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)

Lovely72's picture

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

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

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.

nuffinbuttrouble's picture

I had to add lots more fluid during cooking as the quinoa soaked the liquid up very quickly. The finished dish was nutritious and the whole family ate it but it was nothing special. Probably won't make it again.

classified's picture

Ths recipe was so easy and quick. Cut the chicken up into pieces by mistake, but it was delicious. My son moaned about the nuts!!!!!

mrsvandicamp's picture

Hey like laura I would love to know if anyone has used this recipe in a slow cooker???? Just got one yesterday and would love some ideas of recipes for it x

noodlebear's picture

I made this for a family of three, was plenty. I would use less quinoa next time and more balti paste as we prefer more spice.
I reheated what was left the next day and thought it tasted better, (?).

laura1234's picture

Please could someone let me know if this is suitable for slow cooking? Are nuts OK in a slow cooker? Also how long would this take? Any slow cooking tips would be highly appreciated - Thanks

mikety's picture

Cooked this meal for the first time recently. Stuck to the recipe with no deviations and was pleasantly surprised by the result. First time using quinoa, but did not encounter any issues as highlighted by previous reviewers. A meal for the whole family, and my children certainly enjoyed. Accompanied by some home-made Naan bread made for a filling meal.

pammiejay's picture

I made this as part of an Indian buffet, doubling up on the ingredients which worked well. I made it the day before and reheated so a great make-ahead one pot dish. I used chicken thighs instead of breasts which were more tasty and used bulgar wheat instead of quinoa (same measurement) and it tasted lovely.

haleyarnold's picture

nice will cook it again

singingchef1's picture

Frozen spinach has a habit of producing liquid...try a salad next time.

bluebird002's picture

This was yummy but I am giving it 4 stars because for me there was too much liquid - I was cooking it forever to get the liquid to go down. And because I think it could do with some healthy vegetables in it. (I put frozen spinach in mine, which worked well.)

bumblesquat's picture

This is the 1st time I've ever tried Quinoa and I quite liked the texture. I threw in some spinach and mostly halved the recipe and I thought it was really tasty. Will definately make again.

eleanormayo's picture

Yum, loved it. Added a leek and some broccoli for extra veggies and thought the quinoa made a lovely change....will definitely do again.

dialyser's picture

Had never used quinoa before, but really enjoyed this.

bbcheek's picture

All the family loved this, i put quite a bit more balti paste in than the recipe required (about half the jat!) but for the better we think.

soniacottam's picture

I really enjoyed this recipe. Was supprised that the quinoa tasted so good. To make the dish stretch further I added some left over cooked new potatoes which went really well with the sauce. I think I may add some roasted red peppers next time as well.

jaylaird's picture

September 16, 2008
We had never had quinoa before but my whole family just loves this recipe. My kids request this dish frequently!


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