Chicken Jalfrezi - Restaurant Recipes At Home

This is Chicken Jalfrezi a delicious curry dish from Bengal but that is claimed by India, Pakistan, and a favorite dish in the United Kingdom. 
A spicy dish cooked with chicken in a tomato gravy that's finished with a garam masala fry of big chunky onions and peppers.

This isn't something we would eat at home, but it is one of those restaurant favourites that everyone wants to cook. Jalfrezi really refers to the cooking style rather than the dish. Broken down it translates to 'jal' or 'jaldi' which means quick and 'frezi', is to fry. So it's a quick fry dish that is made with a fresh, simple tomato sauce. I like it because it has personality, it's big and bold, it doesn't take much cooking, but boy it really packs a punch!


  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 chicken breasts (skinned), chopped
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • garlic (2 cloves), finely chopped
  • 1 green chilli (seeded), chopped
  • 2 tsp curry powder (or paste)
  • 1 tsp tomato puree
  • 1 tsp root ginger (peeled), grated
  • ½ green pepper, sliced
  • ½ red pepper, sliced
  • 125ml water


  • Heat the oil in a pan
  • Add the onion, garlic and chilli and fry for 5 minutes
  • Add the curry powder (or paste) and the tomato puree
  • Stir and then add the chicken, ginger, red pepper and green pepper
  • Allow the chicken to cook for a couple of minutes and then add 125ml of water
  • Stir and cook for a further 10 minutes

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