Watch: Tamil Nadu’s Favourite Chettinad Chicken’s Recipe!

From the land of Chettinad comes this super-famous South India’s take on chicken curry. Chettinad Chicken is known all over the country for its spicy flavours. It is also notorious for being one of the spiciest foods in India.
To prepare this dish, you need several ingredients like coconut milk, poppy seeds, groundnuts and list is sort of never-ending. The procedure is also quite tricky and complicated. So, here’s a simple alternative way to make Chettinad Chicken using minimal ingredients and keeping the procedure as easy as possible.


  • 250 gms Chicken
  • For The Chettinad Masala:
  • Cumin Seeds
  • Coriander Seeds
  • Cloves
  • Cardamom
  • Cinnamon
  • Black Pepper
  • Stone Flower
  • Dried Red Chillies

For The Marination:

  • Salt (As per taste)
  • ¼ tsp Turmeric Powder
  • 1 tsp Red Chilli Powder
  • 1 tsp Ginger-Garlic Paste
  • Oil
  • Lemon Juice

For The Curry:

  • 1 cup Onions
  • 1 Tomato
  • Coriander Leaves
  • Curry Leaves
  • 1 tsp Mustard Seeds
  • 1 tsp Ginger-Garlic Paste
  • Oil
  • Water

Masala Preparation:

Take a pan, add the whole garam masala and dry roast them. Then transfer them to a mixer jar and grind them to a fine powder. Keep your Chettinad Masala Powder aside.

Chicken Marination:

Take 250 grams chicken and add salt, ¼ tsp turmeric powder, 1 tsp red chilli powder, 1 tsp ginger-garlic paste, few drops of oil and 1 tsp lemon juice. Mix all the ingredients together and marinate the chicken for at least 1 hour.


1.Take a pan and heat some oil. Add mustard seeds, curry leaves, thinly sliced onions and ginger-garlic paste. Fry them till the onions turn golden-brown.

2.Now add tomatoes to it and fry them. To this, add the marinated chicken and cook for 5 minutes on a low flame, covered.

3.Finally, add 1 tsp of Chettinad masala, some water and mix it well. Cook, it covered on a low flame for 2 minutes.

4.Garnish it with coriander leaves and serve hot.

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