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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6th Aug, 2009
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.
27th Jul, 2009
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.
17th Jul, 2009
Pleasant enough but no better than using a jar.
4th Jul, 2009
Made this for 7 so had to up ingredients. Served with mango chutney and naan bread. Everyone from 4 to 70 enjoyed this.
5th Jun, 2009
This was nice but nothing special. Not totally sure about the Quinoa, I would have preferred it with rice.
21st May, 2009
can i leave the nuts out of this recipe or would it really make a big difference as i dont like nuts
21st May, 2009
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
4th May, 2009
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.
25th Apr, 2009
This is delicious! My family make this regularly and it is a huge hit with all of us.
17th Apr, 2009
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!


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