This post was sponsored by Thatchers Cider.
We love a good curry at home, and you’ll often find me whipping up a quick Thai curry on a busy weeknight, or making a slow cooker curry when we’ve got friends round for dinner. It’s also the number one food I crave when we come back from holiday.
We have so much fun trying all the local cuisines and basically eating everything in sight (like we did in France a couple of weeks ago – still can’t believe I put on 5 1/2lbs in 4 days), but when I get back home, dinner is a saucy curry with lots of rice.
This jalfrezi is a great one to make when you’re craving that spicy-curry kick.
I like to marinate the chicken first. No too long – 10-15 minutes is enough (you can marinate for longer if you like). Then after that, we’re talking 30 minutes from start to finish.
Fry the marinated chicken:
Then add onion, garlic, ginger, chillies, spices and peppers:
Once those spices are releasing their fragrance, add in tinned tomatoes and stock, then simmer for 10 minutes or so until thickened.
Lots of spices, a nice kick of heat and plenty of sauce to soak into the rice.
Speaking of rice – did you know how easy it is to make pilau rice at home?
Simply fry up some onion and spices, then add the rice and water and cook as normal. This is how the onions and spices look before adding the rice and water:
The spices give it a lovely fragrance, without overpowering the rice, and the turmeric gives it that gorgeous golden yellow colour.
Thatchers were kind enough to send us some of their Vintage cider, and we were thinking of a good recipe to pair with this crisp, sparkling, rich cider. It works really well with strong flavours, such as mature cheddar, spices, red meats, and hearty bakes such lasagne.
We decided to go down the spicy route, and the refreshing taste, ice cold from the fridge worked a treat!
Can I make it gluten free?
Yes, this recipe is already gluten free (and so is Thatchers Vintage)
Can I make it vegetarian?
Yes, add in more veggies in place of the chicken, and use vegetable stock. I like to marinate cubes of courgette and mushrooms in place of the chicken.
Can I make it ahead?
Yes, you can make the jalfrezi ahead, then cool, cover and refrigerate for up to two days. Reheat in a pan over a medium heat until the chicken is hot throughout.
Can I freeze this chicken jalfrezi?
Yes, you can freeze the jalfrezi and the rice. Freeze seperately in freezer-proof containers with lids as soon as the jalfrezi and rice is cool. Defrost overnight in the fridge, then reheat the jalfrezi in a pan – as per above.
Reheat the rice by adding two tablespoon of water and placing the rice in an ovenproof dish, cover with foil and cook in the oven at 150C/300F for approx 20 minutes until the rice is hot throughout.
Thatchers Vintage cider is gluten free, vegetarian and vegan. Visit www.thatcherscider.co.uk for plenty of background to Thatchers and their guide to pairing cider with food
The Chicken Jalfrezi with Homemade Pilau Rice Recipe:
Chicken Jalfrezi with homemade pilau rice
- 500 g chicken breast chopped into bitesized chunks
- 1 tsp cumin
- 1 tsp coriander
- 1 tsp turmeric
- 1 tsp garam masala
- 1 tablespoons vegetable oil
- 2 tbsp butter
- 1 large onion peeled and sliced
- 1 red chilli sliced
- 1 green chilli sliced
- 2 cloves garlic peeled and minced
- 2 tsp minced ginger
- 1 tsp garam masala
- 2 tsp turmeric
- 1 1/2 tsp salt
- 2 tsp cumin
- 2 tsp ground coriander
- 1 red bell pepper sliced
- 1 green bell pepper sliced
- 1 400g tin chopped tomatoes
- 200 ml chicken stock ensure this is a gluten free stock if required
- 1 tbsp tomato puree
- Small bunch chopped fresh coriander (cilantro)
- Fresh coriander and chilli flakes to serve
- 1 tsp vegetable oil
- 2 tsp unsalted butter
- 1 small onion peeled and finely diced
- 1/2 tsp cumin seeds
- 6 cardamom pods
- 6 cloves
- 2 tsp turmeric
- 2 bay leaves
- 300 g long grain rice
- 600 ml boiling water
- Coat the chicken in the cumin, coriander and turmeric and leave to marinade for 10 minutes, covered in the fridge.
- Meanwhile, make the rice. Heat the oil and butter in a pan until the butter melts. Add the onion and cook on a medium heat for 5 minutes until softened.
- Add in the cumin seeds, cardamom pods, cloves, turmeric and bay leaves. Heat through, whilst stirring for a further minute.
- Add the rice and stir to coat in the spices.
- Add the boiling water, stir once and bring back to the boil, then place a lid on the pan and turn the heat down to very low. Cook for 20 minutes.
- Once cooked, turn the heat off. Leave the lid on and the rice should retain its heat until the curry is ready.
- Once the chicken has marinated (whilst the rice is cooking), heat the oil and butter in a large frying pan and add the chicken. Cook on a high heat for 4-5 minutes until the chicken is sealed.
- Add the onion to the pan, turn the heat down to low-medium and cook for 5 minutes, stirring often, until the onion softens.
- Add the red and green chilli, garlic and ginger and cook for a further 2 minutes.
- Add in the garam masala, turmeric, salt, cumin and ground coriander. Stir to coat the onions, and cook for a further 2 minutes.
- Add in the red and green pepper, tinned tomatoes, chicken stock and tomato puree.
- Bring to the boil, then simmer for 10 minutes until thickened.
- Stir in the fresh coriander and serve with the pilau rice, topped with fresh coriander and a few chilli flakes.
Can I make it gluten free?Yes, this recipe is already gluten free (and so is Thatchers Vintage) .
Can I make it vegetarian?Yes, add in more veggies in place of the chicken, and use vegetable stock. I like to marinate cubes of courgette and mushrooms in place of the chicken. .
Can I make it ahead?Yes, you can make the jalfrezi ahead, then cool, cover and refrigerate for up to two days. Reheat in a pan over a medium heat until the chicken is hot throughout. .
Can I freeze this chicken jalfrezi?Yes, you can freeze the jalfrezi and the rice. Freeze seperately in freezer-proof containers with lids as soon as the jalfrezi and rice is cool. Defrost overnight in the fridge, then reheat the jalfrezi in a pan - as per above. Reheat the rice by adding two tablespoon of water and placing the rice in an ovenproof dish, cover with foil and cook in the oven at 150C/300F for approx 20 minutes until the rice is hot throughout. . Nutritional Information is per serving include rice.
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