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
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.
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.