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)

dani_thornton's picture

Cooked this for 2, was nice but not a new favourite of ours. Made with cous cous not quinoa and also used tikka masala paste not balti but both substitutes worked fine!

yvonnehelen's picture

I love quinoa,but will try it with lentels next time..Any more quinoa recipes?

sigridverbert's picture

Same thing as jeans/kitchen: made it, it was okay, but nothing to get particulary exited about...

chirpy9645's picture

Made this for two people, it was o.k. but would not rush to cook it again

sarahwol's picture

Lovely really enjoyed this curry... this is coming from someone who only likes korma! Served with rice, corriander and a dollop of yoghurt. Couln't get hold of any quinoa though! I'll keep looking!

pvize1's picture

I made it to the recipe. Was a little nervous mixing in the quinoa which I had never used before, but was pleasantly surprised.

maitken's picture

i haven't made the recipe but quinoa is a wonderful grain, however i agree it takes time to appreciate. since i'm vegetarian, i try to use it a lot though as it has such a high protein profile.

kickingkatie's picture

i used couscous - worked fine!

czammit's picture

can i use rice insted of quinoa?

kickingkatie's picture

could i substitute cous cous for quinoa?

nuffinbuttrouble's picture

I love all food, especially anything nutritious but i would urge anyone who has never tried Quinoa to cook a small amount to taste before including it in a recipe. It is a very aquired taste and has the texture of wallpaper paste.


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