Spiced chicken balti

Spiced chicken balti

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Prep: 5 mins Cook: 30 mins Ready in 35 minutes


Serves 4
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Nutrition and extra info

  • Easily halved

Nutrition: per serving

  • kcal527
  • fat19g
  • saturates3g
  • carbs45g
  • sugars14g
  • fibre5g
  • protein47g
  • salt1.83g
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  • 1 tbsp sunflower oil
    Sunflower oil

    Sunflower oil

    A variety of oils can be used for baking. Sunflower is the one we use most often at Good Food as…

  • 2 large onion, thickly sliced



    Onions are endlessly versatile and an essential ingredient in countless recipes. Native to Asia…

  • 4 skinless chicken breast
  • 4 tbsp balti curry paste
  • 200g quinoa



    Tiny, bead-shaped, with a slightly bitter flavour and firm texture, quinoa may not be a…

  • 400g can chopped tomato
  • 1l chicken stock
  • 50g roasted salted cashew



    The seeds from the 'Cashew Apple' - a tree which bears bright orange fruit and is native…

  • small bunch coriander, leaves chopped


  1. Heat the oil in a large pan, fry the onions for 5 mins until golden and softened, then tip onto a plate. Add the chicken breasts, browning for a few mins on each side, then stir in the balti paste, quinoa and onions. Sizzle for a few mins, then pour in the tomatoes and stock and give everything a good mix. Bubble for 25 mins until the quinoa is tender and saucy.

  2. Stir in the cashews and most of the coriander with some seasoning, then pile into bowls and scatter over the rest of the coriander to serve.

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Comments (111)

RZUB10's picture

Great quick and easy recipe with lots of flavour. Lovely as an 'everyday' type of meal. I add in yellow pepper and spinach, and some freshly squeezed lemon at the end of cooking for extra taste. We have done with quinoa and with a quinoa/bulgar wheat mix and both are lovely.

mmcdonald's picture

Ooops, forgot to rate!

mmcdonald's picture

I have made this several times and find that shredding the chicken once it's cooked and returning it to the pan works brilliantly. Any issues with the sauce being too thin are then easily remedied.

DanJ1980's picture

First try of quinoa in this tonight. was really great added some diced red and green pepper too. Didn't use ready made paste as it can be too oily and unhealthy instead I used 4 tbsp mild curry powder with a little water added to mix it into a paste. Also added 3 crushed garlic cloves and 30cm grated ginger when frying onions. Very filling will defo make again.

angel_aims's picture

It was just like a cheap balti curry jar of sauce but alot runnier. Not very nice. I thought it would be considering its bbcs recipes but wouldnt make it again and wish i didnt waste my money. I knew i shouldhave stuck withmy own recipe for a chilli lol

blynch81's picture

Best tasting curry I've ever made (even if I do say so myself). Used turkey instead of chicken, so super healthy. Will definitely be cooking it for family and friends.

Immodesty Graze's picture

I cooked this in a large saucepan on the hob (without a lid to allow the sauce to reduce a little). I've been trying out a few quinoa recipes as I was looking for an alternative to rice - it works and all in one pot! I suspected that the amount of stock may be a little too much so reduced it by 150ml - 850ml stock made with 3 OXO cubes. I also added some sliced garlic and a sliced green chilli before leaving it to cook for 25 mins just for an added kick. The results were probably one of the most delicious home made curries I have ever tasted. I'm not sure how anyone could find this bland if you use the right amount of everything. Quick and easy to make, with very little washing up to do after. The leftovers also taste EVEN BETTER the day after!

Miss_Mcvicar's picture

I cooked this in the slow cooker, used 200g of green dry lentils instead of quinoa, so added one green pepper and a butternut squash. Used a full jar of sainsburys balti paste. Was very nice. I very very rarely think curries are AMAZING. Surprised at all the bad comments - maybe people don't use their own initiatives when cooking?! Used the full amount of stock and once cooked long enough was not too runny at all. If I'd have used quinoa it would def have been drier as it absorbs much more liquid.

sophiepaget's picture

Pretty much lacking in flavour. Far too much stock suggested, comes out very watery. Not spicy at all. Would suggest a lot more paste, although this could be because of the excess stock.

spottycups's picture

I made this last night and it was lovely! I'm not a fan of quinoa normally (quinoa porridge is vile!) but with the spiciness of the balti paste you really can't taste it at all - it's just a lovely, tasty, filling dish. The cashews were also a really nice addition. Will be making again soon!

lloydstar's picture

Made this for a family get together and went down a storm, none of us had tried quinoa before and we all loved it, am making it again soon

sueb51's picture

Really nice flavour although I did add more spices (madras curry powder gives it a bit more taste). Have made this several times and used quinoa (which is lovely), or rice or lentils. Always a hit at home.

lizreayner85's picture

Both me and my husband loved this recipe, it was really easy to make and made a nice change from a normal curry. Never had quinoa before but it was great in this recipe and would definitely make again.

pshopper's picture

Made this dish last night but changed a few things. I replaced quinoa with red lentils and reduced the stock by half. When browning the chicken I chopped up 3 whole chilli's and 3 cloves of garlic to add a bit of a kick and 1 tbsp of peanut to add a richness.
I served it with quinoa and it was yummy.

hayleykas's picture

Didn't enjoy this at all, it was sweet and me and my boyfriend couldn't finish it as it became very sickly. I've never tried quinoa before so maybe that was the taste I didn't like? Either way - I won't be cooking this again.

rnaganuma's picture

Maybe I did something wrong (I'm pretty sure I followed the recipe accurately) but this turned out very, VERY watery. I wonder if it's supposed to be like that? Not that my boyfriend and I minded; it became like a spiced soup. Very tasty.

First time having quinoa and we loved it!

chefzak's picture

Horrible recipe. If you’ve ever eaten a real curry, then you’ll never settle for jarred curry paste. However, if you decide to make this dish, I have a few suggestions:
First, use less liquid because it is too wet. Cut the chicken stock by half to 0.5L.
Second, the cashews don’t work.
Third, don’t make quinoa for the first time in this dish because you’ll ruin any desire to make it again. Make rice or couscous separate to the dish and add as a side. Quinoa should be enjoyed as a salad that uses lemon and a few other vegetables (e.g. http://vegetarian.about.com/od/soupssalads/r/quinoasalad.htm)

shirls1's picture

One word describes this dish - delicious!
First time I'd tried quinoa and I loved it and so did my whole family.
I nearly replaced the quinoa with Israeli cous cous because of the negative comments I read, but I'm so glad that I did use it.
This will definitely become a regular family favourite!

cocovanilla's picture

Didn't have Balti-paste (been looking everywhere but no stores seem to stock this type in Norway), used regular curry paste instead. Quinoa is a strange grain and I think it's quite good, but my boyfriend didn't like it as much so it could be substituted with something else. All over a good recipe.

jaunty's picture

I had never used quinoa before and it is a lovely texture. I must try it in risottos


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teazletheweazle's picture

I made this last night after searching meals using Quinoa. As a vegetarian I substituted the chicken with Quorn chicken style pieces and thoroughly enjoyed it! I halved the recipe as I was cooking for two only and the meal was full of flavour and filling. Thank you! Another recipe for my collection.