Chicken Tikka Masala Tacos

When I saw Saffron Road’s new Tikka Masala sauce already made in their convenient new packets of simmer sauces, I knew I wanted to cook it with chicken but I also wanted to make something out of the norm, something not served over rice or with pita bread but instead fused together with another ethnic cuisine that would go well with these Indian flavors.

Chicken Tikka Masala Tacos up Close

Chicken Tikka Masala Tacos

Since we love tacos at home and the fact that boneless chicken thighs make for easy cooking, I decided to make these chicken tikka masala tacos, super quick because of the convenience of the Saffron Road simmer sauce already made for you. Just add your favorite meat or other protein and add vegetables, if you like.

tikka masala tacos ingredients

ghee (get the organic kind, possible), boneless chicken thighs, red onion (or yellow or white), garlic, lime, avocado plus…

Tikka Masala Tacos with ingredients

Saffron Road‘s Tikka Masala Simmer Sauce

corn tortillas

and some tortillas- stone ground corn or whole wheat are the healthiest 

Overall, this sauce has an authentic taste, bringing home the flavors of South Asian cooking. It’s low in sodium and full of flavor, saving lots of time in the kitchen to cook more of your favorite dishes in the comfort and convenience of your own cooking space, big or small…

Here’s what you do:

red onions

Sauté the red onions in warmed ghee. Use a medium to large pan. I just happened to use what I had, which was a larger pan that what I actually needed.

add chicken to red onions

Add the chicken and garlic once the onions have had time to cook down a bit.

let chicken brown

Let the chicken get nice and brown on all sides- that’s what makes any meat dish so delicious. Leave it alone- the more you twirl it around or flip and flop it, it never really gets that gorgeous color or flavor from browning.

pour in the simmer sauce

Pour in the simmer sauce- then take in the smell, it’s wonderful.

let it work its magic

Let it do it’s thing- simmer, for about 20 minutes.

so it browns nicely

It’ll get this wonderful glazed-like texture

three tikka tacos

Then it’s ready to put on warmed tacos and all of the toppings you want. It’s even great on pita bread.

photo with recipeChicken Tikka Masala Tacos
Serves 4 (makes 8 tacos)

Find simmer sauces at your local Whole Foods Markets– call ahead to see if they carry the product and if they don’t, fill out a comment card at the customer service desk to request that they begin carrying it.


3-4 tablespoons garlic flavored ghee
1 and 1/2 pounds boneless skinless chicken thighs
1/2 cup red onion, diced
3 cloves garlic, minced
1 pouch (7 ounces) Saffron Road Tikka Masala Simmer Sauce

Freshly chopped avocado
2 limes, quartered
8-10 non-GMO corn tortillas
Fresh herbs (chopped basil, parsley and/or cilantro)
Sour cream (optional)


1. Heat ghee then sauté onions. Add the chicken and cook on one side, approximately six minutes.

2. Add the garlic then turn the chicken to cook on the other side, another 3-4 minutes.

3. Add the entire packet of Saffron Road Tikka Masala Simmer Sauce and stir well to combine. Cover and reduce heat, simmering for an additional 20 minutes.

4. Remove chicken and add to warmed tortillas. Top with avocado, sour cream, fresh herbs and lime juice, if desired.


Where do you go to bring the flavors of Indian cooking close to home when these dishes aren’t so easy to make yourself?



As a brand ambassador for Saffron Road Food, I was provided with a complimentary packet of this simmer sauce, though the review of the product in the development of this original recipe is my own opinion.

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  1. Would you recommend using regular tikka masala (powdered) if we can’t find the saffron road product? What other ingredients would be necessary to get a similar taste?

  2. @em- smoked paprika, garam masala, ginger-garlic paste, whole milk yogurt and tomatoes (hence the color) and onion are the ingredients typically found in most tikka masala dishes. Sauteed and blended together will usually make a nice sauce.

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