Thursday, May 24, 2012

Chettinad Pepper Chicken

Chettinad Pepper chicken is one of my favorite chicken dish. If my family members does not go for any choice in chicken, then I always go with this. I always love the peppery flavor in it. 

Ingredients I
  • Chicken - 750 gms
  • Onion - 1 big (chopped finely)
  • Tomato - 1 big (chopped finely)
  • Curry leaves - 10 to 12
  • Cumin seeds - 1/4 tsp
  • Fennel seeds - 1/4 tsp
  • Cardamom - 2 
  • Cloves - 5 to 6
  • Bay leaf - 1 (crushed)
  • Star anise - 2
  • Cinnamon stick - 2 (crushed)
  • Green chilli - 2 (chopped finely)
  • Ginger Garlic paste - 1 tsp
  • Black Pepper - 1 tsp (coarsely grinded)
  • Salt - as per taste
  • Oil - 2 tsp
  • Lemon juice - 1/2 tsp
  • Coriander leaves for garnishing

Ingredients II (For marination)
  • Chilli powder - 1.5 tsp
  • Turmeric powder - 1/4 tsp
  • White Pepper powder - 1/4 tsp (optional)
  • Cumin powder - 1/2 tsp
  • Coriander powder - 1/2 tsp
  • Salt - 1/2 tsp
  • Oil - 1 tsp

  • Wash the chicken nicely with salt.
  • Marinate the chicken with the ingredients in II for 40min to 1 hr atleast.
  • Meanwhile, you can start with the recipe.
  • In a kadai or wok, add oil.
  • When hot, add the cumin seeds, fennel seeds, cardamom, cinnamon stick, cloves, star anise and bay leaves and fry for a minute.

  • Add curry leaves.
  • Add in the onion and salt and fry till onion translucent.
  • Add the Ginger Garlic paste, till the raw smell goes off.
  • Now add in the tomato and cook till it becomes mushy or the oil starts oozes out.

  • Now add the marinated chicken pieces and close with a lid.
  • Do not add any water, as the chicken itself leaves enough water to cook and it cooks with all the masala's in it. 
  • Keep the flame in low to medium, so as to take care, it is not burnt at the bottom.

  • When chicken is cooked, add in the crushed pepper corns and mix well and allow to cook again for 5 min.
  • Add the lemon juice and switch off the flame. 
  • Garnish with coriander leaves and serve hot with any rice or roti. 

  • Marination enhances the taste. You can do without the marination also. If you prefer without marination, then you can add the powders, after the tomato is cooked. 
  • Pepper can be reduced or increased as per your family taste. 

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24 lovely comments:


mouthwatering recipe...


Wowo droolie delicious, wish i had this.


The clicks made me drool. Looks perfect
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Asiya @ Chocolate and Chillies

I don't think I've ever had Chettinand Chicken before...looks wonderful!

Priya Suresh

Wat a super flavourful chicken, simply irresistible,mouthwatering here.


Delicious and spicy chicken favourite too..
I make it too but with little gravy. I like your version better.


Looks soooo Yum!!


This looks amazing... so far your pepper chicken is the best and Jay from Tasty Appetites.. I'll have to read both recipes and try 1 out at a time. Gorgeous! Love madrasi food.


This looks amazing... so far your pepper chicken is the best and Jay from Tasty Appetites.. I'll have to read both recipes and try 1 out at a time. Gorgeous! Love madrasi food.


very tempting!! yummy!

Suja Manoj

Absolutely drool worthy,tempting chicken

Reshmi Mahesh

Spicy tempting recipe...Drooling here..

Sangeetha M

Hot n Spicy chicken looks so tempting...delicious chettinad recipes a lot..bookmarking this!

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Super tempting & mouthwatering Chicken,Akila:-)

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Shabitha Karthikeyan

Makes me drool. I love pepper chicken and this one is perfect !!


Mouth watering recipe!! All time favourite... Glad to follow you

Divya A

Love chicken..and pepper :) Combine both and am drooling!!

Subhie Arun

drooling....lov the shot!...yummy n spicy dish..


Very tempting recipe,looks so delicious n flavorful.

Treat and Trick

Great presentation and looks so good!


There was a time when I would drivel & drool for tasty chicken such as this. But alas now I have become a vegetarian !

Ambreen (Simply Sweet n Savory)

This looks delicious, wonderful looking chicken dish!

Menaga Sathia

super tempting chettinad recipe!!


So inviting chicken and awesome presentation. Thanks for sharing.

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