Chicken curry with red chillies in silver bowl on wooden board

Chicken jalfrezi

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(88 ratings)

Prep: 10 mins Cook: 1 hr


Serves 4

Instead of calling the Indian takeaway, make your own easy chicken jalfrezi. This curry is also healthy with two of your 5-a-day and a dose of vitamin C

Nutrition and extra info

  • Healthy
  • Gluten-free

Nutrition: per serving

  • kcal252
  • fat8g
  • saturates1g
  • carbs11g
  • sugars9g
  • fibre5g
  • protein30g
  • salt0.4g
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    For the sauce

    • ½ large onion, roughly chopped



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

    • 2 garlic cloves, chopped
    • 1 green chilli, finely chopped
    • 400g can plum tomatoes
    • 1 tbsp ground coriander
    • 1 tbsp ground cumin
    • 1 tsp turmeric



      Turmeric is a fragrant, bright golden-yellow root that is most commonly seen and used dried and…

    For the meat & veg

    • 2-3 chicken breasts, diced
    • 1 tsp ground cumin
    • 1 tsp ground coriander
    • 1 tsp turmeric



      Turmeric is a fragrant, bright golden-yellow root that is most commonly seen and used dried and…

    • vegetable oil, for frying
    • ½ large onion, sliced



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

    • 1 red pepper, chopped
    • 2 red chillies, finely chopped (optional)
    • 2 tsp garam masala
      Garam masala

      Garam masala

      gar-am mah-sarl-ah

      Meaning 'warming spice mix', garam masala is the main spice blend used in North Indian…

    • handful of fresh, chopped coriander leaves
    • cooked basmati rice or naan bread to serve


    1. Take the chopped chicken and coat it in the cumin, ground coriander and turmeric then leave it to marinade in the fridge while you make the sauce.

    2. To make the sauce, fry the onion with the garlic and green chilli in a large pan, for around 5 mins, until browned. Add 300ml water to the onion mixture and simmer for around 20 minutes.

    3. Meanwhile, put the plum tomatoes in a food processor and give it a good whizz (aim for a smooth consistency). Heat another large pan and gently fry the ground coriander, cumin and turmeric in a splash of oil for about a minute. Add the tomatoes to this pan and simmer for around 10 minutes.

    4. Next, whizz your onion mixture in the food processor and add it to the spiced tomato sauce. Season generously, stir, then simmer for 20 minutes. You can make large batches of this sauce and freeze it for later use.

    5. Fry the marinated chicken in oil and stir continuously. After a few minutes, turn down the heat and add the other half of the onion, the red pepper and chillis. Stir until the onions and pepper soften (and the chicken is cooked, of course).

    6. Add the sauce you prepared earlier to the cooked chicken and simmer for around 10-20 minutes, adding a splash of water if it gets too thick. Just before you dish it up, stir in the garam masala and chopped coriander leaves. Serve with basmati rice or naan bread.

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    8th Feb, 2017
    Sannyf, if you find this recipe bland or tasteless, can I suggest you didn't follow the recipe to the letter? have a look at the ingredients, it can't be tasteless or bland, have another try
    8th Feb, 2017
    Sannyf, I have to say, if you find this tasteless and bland you obviously didn't follow the recipe to the letter, look at the ingredients, it is impossible this dish could be either tasteless or bland, have a retry.
    26th May, 2017
    I don't mean to be rude Sianni14 but your taste buds must be infantile. Look at Jenjones21's husband's comment two below mine, that's what we're dealing with here.
    19th Jan, 2017
    This recipe is awful. I made this for a group of friends and was embarrassed by how flavourless and bland it was.
    7th Jan, 2017
    Best curry I've ever made!
    9th Sep, 2016
    I cook this Chicken Jalfrezi about twice a week as it is one of only two things I know how to cook (the other thing is Spaghetti Bolognese). I substitute the chicken for a well known brand of vegetarian chicken style pieces as my wife (whose account I am posting this review as!) is a vegetarian. This still tastes nice and is actually easier than cooking chicken as the well known brand is sold as frozen pieces so you an just tip them in the pan. I give this Jalfrezi ten out of ten!
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    Graham cooper
    2nd Jul, 2016
    Used this recipe for 2 years now never get fed up of it
    Leeeeeet's picture
    16th Apr, 2016
    Love this recipe, pretty easy to prepare and tastes as good as the takeaway!!
    30th Jan, 2016
    This recipe demonstrates how straightforward home-made curry cooking can be. It is as good as any take-away I've had with no oil overdose.
    15th Jan, 2016
    Very nice, thanks.


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