By far the most famous Indian dish there is. I don’t know if I’ve ever been to an Indian restaurant where chicken tikka masala hasn’t been on the menu.
Chicken tikka masala is a crowd pleaser and for good cause. Traditionally, the chicken is made in a tandoor giving it an amazing clay oven taste. Then it’s cooked in a rich, savory, and slightly sweet gravy. All in all – amazing. That said, I like butter chicken better, partially because it’s actually a Punjabi dish and has the richness of one. You’ll have to try both and see which one you like better. The basic difference is the sweetness of the curry and the butter content.
The nice thing about tikka masala is that it’s fairly easy to make, unlike some of the more traditional curries. It does take a bit of time and patience but you’re guaranteed a perfect outcome every time. It’ll last in the fridge for a few days, so even if you have left overs, it’s not that sad of a life. I like to pair it with paranthas versus roti. Just adds to the richness of the meal, if you ask me.
I really don’t make this dish all that often, partially because I get huffy about it being so over done and awful everywhere you go. That said, I seem to make it every time there’s a new man friend, because inevitably you hear, “Indian food….yea…I looove teeka masala”. To which I politely respond, “Hindi is phonetic, you say it like it’s spelled, so the word is “tik-uh”. They blink. I respond still politely, “You don’t say teek tock went the clock would you? Same same”. The one’s that blink confusedly again are sent home. The one’s that say they like pani puri are exalted to new boyfriend status.
Fun fact #92: People think/say/pretend this is an Indian/Punjabi dish…it’s not, it’s British, and was a way to use day old tandoori chicken :p
6 servings per container
- Amount Per ServingCalories566
- % Daily Value *
- Total Fat
- Saturated Fat 11.7g 59%
- Cholesterol 166mg 56%
- Sodium 1390mg 58%
- Potassium 1107mg 32%
- Total Carbohydrate
- Dietary Fiber 5.4g 22%
- Sugars 11.7g
- Protein 52.6g 106%
* The % Daily Value tells you how much a nutrient in a serving of food contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.