Apparently, meat and grain covered in sauce is my new thing. It’s super simple and, by changing meat and sauce type, can be very versitile. That being said, this particular variety was just okay. The jar of premade tikka masala sauce I used said medium heat, but this had to have been one of the most bland meals I have ever tasted, outside of that one spaghetti sauce I got from Costco.
I grilled about 10 chicken breasts on a George Foreman grill and cooked a huge batch of basmati rice in a rice cooker. Then I just threw it all together in a bowl, topped with enough tikka masala sauce to cover the chicken and rice when mixed together, and served with premade garlic naan. It was very easy and looked and smelled delicious.
How I F*d Up:
I did not try this meal until Thursday, but my boyfriend and roommate ate them every day and didn’t say anything about it until I asked. Whoever made this sauce is the one that F*d up by forgetting to put flavor into it. Other than the bland sauce, the chicken and rice part were great. The chicken was still juicy on Thursday and the rice held up well.
Suggestions For Improvement:
Considering that I am working from home until further notice due to quarantine, I really do have a lot of extra time on my hands. Using the extra time to make things homemade would allow for adjusments of seasonings to personal taste. If I try this meal again, I will either make the sauce homemade so I can adjust the seasonings myself, or I will try a different, more flavorful type of premade curry sauce.
Also, the meat/grain/sauce combo really needs some grilled veggies. This would add flavor, variety, and nutrition to the meal. I think this meal would go great with some sauted zucchini and squash, either on the side or mixed in.
2 thoughts on “Chicken Tikka Masala & Basmati Rice”
Selkie, it’s a shame you didn’t experience a rich flavor. Most masalas are jam-packed with flavor due to the incredible amount of herbs and spices that make up the masala. My family and I make tikka once a month at least, and it is never short on flavor; however, we’ve never used a jarred brand. I hope you’ll try to make tikka a part of your rotation again, only next time find a recipe that celebrates the true spirit of Indian flavors.
I rarely do anything pre-made from a jar, but was trying to cut corners and save time. The jarred stuff just fell flat. I would love to try it again with homemade sauce, do you have a recipe to share? I find myself with a lot of spare time for cooking these days.