Monday, March 29, 2010

simmer sauces make dinner quick

This is a really nice simmer sauce that is mild, but flavorful (meaning my 4 year old will eat it, and she has a pretty low spice threshold.)

Quick Tikka Masala dinner
one med onion
chicken breasts (or thigh) or left-over pulled chicken (cut up)
one jar simmer sauce
peas optional
olive oil
1 can 14 ounce tomato sauce

Sautee one chopped onion (usually over medium heat) and chicken breast (or thigh) until onions are soft and glistening and chicken is cooked almost through. Stir in the tomato sauce and Tikka simmer sauce. Simmer for 15 minutes, can stir in frozen peas and bring back to a simmer and serve.

brown or white rice (use a rice cooker if you have it) brown rice takes almost 2 hours in my rice cooker.
broccoli (microwave or steam in sauce pan)

We like lots of sauce which is why I stretch this dish with tomato sauce. You can also serve it with leftover pork or steak. Do you have a favorite simmer sauce?


  1. This is a good product, but it's also pretty easy to throw together a similar sauce from scratch if you keep yogurt, tomato sauce, and garam masala around the house.

  2. Thanks Kipper, I agree, but sometimes I don't have yogurt around. This is a quick pantry dinner. With frozen chopped onions (see my January 09 post,) leftover chicken it's super quick. What brand of masala do you use? I have been disappointed with the last two I have bought...I used to mix my own masala but have lost practice.

  3. Hi Katja, I have been meaning to post a comment since I found your blog. I am one of the Ellyn Satter Foundation members. Nice to meet you.
    I like this recipe. Thank you. I also mix my own masala. The book 660 curries by Rajhavan Iyer includes some pretty easy recipes for masala. That being said, I would like to try your recipe with a ready to eat sauce. Nice idea.

  4. Hi Ines,
    Thanks! Hope to meet you someday. It is a pretty quick good one! I also like The curry paste and recipe it comes with that are General Pataks brand. We go for mild. I loved serving it with plain yogurt, Naan and mango chutney! This is just one of those things if you have leftover chicken and the frozen onions that you can have a meal on the table before you can blink an eye!
    Yum!Thanks for the book tip!