Chicken Jalfrezi

Chicken Jalfrezi – Chicken stir fried with vegetables

According to the new poll by ‘Chaat!’, the in-house magazine of the British Curry Club, “Chicken Jalfrezi” is the no.1 popular choice after the “Chicken tikka masala” in Uk. The dish originated from East India when the British ruled.

Jalfrezi or “jhal-fry-zy ” the word is the amalgamation of Bengali and English. Jhal means spicy in Bengali and  the chicken is stir fried with very basic Indian spices, tomato sauce, pepper powder, onion, tomato and bell peppers. That’s called chicken jalfrezy.

Very hot and spicy yet tastes delicious. It will be a sure shot favorite dish for spice lovers. You can eat it with any rice or Indian flat bread.

Some popular variations:

  • Paneer Jalfrezy
  • Mushroom jalfrezy
  • Lamb jalfrezy


  1. 400 gms skinless chicken cut into bite size pieces
  2. 2 medium Onion thickly cut
  3. 1 bell pepper and 2 tomatoes thickly cut
  4. Tomato sauce 4-5 tbsp
  5. Green chilies 5-6
  6. 1 tbsp ginger garlic paste
  7. 1/2 tsp turmeric powder
  8. 1 tbsp red chili powder
  9. Chopped coriander leaves
  10. Oil
  11. Salt to taste
  12. 1 tbsp lemon juice


  1. Marinate chicken cubes with salt, turmeric powder ,black pepper for 15-30 minutes.
  2. Heat oil in a pan. Add chicken pieces and cook until done.
  3. In a another pan, add garlic paste and ginger julien. Saute for few seconds.
  4. You should do the next steps very jiffy. Now add thickly cut onion, tomatoes, green chilies and bell pepper. Sauté for 2-3 minutes.
  5. Now add spices to this. turmeric powder, red chili powder, cumin powder.  Give a quick stir.
  6. Next add lime juice. If lime juice is not available you may add vineger. add tomato sauce. Stir quickly.
  7. Now add chicken pieces and make sure the chicken is cooked enough because we are gonna stir fry this. Mix well so that spices has coated well with chicken.
  8. Add little garam masala powder follwed by coriander leaves.
  9. And chicken jalfrezy is ready.


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