The Hairy Bikers Balti chicken

Make this wonderful one-pot meal - really easy to do and full of rich delicious flavours
By Hairy Bikers
The Hairy Bikers Balti chicken
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  • Serves: 4
  • Cook Time: 50 minutes
  • Prep Time: 20 minutes
  • Effort: easy


  • 15 g butter
  • 2 tbsp sunflower oil
  • 2 large onions, roughly chopped
  • 3 garlic cloves, sliced
  • 25 g fresh root ginger, roughly chopped
  • 3 tbsp medium curry paste, or balti curry paste
  • 1 tbsp tomato purée
  • 4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cut in to bite-sized chunks
  • ½ tsp sea salt
  • 1 tsp caster sugar
  • 4 fresh ripe tomatoes, quartered
  • 200 g baby spinach leaves

Tips and Suggestions

Serve with warmed naan bread or freshly cooked rice


1. To prepare the sauce base, melt the butter with 1 tablespoon of the oil in a large non-stick frying pan. You need a pan with a lid but if you don't have one handy, use a large non-stick saucepan instead. Add the onions, garlic and ginger to the pan, then cover with a lid and cook over a low heat for 15 minutes until very soft, stirring occasionally.

2. Remove the lid from the pan and turn up the heat. Cook the onion mixture for 2-3 minutes more, stirring constantly until well coloured. Add the curry paste to the pan, turn down the heat slightly and cook with the onions for 3 minutes more, stirring frequently. Remove the pan from the heat and stir in the tomato purée.

3. Blitz the spiced onions with a stick blender or tip them into a food processor and blend until as smooth as possible. Tip the onion mixture into a bowl and set aside. If you like, you can keep the mixture, covered, in the fridge for up to 3 days.

4. Place the pan used to cook the onion mixture back over a medium heat and add the remaining oil and the chicken pieces. Fry the chicken for 3 minutes, turning often, until lightly coloured all over.

5. Add all the spiced onion mixture, 175ml just-boiled water, salt, sugar and tomatoes, bring to a simmer and cook for 4 minutes. Add the spinach in a few handfuls, allowing each to soften a little before adding the next. Cook for a further minute, stirring regularly, or until the chicken is cooked through, the tomatoes are softened and the spinach has wilted.

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