If you love a little bit of spice in your life, you are in luck! I have a super simple Indian chicken tikka masala recipe, which will absolutely hit the spot. This meal typically costs less than $10 total, and only takes 20 minutes to make! Yes please!! Did you know you’re only four ingredients away from said healthy chicken tikka masala dinner for two? (Side note – In my mind olive oil and salt and pepper don’t count as ingredients that I have to buy, as I use them in just about every dish. Very rarely do I buy either; I get olive oil in mass quantities from Costco.)
Aldi Sells Awesome Tikka Masala Simmer Sauce
First things first, the key ingredient to Indian food in our house is some awesome-sauce that I found at Aldi. If you’ve never been to Aldi before, let me give you the low down. Aldi is a stream-lined grocery store with minimal selection, the most affordable prices, annnnd the fastest checkouts you’ve ever seen. Be warned that you have to use a quarter to obtain a cart on arrival, but you get it back when you put the cart back after shopping. Do you wanna know what is great about this? I never have to worry about my car getting dinged with shopping carts, because everyone puts their carts away.
The best thing about Aldi is that I can be in and out of the store in 15 minutes. You heard me girly – 15 minutes!! I believe my local Aldi only has about 6 aisles in total, which is key to me getting in and out!
Now for the awesome-sauce – I recently discovered that Aldi sells jars of “Journey to India – Taste of the World” Simmer Sauce. It comes in three different varieties, including Tikka Masala, Korma, and Jalfrezi. Sean and I like Tikka Masala the best, as it has the best kick to it without being overly spicy.
Give Me all the Carbs
Alright, there’s just one more thing I want to discuss before we dive into my easy Tikka Masala recipe: Naan!!! I don’t know about you, but I know I enjoy some carbs every now and then. I especially enjoy carbs when they come in the form of naan. This meal has become a regular in our dinner rotation, since it is so quick and easy. To change it up, sometimes I serve the tikka masala with cooked basmati or brown rice. Other times, I serve it with beloved naan!
Naan is typically near the bakery in your local grocery store. I always snag the best deal on naan at my local Aldi though, at just $3 for a 4 piece package. Shown in the picture below is only half of one piece of naan (cut into two). FYI – Whatever naan you don’t use right away can be frozen in a large gallon sized ziploc for later.
Here’s the Chicken Tikka Masala Recipe You’ve been Waiting For!
Clearly I saved the best for last – my easy chicken tikka masala recipe is listed below! Don’t be afraid to add some extra veggies to the dish if you’re so inclined, although I must say it’s pretty veggie packed as is!
I’d love to hear what you think of my quick, delicious, and easy chicken tikka masala, so please drop any questions and comments that you have down below!