Chicken Chettinad

Chicken Chettinad is a authentic Tamilnadu dish. This dish is hot and pungent with fresh ground masala's. Chettinad is famous for it's use of a variety of spices. This dish is the spiciest, oiliest and aromatic with chicken cooked with different ingredients like fennel seeds, coriander seeds, poppy and cumin seeds that gives a mind blowing aroma to the curry.

Chicken Chettinad goes well with dosa, plain rice, Appams, parathas, roti, naan (Indian breads).

  • Number of chilies depend on how spicy they are. I am using 12 as mine are not very spicy
Preparation Time : 15 Minutes

Cooking Time : 25 Minutes

Total Time : 40 Minutes

Yield : 3-4 servings

Chicken Chettinad
Chicken Chettinad


To be roasted and grinded  :
Red Chillies7-8 nos
Jeera / Cumin Seeds2 tbsp
Fennel Seeds 2 tbsp
Coriander Seeds2 tbsp
Poppy Seeds / Khus Khus1 tbsp
Cardomom / ilayaci3
cinnamom / dalacini1.5 inch
Fresh Grated Coconut1/2 Cup
Clove / lavang4

Others :
Oil3 tbsp
Chicken500 gms
Tumeric Powder / Haldi1 tsp
Salt1 tsp
Onion1 large finely chopped
Garlic1 tsp minced
Ginger1 tsp minced
Curry Leaves7-8
Red Chilly Powder1 tsp
Tomatoes2 large finely chopped
Lemon Juice1 tsp
Water2-3 cups
Coriander Leaveslittle finely chopped

Wash and clean the chicken. 

Method :

  1. Dry roast and grind to make a paste of above mentioned ingredients in "to be roasted and grinded" table. 
  2. Heat a oil in a pan.
  3. Add onions and fry until they change their color to golden brown.
  4. Add salt, garlic, ginger, turmeric powder and curry leaves. Allow it to fry for some time.
  5. Now add the paste, red chilly powder and tomatoes. Fry for 5 minutes.
  6. Now its the time to add chicken and cook for 5 minutes on medium flame.
  7. Check for the salt. Add lemon juice and water. Close the lid and cook for 20-25 minutes.
  8. When chicken is cooked switch off the flame and garnish with coriander leaves.
  9. Serve hot with dosa, plain rice or chapathi.


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