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Chicken Jalfrezi Recipe

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Chicken Jalfrezi Recipe

Chicken Jalfrezi is a beloved and flavorful dish that originates from the Indian subcontinent. This dish is known for its vibrant and spicy flavors, making it a favorite among those who appreciate a bit of heat in their meals. With tender pieces of chicken and a medley of colorful vegetables, Chicken Jalfrezi is a delightful choice for any occasion. Let’s dive into the recipe and learn how to make this delicious dish at home.

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Table of Contents

  1. Introduction
  2. Ingredients
  3. Instructions
    • 3.1 Preparing the Chicken
    • 3.2 Making the Jalfrezi Sauce
    • 3.3 Cooking the Chicken and Vegetables
  4. Serving Suggestions
  5. Conclusion

Introduction

Chicken Jalfrezi is a classic Indian and Pakistani dish that showcases the perfect balance of flavors and textures. With its rich tomato-based sauce, tender chicken pieces, and an array of sautéed vegetables, it’s a dish that will satisfy both your cravings and your love for spice.

Ingredients

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Before you begin, gather the following ingredients:

For the Chicken Marinade:

  • 500 grams of boneless chicken, cut into bite-sized pieces
  • 1 teaspoon of ginger paste
  • 1 teaspoon of garlic paste
  • 1 teaspoon of red chili powder
  • Salt to taste
  • 1 tablespoon of vegetable oil

For the Jalfrezi Sauce:

  • 2 tablespoons of vegetable oil
  • 1 large onion, thinly sliced
  • 1 green bell pepper, thinly sliced
  • 1 red bell pepper, thinly sliced
  • 1 yellow bell pepper, thinly sliced
  • 2 tomatoes, chopped
  • 1 teaspoon of ginger paste
  • 1 teaspoon of garlic paste
  • 1 teaspoon of ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon of ground coriander
  • 1/2 teaspoon of turmeric powder
  • 1 teaspoon of red chili powder (adjust to your spice preference)
  • Salt to taste
  • 2 tablespoons of tomato ketchup
  • 1/2 cup of water
  • Fresh cilantro leaves for garnish

Instructions

3.1 Preparing the Chicken

  1. In a bowl, combine the chicken pieces with ginger paste, garlic paste, red chili powder, salt, and 1 tablespoon of vegetable oil.
  2. Mix well, ensuring the chicken is evenly coated with the marinade.
  3. Cover and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes to allow the flavors to meld.

3.2 Making the Jalfrezi Sauce

  1. Heat 2 tablespoons of vegetable oil in a large pan or skillet over medium-high heat.
  2. Add the thinly sliced onions and sauté until they turn translucent and begin to caramelize.
  3. Stir in the ginger paste and garlic paste, and cook for another 1-2 minutes until the raw aroma disappears.
  4. Add the chopped tomatoes, ground cumin, ground coriander, turmeric powder, red chili powder, and salt. Cook until the tomatoes break down and the oil starts to separate from the mixture.
  5. Stir in the tomato ketchup and cook for an additional 2 minutes.
  6. Add 1/2 cup of water to create a smooth sauce. Simmer for a few minutes until the sauce thickens.

3.3 Cooking the Chicken and Vegetables

  1. In a separate pan, heat a tablespoon of vegetable oil over medium-high heat.
  2. Add the marinated chicken pieces and cook until they are browned and fully cooked, about 6-8 minutes.
  3. Once the chicken is cooked, transfer it to the pan with the Jalfrezi sauce.
  4. Add the thinly sliced bell peppers and stir everything together.
  5. Cook for an additional 3-4 minutes, allowing the flavors to meld and the vegetables to become tender yet crisp.
  6. Garnish with fresh cilantro leaves.

Serving Suggestions

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Chicken Jalfrezi pairs wonderfully with steamed rice, naan bread, or roti. You can also serve it with a side of yogurt or cucumber raita to balance the heat of the dish.

Conclusion

With this Chicken Jalfrezi recipe, you can bring the exotic flavors of Indian and Pakistani cuisine right into your kitchen. The bold and spicy profile of this dish makes it a standout favorite for those who appreciate the vibrant flavors of South Asia. So, roll up your sleeves, gather your ingredients, and embark on a culinary adventure that will have your taste buds dancing with delight. Enjoy!

Source: kitchensanctuary.com

Chicken Jalfrezi Recipe

Chicken Jalfrezi Recipe

Yield: 4
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes

Chicken Jalfrezi is a beloved and flavorful dish that originates from the Indian subcontinent. This dish is known for its vibrant and spicy flavors, making it a favorite among those who appreciate a bit of heat in their meals. With tender pieces of chicken and a medley of colorful vegetables, Chicken Jalfrezi is a delightful choice for any occasion. Let's dive into the recipe and learn how to make this delicious dish at home.

Ingredients

Chicken:

  • 3 chicken breasts (about 500g/1.1lbs) - chopped into bitesized chunks
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 1 tsp coriander
  • 1 tsp turmeric
  • 1 tsp garam masala

Sauce:

  • 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

Sauce Read more:

  • 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

Instructions

  • 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.

Notes

Want to use the Curry Base Gravy Method?

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.

What about a gluten-free jalfrezi?

The ingredients I used for this chicken jalfrezi recipe are already gluten-free - but it's a good idea to check your own brands to be sure.

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.

Will it freeze ok?

Yes, freeze in freezer-proof containers with a lid as soon as the curry is cool. Defrost overnight in the fridge, then reheat in a pan  - as per above.

Can I make chicken jalfrezi in the slow cooker?

Yes - bring the curry up to the boil (step 12), then transfer to a slow cooker. Cook for 3-4 hours on high or 5-6 hours on low.

Swap out the chicken for lamb:

Lamb jalfrezi is delicious - but it takes longer to cook to become tender. If you want to replace the chicken with lamb, then add a little more liquid (I would add an extra 140z/400g tin of chopped tomatoes) and simmer for 2 hours, stirring occasionally. Add a splash of water or stock if it starts to look too dry.

Nutrition Information
Yield 1 Serving Size 4
Amount Per ServingCalories 32223Total Fat 921gSaturated Fat 242gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 579gCholesterol 2309mgSodium 93124mgCarbohydrates 4105gFiber 606gSugar 2260gProtein 2092g

The information contained herein is subject to change.

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