Friday, February 15, 2013

Slow Cooker Garam Masala Chicken

Most slow cooker recipes are basically the same old boring chicken or beef recipe, so I'm always on the lookout for more original and creative slow cooker recipes.  I recently found a recipe for Crock Pot Garam Masala on a blog called Peanut Butter Fingers, and I was intrigued by the seasoning it utilized. I had never cooked with Garam Masala before, so I didn't know quite what to expect. Turns out that Garam Masala is an intense mixture of Indian spices; an aromatic blend that really jazzed up the normally bland ingredients of chicken and cauliflower. The dish was easy to make, delicious, and healthy. I felt like it needed a little heat, so I stirred in a generous amount of Sriracha Sauce, and it was just perfect.

Slow Cooker Garam Masala Chicken
*Recipe Adapted from Peanut Butter Fingers*
Serves 5-6

1 Onion, diced
1 Head of Cauliflower, chopped into florets
28 oz can Crushed Tomatoes
2 (15 oz) cans of Garbanzo Beans (Chickpeas), rinsed & drained
3 tsp Garam Masala
1 tsp Garlic Powder
1 tsp Salt
1.5 lbs Chicken Thighs
1/2 Cup Cilantro, chopped
1/2 Cup Plain Yogurt (I used non-fat Greek)
Sriracha Sauce (optional)


1. Place onion, cauliflower, crushed tomatoes, chickpeas, and seasonings into a crock pot. Stir. Add in chicken, and spoon the tomato-cauliflower mixture over the chicken, so that it's smothered.

2. Cook on low for 7-8 hours.  

3. Serve in bowls with a dollop of yogurt and a sprinkling of cilantro. If you like your food spicy, stir in your desired amount of Sriracha Sauce. 

Serving Size: 1/6th of Dish
Calories:  355
Fat: 8
Carbs: 39
Protein: 30

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