Saffron Road Chicken Tikka Masala with Basmati Rice Review

Saffron Road Chicken Tikka Masala with Basmati Rice

We’re quite fortunate here at Freezer Meal Frenzy to have readers who recommend good frozen food to us. Case in point, the Saffron Road brand, which readers had been specifically asking us to review for a long time. We finally dipped into this brand of frozen food, and we were quite satisfied with what we tasted (it was the Chicken Biryani, which we loved).

Today we’re digging deeper into this Indian-inspired line to check out the Saffron Road Chicken Tikka Masala with Basmati Rice. We’re very excited to see what it’s all about.

First, though, we must cook it. Heating this up isn’t any different than your standard frozen meal: Pop it into the microwave, give it a little stirry stir, and cook it for a little bit longer. It’s not difficult, but the whole process will take you about five and a half minutes, which is on the longer side of frozen meal cook times — it’s not terrible, but it’s not the super convenient three to four minutes of some of the smaller meals out there. Plus, this comes out of the microwave super, super hot, so be sure to give it some cooling time before you dig in.

There are oven cooking instructions on the box as well, but we’re pretty sure most people are just going to use the microwave for this. We certainly did. (If you want to see the full cooking instructions for this frozen meal, check out the package scans at the bottom of this review.)

Saffron Road Chicken Tikka Masala with Basmati Rice

This comes with a side of rice, which is a little plain on its own, and there’s way too much sauce for the chicken. There’s a reason for both of these things. Ideally, you will mix the rice into the sauce, which results in a better portion size of sauce and a much tastier rice portion.

This sauce is pretty good. It’s a little watery, but that’s another problem that works itself out once you mix in the rice. The sauce has a really tomatoey flavor, with a great deal of spices.

Speaking of spices, the box claims this has a medium spice level (with a rating of two cartoon peppers). We actually thought this was less spicy than we were expecting based on that information, but that doesn’t mean this is completely without bite. As is the case with any good Indian dish, the spiciness sort of creeps up on you, crescendoing while you eat it.

And then there’s the chicken. This stuff is absolutely fantastic. There’s a softness and a juiciness to this that you only find in the highest-quality chicken. It absorbs the sauce like a sponge, soaking up a whole lot of that tomato flavor and giving it a wonderful taste overall. This is some absolutely wonderful chicken; it’s worth the price of admission on its own.

One of our only complaints about the Chicken Biryani was that the calorie count was just a tad high. That’s not the case here; the Tikka Masala is much more attractive to dieters, with just 300 calories. The sodium is a little high, at 690 mg, but that’s actually pretty average for a frozen meal.

The Saffron Road Chicken Tikka Masala is another winner from the folks at Saffron Road. While we think the Chicken Biryani still has a little bit of an edge over this in the flavor department, both meals are very good. Plus, the lower calorie count on the Tikka Masala makes it more appealing for dieters. In fact, the amount of flavor Saffron Road packs into these 300 calories is pretty astonishing. We’re definitely looking forward to seeing what other frozen treasures await in this frozen food line.

To learn more about the nutrition content, ingredients, or cooking instructions for this frozen dish, check out our package scans below.

Saffron Road Chicken Tikka Masala with Basmati Rice
Saffron Road Chicken Tikka Masala with Basmati Rice