Time-Saving Tuesdays – Chicken Tikka Masala and Egg Fried Rice

Hello again, carrying on from last week’s #TST (yes I’m hashtagging it now) cheating theme, here’s a Cheat Chiken Tikka Masala and Egg Fried Rice.

I can’t claim credit for this one, this was my mother’s idea! I’d bought the Chicken Tikka Masala some time ago and it was sitting in my cupboard, my mother (with the Time-Saving theme in mind) had bought me some sachets of rice.

Time-Saving Tuesdays – Tesco Chicken Tikka Masala and John West Egg Fried Rice

Time-Saving Tuesdays – Tesco Chicken Tikka Masala and John West Egg Fried Rice

I was going out to my local for a quiz the other night and needed something in a hurry that would be fuss free but would fill me up ready for a few pints. My mother remembered that these were in the cupboard so cooked them for me.

Time-Saving Tuesdays – Back of the Tesco Chicken Tikka Masala Tin

Time-Saving Tuesdays – Back of the Tesco Chicken Tikka Masala Tin

This can be cooked in the microwave 3 minutes for 800W or 2 ½ minutes for 900W. You can also cook it in a sauce pan on the hob, it takes about 4-5 minutes, stirring regularly, obviously all times vary depending on appliances (blah, blah, blah). It is described on the tin as

Chicken breast pieces in a medium curry sauce with yoghurt, double cream, tomatoes and aromatic spices.

There is a warning that says:

Caution: Although every care has been taken to remove bones, some may remain.

I don’t know what to make of this, I am scared of bones, in any type of meat. I’ve been known to leave a piece of fish if I find a bone because of my throat and my massive fear of choking – I think I was once quoted as saying

“I’d rather be shot than choke to death”

Extreme I know but it’s my worst nightmare, I remember going to a conference with my mate Adrian and another friend Derek. Derek was diabetic but (in the words of Marjorie Dawes from Little Britain) “Oh man he loved de cake”. He couldn’t get enough and consequently ended up having a bit of cake lodged in his throat, it took him ages to clear it and was very scary…. I don’t think that’s helped my irrational fears either! Right now I’ve scared you witless (or bored you) let’s move on…

Time-Saving Tuesdays – Back of the John West Egg Fried Rice Sachet

Time-Saving Tuesdays – Back of the John West Egg Fried Rice Sachet

The rice was a John West sachet, the cooking was simple, for a 750W microwave you had to

1       Squeeze the rice to separate the rice

2       Tear or cut the top of the pack to make a 2cm opening

3       Stand pack upright in a microwave and cook on FULL POWER for 90 seconds. Leave to stand for 30 seconds

4       Remove the pouch from the microwave and tear or cut open the top of the pack.

5       Empty the rice on to a plate and fluff up with a fork

The curry was tasty, the chicken was tender and succulent. The pieces were small enough for me to manage them (hence the spoon in the photo below). The sauce had quite a deep flavour , it was tomatoey and had a great background heat from ginger , garlic and paprika. The rice went well with it, it was fluffy and soft, it wasn’t claggy and difficult to eat.

Time-Saving Tuesdays – Chicken Tikka Masala and Egg Fried Rice Plated Ready To Eat

Time-Saving Tuesdays – Chicken Tikka Masala and Egg Fried Rice Plated Ready To Eat

All in all this was a great success and a great idea by my mother. I’ll be trying more meals in tins in the future. Come back next Tuesday to see more Time-Saving ideas. Don’t forget if you have Time-Saving ideas please get in touch, you can never have too many ideas!

If you really like Chicken Tikka Masala and want to make it yourself, check my recipe out for a Leftover Chicken Tikka Masala. Thanks for reading, see you later on in the week with another recipe!
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Authentic Curry Company Chicken Tikka Masala Box

Ready Meal Monday – Authentic Curry Company Chicken Tikka Masala

Sorry I’ve been away for a while ^^’, I’d like to say I’d been somewhere nice but it’s just been a case of a hectic chaotic life overtaking everything lol.  Well I’m back and on time for a change lol.  I would say Chicken Tikka Masala is the thing I order the most when I’m out in local restaurants. As you know I cook it quite often myself and have done for Wheelie Good Meals, you can find the recipe here so thought this was a good one to try. The other reason I wanted to try it is I live near the company that make it and I used to eat in a local pub on karaoke night (not a chain pub I hasten to add) and they’d serve these curries.

Authentic Curry Company Chicken Tikka Masala Box

Authentic Curry Company Chicken Tikka Masala Box

Tikka Masala is seen by the public as an Indian dish, however it’s not! If you’ve read my earlier post where I gave the recipe for my left over Chicken Tikka Masala I’ve explained the story behind the origin that I like the most states that it originates from Glasgow. Apparently a bus driver coming off shift went into an Indian restaurant in Glasgow and ordered a chicken curry. He apparently sent it back to the kitchen complaining that it was too dry. The chef proprietor added some tomato soup to the curry with some spices, sent it back to the customer and he absolutely loved it. The bus driver and his friends came back again and again; therefore, it became a regular on the menu of that restaurant and spread throughout the country.

I know I’ve never commented on the packaging of a product before but I did feel the packaging gave the product an upmarket look (I’m not watching the apprentice honest!) I loved the little touch of the Welsh Dragon and the strap line “hand cooked in Wales” that almost reassures consumers it’s a good product. The dish was described as

Tender chunks of CHICKEN BREAST cooked in a MILD CURRY SAUCE made with Cream and Coconut.

It was a deep dark rich sauce which was very unctuous (cheffy term I know) the chicken was exactly as described tender and succulent. The chicken “chunks” weren’t too big either so that you had to fuss about cutting them, that is good for people with manual dexterity difficulties. The ingredient list and allergy advice was clear and concise and easy to read (see below):

Authentic Curry Company Chicken Tikka Masala Ingredient List

Authentic Curry Company Chicken Tikka Masala Ingredient List

I (because I’m a plonker) didn’t realise this dish didn’t come with rice so…. I didn’t cook any, doh! That’s probably my only real improvement is that it would be nice if it was a full ready meal…. in saying that it doesn’t take long to boil rice… if I’d have read the ingredients list properly I’d have realised. Like the ingredients and the allergy information I thought the nutritional advice was also clear and concise (see picture below).

Authentic Curry Company Chicken Tikka Masala Ingredient List

Authentic Curry Company Chicken Tikka Masala Ingredient List

Authentic Curry Company Chicken Tikka Masala Nutritional Information

Authentic Curry Company Chicken Tikka Masala Nutritional Information

The cooking instructions were very clear and concise (see below). However, I suppose my other observation would be that the cooking instructions only cater for the 750W microwave and where chicken is concerned you need to know exactly how long to cook it for. I know the pack wouldn’t be big enough for every different type of microwave but it would have been nice to maybe have 750W, 850W and 950W. As you know I have a 700W so with those other timings I could have worked out exactly how long to leave mine on, instead of guessing.

Authentic Curry Company Chicken Tikka Masala Cooking Instructions

Authentic Curry Company Chicken Tikka Masala Cooking Instructions

This, yet again, was a fantastic ready meal and one I most certainly would have again. It evoked lots of memories of nights out and was warm and comforting… exactly what you want at this time of year.

Authentic Curry Company Chicken Tikka Masala Served Ready For Eating

Authentic Curry Company Chicken Tikka Masala Served Ready For Eating

I’d score this one a seven out of ten, it was definitely worth buying and I’d have it again I’d just remember to boil some rice lol

7 stars

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Ingredients for my Leftover Chicken Tikka Masala

Leftover Chicken Tikka Masala

Ingredients for my Leftover Chicken Tikka Masala

Ingredients for my Leftover Chicken Tikka Masala

Utensils used in the preparation of my Leftover Chicken Tikka Masala

Utensils used in the preparation of my Leftover Chicken Tikka Masala

Along with my minced beef based dishes (probably my cottage/shepherd’s pie) this is my signature dish. I love Chicken Tikka Masala, it’s one of my most ordered take away dish. It’s not too hot but still has a little warmth that makes you feel good. There are many different stories behind the origin of this dish but my preferred favourite is that it originates from Glasgow. I think it was on the Incredible Spice Men that I heard that a bus driver coming off shift went into an Indian restaurant in Glasgow and ordered a chicken curry. He apparently sent it back to the kitchen complaining that it was too dry. The proprietor at the time had an ulcer and was enjoying a bowl of tomato soup. He decided to put some tomato soup into the curry with some spices. The chef sent it back to the bus driver’s table and he absolutely loved it. The bus driver and his friends came back again and again, therefore, it became a regular on the menu of that restaurant and spread throughout the country.

I’ve called this my Leftover Tikka Masala because it uses leftover chicken I had in the fridge, but also there’s a little secret weapon in this version of my Tikka Masala.  That little gem is left over sauce from an Indian takeaway I had eaten the night before. The takeaway I use does an excellent Tikka and I didn’t think it was right to let the sauce go to waste. Of course you can make it without and it’s still an excellent curry and one to be proud of.

I know it’s been a wee while since I actually posted a proper recipe but I also know this one is well worth the wait. f you’d like to make this recipe please feel free to download the step by step instructions here.

Final Presentation of my Leftover Chicken Tikka Masala and Rice

Final Presentation of my Leftover Chicken Tikka Masala and Rice

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