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Chettinad Pepper Chicken Recipe

Chettinad Sarees
15 minutes
Prep Time
30 minutes
Cook Time
4 People
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ABOUT Chettinad Pepper Chicken Recipe RECIPE

Chettinad Pepper Chicken is a very spicy and flavorful dish. I usually prepare my mother's version of pepper chicken which is less spicy and aromatic yet tastes best.

Recipe Tags

  • Non-veg
  • Medium
  • Tamil Nadu

Ingredients Serving: 4

  1. chicken - 1/2 kg, curry cut pieces
  2. peppercorns - 10, crushed to powder
  3. salt - to taste
  4. oil - 2 tbsp
  5. To Temper: Oil - 1 tbsp Mustard Seeds - 1 tsp cumin Seeds - 2tsp Cardamom - 1, broken Cinnamon - 1 Cloves - 4 Bay Leaves - 1, crushed
  6. cumin powder - 1 tsp
  7. coriander powder - 1 tsp
  8. ginger Garlic - 1 tbsp
  9. green chillies - 2, finely chopped
  10. turmeric powder - 1/2 tsp
  11. tomatoes - 1, deseeded, finely cubed
  12. red chilli powder - 1 tsp
  13. onion - 1, big, finely chopped


  1. Prepare the chicken and keep it aside. In a heavy bottomed non-stick pan, heat the oil and add the items under 'To Temper'. Once the aroma of spices start to release, add the onions and saute till they turn golden brown in colour.
  2. Add ginger-garlic paste, green chillies and turmeric powder. Saute for a minute. Add the tomatoes, red chilli powder, coriander powder and cumin powder. Then add in salt. Keep sauteeing on a low flame for 8-10 minutes till it starts to release oil.
  3. Add chicken and mix with the masalas. Just sprinkle water (2 tbsp) so it doesn't stick. The chicken releases water which will be sufficient for the chicken to cook. Cook the chicken covered for 5-10 minutes.
  4. Crush peppercorns freshly using a hand morter. Now, open and check the consistency of the chicken sauce.
  5. Add the crushed pepper powder and let it cook till the chicken sauce with pepper dries out.
  6. Garnish with fresh coriander leaves and serve.

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Sukhmani Bedi
Sukhmani Bedi   Mar-07-2016

Lovely! Would love to see a photo :)

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