Super Easy Chicken Masala

Super Easy Chicken Masala

Mmmm...Indian food. I love the combination of meats, savory and sweet sauces, rice and naan. Oh, naan, how I love you.

Today I'm sharing a super simple, five ingredient Chicken Masala over rice dish that you can make in 15 minutes. It is delicious, filling, a nice balance of protein, carbs, fat and fiber, and affordable.

First, you can find all these ingredients at Trader Joe's. You will need the following:

  • Jasmine rice - I love the frozen box from TJ's - each bag cooks in 3 minutes in the microwave and it turns out perfectly!
  • Boneless, skinless chicken thighs (can use chicken breasts or tofu if you are vegetarian)
  • Fresh spinach (I buy the pre-washed bags for time saving)
  • Garbanzo beans, canned
  • Masala Simmer Sauce from TJ's

Super Easy Chicken Masala

Cook your chicken up. I use my grill pan and the thighs take about 7 minutes per side to cook. No need to add oil to the pan, if you use a non-stick pan, the small bit of oil in the thighs will keep them from sticking!

While your chicken is cooking, open and drain your garbanzo beans. I like to use about 1/4 cup of garbanzo beans per serving but add more if you like. 

In a medium sauce pan, heat over medium heat a touch of water (no more than 1 Tbs.) and your fresh spinach. Stir until it is wilted and add your garbanzo beans and masala simmer sauce. Stir over low heat.

Microwave one bag of jasmine rice for 3 minutes. Cut open and add to bowl.

When your chicken is done, remove it to a cutting board and let it rest for a minute, then cut into bite size pieces and add to your sauce. Stir to coat evenly.

Pour over your rice and enjoy!

For one serving these are the amounts I use:

  • 142g jasmine rice (1 cup)
  • 25-50g fresh spinach (a few handfuls)
  • 40g garbanzo beans (about 1/4 cup)
  • 131g boneless, skinless chicken thighs (about 1.5 thighs)
  • 1/3 cup masala simmer sauce

Calories: 520 Protein: 37g Carbs: 68g Fats: 10g Fiber: 6g

 

 

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