Chicken Jalfrezi

  • 5MINS
  • 20MINS
  • Serves 6
  • 175KCAL

Put down the phone, forget about the takeaway and make our slimming friendly take on a Chicken Jalfrezi!

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NutritionPer Serving

  • Calories175
  • Carbs9.8g
  • Protein27g
  • Fat1.8g
  • Saturates0.4g
  • Sugars8.3g

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For the full list of ingredients and comprehensive instructions, please see the recipe card at the end of this post. Before you scroll, there’s important stuff to know in the blurb!

We absolutely love ordering a Chicken Jalfrezi from the takeaway, but it’s not always a slimming friendly option.

Our take on the classic Indian dish means that you can back away from the takeaway menu and indulge in a delicious curry that has all of the flavours, without loads of additional calories.

The word ‘Jalfrezi’ comes from the Benghali word “Jhal” which means spicy, so you would normally expect a Chicken Jalfrezi to be really hot.

Our version has more of a medium heat, but if you’re craving something a bit spicier then you can add an extra green chilli or scatter some chilli flakes over the top. 

Serve with some fluffy, white rice and your favourite Indian side dishes for a fakeaway feast isn’t full of tons of calories!

What diets is this Chicken Jalfrezi suitable for?

This Chicken Jalfrezi is suitable for gluten free and dairy free diets.

Please make sure to double or triple check all of your ingredients if you’re cooking for people with allergies.

How Weight Watchers friendly is this Chicken Jalfrezi recipe?

  • If you’re on WW Green then you’ll need to count 2 Points per portion of this Chicken Jalfrezi recipe.
  • If you’re on WW Blue then you’ll need to count 0 Points per portion of this Chicken Jalfrezi recipe.
  • If you’re on WW Purple then you’ll need to count 0 Points per portion of this Chicken Jalfrezi recipe.

Do you need any special ingredients to make this Chicken Jalfrezi?

You should be able to find all of the ingredients you’ll need to make this dish in your local supermarket.

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You’ll need a mixing bowl to marinade your chicken in.

You will also need a large frying pan like this one to cook your Chicken Jalfrezi.

How many calories are in this Chicken Jalfrezi?

There are 175 calories per portion in this Chicken Jalfrezi, which means it falls into our Everyday Light category. 

This Chicken Jalfrezi is perfect if you’re following a calorie controlled diet, and fits well with any one of the major diet plans such as Weight Watchers. 

As a guide, an average man needs around 2,500kcal (10,500kJ) a day to maintain a healthy body weight. For an average woman, that figure is around 2,000kcal (8,400kJ) a day. Obviously, if your goal is to lose weight then you might want to adjust these slightly! You can read more about these recommendations on the NHS website.

Step 1

Add the diced chicken to a bowl and sprinkle over the marinade spices. Stir until the chicken is completely coated. Cover with cling film and pop in the fridge for 10 minutes.

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Step 2

Spray a large frying pan with low calorie cooking spray and brown the chicken until sealed on all sides.

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Step 3

Add the onions to the pan and continue to fry for 3 minutes until they begin to soften. Add the peppers and chilli and fry for a further 2 minutes.

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Step 4

Once the peppers have begun to soften, add the chopped courgette, garlic, ginger and stir until fully combined.

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Step 5

Pour in the chopped tomatoes, tomato puree and the water.

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Step 6

Crumble the stock cube into the pan and sprinkle in the coriander, cumin and garam masala give the pan a good stir.

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Step 7

Allow to bubble for 5 – 10 minutes until the vegetables are soft and the sauce is heated through. If the sauce looks a little thick then add some extra water.

Step 8

Stir through the chopped coriander and serve.

Chicken Jalfrezi - Pinch of Nom Slimming Recipes

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How do you know when this Chicken Jalfrezi is cooked?

Your Chicken Jalfrezi should be cooked for around 15 minutes or until the vegetables are soft and the sauce is hot throughout.

Standard advice here in the UK is to cook food until it has reached 70°C and stayed at that temperature for 2 minutes. This is to keep your family safe.

How long can you keep this Chicken Jalfrezi in the fridge?

Once you’ve put it out, ideally you should eat it within 4 hours.

If you allow any leftovers to cool, make sure to refrigerate in a container with a lid and chill.  You can keep leftovers of this Chicken Jalfrezi in the fridge for approximately 3 days or so

Can I freeze this Chicken Jalfrezi?

Yes you can! This recipe can be frozen, but please remember to do the following;

  • Freeze it as soon as it is cold enough.
  • Use a container or bag that is suitable for freezing.

Don’t forget to add a label with what it is, and on what date you put it in the freezer!

How do I reheat this Chicken Jalfrezi?

From chilled: Place in a microwave proof container with a loosely fitting lid and heat for 4-7 minutes until piping hot.

From frozen: Allow to defrost, and heat covered in the microwave for 3-5 minutes then stir. Cook for a further 5-7 minutes or until piping hot.

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Chicken Jalfrezi

Put down the phone, forget about the takeaway and make our slimming friendly take on a Chicken Jalfrezi!
  • Prep Time
    5 MINS
  • Cook Time
    20 MINS
  • KCals 175
  • Carbs 9.8G
  • WW Points:
  • 2 Green
  • 0 Blue
  • 0 Purple

Ingredients

For the chicken marinade

  • 600 g chicken breast diced
  • 1 tsp ground cumin
  • 1 tsp turmeric
  • 1 tsp ground coriander
  • 1 tsp chilli flakes
  • 1/2 tsp cumin seeds

For the sauce

  • 1 onion diced
  • 1 red pepper diced
  • 1 green pepper diced
  • 1 green chilli seeds removed and finely diced
  • 50 g courgette finely diced
  • 400 g can of chopped tomatoes
  • 2 tbsp tomato puree
  • 2 cloves of garlic crushed
  • 5 cm piece of ginger finely grated
  • 2 tsp garam masala
  • 1 tsp ground cumin
  • 1 tsp ground coriander
  • 1 chicken stock cube
  • 50 ml water

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Instructions

For the chicken marinade
  1. Add the diced chicken to a bowl and sprinkle over the marinade spices. Stir until the chicken is completely coated. Cover with cling film and pop in the fridge for 10 minutes.
  2. Spray a large frying pan with low calorie cooking spray and brown the chicken until sealed on all sides.
  3. Add the onions to the pan and continue to fry for 3 minutes until they begin to soften. Add the peppers and chilli and fry for a further 2 minutes.
  4. Once the peppers have begun to soften, add the chopped courgette, garlic, ginger and stir until fully combined.
  5. Pour in the chopped tomatoes, tomato puree and the water.
  6. Crumble the stock cube into the pan and sprinkle in the coriander, cumin and garam masala give the pan a good stir.
  7. Allow to bubble for 5 - 10 minutes until the vegetables are soft and the sauce is heated through. If the sauce looks a little thick then add some extra water.
  8. Stir through the chopped coriander and serve.

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Recipe notes

To make this spicier add an extra green chilli or an extra hit of chilli flakes sprinkled on top.

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8 comments

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Melanie RidlerWednesday 27th January 2021

Absolutely delicious – the comment from my curry loving husband was “better than a takeaway “

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    HollyWednesday 27th January 2021

    Hey Melanie, so glad you enjoyed the Chicken Jalfrezi!

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DeniseSaturday 23rd January 2021

How can I make this in my Instant pot please?

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    HollyMonday 25th January 2021

    Hey Denise, we have a really helpful article for Instant Pot conversions HERE which you should find helpful!

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Lorna PotterThursday 14th January 2021

Do you do a low carb pinch of nom please

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    HollyFriday 15th January 2021

    Hey Lorna, If you have a look on at the recipe finder tool you can filter by ingredient, dietary requirement or in this case low carb. There will be lots of things you can make that will fit into any meal plan find it HERE hope that helps!

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Elaine whiteWednesday 13th January 2021

Hi which book is this chicken jalfrezi in please?

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    HollyThursday 14th January 2021

    Hi Elaine, the Chicken Jalfrezi is a recipe exclusive to our website hope that helps!

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