A favourite at the Chinese takeaway, this healthy Chinese chicken and mushroom curry recipe is also rather tasty. It’s a great way of having your favourite Chinese meal at home without all the calories! Easy to make and well worth giving a go!

chicken and mushroom curry
Chicken and mushroom curry

Why fakeaways are great for weight loss

Instead of ordering a takeaway it is so much healthier to make your own version without the oil and fats of a takeaway.

Not only that but you are also less likely to have all the extras like naan bread or prawn crackers that you might have ordered from the takeaway!

If you follow Slimming World, Weight Watchers (WW), Noom or any other weight loss plan you can usually count the ingredients within this recipe in your allowances.

It is of course important to check yourself any plan you follow and remember all nutritional information and ingredients are found in the recipe card below.

Budget shopping tips

I try to ensure all of the recipes I make are accessible to everyone. By this, I mean that they do not use obscure or hard to find ingredients.

I also believe that recipes should use as few ingredients as possible and avoid expensive ingredients. We would all much rather spend money on holidays than expensive ingredients wouldn’t we?

Buying herbs and spices in bulk is something I really recommend. It can save a lot of money in the long term but it also means that you never run out! I find putting them on Amazon subscribe and save helps too!

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Shopping around to see which shops have offers on your usual products can make a big difference to your weekly shopping bill. Additionally, don’t forget to check out the yellow sticker reductions and freeze what you can.

Frozen vegetables are nutritionally just as good as fresh so do keep an eye on those too to save money.

Do you have any particular frozen vegetables you love? Do share them with me as it is always nice to hear people’s recommendations.

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Why you need vegetables to lose weight

Everyone knows vegetables are good for you, don’t they? They are healthy and filling for very few calories!

The best vegetables are those with low-calorie density. Basically, we are talking about the healthier vegetables – potatoes don’t count but butternut squash is much healthier for example!

This means if you eat 100g of spinach, for example, it is just 23 calories and obviously, 100g of anything would fill you up significantly. On the other hand, 100g of crisps, which would be just as filling, is around 536 calories!

Find more tips about the best vegetables for weight loss.

Using frozen chicken

Chicken for this Slimming World Chinese mushroom curry or any other chicken recipes should never be cooked from frozen.

There are so many issues with this that risk food poisoning. If you have just realised that you only have frozen chicken then I have lots of tips to safely defrost it for your chicken curry.

Check them out in my defrosting chicken guide.

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Frozen chicken

Making this healthy Chinese chicken and mushroom curry with Quorn

It is really easy to adapt this recipe to use Quorn, as a vegetarian myself I do it often. It is always worth remembering that Quorn takes less time to cook when substituting it for chicken.

Check out my selection of Quorn recipes, all perfect for all the family whether vegetarian or not, some are vegan too.

Quorn mince and chicken pieces
Quorn mince and Quorn chicken pieces

More healthy recipes you may enjoy

If you would like alternative recipes to make with chicken then take a look at all my chicken recipes here.

If you found this recipe looking for ways to use lots of mushrooms check out my 21 healthy mushroom recipes and my nutritional information of mushrooms article.

Maybe you don’t fancy this healthy Chinese chicken and mushroom curry but would like another recipe with rice? Check out my huge selection of rice recipes here and check out my tips for cooking the perfect rice!

If you are a curry fan then do check out this post full of curry tips and recipes. Do you like tasty Chinese takeaway? Then why not check out my Chinese fakeaway selection here and create a whole menu full of takeaway alternatives? I even have an article on Chinese herbs if you fancy reading that!

Have you ever grown your own mushrooms? This kit is great if you fancy trying it.

Mild chicken curry
Mild chicken curry

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Have a good look around and see how I can help you achieve your weight loss goals. Request my free resources to get you started too!

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chicken and mushroom curry

Healthy Chinese Chicken and Mushroom Curry or Quorn alternative

  • Author: JustAverageJen
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 20 minutes
  • Total Time: 25 minutes
  • Yield: 4 portions 1x
  • Category: Main meal
  • Method: Hob
  • Cuisine: Indian
  • Diet: Low Calorie


A tasty mild healthy Chinese Chicken and mushroom curry. This tasty Chinese recipe is great for all the family – whether dieting or not!



2 Chicken breasts (cut into chunks) or 150g Quorn pieces

1 red onion (thinly sliced)

100g frozen peas

300g Mushrooms (sliced)

1 tbsp. Medium Curry Powder

1 Stock Pot (I used mushroom for the vegetarian one and chicken for the chicken one. You could also use vegetable stock)

300ml Boiling Water

1 tbsp. Fat-free Natural Yoghurt


Stir fry the Chicken or Quorn pieces until completely cooked.


Add the red onion, Mushrooms, Peas, Medium Curry Powder, stock pot and boiling water.


Bring to the boil and simmer until mushrooms and onions are tender.


Remove from heat then stir in the natural yoghurt to thicken the curry sauce.

Keywords: Slimming World, syn free, Chinese, Fakeaway

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  1. This curry was so delish. The sauce was gorgeous and it was dead easy to prep and make. Yum.

  2. I came across this recipe by chance,I was looking for a quick meal with what I had in the fridge. It was simple and quick to prepare and was ready in no time. it was also very tasty. This is definitly a keeper. Thank you!