Chicken jalfrezi

Chicken jalfrezi
  • Gluten-free
  • Low phosphate
  • Low potassium
  • Low salt
  • Main meal
  • 1 hour or less
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Using spices and making your own curry paste adds plenty of flavour without the salt.


240g Basmati rice

2 small onions

4 garlic cloves

1 inch piece of fresh ginger

2 tablespoons vegetable oil

2 medium tomatoes

2-4 green chillies (depending on how spicy you want it)

Β½ teaspoon ground turmeric

1 Β½ teaspoons ground coriander

1 teaspoon ground cumin

2 teaspoons red chilli powder

500g chicken breast, skinless

1 red pepper

30g fresh coriander

1 teaspoon garam masala powder

125-250ml water


  1. Step 1

    In a sieve, rinse the rice under running water for 10 seconds, pour into a bowl and cover with cold water to soak for 30 minutes. Peel and chop the onion into small cubes, then peel and chop the garlic and ginger into very small pieces.

  2. Step 2

    Heat the oil in a large non-stick saucepan over a medium heat. Add the onions and stir for 3 minutes. Chop the tomatoes into cubes and chop the chillies. Cut the red pepper into medium-sized pieces and set aside. Once the onions are translucent, add the ginger and garlic and cook for 2 minutes.

  3. Step 3

    Add the chopped chillies and tomatoes to the pan, followed by the ground turmeric, ground coriander, ground cumin and chilli powder. Stir well. Add 50ml of water and cook for 5 minutes.

  4. Step 4

    Cut the chicken into small chunks and add to the pan. Cook for 15 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add a splash of water if required to stop it from sticking. Bring a saucepan of water to the boil. Drain the rice and add it to the pan. Cover and simmer for 10 minutes.

  5. Step 5

    Once the chicken is cooked, add the red pepper pieces to the curry pan with another 125ml of water. Cover and simmer for 5 mins. Chop the coriander leaves into small pieces and add most of them to the curry (keep some coriander back to garnish the dish).

  6. Step 6

    Add the garam masala powder to the curry pan. Simmer for 2 minutes for the flavours to combine. Once cooked, drain the rice. Serve the curry and rice together and garnish with the rest of the chopped coriander leaves.

Food facts

The rice is the main source of carbohydrate in this dish and the values have been provided for those who have trained in insulin adjustment.

There are no additives or processed ingredients in this dish which helps to keep it low in potassium and phosphate. If you have been prescribed a phosphate binder, ensure you take them with this dish.

Chicken is a good source of protein and this curry would therefore be a good choice if you receive dialysis treatment. If you have been advised to follow a low protein diet you could halve the amount of chicken used.

Remove the chicken for a vegetarian dish.

To reduce the amount of fat, try using a non-stick frying pan with a small amount of spray oil instead of the vegetable oil.

We don’t recommend that rice is reheated, however the curry can be kept in a fridge in an airtight contained for two days or cooled and frozen for up to three months. Reheat thoroughly before eating.

For an authentic fragrant curry, you can buy fresh whole spices from local supermarkets or south Asian grocers and grind these at home using a coffee grinder. The spices will retain the aroma and last longer.

When chopping the chillies, keep the seeds in if you want more heat.