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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rmmyatt's picture
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Filling but not the most flavoursome. Halved all the ingredients to make for 2 and used red lentils instead of quinoa... No convincing would make the fiancee try that! Tastes like it is made from a jar (which it is). If you can make you own curry paste I would recommend doing so.
When frying the onions I added some garam masala and to the chicken fried this in paprika and cumin. Gave it a bit more taste. I also added some tomato puree and frozen mixed veg to get some vegtables in there.
Won't be rushing to make it again unless I make some more changes, but as a once a month dish it is very good to get fibre and vegetables in there for the family!

brmks1's picture
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Have been using this recipe since it appeared in the magazine, and love it!

Fridays cook's picture
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Made this last night. Left out cashews coz didn't fancy these. YUM YUM!

craigatin's picture
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didn't enjoy it and wouldn't make it again. The quinoa made the curry very stodgy and gloopy.

synchronicity's picture
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Since I'm not a quinoa lover I made this recipe with lentils instead as another reader suggested. It was really good, but not good enough to make it again.

Lovely72's picture
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Just cooked again for 2nd time and even more delicious. Have recently had Aga installed so cooked slowly for a couple of hours which made it lovely and thick, also added some chunks of butternut squash to bulk it out. Highly recommended.

Lovely72's picture
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Just cooked again for 2nd time and even more delicious. Have recently had Aga installed so cooked slowly for a couple of hours which made it lovely and thick, also added some chunks of butternut squash to bulk it out. Highly recommended.

frejja's picture
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Didn't use quinoa or cashews, but added some milk and corn flour mix to the sauce to thicken it up a bit. Husband loves curries and this is one of his favourites now. Very easy to make, freezes and reheats great too.

islander's picture
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Pleasant enough but no better than using a jar.

corbett-davis's picture

Made this for 7 so had to up ingredients. Served with mango chutney and naan bread. Everyone from 4 to 70 enjoyed this.

angiegough81's picture
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This was nice but nothing special. Not totally sure about the Quinoa, I would have preferred it with rice.

glo123's picture

can i leave the nuts out of this recipe or would it really make a big difference as i dont like nuts

glo123's picture

you can get quinoa from health shops or asda sell it in green packs either down the soup aisle on the gluten free section or in the beans aisle

norma1941's picture

Have made this lots for a healthy mid-week tea, it's so easy and really tasty with not too much ingredients. Would make this for friends at the weekend as it is so good.

sweetassugar's picture
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This is delicious! My family make this regularly and it is a huge hit with all of us.

reginawebster's picture
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I've made many recipes from the Good Food site, all really good, but this is my absolute favourite! I decided to try a lighter option without the chicken and a selection of veg: pepper, cauliflower, broccoli, mushrooms, courgette and also king prawns and it was still truly delicious. Highly Recommend this recipe. NB It's the quinoa that really makes it though!

Lovely72's picture
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Very easy and very tasty. Simmered for about an hour (husband late home from work!) and it was a lovely texture, nice and thick - perfect for dunking our naan breads! I cut the chicken into smaller chunks as we prefer it that way, worked well. Quinoa made nice change from rice. Really enjoyed it and will def be making again.

pelupi's picture

Made this to the recipe. Very good. Excellent cold as a lunch box filler.

spelac's picture
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Made this last night and must say it is the worst dish I ever made, followed the recipe religiously and am sad to report I actually still feel a bit sick today. I tried quinoa before and liked it, but definitely doesn't work for me in curry and in combination with chicken. Threw away the recipe already!

annie0176's picture
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I made this after reading all the comments and decided to alter the recipe slightly, but using two tins of tomatoes and half a litre of stock. It worked very well and there was plenty of sauce - I think a litre of stock would have been far too much liquid. Everyone said it was yummy. The quinoa worked well and I like the fact that it had a different texture to other curries. Next time I will add some extra veg, maybe spinach.

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