Skinny Chicken Balti


A tasty and healthy chicken curry

15 mins

40 mins

302 kcals

serves 6



This recipe is from Jamie Oliver (Click here for his version) but I have adjusted it slightly to remove oil and unecessary fat.

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Skinny Chicken Balti

  • Author: Pip Payne
  • Total Time: 55 minutes
  • Yield: 4 1x


A tasty and healthy chicken curry 



  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 2 fresh red chillies
  • freshly ground salt and pepper
  • thumb sized piece of ginger
  • 2 onions (finely chopped)
  • Low calorie cooking spray
  • 1 stick cinammon
  • 2 fresh bay leaves
  • 12 cardamom pods
  • 6 chicken thigh fillets (excess fat removed, cut into chunks)
  • 1 tsp garam masala
  • 1 pinch ground cloves
  • 1 heaped tsp ground cumin
  • 1 heaped tsp ground coriander
  • 6 ripe tomatoes
  • 100 g fat-free natural yoghurt (plus extra to serve)
  • 1/2 bunch fresh coriander


  1. Peel the garlic and deseed the chillies, then roughly chop and place into a pestle and mortar. Bash to a rough paste with a good pinch of salt and pepper. Peel, finely chop and add the ginger, then bash to break it down.
  2. Peel and finely chop the onions. Heat the cooking spray in a large non-stick pan over a medium heat. Add the cinnamon, bay and cardamom, stir for a minute, then add the onions. Reduce the heat slightly and fry for 15 minutes, or until softened but not too coloured.
  3. Chop the chicken into 2.5cm chunks and add to the pan. Turn the heat up to medium, fry for a few minutes, then stir in the chilli paste. Cook for 2 minutes, add the remaining spices and mix well. Halve and roughly chop the tomatoes, then stir them into the pan.
  4. Bring to the boil, reduce the heat to medium and simmer for around 15 minutes, or until the tomatoes have softened and broken down. Add the yoghurt and cook for a further 10 to 15 minutes, or until the chicken is tender and the sauce has thickened and reduced.
  5. Pick, finely chop and stir in most of the coriander leaves, season to taste, then serve with brown rice, a dollop of yoghurt and the remaining coriander leaves scattered on top. A good squeeze of lime over the top is lovely too!


I don’t know about you, but I hate biting into cardamom pods, so I fish them all out before I eat this!!

  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 40 minutes

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