Chilli Chicken Masala

  • 5MINS
  • 30MINS
  • 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?

  • If you’re on WW Green you need to count 3 Points per portion of this Chilli Chicken Masala recipe.
  • If you’re on WW Blue you need to count 1 Point per portion of this Chilli Chicken Masala recipe.
  • If you’re on WW Purple you need to count 1 Point per portion of this Chilli Chicken Masala recipe.

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!

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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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
  • WW Points:
  • 3 Green
  • 1 Blue
  • 1 Purple

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 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!

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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52 comments

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Amanda BurtonWednesday 2nd June 2021

Absolutely lovely, definitely will be doing this one again. I was worried about the heat but it was perfect

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    HollyFriday 4th June 2021

    Hey Amanda, thanks so much for getting in touch we are so glad to hear you enjoyed this curry!

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Heather CrorkenSaturday 29th May 2021

Hi, making this today but don’t have the ground coriander, i have the fresh for later, will it affect the taste a lot if the ground coriander is not there? Thanks

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    HollyFriday 4th June 2021

    Hey Heather, you could add a little extra ground cumin and garam masala instead of the ground coriander, hope that helps!

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GemmaMonday 24th May 2021

I’m making this for the third time today, it’s my absolute favourite fakeaway! Thank you so much for the recipe!

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    HollyMonday 24th May 2021

    Hey Gemma, thanks so much for getting in touch we are so glad to hear you enjoyed this recipe!

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Holly WatsonTuesday 16th March 2021

can I cook the veg and blend before adding too chicken as I hate chunky curry’s

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    HollyWednesday 17th March 2021

    Hi Holly, yes you could blitz the vegetables if that’s what you would prefer, hope that helps!

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Bryony MercerWednesday 10th March 2021

Can I use boneless chicken thighs?

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    HollyWednesday 10th March 2021

    Hi Bryony, yes you could use diced chicken thighs instead of breast, hope that helps!

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Sharon BishopMonday 1st March 2021

Hi, this recipe was absolutely delicious, for the hot sauce I used Tabasco mild sauce and Tesco 0% natural yoghurt, the different spices really made this dish! Better than the dish from an Indian. Thank you for this recipe. I made the indian fried rice to go with it.

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    HollyTuesday 2nd March 2021

    hi Sharon, thanks so much for your message so glad to hear you enjoyed this Chilli Chicken Masala!

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Eunice AtkinsSunday 28th February 2021

Hi am going to make this but it says 1 tbsp each of turmeric & ground cumin & ground coriander seems a lot is this correct??

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    HollyMonday 1st March 2021

    Hi Eunice, yes 1 tbsp of each is correct, hope that helps!

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Alan WalmsleySaturday 27th February 2021

Just made the Chilli chicken masala, was absolutely amazing, pure restaurant quality

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    SharonMonday 1st March 2021

    Hi Alan, thanks so much for your lovely comment, we’re delighted to hear this!

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Lisa McFarlaneSaturday 27th February 2021

Absolutely loved this dish! Who needs takeaway?? A new POM favourite 😊

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    HollyMonday 1st March 2021

    Hey Lisa, so glad you enjoyed this curry!

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LindaWednesday 24th February 2021

Made this today and loved it. I left out the hot sauce as my curry and chilli powders are very hot. Also didn’t need to add the yoghurt. I reduced it down to a nice thick sauce that was actually quite creamy in texture. This was a lovely curry, quick and easy to make and tasted better than ones I’ve slaved over for hours. Will definitely be repeated

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    HollyThursday 25th February 2021

    Hey Linda, so glad you enjoyed this curry!

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Marion AndersonMonday 22nd February 2021

Is this the same as or similar to chicken tikka masala? I really like chicken tikka masala. ☺

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    HollyThursday 25th February 2021

    Hey Marion, chicken tikka masala is milder and more creamy than this curry but it’s really tasty and if you’d like it with less of a kick just reduce the chilli. Here is our recipe for Chicken Tikka Masala Curry

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Zoe HargreavesThursday 18th February 2021

Can you make this in the slow cooker if so how long would you say?

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    HollyFriday 19th February 2021

    Hey Zoe, we haven’t tried this recipe in a slow cooker but it should work okay have a look at our article HERE on how to convert recipes to the slow cooker, hope that helps!

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AdeleWednesday 17th February 2021

Can you do this in a slow cooker?

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    HollyFriday 19th February 2021

    Hi Adele, we haven’t tried this recipe in a slow cooker but it should work okay have a look at our article HERE on how to convert recipes to the slow cooker, hope that helps!

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[email protected]Wednesday 17th February 2021

Made this curry tonight what can I say absolutely delicious it is hot but also very flavoursome.
I used Valentino Hot Sauce plus a soy cream as that is all I had will definitely make again.
A great curry to make for a crowd thanks Pinch of Nom x

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    HollyThursday 18th February 2021

    Hey Lorraine, so glad you enjoyed the curry!

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RoxanneWednesday 17th February 2021

Love this, we’ve had it twice in 3 days and it’s an absolute favourite. Served with the naan breads from 3rd book. So spicy, the kids have nicknamed it crying curry as it really makes your eyes water!

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    HollyThursday 18th February 2021

    Hey Roxanne, so glad you and your family enjoyed this curry!

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CarlaMonday 15th February 2021

Hi! This looks fab. Can you freeze leftovers?

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    HollyTuesday 16th February 2021

    Hey Carla, yes you can freeze this recipe! If you do then remember to 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 and add a label with the recipe name and what date you froze it, hope that helps!

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MarieMonday 15th February 2021

I just made this & my husband (who doesn’t really like curry that much) said it was delicious & the best curry I’ve ever made! I only used 1 chilli & no hot sauce as the kids were eating it too but it was plenty spicy! Will probably skip the chilli flakes next time. Served it with basmati rice, 1 chapati & non alcoholic beer. Thanks Pom!

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    HollyTuesday 16th February 2021

    Hey Marie, so glad to hear you enjoyed this recipe and so glad you could suit it to your families taste!

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HannahMonday 15th February 2021

Could you use Greek yogurt for this? Thanks

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    HollyMonday 15th February 2021

    Hi Hannah, yes Greek yogurt will work fine in this recipe just remember to adjust the calories accordingly, hope that helps!

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Chantelle OshioneboSaturday 13th February 2021

Hi. I’m new to all this so forgive my silly question haha. But how do you know what a portion is for a particular dish and that what you have out in your plate is in that calorie bracket. Thanks xx

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    HollyMonday 15th February 2021

    Hey Chantelle, We work out our recipes on the serving size so if for example a recipe serves 4 you would split it equally into 4 portions. If you scroll down to the recipe card at the bottom of the page on the website there is a little arrow by servings and you can alter up or down to serve more or less people. Hope that helps!

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FionaFriday 12th February 2021

Just made the Chilli Chicken Masala tonight
what can I say absolutely fantastic husband has said best Indian he ever had will definately be having again

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    HollyMonday 15th February 2021

    Hey Fiona, thanks so much for your message and glad to hear you enjoyed the Chilli Chicken Masala!

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KarenFriday 12th February 2021

Hi please can I ask some advice about your chicken vindaloo recipe. I cooked it tonight and it was lovely, but a bit acidy/ tangy. I had to substitute some items, I had no cardamom pods so added half a tsp of cinnamon and nutmeg (a google recommendation) And I had no brown sweetener, so used two tsp of white sweetener. Could the tangy tasty be because of this ie too much/not enough? Or could it be from the tin of chopped tomatoes. Ps the naan bread recipe to go with it was fab. Best regards

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    LisaTuesday 16th February 2021

    Hi Karen
    This is a tangy curry, due to the vinegar in the recipe. If you prefer a little less tang, you can reduce the amount of vinegar you use.

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LeeannFriday 12th February 2021

Could I use fat free Greek style yogurt?

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    HollyMonday 15th February 2021

    Hey Leeann, yes Greek style yogurt would work fine in this recipe!

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Emma HarrisonThursday 11th February 2021

Do you have to add the yoghurt or is this to cool it? What will change if I leave it out?

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    SharonFriday 12th February 2021

    Hi Emma, the yoghurt adds a little creaminess to the dish and will cool the spices a little too. You can leave it out if you like, but your curry will be spicier and not have the the creaminess. Hope that helps and thanks for your question.

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WendyThursday 11th February 2021

What is hot sauce?

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    SharonFriday 12th February 2021

    Hi Wendy, hot sauce refers to hot pepper sauce, examples are brands such as Tabasco, Franks and Sriracha.They all add a spicy kick to food. Hope you enjoy the recipe!

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Karen VianThursday 11th February 2021

Hi ,loving the books and using them daily 😊 what is the ‘hot sauce’ in this dish and where can I get it ? Thanks

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    SharonFriday 12th February 2021

    Hi Karen, hot sauce is a hot pepper sauce, including brands such as Tabasco, Franks or Sriracha, which will add a spicy kick to your food.You should be able to find them in most supermarkets.

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Tracy ElmerThursday 11th February 2021

Hi
Looks lovely will definitely be giving it a try… where does the 1 point on weight watchers blue come from ? I worked it out on my recipe builder and it comes out zero.

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    HollyThursday 11th February 2021

    Hi Tracy, just double checked this recipe and the nutritional information and points are correct on the recipe page have a look at our guide HERE on how we work out points and calories for our recipe, hope that helps!

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