Category Archives: South Indian Chicken Recipes

The fragrant south, almost all of the dishes from south are distinctly rich in coconut milk and flavored with Cinnamon, Bay leaf, Cloves, Cardamom, Fennel seeds and curry leaves.

Chicken Chettinad

Chicken Chettinad is an authentic south Indian dish. You’ll find this listed in almost every South Indian restaurant menu. Traditionally, this dish is very spicy and oily and is cooked with some distinct ingredients such as poppy seeds, fennel seeds, coriander seeds along with tamarind.


  • 1 pound chicken (you can use a whole chicken cut into small pieces or leg or thigh pieces)
  • 1 large onion sliced finely
  • 1 medium tomato chopped finely
  • 4-5 curry leaves
  • 1 tbsp lime juice
  • Salt to taste
  • ¼ cup fresh grated coconut
  • 2-3 tbsp cooking oil or ghee
  • Chopped coriander leaves to garnish

Chicken marinade:

  • 1 tsp ginger paste
  • 1 tsp garlic paste
  • 1 tsp red chili powder or Paprika
  • 2 green chilies finely chopped
  • ¼ tsp turmeric powder
  • 1 tbsp cooking oil
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice
  • 2 tbsp yogurt
  • ½ tsp salt

Spice mixture:

  • 2 tbsp coriander seeds
  • 1 tsp cumin seeds
  • 2 aniseed stars
  • 2 dry red chilies
  • ½ ” piece of cinnamon
  • 2-3 green cardamom pods
  • 4-5 cloves
  • 8-10 peppercorns


  • Mix all the ingredients of the marinade with the chicken and keep aside for 2 hours.
  • Heat a heavy pan or skillet on a medium flame and roast the ingredients of spice mixture for 3-4 minutes (do not burn the spices). Remove from flame and allow to cool. Grind the mixture into a coarse powder in a clean, dry coffee grinder.
  • In another deep pan, heat the oil and add the curry leaves. When they stop spluttering, add the sliced onions and fry till they are light brown.
  • Add ginger garlic paste and fry for another 2-3 minutes.
  • Add the tomatoes and little salt; stir fry till tomato becomes pulpy.
  • Add the chicken and grated coconut, cover, and simmer till chicken is tender.
  • When the chicken is done add garam masala powder and lime juice; mix well and simmer for another 2 minutes. Turn off the flame and take out in a serving dish.
  • Garnish with coriander leaves and serve.


South Indian Style Fried Chicken


1 chicken – cut into bite sized pieces
1/2 tsp turmeric powder
5 Tbsp oil
1/2 tsp mustard seeds

1 tsp fennel seeds
5 whole dried red chillies
2 chopped onions

1 tsp salt

Rub the salt and turmeric over the chicken. Keep it aside for half an hour. Heat oil a pan and  put in mustard seeds, and urad dal.  After a few minutes add fennel seeds and red chillies. Now add onions and fry until golden. Now time to add  marinated chicken and cook over a fast flame for 10-15 minutes. Sprinkle little water on it to avoid sticking. Remove from oil and serve hot with salad.