Chicken tikka masala frequently invokes thoughts of curry, images of India and a desire to wear a sari. But, oddly enough, one of the most popular dishes at international Indian restaurants may not be actually Indian. The history is a bit muddled and there are various people who claim to have invented it. Food Detective’s Diary does a good job of explaining the issues with identifying who “invented” tikka masala. At the end of the day, it really doesn’t matter, the dish shines over the rhetoric every time.
My particular version of chicken tikka masala utilizes grilled chicken and tops a bed of herb and garlic spaghetti squash that compliments the dish perfectly. The idea came about somewhat randomly. I had bought a jar of tikka masala sauce with a coupon some time ago (Yes, for this particular experiment I bought jarred sauce. Here is a great recipe if you want to make your own). Then my wife recently bought a nice, big spaghetti squash. In an effort to find a meal to cook, Grilled Chicken Tikka Masala with Garlic and Herb Spaghetti Squash was born. Enjoy!