I Think Trader Joe’s Chicken Tikka Masala is Great!

Trader Joe’s Chicken Tikka Masala is a refrigerated meal for two that heats up in just a few minutes.  The meal features large chunks of chicken, simmered in a flavor packed creamy tomato sauce, which are served over a bed of basmati rice.

The Tikka Masala is incredibly easy to prepare, tastes great and is a product that I will buy again!

Trader Joe's Chicken Tikka Masala

Chicken Tikka Masala Nutrition, Ingredients and Labelling

Let’s take a closer look at what you get with this refrigerated meal.

Nutrition Facts

You get one tray of chicken tikka masala per package.  There is a full p0und of food in the package and which makes it enough food to equal two servings.

The nutrition facts for a single serving (1/2 container) are:

  • Calories: 290
  • Fat: 9g (14% DV)
  • Cholesterol: 60mg (20% DV)
  • Sodium: 640mg (27% DV)
  • Carbohydrates: 36g (12% DV)
  • Protein: 18g

From a nutrition standpoint the dish is very healthy.  A single serving has less than 300 calories, is high in protein and is relatively low in salt and cholesterol.

Heck, you could even eat both servings and it would still be much, much healthier than a McDonald’s cheeseburger meal.

TJ Chicken Tikka Nutrition

Ingredient List

The Chicken Tikka Masala has the following ingredients:

  • Chicken
  • Tomatoes
  • Basmati rice
  • Onions
  • Water
  • Yogurt
  • Butter
  • Spices (over 15 listed: Coriander, Garam Masala, Star Anise, Turmeric, etc)
  • Sugar
  • Olive oil
  • Cashews
  • Cream
  • Salt
  • Garlic
  • Ginger

There are a LOT of different flavors packed into this dish.


The labelling indicates that this product is:

  • Gluten Free

This product is not labelled as Organic or Halal.

Heating and Serving

Here is how I heated the dish before it became my lunch 🙂

Package of Chicken Tikka Masala

Heating Instructions

The heating instructions for this product are:

  • Remove the tray from the box.
  • Puncture both sides (Masala and Rice) of the film with multiple holes for venting.
  • Microwave on High for three minutes.
  • Let the meal stand for 1-2 minutes.
  • Remove the film.
  • Place the basmati rice in a bowl and top with the Chicken Tikka Masala.


I am a big fan of Indian food and I do not like to be disappointed by lame attempts at prepared meals.  I will admit that I was hesitant about trying a tikka masala that could go from the refrigerator to the table in under five minutes.

It turns out that Trader Joe’s chicken tikka masala is pretty dang tasty!

Ready to Eat Chicken Tikka Masala

Their was a ton of chicken, plenty of sauce and a nice amount of rice.  There is absolutely enough food to make a delightful lunch for two people.  Alternatively, you could eat the whole thing for a late brunch and then spend the next hour groaning that you shouldn’t have eaten that much.  And yes….I ate the whole thing.

The flavor profile was exactly what I wanted:

  • Rich
  • Creamy
  • Complex

The packaging says the chicken is in a “spiced tomato sauce” but that just means lots of spices were used.  This dish is absolutely not “Spicy Hot”.  From a “Spiciness” level I would rate the meal as “Mild”.

This was a great meal that exceeded my expectations and I will be buying it again.


Good morning and welcome to the site dedicated to helping you find great products at Costco and other stores! My name is David Somerville and these are hands on reviews of products that I have bought and used or am seriously considering purchasing. I do most of my shopping at the Costco in Baton Rouge, Louisiana but will check out any other Costco warehouses I find while travelling. Please get in touch with any questions and let me know of any great products that deserved to be featured in this blog!

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