How to Prepare a Chicken Jalfrezi

Chicken Jalfrezi is one of those iconic dishes along with chicken tikka masala and the classic chicken biryani that signifies the Indian restaurant culture in the UK.

The classic serving for 6 people is often available in Indian restaurants. The version here came from the Curry Leaf restaurant in Cinderford when its available. It takes less than 30 minutes to get all the ingredients ready and lass then an hour to cook. Frankly, it is delicious. 

Serve; 4-6 people; Preparation time: 20-30 minutes; Cooking time:

Ingredients For A Chicken Jalfrezi

  • 2 tbsp vegetable oil (sunflower oil)
  • 1 onion, finely chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, thinly sliced
  • 1 tsp chilli powder
  • 3 tsp ground turmeric
  • pinch salt
  • 750g/1lb 10oz skinless chicken breast, cut into large chunks
  • 400g can chopped tomatoes
  • 3 tsp ground cumin
  • 3 tsp ground coriander
  • 2 tsp ground ginger
  • 2 tbsp melted butter or ghee
  • 1 lemon, juice on


  1. Heat the oil in a pan and fry the onion and garlic over a low to medium heat for 4–5 minutes, or until softened.

  2. Mix the chilli powder, turmeric and salt together in a bowl until well combined, then add the chicken pieces and mix well to coat.

  3. Add the coated chicken to the pan and fry for 10–15 minutes, or until golden-brown and cooked through.

  4. Stir the tomatoes, ginger, cumin and coriander into the pan, then reduce the heat until the mixture is just simmering.

  5. Cover the pan with a lid and cook for 20–30 minutes, stirring occasionally and adding a tablespoon of water every so often if the mixture appears too dry.

  6. Stir in the butter and add the lemon juice, to taste.

  7. To serve, spoon the chicken jalfrezi onto serving plates. Serve with rice, naan and lime wedges on the side, then garnish with the chopped coriander and sliced red chillies.

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