey Chili

Seasonally appropriate dinner recipe: Butter Bean Soup

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