Chicken Chettinad



Chicken – 1 kg cut into pieces

Onions – 2 chopped

Ginger garlic paste – 2 tbsp

Tomatoes – 2 chopped

Curry leaves – 1 sprig

Turmeric powder – 1 tsp

Water – 1 cup

Salt – to taste

Oil – 2 tbsp

Coriander leaves – 1 tbsp chopped

For the Paste

Grated coconut – 1 cup

Dry red chillies – 6

Peppercorns – 1/2 tsp

Poppy seeds/ Khus khus- 2 tsp

Coriander seeds – 1 tsp

Cumin seeds – 1 tsp

Fennel seeds/ Perumjeerakam – 1 tsp

Cinnamon – 4 ” piece

Cloves – 4

Cardamom – 1



Heat a little oil in a pan and roast the grated coconut till light brown.  Add rest of the ingredients and roast till aroma comes out.  Allow it to cool and grind to a paste.  Heat oil in a pan and fry onions till golden brown.  Add ginger garlic paste and fry for a minute.  Add turmeric powder, tomatoes, curry leaves and salt.  Fry till oil separates.  Now add the ground masala, water and the chicken pieces.  Mix well, cover and cook till done. Stir in between.  When the gravy is thick, switch off the flame.  Garnish with chopped coriander leaves.  Serve delicious ‘Chicken Chettinad’ with rice, roti, idli, dosa or bread.  Enjoy with your friends and family!

  1. I made this once long ago and mine was delicous but a bit too dry , i like your recipe much more. Bookmarking this. Happy Newyear and hope you had a wonderful celebration for christmas and Newyear.

  2. Your chicken curry sounds delicious and is making me hungry.

  3. WOww delicious chicken chettinad, mouthwatering dish..

  4. what a chicken chettinad curry..looks really authetic and best so far

  5. Looks too good Lissie. Nice spicy and delicious gravy. My hubby love such gravies to have with parotta’s 🙂

  6. wow..the gravy looks really delicious.
    thanks for the yummy recipe.

  7. Happy new year!

  8. ohh.Adipoli….vayil kappal odikkam ippo…
    Yummy yummm

  9. WOW!! That chicken dish looks perfect Lissie, I must try. Spicy and tasty. Thanks for posting! :))

    Happy 2010.

  10. Adipoli chicken chettinad…I love chettinad cuisine for the spice factor…this looks terffic and mouthwatering.YUM!!

  11. Hello Ma’am,

    i tried tis too…no words to explain. Very tasty. My hus is flat. all the credit goes to u. Thank u so much. I have a request, can u put some good Soya chunk recipes, coz my hus is a non veg food lover,only chicken beef and egg. No sea food. But on Friday we take only veg. so i need some Soya chunk recps.

    with luv
    Namitha Nirmal Thomas

  12. Hi Namitha,

    Thanks a lot for trying ‘chicken chettinad’! So you made your hus flat! 🙂

    In fact, I have no soya chunks recipes in my draft. And I am sorry to say that I am not keeping well these days. I will make soya chunks curry and post it once I am well. Please bear with me and do try my other recipes in the mean time.

    with love,

  13. Ma’am,



  14. Hi Namitha,

    I have posted ‘Soya Chunks Curry’. Hope you will like it… Please let me know about the outcome.


  15. good recipe

  16. You are doing a great job, Chettinad Chicken curry is one of my all time favourate