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Aug 6, 2013

Chettinad Chicken / Chettinad Chicken Masala

Recently i am getting request for more Non Vegetarian recipes. And also getting good feedback for my Chicken Biryani, Chicken pepper masala, Pepper chicken curry(without coconut). Thank you readers for trying my recipes and taking time to share your lovely feedback via mail, comments. it means a lot to me n so encouraging, keep trying and feel free to share your suggestions & feedback. For any doubts n questions email me -

Recently tried Chettinad Chicken Masala from Solai's True Chettinad Kitchen. I am a big fan of Chettinad Recipes and have tried few Chettinad chicken preparations and this time got time to click. This chettinad chicken masala turned so good, spicy n aromatic masala. This not a fry or a curry, just stir fried chicken masala with spices. Without any further delay lets move on to the recipe quickly...

  1. Onion    1 large (finely chopped) or 10 pearl onions
  2. Tomato   1 no. (chopped)
  3. Garlic    5 fat cloves (chopped)
For Marination
  1. Chicken   500gm or 1.2 lb
  2. Red Chilli Powder    1 tsp
  3. Chicken Masala Powder   1 tsp
  4. Turmeric Powder   1/4 tsp
  5. Yogurt   1 tbsp
  6. Ginger Garlic paste    1 tsp
To Wet Grind
  1. Ginger       1/2" piece
  2. Small onion    6 or 7 no.s
  3. Garlic      3 cloves
  4. Green chillies    2
  5. Chillie powder    1/2 tbsp
  6. Coriander powder    1 tbsp
For Coconut Paste
  1. Coconut     2-3 tbsp
  2. Poppy seeds    1/4 tsp
  3. Fennel seeds    1/2 tsp
To Temper
  1. Oil    1-2 tbsp
  2. Fennel seeds   1/4 tsp
  3. Clove    3 no.
  4. Cinnamon   1/2" 
  5. Cardamom    2 no.
  6. Bay leaf   1 small
  7. Mint leaves    1 tbsp copped
  8. Curry leaves    1 sprig

  • First wash chicken pieces thoroughly then drain excess water and take it in a bowl and add all the ingredients under the heading "To Marinate" and mix well and set it aside for 30 minutes.
  • Then grind all the ingredients under the heading "To Wet Grind" using couple of tablespoon of water and grind it to a smooth paste and keep ready.
  • Like wise Grind coconut paste using little water to a smooth paste and keep aside.
  • Now heat oil in a kadai/pan, when it gets heated add the tempering ingredients one by one and saute it.
  • Then add finely chopped onions, garlic and saute until onion turn light golden brown.
  • After that add finely chopped tomatoes and saute until it turns soft and mushy.
  • And then add the ground onion-chilli paste and saute for 2-3 minutes.
  • Now add marinated chicken and saute for another 2-3 minutes and add 1/4 cup water, enough salt and cook till 3/4 th done.
  • And then add the ground coconut paste and saute well and cook til the raw smell leaves and chicken gets cooked well.

  • That's it...spicy & aromatic Chettinad Chicken ready. Garnish with Cilantro and curry leaves and serve hot with rice/idly/dosa.

Adding coconut paste is optional, if u don't like you can skip it. If using it, instead of poppy seeds you can also use cashew nuts - 2 tbsp.
I make it as a semi dry masala, if u want u can roast it high flame till all the moisture dries.


  1. Sema tempting ah irukku Sangee chicken.. Delicious!!

  2. wow, nice one, glad to have found ur blog, following u... :)

  3. droolworthy chettinad chicken, love the props too...

  4. Delicious and wonderful looking chicken chettinad masala. I just love the spicy flavor of it.

  5. yummy akka and nice a big fan of chicken

  6. So tempting chettinad chiken recipe...Has a restaurant dish like finish

  7. OMG it looks so tempting dear.. appadiyae pulao um irundha nalla irrukum :)

  8. One super drool worthy chicken :) your clicks are awesome dear, I love anything and everything chettinad

  9. the name itself makes me so hungry..but my bad luck never time vl follow dis recipe sangee..truly tempting vth spicy luking cliks

  10. Super tempting and definitely a fingerlicking chettinad chicken Sangee, am craving for some..

  11. This looks and sounds amazing. Thank you so much for sharing.

  12. chicken looks the curry and the way masala is coated on the chicken

  13. Hayoo pathale pasikuthu...looks very tempting!!

  14. i made wonderfull chicken because of u

    1. thanks for your feedback but the actual credit goes to Solai's True Kitchen :)
      Anyway glad that u liked it!

  15. I appreciate your honesty.I actually saw the recipe from solai and tried out.I was wondering when you did the same thing.Hats off dear.

  16. Chettinad chicken curry is one of the delicious preparation of chicken curry.Its easy to make and healthy too.

  17. Tried it out and came out well. But shouldn't you add salt in your recipe? ? :P

  18. I think i missed to mention it in the recipe, Thanks for trying and for your feedback :)

  19. Wats chicken masala? Wats in it ?

    1. It is a spice powder like Garam Masala Powder , a blend of spices. It is available in any Indian or Asian Grocery Stores. Hope this helps!

  20. Excellent receipe, done the same and taste came out well too... Keep posting...

  21. Excellent receipe, done the same and taste came out well too... Keep posting...

  22. wow super receipe with easy step by step explanations

  23. Awesome receipe just tried tastes great

  24. Hi ,

    Thank you so much for this recipe just made it for lunch thoroughly enjoyed by all :) look forward to trying more recipes from your blog ! Keep it going you're doing a fan job !

    1. Thank you so much Keerthana for your prompt feedback. Sure keep trying and share your valueable feedback...thanks for ur appreciation too!!

  25. Hey - how many servings does this recipe aim for ?

  26. Tried this recipe last weekend and it was fabulous with both rice and chapathi.. thanks so much!

  27. Tried this last weekend and it was fabulous with both roti and rice. Thanks!

  28. Tried this yester day.....we really enjoyed it...thank u


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