Chicken Chettinad

Here is the authentic chettinad chicken recipe. Chettinad recipes are known for their arresting spicy flavour. Made from freshly ground spices, Chettinad cuisine is mainly non-vegetarian. Here is a chettinad chicken curry recipe straight from the kitchen of a home chef.

Chicken Chettinad
Chicken Chettinad


Chicken – 1/2 kg

Large Onion – 100 gms

Tomato – 100 gms

Coriander Powder – 1/ tsp

Red Chilli – 5 (long ones)

Red Chili Powder – 1/2 tsp

For Tadka:

Oil – 1 tsp

Cinnamon – a little

Cardamom – a little

Clove – a little(3-4)

Turmeric – 1/2 tsp

For Paste:

Coconut Grated – 1/2 coconut

Poppy Seeds – 1 tsp

Fennel Seeds – 1 tsp

Roasted Gram(Buna Channa) – a little

Garlic – 5 pods

Ginger – 50 gms

Make a paste of ginger and garlic and the rest a paste separately.

For Garnish

3-4 tbsp fresh chopped coriander


1. Heat oil in a pan and add prepare the tadka. It can be made into a paste and also added onto oil.

2. Add red chilies, sauté it well, then add ginger, garlic paste to it.

3. Then add onion, tomato and cook till soft.

4. Add chicken and sauté for 10 minutes in the mixture to remove the meat smell from it.

5. To the half cooked chicken, add the paste, red chilly powder, coriander powder, turmeric powder, and salt. Allow to cook completely after 15-20 minutes by adding some water.

6. Unflame it when cooked well and garnish with the chopped coriander leaves.

Your chettinad chicken is now ready to serve!

This recipe is contributed by our reader, Meenakshi Ar. She writes a blog showcasing her mother’s recipes.