Chilli Chicken Masala

  • 5MINS
  • 30MINS
  • Serves 6
  • 203KCAL

Packed full of spices with a warming chilli kick, this dish is perfect for any slimming or Weight Watchers friendly fakeaway!

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NutritionPer Serving

  • Calories203
  • Carbs12g
  • Protein30g
  • Fat2.3g
  • Saturates0.5g
  • Sugars10g

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For the full list of ingredients and comprehensive instructions, please see the recipe card below. Before you scroll, there’s important stuff in the blurb!

There’s something special about settling down on a Friday or Saturday night with a freshly cooked curry, but if you reach for the takeaway menu you could be looking at over 1000 calories just for one meal!

We love creating slimming friendly alternatives to your favourite fakeaway dinners, and that’s where this rich and delicious Chilli Chicken Masala comes in!

If you love a curry with a kick, then this recipe is the one for you! Fresh, tender chicken left to simmer with aromatic spices until the flavours combine, you can add as much or as little chilli as you like depending on how hot you want it.

Our version of Chilli Chicken Masala packs a punch, with warming ginger and a glug of hot sauce, so it’s perfect for serving for dinner as the nights get colder. Not only that, it’s also freezable so it’s ideal for batch cooking so you’ve got dinner on the table on demand, in less time than it takes for a takeaway delivery!

What diets is this Chilli Chicken Masala suitable for?

Chilli Chicken Masala can be enjoyed on gluten free diets, as long as you substitute the following ingredients for suitable alternatives:

  • Chicken stock pot

If you’re cooking for people with allergies, be extra careful when checking ingredients and preparing food!

How Weight Watchers friendly is this Chilli Chicken Masala recipe?

Weight Watchers’ new PersonalPoints plan calculates each individual’s Points allowance based on their unique food preferences and goals. This means we’re no longer able to offer exact WW points for our recipes.

The good news is that all of our recipes are still Weight Watchers friendly! If you have any questions about your Points budgets or you’re unsure how a certain recipe will fit into your plan, please reach out to Weight Watchers directly.

Do you need any special ingredients to make Chilli Chicken Masala?

Nope! Everything you need for this tasty Chilli Chicken Masala is really easy to find in most supermarkets, and you probably already have some ingredients in the cupboard already!

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A Friday night fakeaway enjoyed by all, along with Samosas.
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Straight forward and so tasty!
I made two versions, one exactly as the recipe said for hubby - he likes his spice and it was perfect. I omitted the chillis and hot sauce for me and it was spot on. Freezer portion each left over, so next time we fancy a curry we already have it in. Fab!

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How many calories are in this Chilli Chicken Masala?

This Chilli Chicken Masala is included in our Everyday Light category because it contains just 203 calories per portion. For more delicious dishes all under 400 calories, take a look at other Everyday Light recipes!

This Chilli Chicken Masala recipe is ideal when following any of the larger diet plans such as Weight Watchers or counting calories.

The average woman needs around 2000kcal per day to maintain a healthy body weight, and men typically need slightly more at 2,500kcals, but you may want to reduce these if you are aiming to lose weight. You can find more information on the NHS website.

Step 1

In a mixing bowl add the chicken and pour over all the spices and stir until fully coated. Cover the bowl with cling film and pop in the fridge for 10 minutes to allow the chicken to marinate.

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Step 2

Spray a frying pan with low calorie cooking spray and set on a medium heat. Add the chicken to the pan and fry for 4 minutes until browned on all sides.

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Step 3

Once the chicken is browned add in the onion and fry for another 2 minutes until just starting to soften, add in the peppers and chilli and fry for a further 2 minutes.

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Step 4

When the peppers and onions are soft add the crushed garlic, ginger and pour in the chopped tomatoes, tomato puree and hot sauce stirring together until fully combined.

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Step 5

Add the stock pot to the water and pour into the pan, allow to bubble for 20 minutes.

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Step 6

Stir through the fat free yogurt and chopped coriander and serve with your choice of side!

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What could I serve with this Chilli Chicken Masala?

Serve with a selection of Indian sides for a fabulous fakeaway without compromising on your diet:

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How do you know when Chilli Chicken Masala is cooked?

You should cook this Chilli Chicken Masala until the chicken is cooked through with no pink remaining. This will take around 20 minutes on the stove.

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

How long can you keep Chilli Chicken Masala in the fridge?

Ideally you should eat this recipe within 4 hours of serving it.

If you have any leftovers, then make sure that you allow them to cool before popping them in a container with a lid and refrigerating. Leftovers of this Chilli Chicken Masala can be kept in the fridge for around 3 days.

Can I freeze Chilli Chicken Masala?

YES you can freeze this recipe! If you do, then remember to do the following:

  • Allow it to cool and then freeze as soon as it is cold enough.
  • Place in a container or bag that is suitable for freezing.
  • Add a label with the recipe name and what date you froze it (no one likes mystery meat!)

How do I reheat Chilli Chicken Masala?

From chilled: Place in a microwave proof container with 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 until piping hot.

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Chilli Chicken Masala

Packed full of spices with a warming chilli kick, this dish is perfect for any slimming or Weight Watchers friendly fakeaway!
  • Prep Time
    5 MINS
  • Cook Time
    30 MINS
  • KCals 203
  • Carbs 12G

Ingredients

  • 650 g chicken breast diced
  • 100 g fat free yoghurt
  • 1 onion diced
  • 1 green pepper diced
  • 1 red pepper diced
  • 2 green chillies seeds removed and finely diced
  • 2 cloves garlic crushed
  • 5 cm piece of fresh ginger grated
  • 2 tbsp tomato puree
  • 200 ml boiling water
  • 1 tin 400g/14oz chopped tomatoes
  • 2 tsp hot sauce
  • 1 tbsp turmeric
  • 1 tbsp ground coriander
  • 1 tbsp ground cumin
  • 1 tsp garam masala
  • 1 tsp curry powder
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • 1 tsp chilli powder
  • ½ tsp chilli flakes
  • 1 chicken stock pot
  • handful of fresh coriander stalks removed and chopped
  • low calorie cooking spray

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Instructions

  1. In a mixing bowl add the chicken and pour over all the spices and stir until fully coated. Cover the bowl with cling film and pop in the fridge for 10 minutes to allow the chicken to marinate.
  2. Spray a frying pan with low calorie cooking spray and set on a medium heat. Add the chicken to the pan and fry for 4 minutes until browned on all sides.
  3. Once the chicken is browned add in the onion and fry for another 2 minutes until just starting to soften, add in the peppers and chilli and fry for a further 2 minutes.
  4. When the peppers and onions are soft add the crushed garlic, ginger and pour in the chopped tomatoes, tomato puree and hot sauce stirring together until fully combined.
  5. Add the stock pot to the water and pour into the pan, allow to bubble for 20 minutes.
  6. Stir through the fat free yogurt and chopped coriander and serve with your choice of side!

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Recipe notes

Tip: This is quite a hot curry but if you want it even hotter add a little more hot sauce or an extra chilli.
Tip: You can marinate the chicken for longer and it gives a more intense flavour.

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