This is a simple recipe that will show you how to make CrockPot Pulled Chicken masala at home! This Crockpot recipe is quick, simple and packed with flavors. it’s not only super easy to make in a slow cooker, but it’s also paleo, whole30, gluten-free, dairy-free, and refined sugar-free.
The Crockpot Thai curry chicken I made a while ago was such a hit (find the Recipe Here) that I have been making it non-stop. And Tom finally politely suggested that we should branch out with the flavors.
You could probably guess how this story ended.
Masala Twist on Pulled Chicken
Originally, I made this crockpot pulled chicken masala with Trader Joe’s Tikka Masala Sauce. It is one of our favorite simmer sauces. When Tom and I were still dating, he would always make one-pot masala chicken stew for me.
So why don’t I slow cook some chicken in this tikka masala sauce and pull it apart?
It turned out so delicious!
So I decided to make my own dairy-free version.
Easy Crockpot Pulled Chicken masala Recipe
I call Crockpot cooking “Chuck n Done”.
The Crockpot may be associated with winter cooking and cozy meals. But this pulled chicken can be enjoyed all year long.
Ready to throw a picnic or potluck? This is the perfect recipe to share with family and friends.
All you need is to chuck all the ingredients in a crockpot, leave it cooking while you go to work, and when you come home, dinner will be done and ready to serve.
Also, who doesn’t love coming home to the best smell to drool over.
Simple Steps to make this crockpot Pulled Chicken masala
- Place the chicken in your Crockpot (Slow Cooker)
- Add all the seasoning
- Coat the chicken thoroughly with seasoning
This step will ensure the flavor really soaks into the chicken.
- Slow cook on low for 6 hours or on high for 3-4 hours
Yes, you can overcook meat even in a slow cooker. In order to have the pulled chicken come out as juicy as possible, you don’t want to overcook it.
Sides to serve with Crockpot Pulled Chicken Masala
There are so many ways you can enjoy this Crockpot Pulled Chicken Masala. It is the perfect recipe for meal prep so you can eat it throughout the week with different variations.
Whole30 approved sides
1. Sweet Potato “Bun” sliders (pictured above)
I know you are probably laughing at my obsession with sweet potatoes. But trust me, these sweet potato “bun” sliders are so good. The sweetness cuts the spices a little bit and just makes the best summer party dish!
2. Tahini Sauce
Tahini is grounded sesame seeds. It complements the spicy Indian flavor so well.
I have you covered with some delicious homemade tahini sauce as well. You can find this delicious Whole30 Tahini Sauce Recipe here. It is perfect to drizzle on this masala pulled chicken, use as salad dressing, veggie dips, and more.
3. Buddha Bowl
A great way to add loads of veggies to your dinner! And the Crockpot Pulled Chicken Masala is the perfect protein to add to any salad.
Other Sides Options for Pulled Chicken
1. Naan Bread
Trader Joe’s has a super yummy and affordable naan bread that goes really well with this pulled chicken masala.
2. Pretzel Buns
In addition to your favorite burger or slider buns, try some pretzel bread ones. They are salty, chewy, and compliments this crockpot pulled chicken masala so well.
Now scroll down to check out the full recipe!
This Crockpot Pulled Chicken Masala is definitely one of my favorite slow cooker recipes, and definitely not your traditional BBQ pulled chicken recipe! This healthy version is paleo, Whole30, dairy-free, sugar-free, gluten-free and so easy to make.
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- 2 lb chicken
- 1/2 can of tomato paste
- 1/2 can of coconut milk
- 1/4 cup bone broth
- 1/2 cup of chopped onion
- 3 cloves of minced garlic
- 1-inch ginger, minced
- 1 tbsp garam masala
- 2 tsp cumin
- 2 tsp chili powder
- 1 tsp turmeric
- Salt and Pepper (to taste)
- Marinate the chicken with all the seasoning and liquid in a bag for a few hours. Overnight for best result.
- Chop up all the aromatic, onion, garlic, and ginger.
- Add chicken and the leftover liquid along with the chopped-up aromatic in your crockpot.
- Cook on low for 6 hours.
- Pull the chicken apart with a fork then let it sit in the broth for an additional half an hour or so.
- Serve with your favorite sides. (See some of my favorite options above in this post). ENJOY!
- For the Chicken, I usually use half chicken breast half chicken thighs
- You can substitute bone broth with water or any other broth.
Serving Size:0.25 lb
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 435Total Fat: 28gSaturated Fat: 12gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 13gCholesterol: 142mgSodium: 269mgCarbohydrates: 9gFiber: 2gSugar: 3gProtein: 39g
The Nutrition Facts above are specific to the ingredients I chose to use for this recipe, which may vary.