Pepper Chicken Bhaja

Pepper Chicken Bhaja
A spicy rich bhaja
Dry fried chicken
With caramelised onions
And spices

Pepper chilli chicken bhaja? Ok so you know the fajita filling we adore? Well you won’t now. This is better! Tastier, spicier and just boom for wraps, pittas, naans, any flatbreads really!

The chicken is tender and juicy, the pepper adds a lush sweetness. The spices are beautiful accompanied with bread, salad and sauces. Its a beautiful balance of spice which is inviting and moorish! Every mouthful bursts with different flavours from the zingy ginger, tangy lime and heat from chilli! You won’t be disapointed!

I make this both for rice and flatbreads! Its one of those dishes you stick in middle of table…arrange salads and breads and off you go! Everyone helps themselves. It’s delicious. Its filling…in every sense of the word but mostly you will have lots of happy and content faces and mouths!

With mothers day tomorrow its defo going to be a winner and crowd pleaser! Go on make it!


1 tbsp lime/lemon juice
2 boneless chicken breasts or tenderloins cut into medalions
½ tsp turmeric
1 tsp chilli powder
2 large onions sliced
1 tsp sugar
2 green chillies thinly sliced
2 inch ginger minced
5 cloves garlic rough chopped
1 sweet red pointed peppers sliced
2 chopped tomatoes
1 tsp ground coriander
4 tbsp veg oil
1 tsp curry powder
2 tsp salt
½ tsp garam masala
Handful fresh coriander chopped
1 tbsp butter

Sweet pointed red pepper
Prepped fresh ingredients


Slice the chicken breasts into 1cm thick medalions.

Cut chicken into medalions

Mix the chicken pieces with lime juice, salt, turmeric and chilli powder.

Add turmeric, chilli powder and
lime/lemon juice

Let the mixture marinate for minimum 20 minutes while covered but preferably as long as possible.

Leave to marinate

Drizzle the cooking oil in a large frying pan.

Heat some oil

Sauté sliced onions, half the slit green chillies and sugar until golden brown.

Add sugar, chillies and onions

Cook on high heat as the sugar will help with caremalisation and add a lovely sweetness. Then remove from pan. Keep aside.

Sugar helps caramelise
Set aside

Add a little more oil and then the minced garlic and ginger along with the chicken mixture to the same pan.

Drizzle of oil
Minced garlic and ginger
Fry 30 seconds
Fry chicken in a layer

Stir fry for few minutes on high heat till chicken is just getting a little char and colour.

Cook on one side for few minutes
Flip over to do other side

Let any water released by chicken evaporate but not dry out.

Let the chicken char a little

Now add the chopped tomatoes, sweet pointed red peppers, ground coriander, curry powder and garam masala.

Add peppers and spices
Gently mix in

Stir fry for another few minutes on med heat. Here you cook out your spices so they get ‘bhuned’.

Bhuna the spices gently

Add fried onions and cook for another 5 mins or so on low heat with lid on to ensure the chicken is cooked through. Do not dry out the chicken. It should still be juicy. Add a splash of water if you think its too dry but it is a bhaja and is a dry fry dish.

Add onions
Cook covered till chicken is cooked through

Add the sliced green chillies and cook for just a few minutes.

Add green chillies

Add the butter and freshly chopped coriander leaves. Gently stir through and ensure all the chicken is coated in butter. Swith off the heat.

Add butter and fresh coriander
Stir so butter glazes and coats all chicken
Pepper chicken bhaja is ready

Serve and enjoy! I serve this usually with rice but it does taste truly amazing in a mini wrap or pitta with lots of crispy salad!


Use red bell pepper if you can’t find sweet pointed peppers.

You can use pork or beef tenderloins cut into medalions.

Use lemon or lime juice, preferably fresh but bottle juice will work too.

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