Make Chicken Tikka Masala in a Pinch With This Hack
Prep Time: 10 Minutes | Total Time: 45 Minutes
Sarah Tuttle
By Sarah Tuttle

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A classic of Indian cuisine, chicken tikka masala is a creamy, tomato-based dish made with roasted, marinated chicken, and aromatic spices, typically eaten with naan (flatbread) or rice. It’s absolutely delicious, but if you’re short on time, it’s not the easiest dish to whip up… Unless you use one secret ingredient: pasta sauce!

Zakiya of Blend of Spice used Brandless Organic Arrabbiata Sauce to spice up her chicken tikka masala and save time making the dish. The result? “It absolutely WORKED! I had dinner ready in a jiff, the house didn’t smell like curry all day, and the hubby and kids LOVED it.” Here’s how to make this easy spin on chicken tikka masala using several $3 Brandless products.

Chicken Tikka Masala Recipe Using Pasta Sauce
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2-4 People
Prep Time
10 Minutes
Cook Time
45 Minutes
  1. Rinse rice under cold water to remove excess starch.
  2. Combine 2 cups water and 1 cup rice in saucepan. If desired, add 1 tsp. olive oil and ½ tsp. salt. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat to low and cover. Simmer gently 40 to 45 minutes.
  3. While the rice is cooking, prepare the chicken tikka masala.
  4. Heat oil in a pot, then add garlic, ginger, and your spices. Allow them to bloom and release their oils, about 2-3 minutes.
  5. Add the chicken and cook until the chicken is cooked through, then add in 1/2 to 3/4 jar of the Organic Arrabbiata Pasta Sauce (more or less depending on how much sauce you’d like).
  6. Mix and let all the flavors marry for 7 to 10 minutes on medium high.
  7. Turn the heat to low, drizzle in the cream (reserving a tablespoon for garnish), cover, and let the chicken cook completely through for an additional 5 to 7 minutes until the oil separates from the sauce.
  8. Remove the rice from heat and let stand, covered, 5 minutes or until water is absorbed. Fluff with a fork and serve.
  9. Plate the rice and chicken tikka masala, garnishing with a drizzle of cream, freshly chopped cilantro, and a side of naan or pita bread.
😋 From the Tasty Kitchen of Sarah Tuttle | @brandlesslife | #brandlesslife
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