Sharon Reid


A few weeks ago we revealed that weekdays are becoming increasingly popular for indulging in naughty takeaways. Fortunately, with a little effort and planning, your favourite takeaway can be home-cooked using less (if none) sugar, salt and greatly reduced calorific ingredients – thus transforming your favoured takeaway dish into a fakeaway.

DW Fitness Clubs’ have once again worked its magic with this clean eating Chicken Jalfrezi recipe sans copious amounts of cream and oil.

Serves 2 -4


Two cloves of garlic (crushed)

One large onion (chopped)

Four full chillies – you decide the strength!

One green pepper  – chopped into thick slices

One can of chopped tomatoes

One tbsp of tomato puree

One tbsp of olive oil

One tsp of turmeric

One tsp of garam masala

One tbsp of curry powder

One tsp of cumin

One tsp of salt

A handful of fresh coriander

Two tbsp of Greek yoghurt

100ml of cold water

500g of diced chicken breast

1 chicken stock cube

Cooking instructions:

Heat your oil up in a big pan, before throwing in your onion, garlic and tomato puree. This should be done on a medium to high heat.

Chop two of your chillies up finely (keep the seeds in if you like it hot!)

Add your garam masala, turmeric, cumin, and curry powder into the pan and stir. Cook for five minutes.

Once your onions have softened (don’t let them burn), add your chopped chillies and diced chicken into the pan.

Allow the chicken to cook in the spices for around five to six minutes.

In the meantime, take your two remaining chillies and slice them vertically from top to bottom. Note – you only need to pierce them slightly.

Add the chopped tomatoes, pepper, whole chillies, stock cube, salt and pepper, and water. Put a lid on the pan and allow to simmer on a low heat for 20 minutes or so.

Stir in your Greek yoghurt. This will give your curry a bit of creaminess.

Add your chopped coriander and thicken the mixture with corn flour if you need to.

Health benefits:

If it’s warming, comforting food that you’re after, you simply can’t go wrong with a curry. You don’t have to go all in with a carb-heavy portion of rice and naan bread. Why not spoon some of your fiery Chicken Jalfrezi onto a jacket sweet potato instead?

Lean and packed with protein, chicken is extremely versatile. Chillies also carry unexpected health benefits, mainly in the form of antioxidants.

Meanwhile, the humble pepper is said to offer more vitamin C than an orange. There are no heavy creams or excessive use of oil here, which means the dish is generally much cleaner than a Jalfrezi that is served up by your average takeaway.