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Tikka Masala Sauce Jar

Flavorful, warm, lightly spiced and the perfect dinner for a beautiful (or even an rainy) day! Tikka Masala Sauce Jar is the perfect solution to a fast dinner that tastes as if you sweated over a stove all day long!

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Tikka Masala Sauce in a Jar

There are a few choices for Tikka Masala Sauce in a Jar but it isn’t really confusing. I’ve tried several that are very good. Most recently, I used Patak’s Brand to cook a dinner for our family of 10 and everyone loved it.

Strangely enough, we found that it makes a nice mouthful with my Macaroni and Cheese (because no matter what we are having, I make some of that for the little ones).

You might also enjoy our Butter Chicken Sauce Jar, if you like Tikka Masala!

Here’s what a typical jar looks like

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What is Tikka Masala

Tikka Masala sounds like a mystical sauce created by Disney to satisfy the deep tummy rumblings of a far away prince ( or princess), but it isn’t.

Tikka Masala is a classically made sauce from India with a tomato base and it includes spices like Garam Masala, Butter, Cream, Garlic, Yogurt, Onion, Peppers, Lemon, Ginger, Coriander, Salt and Cumin.

These ingredients are simmered together and chicken is added and then the sauce is served over rice.

Thankfully, with the recipe below, you only need a few items and even fewer minutes and everyone will think you are a genius international chef!

tikka masala sauce jar with rice

What to Serve with Tikka Masala

Really, a nice crispy salad is enjoyable but any other green veggie will work too like Asparagus or Peas.

Here’s What You’ll Need

  • Chicken – I prefer to use boneless skinless chicken thighs because they are more flavorful and more forgiving about over cooking, but breast or tenderloins work too.
  • Tikka Masala Sauce Jar
  • Rice
tikka masala sauce jar half used

Here’s How It’s Done

  1. Brown the chicken over medium heat.
  2. Add the sauce and simmer
  3. Make your rice and then serve the sauce over the rice. It’s really that easy!

Special Equipment

You won’t need any special equipment but a nice stainless steel, non stick or enamel coated frying pan is a great for this job.

I have this Hexclad skillet and I love it. I’ve used it for several years and none of the surface is wearing off. It gets heavy use.

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Substitutions

Chicken – If chicken isn’t your thing, no worries! You can use several substitutes here. Vegetables, turkey, Shrimp or Tofu also works but you may need to adjust your simmer time.

Tikka Masala Sauce Jar – Technically, you really need the sauce to make the whole thing work.

Rice – You could get creative and serve this over a baked potato or even wide noodles and it would still be delicious even if it wasn’t traditional.

butter chicken sauce jar with lemon

Tips and Tricks

  • Use the cut of chicken you prefer most, but we really enjoy the boneless skinless thighs because they are so forgiving if you over cook them. They stay moist without getting over dry and stringy.
  • For an added lovely kick, add a cup of cherry tomatoes cut in half and simmer for 15 minutes (add when you add the chicken).
  • You can also add peas or green beans or carrots (or all three) for some beautiful color, flavor and nutrients to your dish.
  • My family likes to add a dollop of sour cream or greek yogurt to the top.
  • A handful of cilantro adds a ton of great flavor.
  • A quick easy way to sneak some vegetables into your families meal is to add some mixed frozen vegetables to this dish when you add the chicken and then simmer for 15 minutes.
  • Makes a terrific left over and somehow tastes even better on day 2 and 3!

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Tikka Masala Sauce Jar

Flavorful, warm, lightly spiced and the perfect dinner for a beautiful (or even an rainy) day! Tikka Masala Sauce Jar is the perfect solution to a fast dinner that tastes as if you sweated over a stove all day long!
5 from 2 votes
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Course: main
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Tikka Masala Sauce Jar
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes
Servings: 4 servings
Calories: 368kcal

Ingredients

  • 1 Tbs vegetable oil
  • 2 lb boneless skinless chicken cut into 1/2 inch pieces, thighs preferred, breast or tenderloin will work
  • 1 tsp onion powder
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 2 cups cooked white rice
  • 15 oz Tikka Masala Sauce 1 jar
  • 1 cup cherry tomatoes optional, cut in half
  • 1/4 cup fresh cilantro chopped
  • salt and pepper to taste

Instructions

  • In a 10" skillet, heat 1 Tbs vegetable oil over medium high heat until oil is shimmery.
  • Add the chicken pieces all at once and brown until the meat is no longer pink. Add the onion and garlic powder when browning the chicken.
  • While the chicken is cooking prepare the rice.
  • Add the sauce from the jar and the cherry tomatoes if you are using these. Rinse the jar with a few Tbs of water and shake well to remove any remaining sauce. Add this to the pan. Bring the sauce to a simmer.
  • Simmer for 15 minutes. Add salt and pepper to taste.
  • Serve the sauce over the rice and top with the fresh cilantro.

Notes

  • Use the cut of chicken you prefer most, but we really enjoy the boneless skinless thighs because they are so forgiving if you over cook them. They stay moist without getting over dry and stringy.
  • For an added lovely kick, add a cup of cherry tomatoes cut in half and simmer for 15 minutes (add when you add the chicken).
  • You can also add peas or green beans or carrots (or all three) for some beautiful color, flavor and nutrients to your dish.
  • My family likes to add a dollop of sour cream or greek yogurt to the top.
  • A handful of cilantro adds a ton of great flavor.
  • A quick easy way to sneak some vegetables into your families meal is to add some mixed frozen vegetables to this dish when you add the chicken and then simmer for 15 minutes.
  • Makes a terrific left over and somehow tastes even better on day 2 and 3!
SUBSTITUIONS
Chicken – If chicken isn’t your thing, no worries! You can use several substitutes here. Vegetables, turkey, Shrimp or Tofu also works but you may need to adjust your simmer time.
Tikka Masala Sauce Jar – Technically, you really need the sauce to make the whole thing work.
Rice – You could get creative and serve this over a baked potato or even wide noodles and it would still be delicious even if it wasn’t traditional.

Nutrition

Nutrition Facts
Tikka Masala Sauce Jar
Amount Per Serving (1 cup)
Calories 368 Calories from Fat 54
% Daily Value*
Fat 6g9%
Saturated Fat 1g5%
Trans Fat 0.03g
Polyunsaturated Fat 1g
Monounsaturated Fat 2g
Cholesterol 145mg48%
Sodium 268mg11%
Potassium 953mg27%
Carbohydrates 24g8%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 1g1%
Protein 51g102%
Vitamin A 318IU6%
Vitamin C 11mg13%
Calcium 24mg2%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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Wendi is the writer, CEO and dishwasher at Loaves and Dishes! When not in the kitchen or behind the computer, you can find Wendi serving on International Food Conference Boards, Speaking at various conferences, Leading and Cooking for the local Arts Council's "Taste of Stokes" events or donating home cooked goodies to various local non profits such as the Danbury Songwriters and Stokes Partnership for Children. Wendi is also a Registered Nurse with a Master's Degree and serves on her town's board of councilmen.

Recipe Rating




Michele

Sunday 7th of May 2023

Thank you for posting this. With the price of food skyrocketing, I’ve been looking in my pantry to build around items that have been just sitting there. I really didn’t know what to do with a jar of Tikka Masala my daughter had picked up some time back. I made this just as written adding frozen green beans for extra nutrition. Served with Naan bread since we love it. Very good nutritious and satisfying meal.

Wendi Spraker

Sunday 7th of May 2023

So glad you enjoyed it, we like it quite a bit too!

Wendi

Wednesday 1st of February 2023

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