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When Kelly and I were writing the Crockpot Chicken Freezer Meals eCookbook we asked the New Leaf Wellness Facebook followers which recipe they would like to preview. The Crockpot Chicken Tikka Masala was voted hands down. It’s sweet, it’s spicy, it’s delicious AND we labored over this recipe until it was absolutely perfect. Everyone loved it as much as we do and we continue to get feedback to this day. See, hard work does pay off!

Crockpot Tikka Masala Meatballs

The other day Kelly mentioned an idea for Tikka Masala Meatballs. I ran with it…fast! I was at the store the next day gathering ingredients. I just knew that this recipe would be a winner.  Do your kids love meatballs as much as mine do?

I love that the binder in this recipe is basmati rice. Not only does it make them gluten-free, but it’s also a perfect way to fill up without having to have a starch on the side. Don’t get me wrong, these are amazing when they are served with a hot bowl of steamed rice, BUT if you’re looking for a lighter meal, you can serve these with your favorite vegetable (my family loved them with peas!)

Crockpot Tikka Masala Meatballs

Yields 6 servings


  • 1 pound ground meat
  • ½ cup dry uncooked basmati rice
  • 1 egg
  • 2 (15oz) cans of tomato sauce
  • 8oz heavy cream
  • 2 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 2 tablespoons curry powder
  • 1 teaspoon crushed red pepper
  • ½ teaspoon onion powder


  1. Mix meat, rice & egg.
  2. Divide into twelve parts.
  3. Roll into balls.
  4. Place meatballs into crockpot.
  5. In a medium bowl, mix remaining ingredients.
  6. Pour mixture over meatballs.
  7. Cook on low for 6 hours.

To Freeze and Cook Later

Label your freezer bag with the name of the recipe, cooking instructions, and use-by date (three months from when you prepped the meal).  To your freezer bag, add all ingredients.  Remove as much air as possible, seal, and freeze for up to three months.  When ready to cook, thaw in refrigerator overnight or in morning in water and and then follow cooking instructions above.

Serve over basmati rice and peas or with a large garden salad.

Crockpot Tikka Masala Meatballs

Jill Petrush Rogers is an artist and former bookbuyer/seller. Jill recently moved back to her hometown of Pittsburgh, PA with her husband, Tom, and their two energy-filled boys. Jill loves to channel her creativity by coming up with recipes as a contributing writer for New Leaf Wellness.

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7 years ago

I’m assuming that the rice that goes in the meatballs is already cooked?

6 years ago
Reply to  Kirsten

Kirsten, I came to the comments with the exact same question! Jill, may I suggest that you make an adjustment to the recipe instructions to make that clear? It’s a little ambiguous. I think my kids would love this recipe, and I’m excited to try it out!!!

Sally R
Sally R
7 years ago

I am trying to retrieve the e books I purchased and can not find a way to retrieve them….HELP please

Kelly McNelis
7 years ago
Reply to  Sally R

Yes, no problem. I just emailed you new copies, Sally. Hope that helps!

Randy Allen
Randy Allen
3 years ago

Just an FYI, the freeze ahead instructions advise to add ALL ingredients to a bag – 30 oz of tomato sauce 8 oz only heavy cream. How is one supposed to make meatballs put of the ensuing soup? I’m now assuming that the intent of your instructions is to follow steps 1-3, then bag everything… I won’t be using this recipe again.

3 years ago

Excellent! I recommend cooking for a full 6 hours on low or else the rice won’t cook fully and will be slightly crunchy. You could also avoid this by putting cooked rice into the meatball, but if using uncooked rice, just make sure to cook the meatballs for the full 6 hours.