Chicken Jalfrezi

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  • Published Jun 14th
  • Ready In1h 15m
  • Servings6
  • Calories265
This is a Pakistani recipe that is a spicy curry. My Mama made this dish, and I like it very much. You must try it. This dish is best served with basmati rice, chapattis or naan bread.

Chicken Jalfrezi Ingredients

The following are the ingredients needed to make delicious Chicken Jalfrezi for 6 servings:

  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 1 onion, grated
  • 2 cloves garlic, chopped
  • 1 1/2 pounds boneless skinless chicken thighs, cut in half
  • 3 teaspoons ground turmeric
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 1 (14.5 ounce) can peeled and diced tomatoes
  • 2 tablespoons ghee (clarified butter)
  • 3 teaspoons ground cumin
  • 3 teaspoons ground coriander
  • 2 tablespoons grated fresh ginger root
  • 1/2 cup chopped cilantro leaves

Chicken Jalfrezi Cooking Instructions

  • Prep20m
  • Cook55m
  • Ready In1h 15m

To cook Chicken Jalfrezi, you need about 20 minutes of preparation time. The time needed to cook this Chicken Jalfrezi is about 55 minutes , and you can serve your Chicken Jalfrezi within 1 hour 15 minutes . The following are the steps to cook Chicken Jalfrezi easily:

  1. 1 Heat the oil in a large deep skillet over medium-high heat. Add onions and garlic, and cook for about 2 minutes. Add the chicken, and season with turmeric, chili powder and salt. Fry gently, scraping the bottom of the pan frequently and turning the chicken.
  2. 2 Pour in the tomatoes with their juice, cover the pan, and simmer over medium heat for 20 minutes. Uncover, and simmer for another 10 minutes to let the excess liquid evaporate.
  3. 3 Add the ghee, cumin, ground coriander, ginger and cilantro, and simmer for another 5 to 7 minutes. Serve the chicken pieces with sauce spooned over the top.


  • Partner Tip
  • Try using a Reynolds® slow cooker liner in your slow cooker for easier cleanup.

Nutrition Facts

Per Serving: 265 calories; 16.9 grams of fat; 6.7 grams of carbohydrates; 20.4 grams of protein; 79 milligrams of cholesterol; 755 milligrams of sodium.

  1. Aug 13th 2007

    Oh my this is sooooo good. I used 1 large (28oz) can of drained chickpeas instead of the chicken and served it over rice. Even my teen liked it. It smells great when it's cooking and it was ...

  2. Jan 17th 2007

    very delicious recipe. my grandfather was pakistani and i love the curried chicken he taught our family 2 make. only thing is i have always been taught to fry the spices first in oil, raw ...

  3. Jan 20th 2006

    Wonderful flavors! I used chicken breasts instead of thighs and it was great. Also omitted the ghee. Prep was not difficult, but took a little time. My family said it's definitely a "keeper!"

  4. Jan 19th 2006

    Yummy! I converted this to a crock pot recipe. I put all ingredients in the crock pot, except the oil and cilantro. It came out great. I got a thumbs up from my husband and two year old.

  5. Dec 3rd 2005

    everyone loved it. if you want to make your own ghee:1. melt unsalted butter in stainless steel pot at very low heat. 2. once melted, slightly increase heat. 3. decrease slightly if i ...

  6. Nov 8th 2005

    Thanks for this recipe! Quite simple to prepare and huge on taste. I was surprized how great it turned out...I used chicken with bones (backs & legs) and skin and omitted the ghee. Would ...

  7. Aug 9th 2005

    This is a wonderful recipe! That said, I have to admit that I did the traditional - cook all the spices together in the oil first. This method seems to give the food more flavour; plus, I ...

  8. Jul 4th 2004

    I find this recipe rather strange.In England,a Chicken Jalfrezi is a firey dish made with green and red peppers and plenty of chillies/chilli powder.Maybe us English have just butchered the ...

  9. Mar 5th 2003

    this is a fantastic recipe!!! the only thing i did different is cubed 2lbs of boneless skinless chicken breasts and added 1/4 teaspoon of cayenne. it was still a bit mild for my taste so n ...