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)

gordob's picture

My hobby is to replicate the restaurant curry at home. This recipe is one of the best I've come across. I always do it with chicken tikka. Add a teaspoon of sugar and a dash of lemon juice.
Once marinated in the tikka spices i cook the chicken in the sauce without browning it this gives succulent meat

trevorc's picture

Loverly recipie- however it was very dry, and seemed to me that simmering the for a total of 30 (ie 10min in stage 3 and 20 min in stage 4) reduced it far too much. Next time I'd either add a 2nd tin of tomatoes at stage 4, or keep adding water to maintain some sauceiness.

robinhill's picture

Fantastic curry. I added half a small jar of sundried tomato paste to the sauce and three tbsps of natural yoghurt when I put the chicken into the sauce.

sammijl's picture

Excellent recipe! Made this with Quorn chicken, so ended up veggie friendly. Lovely rich sauce. Added extra spice with half a scotch bonnet chilli as part of the mix.

dcstrikes's picture

Followed the recipe, but it seemed to lacking something and the sauce was thin, had to simmer for a while longer to thicken it up.

stace871's picture

I made this a few nights ago and we loved it. I only used one red chilli as i dont like my curry hot and it was soooo lovely. Im cooking this for friends at the weekend

mickbyrne's picture

Cooked this for my girlfriend this eve...just finished and mouth is still tingling! (I used 3 large chillies!!) really great curry and I enjoyed making it. Took about 45 minutes all in! Nice!

hljsteve's picture

I'm a student, and i definitely make time for this recipe.. fresh or frozen mild or tongue-blasting this is a tasty meal to come home to

saratee's picture

and thanks a ton for sharing it because i didn't know how to make it!!

saratee's picture

Very authentic jalfrezi! this is exactly how we make it in pakistan at home. I didn't use as much turmeric, in fact i only used 1/4 tsp. the steps can easily be simplified. i browned the onions and garlic, took them out of the wok, popped in the blender and gave them a whiz. fried the marinated chicken cubes till they turned white and added back the onions. I added tomatoes directly into the blender, gave a whiz and added the mixture to the chicken. added all the spices and let it all simmer. in the end, I "bhoonofied" the chicken, i-e i cooked till the oil and the tomatoe sauce separated because this helps get rid of the chicken's natural odor. took me 40 minutes tops (if not less)

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I have just made & sampled a Jalfrezi using this recipe as a guide & I must say it is by far the best curry I have ever made or tasted :)

My girlfriend said it was as nice if not better than any curry she had sampled in town.

I too never used a food processor. I prefer a full bodied curry rather than just sauce.

I added mushrooms & served with mushroom pilau rice & garlic cheese nan bread.

Will deffo be making again soon.

richard510's picture

great recipe enjoyed this curry :)

goodwink's picture

Great recipe. Enjoy making it and delicious to eat. Going to make it with paneer instead of chicken today to add a twist!

goodwink's picture

Love this curry. Have made it 4 or 5 times. Real pleasure to make absolutely delicious. Going to make it with paneer this time instead of chicken to add a twist!

tonyheather's picture

I followed this recipe precisely, it turned out bright red, nothing like the colour in the picture.

purplebint's picture

I love this recipe. I do slimming world and this recipe was really easily adapted to be suitable for me, the ability to batch cook the sauce seperately also means I have something in the freezer to prevent takeaway cravings. This goes really well with saag aloo, chapati and sweet potato and red onion bhajis to make a full meal.

daughter2's picture

Wow ,will make again and again

suegarn's picture

I've never cooked any kind of curry before but under pressure from my son, who regularly eats ready meal Jalfrazi, I made this for him and he would now like it twice a week!
I followed the recipe to the letter apart from using a can of chopped tomatoes so didn't need to use the processor for that. I didn't find that the garam masala changed the colour at all. I used the green and red peppers with the seeds intact. It was quite time consuming but well worth the effort. I would say that the portions are small for 4 people. My son had half of it without rice - just the curry and vegetables.

billythefish's picture

Been struggling to find a decent Jalfrezi recipe, and this hits the spot, very nice...

f4rl3y's picture

I made this a few weeks back, but it didn't look anything like the picture. It was dry, there was no curry just vey, very tasty chicken with peppers and chilli(would still eat it like this anyday). I think I know where I went wrong, so looking forward to making it again.


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