Spiced chicken balti

Spiced chicken balti

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Cooking time

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

Skill level

Easy

Servings

Serves 4

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Nutrition and extra info

Additional info

  • Easily halved
Nutrition info

Nutrition per serving

kcalories
527
protein
47g
carbs
45g
fat
19g
saturates
3g
fibre
5g
sugar
14g
salt
1.83g

Ingredients

  • 1 tbsp sunflower oil
  • 2 large onions, thickly sliced
  • 4 skinless chicken breasts
  • 4 tbsp balti curry paste
  • 200g quinoa
  • 400g can chopped tomatoes
  • 1l chicken stock
  • 50g roasted salted cashews
  • small bunch coriander, leaves chopped

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Method

  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.

Recipe from Good Food magazine, June 2008

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sueandoliver's picture
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Use less water with the quinoa if it's like wallpaper paste!
Miscowave. 2parts quinoa to about 1 and 3/4. Of water.
I sometimes put a teaspoon of marigold stock in.
Cook on high for 5 mins. Stir. Another 4 mins and then leave to steam
Lovely!

bigian1179's picture
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I love this recipe I have made it one of my staple meals

samw17's picture
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Was very good, although the quinoa made it very bulky and absorbed much of the lovely sauce. I did it in a casserole and finished it off in the oven. May try next time omitting the quinoa as we quite like to have rice with curry, and simply too much starch with both!!

marywilliams's picture
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Delicious way to eat quinoa, and a nice variation from cooking rice separately. Have made it twice, and am cooking it again tonight. Love the addition of cashews. I do make sure I use a good Balti paste, otherwise don't change a thing.

katemarshall's picture
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I liked this dish, but found it a bit dry when I expected it to be a bit more saucy. I had never used quinoa before and was surprised by how much of the flavour it takes up. Interesting ingredient.

chris777's picture
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Really nice and easy to make! Not the best curry, but still nice! I've made this three times now! Yum yum!
Oh and Quinoa is great! I don't think it's a desired taste really? ;-)

stevendaly83's picture
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great fast food.

traciekan's picture

its not really a recipe is it when you use the ready made sauce????

jeanius's picture
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we all enjoyed this, I think the sauce with anything would be very nice. Recipe to repeat in our house and very little washing up for the dishwasher.

bigian1179's picture
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i just made it added a bit of chilli and garlic and another tin of tomatoes, very ,very good many thanks

googlebeaks's picture
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This was very tasty and I would definitely have it again although I agree with the other comments about there being too much liquid left at the end. I would use less stock next time. I followed a few of the other pieces of advice by removing the chicken and then continuing to simmer for a while longer to reduce the liquid and adding some frozen leaf spinach and roasted red pepper. I also chopped the chicken into pieces and the whole dish seemed to go much further. Very filling and great for next day's lunch too!

pamban's picture

Excellent, really easy, tasty and very filling eaten with naan bread. I am vegetarian so I used quorn pieces instead of chicken and it was delicious. Good meal to cook when you get in from work because it so simple and the family love it.

chefmore's picture
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I made this tonight exellent 1/2 the recipe for two only. Worked out well used two medium onions instead of large will make again

chefmore's picture
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Just made this tonight exellent 1/2 the recipe for two.I used two medium onions work well.

han2010's picture
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What a great dish! So simple to make and really delicious. Will be making it again.

misskatpaw's picture

This recipe went really well, starting to use quinoa now instead of other wheat-based like giant or normal cous cous which i used a lot until realising i was severely wheat intolerant.
Tasted excellent, was really filling and we were both happy to eat another portion each of the left overs the next day. Recommended ;o)

dancingbunny's picture
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This was lovely, it went down a treat with the boyfriend, who was dubious about the quinoa at first, but cleared his plate and went back for more! Would definitely make again. I didn't have any Balti paste so I used Madras paste instead, I don't know if it would have been any better or worse with Balti paste, but it was really nice anyway.

kiisudankan's picture
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Very tasty!

barywescott's picture

I have made this recipe numerous times since it appeared in the magazine. I use chicken thighs sometimes adding mushrooms, also reducing the stock to 750ml gives the quinoa a better consistancy.

rmmyatt's picture
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I rated this as 3 star not 2... not sure why it changed my rating? it did this to me on another recipie too! THREE STARS

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