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Chicken jalfrezi recipe

A bowl of chicken and red peppers in a spiced tomato sauce, served with a lemon wedge on a bed of rice

Prep time
15 mins

Cooking time
25 mins

Super easy


  • 30ml rapeseed oil
  • 700g boneless chicken, cut into cubes
  • 3 medium onions, chopped
  • 2 bell peppers (any colour), chopped
  • 4 green chillies, sliced
  • 4 garlic cloves, finely chopped 
  • 20g fresh ginger, peeled and sliced into thin pieces 
  • 400g tin of chopped tomatoes
  • 1 teaspoon salt (optional)
  • 1 teaspoon turmeric powder
  • 1 heaped teaspoon cumin seeds
  • 1 teaspoon red chilli powder
  • 1 teaspoon of garam masala
  • 1.5 teaspoon coriander powder
  • 250ml water
  • Fresh coriander to serve, finely chopped (optional)

Swap tip

To reduce the salt content of the dish, try swapping the salt for paprika or lemon juice.

Nutritional information

Nutritional analysis, per adult portion (¼ recipe)

  • 1,397kJ / 334kcal
  • 41g protein
  • 7.7g carbohydrate, of which 6.4g sugars
  • 79g fat, of which 6g saturates
  • 6.7g fibre
  • 1.25g salt


Heat the oil in a non-stick pan on a high heat. Add the chicken pieces and cook for 2 minutes. Add the cumin, turmeric, chilli powder and half a teaspoon of salt (if using). Mix well and fry on a medium heat for 3 to 4 mins, stirring frequently to stop the mixture from catching, until the chicken is lightly cooked and starting to turn white.


Remove the chicken and set aside, leaving the oil and juices in the pan. Fry the sliced onions on a medium heat for 7 minutes, until they're soft and beginning to turn golden. While the onions are cooking, blend the tinned tomatoes in a blender, or mash well using a masher or the back of a fork.


Add the ginger, garlic and peppers to the pan and cook for 2 minutes, then add the tomatoes, mix well and cook for another 2 minutes. Stir in the coriander powder, chilli powder, garam masala, cumin seeds and half a teaspoon of salt (if using), and cook for a further minute.


Add the chicken pieces back to the pan, stir well to coat in the mixture and cook for a couple of minutes. Add the green chillies, mix and fry on medium heat for another 2 minutes. Pour the water into the pot and stir, then cover and simmer on low heat for 10 to 15 minutes.

Try adding some of your favourite veg to bulk out the sauce. Mushrooms and sweetcorn work brilliantly – and add more fibre!


Once the chicken is tender and the sauce has thickened, turn off the heat and scatter over the chopped coriander.

Serve with rice or chapatis, plain yoghurt and a lemon wedge for extra tang. Enjoy!