Homemade Chicken Jalfrezi in a deliciously thick, spicy sauce. I love this for a quick weeknight meal when I'm craving a good curry. Serve it with my quick and easy pilau rice – all ready in 40 minutes.
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, 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 with cumin, coriander, turmeric and garam masala. No too long - 10-15 minutes is enough. Then after that, we're talking 30 minutes from start to finish.
Fry the marinated chicken in a little oil and butter.
Then add in sliced onions, chillies, garlic and ginger before adding the next layer of spices.
We're using the same spices you used to marinate the chicken (this time to flavour the sauce). We also add in a little salt.
Next in goes chopped peppers, tinned tomatoes, stock and tomato puree. That needs to bubble away for about 10 minutes, then it's ready to serve.
Lots of spices and a nice kick of heat, with plenty of sauce to soak into the rice.
Speaking of rice - did you know how easy it is to make pilau rice at home? I've got the recipe for you here (click on the image to take you to the recipe):
Dish the jalfrezi up with that lovely fragrant Pilau rice, and sprinkle on some red onion and coriander before serving.
What to serve with your curry:
- Homemade Chapati or Garlic Naan
- Saag Aloo from this recipe
- Boiled Rice or Restaurant Style Pilau Rice
- A Fresh Tomato & Onion Salad
- These spicy Lamb Samosa cups make a great starter
- And these Pistachio and White Chocolate Blondies are a great dessert to finish off the meal.
📺 Watch how to make this Chicken Jalfrezi (and the pilau rice too!)
Want to use the Curry Base Gravy Method for this Curry?
Check out the notes section of the recipe card of my Curry Base Gravy to see how I convert this recipe to use a make-ahead curry base.
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Chicken Jalfrezi Recipe
- 3 chicken breasts (about 500g/1.1lbs) - chopped into bitesized chunks
- 1 tsp cumin
- 1 tsp coriander
- 1 tsp turmeric
- 1 tsp garam masala
- 1 tbsp sunflower oil
- 2 tbsp unsalted 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 ½ tsp salt
- 2 tsp cumin
- 2 tsp ground coriander
- 1 red bell pepper - sliced
- 1 green bell pepper - sliced
- 400 g (14oz) tin chopped tomatoes
- 240 ml (1 cup) chicken stock - ensure this is a gluten-free stock if required
- 1 tbsp tomato puree
- Fresh coriander and chilli flakes to serve
- Coat the chicken in the cumin, coriander and turmeric and leave to marinade for 10 minutes, covered in the fridge.
- Once the chicken has marinated, 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 rice, topped with fresh coriander and a few chilli flakes.
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Posted in Sept 2019 updated July 2020 and October 2021 with new hints and tips and for housekeeping reasons.
John Green says
too hot for the wife, i thought it was great......so Korna next
Perfect very authentic 👌
mark alcock says
This is a great recipe and easy to follow - even for me. Think I may have used too much chicken or it was too cold as it ended up boiling in the pan rather than browning.
Otherwise it seems excellent.
I remember a chef from India or Pakistan telling me to make these things the day before you want to eat them as the aromas will be new to you when reheated.
I can cook well but I think your recipes are inspirational - and the photography is great and well thought-out.
Jeanette povey says
Absolutely delicious. My partner is not a confident cook, in fact he rarely makes a meal from scratch. He made this on Saturday and we loved it. The recipe was easy to follow and the little tick by each ingredients makes it so much easier to check off. He took the leftovers home with him!! We love your recipes. So thank you
Normally order our curry but decided to try this recipe instead, my husband 'who like what he likes' loved this curry and won't order out for this anymore
Very tasty will definitely make it again