Chicken Jalfrezi – Chicken with Bell Peppers in Fragrant Sauce

Ramadan has started, and already we have completed the first five fasts Alhamdulillah. My very mischievous babyjaan will be two years old insha’Allah by the end of this Ramadan Masha’Allah. How time flies. This special month is even more dear to me as my little babyjaan was born in the month of Ramadan Alhamdulillah.

Stay healthy everybody. Be thankful that we are alive to witness this Ramadan Alhamdulillah. Pray Allah your heart out and ask of him whatever you need insha’Allah. And please remember me, my hubby and my baby in your duas. Enjoy this yummy and very easy to prepare chicken curry that insha’Allah your entire family will love.

Chicken Jalfrezi – Chicken with Bell Peppers in Fragrant Sauce


Chicken – 1 whole, cut into pieces
Juice of a large lemon
Ginger Garlic paste – 2 tsp
Turmeric powder – 1/2 tsp
Red chilli powder – 2 tsp
Salt – 2 tsp
Canola oil – 2 tbsp
Onion – large, chopped
Bell Peppers/Capsicum – yellow bell pepper, red bell pepper, orange bell pepper and green bell pepper, all chopped up into small pieces – about 3/4 cup
Tomato – 2 large, chopped
Yogurt – 1 cup, lightly stirred
Roasted Coriander powder – 1 tsp
Roasted Cumin Seed powder – 1/2 tsp


1. In a wide saucepan with high sides at medium high heat, pour oil and as soon as it warms up, add the chopped onion. While the onion is frying up, marinate the chicken with lemon juice, ginger garlic paste, turmeric powder, red chilli powder and salt. Keep aside. Srir fry the onions until they are slightly browned.
2. Add chopped peppers and fry them for two minutes. Add the tomatoes and cover the lid. Cook for 3-5 minutes until they are mushy while stirring it an occasional stir.
3. Add the marinated chicken and the yogurt and mix well. Cover with a lid and let cook for 20 minutes until the chicken is thoroughly cooked. Give it a stir every few minutes. Sprinkle the coriander powder and cumin seed powder. Garnish with fresh chopped cilantro. Serve with rice/pulao/naan.

Before I sign off, This ‎Ramadan I am on a hunt for healthy meal ideas for Suhoor‬ and ‎Iftaar‬. Please message me your recipes or send them to I will be posting them all on my blog with your name and details before this Ramadan ends insha’Allah. Please join in! I look forward to going through your recipes insha’Allah!


7 thoughts on “Chicken Jalfrezi – Chicken with Bell Peppers in Fragrant Sauce

  1. can we use only green capsicum?? and the whole amount of capsicum has to be 3/4 cup or each type of capsicum has to be 3/4 cup?

    Zenab, you can use any color bell pepper. The whole amount has to be 3/4 cup.

  2. Assalaamu alaykum Mona,

    I tried the chicken jalfrezi recipe last night. Great hit at iftar and such a unique flavour. I didn’t use as much chili powder so our four year old could enjoy but it was delicious nonetheless! I paired it with shredded cucumber raita and white rice. Thank you!! I think we’ll try another recipe from here in a bit!

    Love the blog!

  3. Salaam Mona,
    Ramadan Mubarak to you too and ur child’s birthday too, Mashallah. I keep trying new recipes on my own. I make this chicken all the time and I never knew its called Chicken Jalfrezi. Only differece I do is I put all garam masala, cause I always keep some grinded ready to use. Jazakallah khair for sharing ur recipes and enlightening us.

  4. Dear Mona,

    How have you been? Some queries:

    1. What is the weight of your chicken?

    2. What size of pieces?

    3. What size for chopped onion, tomatoes and capsicum?

    BTW, I know what iftar is… what is Suhoor?



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