Chicken Tikka Masala

Chicken Tikka Masala

September 25th, 2017—Fearlessly Archived—Still a fun read; price & availability may have changed. 

First introduced to our freezers in 2009, Trader Joe’s Chicken Tikka Masala quickly became a favorite among Customers and Crew alike. What’s that? You haven’t tried it yet? Oh, boy. It’s time. This classic, Indian(ish) dish features chunks of chicken that have been roasted in an oven, or tandoor, and served in a creamy, mildly spicy, tomato-based, curry flavored sauce. A wee bit of investigation reveals that there is no standard for this iconic dish. In fact, our research found that the only thing a majority of recipes for this dish have in common is chicken. This fact rocked our culinary sensibilities, but not as much as the stories that suggest (rather convincingly) that this classic curry was created not in India, but in Great Britain.  We don’t have proof, but the sources seem pretty reliable. (This explains our “ish” after “Indian.”)

Regardless of its origins, we can tell you that Trader Joe’s Chicken Tikka Masala with Cumin Flavored Basmati Rice is made just for us by a small, U.S.-based company that specializes in Indian-inspired foods. Rich and creamy sauce, tender chunks of white meat chicken, and nicely-flavored, cumin-infused basmati rice on the side, this frozen entrée makes a terrific lunch or dinner for one in less than five minutes in the microwave. And… each 8.5 ounce package is $3.49, every day, the same price it’s been since 2009.


Ingredients: Chicken Breast, Tomatoes (whole peeled tomatoes, tomato juice, salt), Onions, Water, Canola Oil, Yogurt (cultured pasteurized milk, cream), Cream, Nonfat Dry Milk, Spices, Garlic, Cashews, Lemon Juice (water, concentrated lemon juice), Salt, Butter, Sugar, Potato Starch, Dextrose/Dextrin, Oleoresin of Paprika, Clarified Butter (ghee), Fenugreek Leaves, Cilantro, Turmeric, Vinegar, Mango Powder. Cumin Rice: Water, Basmati Rice, Canola Oil, Clarified Butter (ghee), Cumin Seeds.


NOTE: Since posting, the details of this item may have changed due to fluctuating market prices, federal regulations, currency rates, drought, pestilence, bandits, rush hour traffic, filibusters, clowns, zombie apocalypse, punctilious product developers…;Contact our Crew for current price and availability.

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