A delicious low fat Chicken Tikka Masala recipe, the healthy curry recipe you need in your life. Low calorie, fresh and super tasty.
It’s been weeks of over indulgence and ALL THE CAKE here. There’s been a beautiful holiday crammed with delicious food (Welsh cakes, who knew they were that good?) and a four day Easter cake-fest. I’ve loved every moment but now I am well and truly back on the wagon to try and lose a lingering few lbs (a stone. Okay, a stone and a half) before it’s bikini season.
There is one thing that keeps me on the straight and narrow when I’m cutting back. That, my friends, is homemade, low fat chips. I’ve always made Slimming World Chips in the oven, but when I first used a Tefal ActiFry, my chip love grew ten-fold. There is something wonderful about eating something that feels like such a treat and knowing, whooop, it’s guilt free.
The genius people at Tefal have taken slimming down some of the nation’s favourite treats even further. They are celebrating the launch of the new Tefal Express machine, by challenging Brits to have a happy FryDay, by replacing some of our half a billion takeaways each year (!) with a homemade, low saturated fat version.
They send me a new Tefal ActiFry XL Express machine to try out their Low Fat Chicken Tikka Masala in. Spoiler alert, it was amazing. Genuinely, better than a takeaway. Not only for fake-aways (see what I did there?), this beast of a machine will knock out chips for 6 in 30% less time that the other ActiFry machines.
It is not a small piece of kit, but if you’re trying to cut down on the fat you eat, I have to say, it works it’s socks off in this kitchen.
Firstly, this recipe makes the most of that searing hot air that the ActiFry cooks in to give the meat that slightly charred edge that all of the best Chicken Tikka has. I have never quite managed this at home before, but cooked in this machine is was a cinch. Secondly, you make and cook the sauce in the ActiFry, so only one pan is used. The dream! It also makes the most of one of my favourite things about the ActiFry machines; the built in timer. You press the button, 15 minutes (or whatever is needed) and go. When I’m dashing around doing 10 things at once, this really helps reduce kitchen stress. It’s a game changer.
This recipe, apart from being super easy and delicious, is a total win as it has only 277 calories per portion compared to an eye watering 787 calories in a takeaway version. It also has, ready for this? Only 1 g of fat compared to 51g in a takeaway. FIFTY ONE GRAMS! The recipe has totally opened my eyes to cooking more in the ActiFry, I will be cooking meat more often in it, for that moreish crunchy edge.
The Low Fat Chicken Tikka Masala Recipe
- 500g Boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cut into 2cm pieces
- 100g Tikka Masala curry paste
- 300g Natural low fat yoghurt
- 1 Tablespoon vegetable oil
- 1 Large onion, finely chopped
- 390g Can of premium chopped tomatoes
- 150ml Water
- ½ Teaspoon sugar
- 2 Teaspoons fresh lemon juice
- 1 Bunch coriander leaves, chopped
- In a large bowl mix the chicken, curry paste and half of the yoghurt. Cover and leave in the fridge to marinade over night or for at least 2 hours.
- Heat the oil in your ActiFry for 2 minutes, add the onion and cook for 5 minutes.
- Add the chicken and cook for another 10 minutes.
- Add the tomatoes and water and cook for another 10 minutes.
- Add the remaining half of the yoghurt, sugar and lemon juice. Stir well and cook for another 5 minutes.
- Serve with boiled rice, sprinkled with the coriander.
I can’t recommend the Tefal ActiFry machines highly enough. If I’m honest, I don’t want to like them. I’m the sort of person that says “doesn’t an OVEN do that?” but something magical happens inside these space age looking pods. The food that comes out of them, using the right recipes, is uniquely cooked in a way I can’t quite match in the oven. I’m a total convert and looking forward to many more healthier alternatives with Tefal.
What’s your healthier treat of choice?
I was provided with a Tefal ActiFry XL Express and ingredients for the purpose of this post. As always, all views are honest and truthful and I wasn’t required to write a positive post.