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::main dish:: Chicken Jalfrezi

This is my modified version from what was in Long Nights and Log Fires.  I never seem to find all the ingredients I need….I also need to say that I had never had Chicken Jalfrezi, so I had no expectations and I don’t know if this resulted in something that tastes like what it should.  But….I can tell you if it is delicious or not, and it was.  The lemon juice added an awesome zesty after-taste.

What you’ll need:


From your Spice Rack:

  • Cardamom
  • Curry Powder
  • Tumeric
  • Coriander
  • Cumin

From the Fridge:

  • 2-3 Chicken Breasts (about 2lbs)
  • Lemon
  • Handful of Cilantro
  • Jalepeno



  • Vegetable Oil
  • Medium-Large Yellow Onion
  • 2 Cans of Diced Tomatoes
  • Clove of Garlic
  • Inch of Ginger
  • Salt & Pepper

In a large pan (one that you have a tight fitting lid for), heat 2 Tablespoons vegetable oil.  Toss in the sliced onion, and chopped up garlic, ginger, and chile.


Cook until soft – but not brown!  Add your spices (1/2 teaspoon of each except curry which you need 1 tsp of) and cook for 2 minutes.


Add the chicken and coat thoroughly, then cook until opaque (about 5 minutes).  Add the diced tomatoes and simmer for 30 minutes.


While simmering, chop up your cilantro and juice your lemon.  I like to juice the lemon into a separate dish rather than directly into the pot so that I don’t have to worry about seeds.  Add the lemon juice to the pot and simmer for 3 more minutes.

Serve topped with cilantro!  We also put ours on top of some rice and had some naan on the side.  I <3 starch!  Here is the goal and my final result side by side.  Not too bad right?

Serves: 4      Cost: Less than $5/serving

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  1. Blaüra says:

    YUM! looks great… maybe in my next life i’ll marry an adventurous eater and we’ll eat our way across the globe.

  2. Cindy says:

    That looks really good. I like how yours doesn’t look as tomatoe-y.

  3. Danny Bay says:

    Chicken Jalfrezi is a fav! Somewhere along the way I’ve made mine more “tomatoe-y” and with capsicum (bell peppers) … but love the use of Jalepeno… anyway congrats, you’ve…

    a. Distracted me from work
    b. make me wish I didn’t have salad for lunch

    Well done 😉

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