Friday, October 23, 2009

Chicken Tikka Masala with Cumin Flavored Basmati Rice

Price: $3.49
Features: Spicy sauce, tasty chicken and nicely flavored rice, tastes "authentic"
Found in: Freezer at demo booth

I had a sample of this chicken tikka masala at the demo stand the other night and was really impressed with the flavor, so I decided to buy a box thinking it would make a good lunch at work. The chicken is tender and good quality white meat, the sauce is flavorful with a nice level of spice, and the cumin basmati rice makes a great accompanyment. The cardamom and lemon juice in the sauce really come through, making this about as good as tikka masala from my favorite Indian restaurant.

The only problem with this frozen entree is that you don't get that much food for your money. My box only had four (decent size) pieces of chicken in it. They should package it with a piece of garlic naan to soak up the sauce to make it a more filling meal.


Unknown said...

This is one of my Trader Joe faves. It's a great lunch.... and I love that the smell of curry pisses off my least favorite co-worker. CURRY TWICE A WEEK!

Unknown said...

I seriously cannot get enough of this stuff. I have found it to be nearly impossible to find good Indian food in the states (and I am from here). It is my favorite dining option in the UK & Ireland! So when I saw this at TJ's I was sooo excited. It is super tasty and the only problem with it is the portion size. This is not a meal and you must buy their garlic naan to make it a meal. I'd prefer to spend an extra buck to get a semi-decent porion size. I am the person you see filling up their hand cart with this stuff. It's especially good when you're so tired after work, don't feel like cooking that night, and still want a tasty meal.

Unknown said...

I tried the Vegan Tikka Masala and the Paneer Tikka Masala and actually thought both were pretty good. If you're comparing them to food from a restaurant, they're both a 3/5. I wish there was more paneer though.