Food & drink

David Hoyle: The food of love – tikka masala

22 Feb 2021 | Written by David Hoyle

David Hoyle's curry for The Joy Club

We asked our members to tell us about their favourite meals to cook. Here, The Joy Club’s David Hoyle shares his slow cooked chicken tikka masala recipe…

As a person who has always been used to eating plain food, a few years ago my wife decided to change things up a bit and persuaded me to try eating curry. It was not a meal I really fancied the idea of, but I tried it – a tikka masala – and I really enjoyed it! I looked at a few recipe books for ideas on making my own, and I now have my own recipe that we enjoy twice a month.

David’s tikka masala

You will need:

  • Chicken breast or thighs
  • One tablespoon of garam masala
  • One tablespoon of turmeric 
  • One tablespoon of paprika
  • Half a teaspoon of garlic powder 
  • Half a teaspoon of chopped green chillies (from a jar)
  • One large onion 
  • One red pepper and one green pepper
  • 100g of chopped tinned tomatoes 
  • A handful of fresh, small plum tomatoes
  • A handful of brown mushrooms, halved 


  1. Cut your chicken breast or thighs into chunks and put in a slow cooker, along with one tablespoon of the following: garam masala, turmeric and paprika. 
  2. Add in half a teaspoon of garlic powder and chopped green chillies. 
  3. Dice a large onion and cut red and green peppers into strips. Fry in a separate pan for five minutes until they are slightly soft and add to the slow cooker. 
  4. Next, add 100g of chopped tinned tomatoes plus a handful of fresh, small plum tomatoes. 
  5. Pop in a handful of brown mushrooms, cut into halves.  
  6. Cook everything together in your slow cooker for one hour on high then three hours on medium.

I serve it with a portion of both rice and chips. We enjoy it with naan bread and a glass of wine.

I would not like to eat a really hot curry, but I find this recipe very tasty and this is coming from a man who only started eating curry a few years ago!

This recipe is easy to make as all you do is put the ingredients into the slow cooker, switch it on and leave it to cook for a few hours.



David is part of The Joy Club’s Member Steering Group. You can read more about him (and our other members) here. If you’d like to submit a recipe for us to share, we’d love to hear from you! You can get in touch on joy@thejoyclub.com. Don’t forget to share a photo of your dish!