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Chicken Jalfrezi with peppers, onions, and tomatoes.

Chicken Jalfrezi

Chicken Jalfrezi is a delightfully flavorful curry with tender, juicy chunks of chicken in a spicy tomato sauce studded with stir-fried peppers and onions. A mashup of Chinese techniques with Indian flavors, the stir-fry comes together in under thirty minutes, which makes it a perfect weeknight meal. 
Course Entree
Cuisine Best, Indian
Keyword curry, quick, weeknight
Level Beginner
Main Ingredient Poultry
Diet Dairy-Free, Gluten-Free, Low Sugar, Low-Carb
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 12 minutes
Total Time 22 minutes
Servings 2 people
Calories 578kcal


  • 330 grams boneless chicken thighs (cut into bite-size pieces)
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 1 pod star anise
  • 1 teaspoon cumin seeds
  • 1 teaspoon nigella seeds
  • 4 cloves
  • 14 grams fresh ginger (peeled and grated)
  • 14 grams garlic (~2 medium cloves, grated)
  • 80 grams onion (~1/2 medium , sliced into squares)
  • 100 grams green bell pepper (~1 small pepper, seeded & sliced into squares)
  • 100 grams red bell pepper (~1 small pepper, seeded & sliced into squares squares)
  • 200 grams tomato (~1 medium , sliced into cubes)
  • 400 grams stewed tomatoes (1 can, pureed)
  • 1 tablespoon garam masala
  • 1 teaspoon granulated sugar
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • cayenne pepper (to taste)
  • cilantro (for garnish)


  • Season the chicken with salt and black pepper.
    Sprinkling salt and pepper onto chicken thighs.
  • Heat the oil in a frying pan over medium-high heat until hot and then add the chicken in a single layer, skin-side down. Let the chicken brown on one side before flipping and browning the other side. When the chicken has browned, transfer it to a bowl and set aside.
    Browning chicken thighs in a frying pan.
  • Add the star anise, cumin seeds, nigella seeds and cloves to the pan and fry the spices until they start to pop. Be careful not to burn the spices.
    Toasting cumin seeds, nigella seeds, star anise, and cloves for making Chicken Jalfrezi.
  • Working quickly, add the ginger and garlic and stir-fry until fragrant and they start to caramelize.
    Caramelized garlic and ginger along with Indian spices.
  • Add the onions, peppers and tomatoes and stir-fry until most of the liquid from the tomatoes has evaporated.
    Stir-fried peppers, onions and tomatoes for Chicken Jalfrezi.
  • Add the tomato puree, garam masala, sugar, salt, and spice it up with cayenne pepper to taste.
    Garam masala, salt, and cayenne pepper added to Chicken Jalfrezi.
  • Return the chicken to the pan and simmer until the sauce has thickened and the chicken has cooked through.
    Indian-Chinese Chicken Jalfrezi simmering.
  • Garnish with cilantro and serve with rice or naan.


Calories: 578kcal | Carbohydrates: 34g | Protein: 32g | Fat: 36g | Saturated Fat: 13g | Cholesterol: 162mg | Sodium: 1458mg | Potassium: 1334mg | Fiber: 7g | Sugar: 17g | Vitamin A: 3056IU | Vitamin C: 139mg | Calcium: 132mg | Iron: 6mg