Trader Joe’s Chicken Tikka Masala Review

If you are like me, Indian was not a familiar flavor in my household growing up.  In fact, in an Irish-American household salt and pepper were exotic and frequently only placed on the table at holidays.  They were frequently not passed around, nor were they used in my lifetime.  That same salt and pepper shaker were my grandparents, which means that that salt and pepper is likely half a century old if no longer.  In other words, it probably wouldn’t taste like much.  So Indian is definitely a foreign, but now much embraced flavor.   So I ventured outside of my comfort zone and tried Trader Joe’s Chicken Tikka Masala.  I’m glad I did.

Trader Joe's Chicken Tikka Masala

Under the recommendation of someone I decided to broaden my horizons and try it out.

Trader Joe's Chicken Tikka Masala
Good sized chicken pieces here.


It takes 3 minutes in the microwave.

Here it is when it came out of the microwave:Trader Joe's Chicken Tikka Masala

For me, it didn’t need to go back in.  It was steaming hot.    So hot it actually steamed up my camera:

Trader Joe's Chicken Tikka Masala
That’s not haze, that’s the steaming hot bowl.  This actually looks like the box minus the decorative plating.

Well, all that sauce and all that plain rice, it needed some good mixing:

Trader Joe's Chicken Tikka Masala
This picture actually looked clear on my phone.  Sorry.


What did I think of it?  For someone not accustomed to the smell or taste of curry, I loved it.  Now, am I 100% positive that someone has a better recipe or a restaurant dish is more authentic, yes I am.  As a quick lunch (and for under $4), it was tasty, filling and didn’t overwhelm my taste buds with the taste of salt or the texture of cardboard.  Would I eat it again?  Yes, I would.   Be advised, no flat bread as pictured on the box.  But filling none the less. Trader Joe's Chicken Tikka Masala

However, if I had a choice between this and Trader Joe’s Paneer Tikka Masala, I’d actually choose the Paneer every time.

Want to see what else I’ve made or my thoughts on other Trader Joe items?  For the homemade stuff click here:  Food Or for drink ideas: Drinks

2 Comments Add yours

  1. This is my favorite frozen entree at TJs. One option if you like the masala and this portion isn’t enough – make your “own” using Masala Simmer Sauce, your own chicken and your own basmati rice.
    Trick/Tip I found… while you’re only “asked” to head up the sauce, I find that it’s even better that after you’ve cooked the chicken, place in the simmer sauce and cook about 3-5 mins longer – it thickens the sauce and permeates the chicken through. Great reviews

  2. Oh i really envy the way you post topics, how i wish i could write like that.”\”.”`

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