Chicken Jalfrezi
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Chicken Jalfrezi

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Serves 4

A great recipe for a fresh tasting, home-made jalfrezi

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  • The sauce:
  • 1/2 a large onion, roughly chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, chopped
  • 1 green chilli, chopped
  • 1 tin plum tomatoes
  • 1/2 pint of water
  • 1 tbsp ground coriander
  • 1 tbsp ground cumin
  • 1 tsp turmeric

  • The meat & veg:
  • 2 or 3 chicken breasts, diced up
  • 1 red pepper, chopped
  • 1/2 a large onion, sliced
  • 2 red chillis (optional)
  • 1 tsp ground cumin
  • 1 tsp ground coriander
  • 1 tsp turmeric
  • 2 tsp garam masala (spice mix)
  • a handful of fresh, chopped coriander leaves

  • You will also need a food processor.


    1. Take the chopped chicken and coat it in the cumin, ground coriander and turmeric then leave it to marinade in the fridge while you make the sauce.
    2. To make the sauce, fry the roughly chopped onions with the garlic and green chilli in a large pan until browned. Add the water to the onion mixture and simmer this for around 20 minutes.
    3. While that is simmering, put the plum tomatoes in a food processor and give it a good whizz - aim for a smooth consistency. Heat another large pan and gently fry the ground coriander, cumin and turmeric in a splash of oil for about a minute. Add the tomato 'sauce' to this pan and simmer for around 10 minutes.
    4. Next give your onion mixture a good whizz in the food processor and add it to the spiced tomato sauce. Give it a stir and simmer for 20 minutes. You can make large batches of this sauce and freeze it for later use.
    5. Fry the marinaded chicken in oil and stir continuously. After a few minutes, turn down the heat and add the other half of the chopped onion, the red pepper and chillis. Stir this until the onions and pepper soften (and the chicken is cooked, of course).
    6. Add the earlier prepared sauce to the cooked chicken and simmer for around 10-20 minutes. Just before you dish it up, stir in the garam masala and chopped coriander leaves. Serve with basmati rice or naan bread.

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Comments (82)

Jenjones21's picture

I cook this Chicken Jalfrezi about twice a week as it is one of only two things I know how to cook (the other thing is Spaghetti Bolognese). I substitute the chicken for a well known brand of vegetarian chicken style pieces as my wife (whose account I am posting this review as!) is a vegetarian. This still tastes nice and is actually easier than cooking chicken as the well known brand is sold as frozen pieces so you an just tip them in the pan. I give this Jalfrezi ten out of ten!

Graham cooper's picture

Used this recipe for 2 years now never get fed up of it

Leeeeeet's picture

Love this recipe, pretty easy to prepare and tastes as good as the takeaway!!

Nrams's picture

This recipe demonstrates how straightforward home-made curry cooking can be. It is as good as any take-away I've had with no oil overdose.

Willow-yow's picture

Very nice, thanks.

rubberman's picture

Been cooking curries for years and I really enjoyed this one. Anyone that doesn't isn't experimenting to their own tastes.

I added extra chilli and left out the tumeric. Also a splash of tomato sauce usually helps in a Jalfrezi.

Beware the garam masala!!! There are some that are not blended right so you may want to try several to get the one you like the best.

Great recipe by all standards. 8/10 (no one gets 10!)

freddie fly's picture

Can anyone tell my why I cannot print the recipes out ??. I try to print but nothing happens

smileyd10's picture

I have made curries and must say that this one tops it.
It has the wow factor, I will be making it again but as somebody said make it before hand then heat up after but adding water to it, if you don't get the kick from this recipe, then just add a bit of chilli powder to your taste.

I larch's picture

I'd use a little less than 1/2 pint of water- great recipe though, trying it again tonight!

whum's picture

excellent recipe. I like to add a tablespoon of lemon juice at the end
just to give it a bit of extra tang

molly00's picture

For all the effort that went in to this, it tasted bland and tasteless!

Graham cooper's picture

Love this recipe but find its better cooked before hand then re heat

mollie3's picture

Just made this dish. Was really nice. Unfortunately I didn't have enough chillis but will make sure when I make it again I put a few more in!
Also, I didn't blend the sauce but left it chunky (which I prefer).

beeston14's picture

this is a great tasting dish will def do it again the only thing i changed is that i added a small amount of salt (lovely)

kalexander's picture

Don't know what I did wrong, followed the recipe but it's the first dish I've made from Good Food that I've had to throw out :( In fairness I didn't complete the recipe, the sauce tasted so bad I stopped there and washed the chicken so I could reuse in a tried and tested curry. Sorry.

rzm8vv's picture

Delicous authentic tasting jalfrazi. I don't have a blender so instead of plum tomatoes I used tomatoe pasata, and just mashed the onion mixture in the pan for a minute instead. I think next time I will use little more garlic.

azadzap's picture

Very nice recipe, very tasty and gets better the next day.

I slightly changed the recipe and doubled up on the ingredients for a bulk cook. Added more chilli than required but I prefer more of a kick. Instead of the plum tomatoes I roughly chopped around 400grams of tomatoes and then added a tin of chopped tomatoes. After simmering in the pan for around 15 mins I just used a hand blender within the pan, careful not to make it too smooth in order to keep the texture of the chilli's.

troll789's picture

I have now made this recipe 3 times and it has been a hit each time. I do add a tablespoon of madras powder to the sauce and I also add a chicken stock cube with the water and a couple of fresh green chillis sliced in half. This curry is also best made the day before as the previous person said - it is our new favourite!

garysolo's picture

This is the first proper recipe I have found for curries. It is simply brilliant and makes a really tasty authentic tasting jalfezi. It benefits from using veg boulion, a teaspoon more of the spices and a touch of sugar and tomato puree. I am a trainee chef and very grateful to you Cath. Strange thing is with this is that it tastes really bland when put together but given time to develop and especially when eaten the next day it becomes marvelous!


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simon_brunton's picture

2 tsp garam masala is too much in my opinion and I regreted the 2nd spoonful almost straight away. I also added Ginger, Fenugreek and a smidge of Taramind for a light tangy touch. Don't forget a pinch of salt.

rubberman's picture

Aye mate. Salt was another thing I added. If you look at my comment you will see I sort of agree on the garam masala. Also added some chopped green peppers (capsicums) and a couple of chopped fresh tomatoes.