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Chicken and spinach balti

Prep time less than 30 mins
Cook time less than 30 mins
Serves 2
From Take on the Takeaway
This fresh-tasting easy chicken curry is a delicious recipe to have up your sleeve when you’re cooking for two.


  1. For the marinade, finely chop the ginger and garlic. Sprinkle rover the salt and chop a little more, then place into a bowl.

  2. Add the lime juice, ground coriander, chilli powder, ground turmeric and ground cumin to the bowl and mix well.

  3. Add the chicken pieces and the yoghurt and stir to coat the chicken. Leave to marinate for at least 10-15 minutes (or for an hour if possible, covered in the fridge).

  4. For the curry, heat the oil in a frying pan over a low heat and add the onion. Fry for 1-2 minutes, then add the tomatoes and the tomato purée and cook gently for about one minute.

  5. Add the chicken to the pan along with the marinade and a splash of water.

  6. Pour in the cream, turn up the heat and simmer for 10-15 minutes, or until the chicken is cooked through. There should be no pink when you cut into it. If pink, cook for longer.

  7. Add the spinach to the pan and stir until just wilted.

  8. Sprinkle over the coriander.

  9. To serve, drain the rice and divide between two plates. Top with the curry.


For the marinade

  • 2.5cm/1in piece fresh ginger, peeled
  • 2 garlic cloves, peeled
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • 1 lime, juice only
  • ½ tsp ground coriander
  • ½ tsp chilli powder
  • ½ tsp ground turmeric
  • ½ tsp ground cumin
  • 2 chicken breasts, cut into bite-sized pieces
  • 75ml/2½fl oz plain yoghurt

For the curry

  • 1 tbsp sunflower oil
  • 1 red onion, peeled and finely sliced
  • 2 tomatoes, seeds removed, flesh finely chopped
  • 1 tbsp tomato purée
  • splash water
  • 75ml/2½fl oz double cream
  • 150g/5oz baby spinach leaves

To serve

  • small handful fresh coriander leaves, chopped
  • 100g/3½oz basmati rice, rinsed and drained, then cooked according to packet

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