Hello again folks. This week is my Saffron Road Chicken Tikka Masala review. Saffron Road makes a good line of Indian and Indian-influenced products, including several varieties of frozen dinner. I got this one at the Whole Foods in Union Square, not too far from my work. Whole Foods is usually pretty expensive, and this product is no exception. I got two of them on sale for $3.99 each. I don’t like to pay much more than that for a frozen lunch or dinner item, but this one usually goes for $5.99! Six dollars for the amount of food you’re getting here is pretty crazy, and I would never pay it, so the only way I’d be getting this again is if it was on sale. A picture of the product, uncooked, is below.
This product has pretty good nutritional values, for a frozen dinner. It has twelve percent of the daily recommended amount of total fat, and eight percent saturated fat. It has twenty-nine percent sodium, which is acceptable to me, if not great. There was also a little dietary fiber, at eight percent, and some protein. Tikka Masala is a thick, creamy tomato sauce, lightly spiced, in which chunks of chicken have been stewed. I typically like to get chicken curry or chicken vindaloo when I go out to eat at an Indian place, but tikka masala is pretty good if prepared properly. I needed to nuke my lunch for about four minutes to get it ready. A picture of it fresh out of the microwave is below.
So how was it? Well, it was pretty good, but what doomed this for me, and the reason I can’t wholeheartedly recommend it, was the appearance of onions in the tomato sauce. The sauce was flavorful, leaving a slightly spicy tingle on the tongue that went nicely spooned over the white rice, and the pieces of chicken were tender and juicy. But, like so many other frozen dinners, I had to work my way through it carefully, so as not to get one of the tiny pieces of onion in my mouth that were floating through the sauce. Every time I tasted one accidentally, I was grossed out by the texture and flavor. If onions don’t bother you, this won’t be a problem for you and you’ll probably enjoy this product. However, for me, who has such a strong dislike of this most hated vegetable, I don’t think I’ll be getting this product again. That’s it for this week, folks. Happy hunting!