Recipe By Alia Tasleem
Published Apr 2nd
Chicken Jalfrezi
Prep 20m Cook 55m Additional - Ready In 1h 15m
Servings 6 servings Calories 264.7

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.

Recipe Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 1 onion, grated
  • 2 cloves garlic, chopped
  • 1 ½ pounds boneless skinless chicken thighs, cut in half
  • 3 teaspoons ground turmeric
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1 ½ 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
  • ½ cup chopped cilantro leaves

Cooking Directions

  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.

Nutrition Facts

  • Calories 264.7
  • Carbohydrate 6.7 g
  • Cholesterol 79.4 mg
  • Fat 16.9 g
  • Fiber 2.1 g
  • Protein 20.4 g
  • Saturated Fat 5.5 g
  • Sodium 754.5 mg
  • Sugar 2.6 g


  1. 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 so easy to make. I will be making this again. GREAT vegetarian meal with the chickpeas. UPDATE: - Read more ...
  2. 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 spices dont taste as well. this was also my first experience with ghee. as soon as i added it, i - Read more ...
  3. 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 probably be healthier, tastier and nicer to eat if I had boneless chicken thighs. This is one of my new favorites - Read more ...
  4. 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!"
  5. 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.
  6. 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 it starts to smoke or show signs of scorching. do not let it burn. 4. remain at this point for about an - Read more ...
  7. 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 don't like the taste of raw spices.
  8. 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 original recipe,(Indians living in Britain have created new curry dishes to suit our palates that are unheard of back in India),but i advise you to - Read more ...
  9. 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 next time i'll try 1/2... but what a recipie!!! give my loves and thanks to mama! i served it over - Read more ...