Food on a Budget – My M Savers Chicken Tikka Massala Recipe

Written by Karen Bryan


Food on a budget - m savers chicken tikka massala recipeI took part in the Morrisons M Savers Recipe Challenge to prepare a budget recipe for Chicken Tikka Massala costing under £5 for a family of four. Here is the recipe for a great meal deal made with ingredients from in the M Savers range. It’s certainly a way to save compared to ordering a takeaway.


  • 400 gr of Morrisons M Savers fresh chicken breasts (£3.00)
  • 2 Morrisons M Savers peppers (60p)
  • 500 gr M Savers onions (30p)
  • 4 M Savers fresh chillies  (20p)
  • Tin M Savers tomatoes (38p)
  • 150 ml M Savers plain yoghurt (15p)

I used lemon juice, Massala spice, vegetable oil, garlic powder, dried ginger, lemom juice and ground pepper from my store cupboard.

Served with

  • 400 gr M Savers long grain rice (16p)

food on a budget m savers chicken tikka massala recipe

My Chicken Tikka Massala

How to Cook the Chicken Tikka Massala

The evening before:

Mix 150ml of yoghurt with two heaped teaspoons of Massala spice mix, one tablespoon of lemon juice, one teaspoon of garlic powder, one teaspoon of dried ginger, a sprinkling of pepper and 4 thinly sliced chillies. Stir this into the cubed chicken breasts, cover and leave overnight in the fridge.

Next day:

I generally cook in the microwave, as I find it makes less mess and the one casserole dish can be used for cooking and go straight to the table for serving. In this recipe I use the microwave on full power throughout the cooking. I often make double the quantity that we’ll eat and freeze the other half.

  1. Peel and chop the onions.
  2. Heat one tablespoon of vegetable oil in a large casserole in the microwave and add the onions.
  3. Cook for 10 minutes then add the peppers and cook  for another 10 minutes.
  4. Add the chicken (including the marinade) & the tomatoes, cook for 25 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  5. Cook the rice for 20 minutes, after adding boiling water, some vegetable oil and salt.


  • If you like spicy food you could add more chillies.
  • Using chicken thighs or legs would reduce the cost of the dish.
  • You could make the dish vegetarian; I think mushrooms and parsnips would be good additions.
  • To save more money, you could use frozen chicken breasts; they are usually cheaper than fresh chicken breasts and I don’t notice much difference in flavour or texture when cooking the chicken in a sauce.

My Verdict

All the Morrisons M Savers products were good quality and I enjoyed the end result.


Morrisons provided the M Savers products and cooking utensils, requesting that I cook Chicken Tikka Massala.