Chicken Tikka Masala Whole 30 Freezer Meal Recipe

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 4 hours
I can practically taste it now: the exquisite blend of spices, creamy coconut milk, succulent pieces of chicken, and perfectly acidity of the tomatoes all in one mouth watering bite. The real magic, though, is that this isn’t just a recipe; it’s a make-ahead freezer meal.
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Hello fellow food lovers, super parents, and caring friends who believe a delicious meal is a true gift! Today, we’re entering the irresistible world of Chicken Tikka Masala – a dish that’s all about tender, flavorful chicken simmering in a creamy, aromatic tomato sauce. As if that’s not enough, it’s Whole 30 Approved!

I can practically taste it now: the exquisite blend of spices, creamy coconut milk, succulent pieces of chicken, and perfectly acidity of the tomatoes all in one mouth watering bite. The real magic, though, is that this isn’t just a recipe; it’s a make-ahead freezer meal. Our Whole 30 Approved Chicken Tikka Masala is your back pocket special on those days when dinner prep just ain’t gonna happen.

Join us as we uncover the secrets behind this gem of a recipe. It’s the go-to solution for parents and friends alike, whether you’re juggling hectic schedules or simply looking to bless others. Get ready to dive into abundant flavor, convenience, and all the health perks Whole 30 has to offer!

Why you’ll Love this Chicken Tikka Masala Recipe

Exquisite Flavors: A

  • Exquisite Flavors: A combination of tender chicken, aromatic spices, and a creamy tomato-based sauce meld together perfectly.
  • One-Pot Wonder: This make-ahead freezer meal only uses a crock pot, making cleaning up a breeze!
  • Restaurant Quality: The flavors of your favorite Indian restaurant come into the comfort of your own home, saving you both time and money.
  • Customizable: The level of spice is easily adjustable to suit your family’s preferences, making this a perfect meal for everyone.
Chicken Tikka Masala Whole 30 Freezer Meal Recipe
I can practically taste it now: the exquisite blend of spices, creamy coconut milk, succulent pieces of chicken, and perfectly acidity of the tomatoes all in one mouth watering bite. The real magic, though, is that this isn’t just a recipe; it’s a make-ahead freezer meal.
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 4 hours
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Servings 4
Equipment
  • 1 Slow Cooker
  • 1 High speed blender/food processor
  • 1 gallon freezer bag
Ingredients
  
  • 2 lbs Boneless/skinless chicken thighs Cut into 1-inch cubes
  • 2 tbsp Olive oil
  • 2 tbsp Tapioca flour
  • 2 cups Yellow onion diced
  • 1 Bay leaf
Sauce (Blend together)
  • 3/4 cup Chicken broth
  • 1 12 oz. can Full-fat Coconut milk
  • 1 6 oz can Tomato paste
  • 1/2 tsp Ground ginger
  • 2 tsp Garlic powder
  • 1 tbsp Garam masala
  • 1 tsp Turmeric
  • 1 tsp Cumin
  • 1 tsp Paprika
  • 1/2 tsp Cinnamon
  • 2 tsp Salt
  • 1 tsp Black pepper
Day of cooking
  • 1 12 oz bag Cauliflower rice
  • 1 bunch Fresh Cilantro
  • 1 Lemon (Garnish)
Instructions
 
Prep/freezer directions
  • Prepare a gallon freezer bag, labeling according to your preferred method.
  • Blend sauce ingredients together in a food processor or high-speed blender.
  • Add chicken, olive oil, and tapioca flour to the gallon freezer bag and shake. Then add the sauce, diced onion, and bay leaf.
  • Store in the freezer for up to three months.
Cooking directions
  • Thaw overnight in the fridge or in the morning in water (meal may not be 100% thawed but that is okay)
  • Add the freezer bag contents to a slow cooker plus 1/2 cup of water.
  • Cook on low for 3-4 hours
  • Stir and serve over cauliflower rice. Top with fresh chopped basil or parsley.
Keyword Chicken Recipes, crockpot dinners, Easy Dinner, Whole 30, Whole 30 Recipe
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Equipment Needed to Make this Whole 30 Chicken Tikka Masala

  • 1 Slow Cooker
  • 1 High speed blender/food processor
  • 1 gallon freezer bag

Ingredients for your quick and easy Chicken Tikka Masala

  • 2 lbs Boneless/skinless chicken thighs Cut into 1-inch cubes
  • 2 tbsp Olive oil
  • 2 tbsp Tapioca flour
  • 2 cups Yellow onion diced
  • 1 Bay leaf
  • Sauce (Blend together)
  • 3/4 cup Chicken broth
  • 1 12 oz. can Full-fat Coconut milk
  • 1 6 oz can Tomato paste
  • 1/2 tsp Ground ginger
  • 2 tsp Garlic powder
  • 1 tbsp Garam masala
  • 1 tsp Turmeric
  • 1 tsp Cumin
  • 1 tsp Paprika
  • 1/2 tsp Cinnamon
  • 2 tsp Salt
  • 1 tsp Black pepper
  • Day of cooking
  • 1 12 oz bag Cauliflower rice
  • 1 bunch Fresh Cilantro
  • 1 Lemon (Garnish)

How to Make a Whole 30 Chicken Tikka Masala

Freezer Prep directions

  1. Prepare a gallon freezer bag, labeling according to your preferred method.
  2. Blend sauce ingredients together in a food processor or high-speed blender.
  3. Add chicken, olive oil, and tapioca flour to the gallon freezer bag and shake. Then add the sauce, diced onion, and bay leaf.
  4. Store in the freezer for up to three months.

Cooking Directions

  1. Thaw overnight in the fridge or in the morning in water (meal may not be 100% thawed but that is okay)
  2. Add the freezer bag contents to a slow cooker plus 1/2 cup of water.
  3. Cook on low for 3-4 hours
  4. Stir and serve over cauliflower rice. Top with fresh chopped basil or parsley.

What to Serve/Pair with your Chicken Tikka Masala easy dinner.

Sides

Desserts

Mocktails

Popular Substitutions and Additions

Substitutions

  • Chicken: In lieu of chicken thighs, you may substitute for chicken breasts or tenders. 
  • Chickpeas: If you’re looking for a plant-based option, substituting the chicken thighs for chickpeas is a great way to accommodate your dietary needs/restrictions.
  • Broth: Swapping the chicken broth out for vegetable broth is another substitution to make this more plant-based.

Additions:

  • Vegetables: Carrots, snowpeas, broccoli, and cauliflower add color, nutrition, and heartiness to this tasty Indian dish.
  • Ancho Chili Powder: To liven it up a bit, add some of this to your Chicken Tikka Masala!

How to Reheat and Store Chicken Tikka Masala leftovers

Best way to store delicious Chicken Tikka Masala leftovers?

To maintain the flavor and safety of your leftover Chicken Tikka Masala, it’s imperative to follow proper storage protocols. Kickstart the process by letting your leftovers cool to room temperature on the kitchen counter, with a watchful eye on the two-hour limit. Once sufficiently cooled, transfer them into airtight containers or resealable plastic bags, making certain that excess air is eliminated to thwart freezer burn or spoilage. Labeling the containers with the date is a vital step to monitor freshness. Should you anticipate prolonged storage, the freezer is the most reliable choice. Frozen leftovers can uphold their quality for several months, guaranteeing that you can conveniently savor your preferred dishes while minimizing food waste.

How long will quick Chicken Tikka Masala leftovers?

Good news for leftovers lovers! Your favorite dishes can stay fresh in the fridge for approximately 3 to 5 days. It’s a breeze to keep them delicious. First, let them cool down to room temperature within two hours after cooking, and then seal them up in airtight containers to lock in all those flavors. A little tip: don’t forget to label the containers with the date – it’s your secret weapon for tracking freshness. Now, if you ever find yourself with more leftovers than you can handle, don’t fret. The freezer is your friend! Just pop them in there, and they’ll be ready to delight your taste buds whenever you’re ready for them.

Can I freeze Chicken Tikka Masala leftovers?

Freezing raw before cooking is our recommendation, and storing in the fridge and consuming leftovers in the timeframe recommended above. To raw prep this recipe, simply label a gallon freezer bag according to your preferred method of labeling Then blend the sauce ingredeints together in a food processor or high-speed blender. Then add the chicken, olive oil, and tapioca flour to the gallon freezer bag and shake well. Then add the sauce, diced onions and bay leaf to the freezer bag as well. Remove as much air as possible from bag, seal, and freeze for up to three months. If you have already cooked the recipe and are looking to freeze your leftovers, allow recipe to cool to room temperature, then place leftovers in portioned containers or freezer bags as to avoid reheating multiple times, remove as much air from containers or bags and seal for storage in the freezer for up to 2-3 months.

How to Reheat your Chicken Tikka Masala leftovers?

Chicken Tikka Masala reheats well in the microwave or on the stovetop. If you are planning to reheat your leftovers in the microwave, make sure to find a microwave safe plate to use. Then portion your desired amount to reheat on the plate and microwave for 30-60 seconds. Stir in between each interval until your desired temperature has been reached. If you are wanting to use your stovetop for a more evened reheat, place your leftovers in a saucepan, warm over medium heat. Stir occasionally until your leftovers have reached a desired temperature.

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