Chicken Tikka Masala & have a happy ActiFryDay!

Prep Time:3 mins, Cook Time: 27 mins, Total Time: 30 mins + marinading time

March 31, 2015

Eat Your Veg | ActiFry Days Chicken Tikka Masala

I was invited by Tefal to take part in their ActiFryDay Challenge to demonstrate easy ways to swop a Friday night takeaway for a healthier homemade alternative using the ActiFry health frier. Naturally a challenge right up the Eat Your Veg street. Would you believe Brits consume over a staggering half a billion takeaways a year which means collectively we’re feasting on more than 12,000 tonnes of saturated fat annually from takeaways alone. Yikes!. A report commissioned by Tefal revealed that Brits eat up to 2,900 calories and 161 grams of fat in their most popular takeaway meals, and one in seven order at least one a week. An average takeaway main alone clocks up a whopping 908 calories, along with 52g of fat of which 18g are saturated. And that’s not counting side orders which can add an average of 916 calories and 43g of fat.

Tefal ActiFry Express XL blackAll in all a shocking amount of fat to be regularly eating. To help fight the fatty fad Tefal launched it’s ActiFryDay Challenge, showing Brits easy ways to swop their Friday night takeaway for healthier alternatives. Azmina Govindji, expert nutrition consultant and author comments: “most of us know takeaways contain fat, but sometimes we forget how high these levels are. Taking up the challenge is a great way of balancing the foods you love with healthier alternatives.”

I chose to make a delicious Chicken Tikka Masala. By cooking in the ActiFry with just one spoon of oil the saturated fat content was a mere 1g per serving compared to an average takeaway portion of 17.4g.  Now there’s a result, and a very tasty result at that. And truly very easy and quick to make too, no need for any stirring or timing, the ActiFry does all the hard work for you. The curry was ready to eat in thirty minutes which is certainly less time that it would take to get a takeaway ordered or delivered! Not of course forgetting the zero guilt factor too.

To replicate more of your favourite takeaway dishes with a healthy twist, like Battered Fish & Chips, Sweet & Sour Pork,  Chinese Beef & Vegetables or Healthy Lamb Kebabs do download the My ActiFry App, where you’ll find a collection of 450 inspiringly delicious and healthy recipes. The ActiFry Express XL can cook over 1.5 kilos of fresh veggies, melt-in-the-mouth curries, and of course chips using very little oil and in under 30 minutes making it the quickest low-fat fryer on the UK market. And believe me it’s chips (and sweet potato chips) are AMAZING, all the taste and crispiness of high fat versions but totally guilt free. The stirring paddle means your food is evenly cooked and this mixing action is perfect for making casseroles, curries and risottos without any need for stirring. Added to that it truly looks like a cool bit of space age kit, and the bowl, paddle and spoon are dishwasher safe. I’m genuinely impressed on all levels and cannot recommend highly enough. And believe me I’m not ordinarily one for gadgets or extra kitchen appliances!.

The brand new ActiFry Express XL model is currently available at John Lewis priced at £249.99.

I was very kindly given the ActiFry Express to try out. No monies exchanged hands and all opinions  expressed are my own.


The Good Stuff:

Chicken breast, yogurt, onion, tomatoes,

Great For:

Bigger Kids, Grown Ups, Takeaway Replacement, ActiFry Fans, Friday Nights, Curry Lovers, Dieters


For added nutrition serve with wholemeal rice (I like to throw in a few cardamons to the cooking water for added flavour).
To increase your 5-a-day you could also add sliced peppers and/or mushrooms at the same time as the chicken.

Special Equipment:

A Tefal ActiFry

Chicken Tikka Masala & have a happy ActiFryDay!

Ingredients Prep Time:3 mins, Cook Time: 27 mins, Total Time: 30 mins + marinading time

500g boneless skinless chicken breasts cut into 2cm pieces
100g Tikka Masala curry paste
2 pots (150g size) natural low fat yoghurt
1 ActiFry spoon of vegetable Oil
1 Large finely chopped onion
390g canned premium chopped tomatoes
150ml of water
1/2 teaspoon of sugar
2 teaspoons on lemon juice

1. In a large bowl mix the Tikka Masala paste with 4 tablespoons of yogurt. Add the chicken, coat in the mix then cover. Leave to marinate in the fridge for two hours or overnight.

2. Heat oil in the ActiFry for 2 minutes. Add the onion and cook for 5 minutes. Add the marinated chicken and cook for another 10 minutes.

3. Add the chopped tomatoes and water cook for another 10 minutes. Stir through the the yogurt, sugar and lemon juice. Serve with basmati rice and naan bread.

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