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Tandoori Chicken Slow Cooker Freezer Meal

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Tandoori chicken slow cooker

This healthy tandoori chicken slow cooker freezer meal is by far one of my most popular dishes! If you have ever tried tandoori chicken before then you probably already know why!

This Tandoori Chicken Slow Cooker recipe is a fast easy healthy dish you can make at home!

On meal prep days in our house my aim is always to be done as quickly as possible.

If you are nervous about trying out a chicken curry recipe at home then you have found the perfect recipe to do so with. This recipe is one of my top recipes that people love! This recipe is sure to become a new family favorite!

Tip: Squeezing a lime or lemon wedge over your dish adds a fresh note and also looks pretty on a plate when you serve!

*If your kids don’t like spice omit the crushed red pepper from the dish and add some to your plate when you eat dinner.

Why you will love this tandoori chicken recipe. 

  • 10 Minutes to Prep
  • Super Easy
  • Extremely Tasty
  • Healthy (Soy Free, Gluten Free, Dairy Free, Preservative Free)
  • Family Friendlyslow 
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Is tandoori chicken healthy?

YES! There are no processed sugars in this recipe. It is also very diet friendly being gluten free, dairy free, nut free, preservative free and paleo friendly.

Only natural sweeteners like raw honey. Its also gluten free, top off rice or cauliflower rice with this insane tandoori chicken recipe. 

Ingredients you will need for this tandoori chicken.

  • chicken thighs
  • garam masala
  • raw honey
  • chili powder
  • garlic powder
  • ground cumin
  • salt
  • turmeric
  • ground ginger
  • cayenne pepper (optional)
  • full fat coconut milk

What is raw honey? Is it different from regular honey?

Raw honey comes straight from the honey comb. It is cleaned of any bits of comb but does not undergo a pasteurization process which leaves it a bit cloudy because this is honey in its pure natural form. 
Regular honey undergoes a pasteurization process making it pure and very consistent in it coloring. It also does not solidify. 
The pasteurization process may decrease the health benefits that raw honey has to offer by lowering the number of antioxidants and nutrients in the honey. You may use raw or regular honey but because of the health benefits I always recommend using raw honey. 

How to make the tandoori sauce?

SUPER EASY! In the past sauces have intimidated me. This tandoori sauce makes itself in the slow cooker while the chicken cooks and absorbs all that delicious tandoori sauce!

How to make this tandoori chicken recipe in the slow cooker?

Just throw everything into a slow cooker or crock pot and let it cook for you. No mess, no fuss and a delicious home-cooked dinner!


What kind of chicken can I use in this recipe?

This recipe will work for chicken legs, thighs, chicken breasts. Whatever you have available. My personal favorite is to use chicken thighs bone-in no skin because I love the extra flavor you get from cooking with bones.

What to serve with this tandoori chicken slow cooker recipe?

Serve over rice (or cauliflower rice for paleo) and enjoy with naan bread or some grilled veggies on the side. You could also add some pickled veggies. 

How to store this healthy tandoori chicken slow cooker recipe?

After cooking store in fridge in an airtight container for 3-5 days.

Do I need a slow cooker for this recipe?

You can use a slow cooker or crock pot for this recipe. It is designed to be fast and easy so you do not have to take the time to cook all night.

Can I use an instant pot instead?

Of course! If you are tight on time or a last minute cook then throw everything in the instant post and adjust cook time. For slow cooker to instant pot conversion times click here to get a simple instant pot cheat sheet. You will never have to guess or research an instant pot cook time again!

*See FAQ’s and specific tips following recipe below. (so you don’t have to scroll for a million years to find the food 😉 ).

How do you make this Tandoori Chicken Slow Cooker recipe? 👇 

Slow Cooker Tandoori Chicken

Savory tandoori chicken in the slow cooker orcrock pot! This 10 minute prep recipe is perfect for a freezer meal or a fasteasy family dinner any night!
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time5 hrs
Total Time5 hrs 10 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American, Indian
Keyword: Tandoori Chicken Slow Cooker
Servings: 6 Adults
Calories: 506kcal
Author: Hannah Stewart


  • Slow Cooker or Crock Pot



  • 2 lb Bone-In Chicken Thighs, no skin*
  • 2 tbsp Garam Masala
  • 2 tbsp Raw Honey
  • 1 tbsp Chili Powder
  • 1 tbsp Garlic Powder
  • 1 tbsp Ground Cumin
  • 2 tsp Salt
  • 2 tsp Tumeric
  • 1/2 tsp Ground Ginger
  • 1/2 tsp Cayenne Pepper (optional)*
  • 14.5 oz can Full Fat Coconut Milk

Supplies for freezing:

  • 1 Gallon Freezer Bag


  • Add all ingredients into slow cooker and stir.
  • Cook on low 6-8 hours or high 3-4 hours.
  • Shred chicken, remove bones and stir back into slow cooker.
  • Serve over basmati rice (cauliflower rice if paleo).

Freezer Directions:

  • Label Freezer bag with Recipe name, cooking from freezer directions and expiration date (todays date plus three months).
  • Add all ingredients to labeled freezer bag.
  • Seal bag, removing as much air as possible and freeze for up to three months.

Cooking from Freezer Directions:

  • Thaw overnight in fridge or in the morning in water (meal may not be 100% thawed but that is ok).
  • Dump contents of freezer bag into slow cooker.
  • Cook on low 6-8 hours or high 3-4 hours.
  • Shred chicken, remove bones and stir back into slow cooker.
  • Serve over basmati rice (cauliflower rice if paleo).

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How freezer meals will change your life.

Makes homecooking Easy

Only spend one hour in the kitchen for a whole week of dinners. Day of, throw your freezer meal in the slow cooker or instant pot and enjoy dinner!

feel confident

Knowing you have a fool proof systen for something that is easy and works gives you confidence in the kitchen. So wether you're a seasoned chef or occational home cook the method of freezer cooking will work for you!

Eat Healthier

Because you're prepping the freezer meals with fresh foods you're eating healthier. Anytime you cook at home instead of eating out you get the benefits of healthier food.

Enjoy less stress

Have you ever felt the pressure of forgetting about dinner, or having to cook at the end of a long day?! No more, just grab something out of the freezer and you're good to go.

Frequently asked questions

No problem! Just throw the freezer meal in your slow cooker and you’re all set. If it doesn’t fit thaw it for a few minutes in warm water. (You may need to add an extra 30 minutes cook time if completely frozen when cooking).

Light and plain sides go really well because of tandoori having so much flavor. I love serving tandoori chicken with a side of naan, some pickled veggies or maybe some yogurt and mint dip. You could also add a simple salad or fruit for a simple side.

Yes! Slow cookers are great because they cook your dish slowly basically simmering your meat and sauce together so you get juicy tender meat and a delicious simmered sauce.

A serving size assumes 1 1/2 cup of tandoori chicken over rice at 500 kcal per serving. 

Absolutely. You may have to play around with cook times. If you’re interested in an instant pot cheat sheet for cook times click here!

This tandoori chicken is. Traditional tandoori comes with gluten, sugars and additives but this tandoori chicken is made with clean ingredients making it great for a keto diet.

Tandoori chicken has a great balance of sweet and savory full of middle eastern flavors like garam masala, ginger and garlic!

I love serving this tandoori chicken on top of rice or with naan bread to make an amazing tandoori chicken bowl.

The main difference between tandoori chicken recipes and Tikka Masala chicken recipes is the meat used and way the dish is cooked. Tandoori chicken tends to have bones in when cooked where as Tikka Masala tends to be boneless pieces of meat skewered and grilled. For more info on tikka masala vs tandoori chicken.

Yes! Slow cookers are great for Indian food and all types of other cuisines! Not only is a slow cooker convenient but it also slowly cooks your meat, veg and spices all together getting you full flavor!

Sure! You can freeze cooked tandoori chicken in individual portions for an easy meal throughout the week.

Yes! This tandoori chicken recipe with stay good in the fridge stored in a sealed container for 3-5 days.

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