Chettinad Chicken

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Presenting you the famous South Indian Cuisine, Chicken Chettinad. A delicious gravy made with various ingredients. Made with the conventional recipe and so traditional you’ll feel like you’re in South India with each bite.

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Should we use fresh or dried coconut for the recipe?

Fresh coconut is obviously preferable for a richer taste/ But if it is not available, dried/desiccated works good too.

The dish turned out to be too spicy. How do we decrease the spiciness?

You may use 4 dry chillis instead of 5. Experiment with the spice to find the spiciness that suits you. If you have powder instead, you can use around 0.5-1 tablespoon of red chili powder as well. Using dry chili gives the traditional dark-colored gravy while powder makes it lighter.

What makes South Indian cuisine taste so differently?

The richness of the gravies is increased by the addition of coconut, ginger, and garlic. Traditionally, the spices were grounded using grinding stones. Chettinad cuisine is loaded with distinct aromas and flavors.

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Chettinad Chicken

Course: Main CourseCuisine: IndianDifficulty: Medium


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Awesome south Indian style chicken curry – the Chettinad Chicken is made with coconut and various spices in paste form mixed with chicken. Watch Urban Teapot’s easy-to-follow steps and prepare the authentic Chettinad chicken at home!


  • Marinating the chicken
  • 500 gm Chicken

  • 4 tbsp Curd

  • 1/2 tsp Turmeric powder

  • 1/4 tsp Red chili powder

  • 1/2 tsp Salt

  • 1 tbsp Lemon juice

  • Preparing The Chicken Chettinad Masala
  • 1 tbsp Cooking oil

  • 2 tbsp Coriander seeds

  • 1 tsp Cumin seeds

  • 2 tsp Fennel seeds

  • 3 pc Green cardamom

  • 1 pc Cinnamon stick

  • 2 tsp Black peppercorns

  • 5 pc Dry red chili

  • 1 pc Black cardamom

  • 1 pc Star anise

  • 1 pc Mace

  • 4 pc Cloves

  • 1/2 pc Nutmeg

  • 1/2 cup Grated coconut

  • 160 ml Water

  • Preparing Chicken Chettinad
  • 3 tbsp Cooking oil

  • 7 pc Dry curry leaves

  • 1 pc Bay leaf

  • 1 pc Dry red chili

  • 1 pc Onion

  • 1 tbsp Ginger garlic

  • 1/2 tsp Salt

  • 3/4 cup Water


  • Marinating the Chicken
  • Into a large bowl, take chicken 500 gm, curd 4 tbsp, turmeric powder 1/2 tsp, red chili powder 1/4 tsp, salt 1/2 tsp, lemon juice 1 tbsp – mix well – keep marinated for about 30 minutes.
  • Preparing The Chicken Chettinad Masala
  • Into a heating frying pan, add cooking oil 1 tbsp, coriander seeds 2 tbsp, cumin seeds 1 tsp, fennel seeds 2 tsp, green cardamom 3 pods, cinnamon stick 1 pc, black peppercorns 2 tsp, dry red chili 5 pc, black cardamom 1 pc, star anise 1 pc, mace 1 pc, cloves 4 pc, nutmeg 1/2 pc, and roast the whole spices for about 2-3 minutes on low heat.
  • Add shredded coconut 1/2 cup – roast it till becomes light brown on medium heat.
  • Take out the roasted spices onto a plate and let it cool down at room temperature.
  • Then, transfer the roasted spices into a grinder with water 160 ml and grind it to make masala paste, keep this masala paste aside for later use.
  • Preparing Chicken Chettinad
  • Into a heating pot, add cooking oil 3 tbsp, dry red chili 1 pc, bay leaf 1 pc, sliced onion 1 pc, dry curry leaves 7 pc – fry the onions till they become translucent on medium heat.
  • Add ginger garlic 1 tbsp and cook it until the raw smell of ginger-garlic goes off.
  • Into this, add marinated chicken and let it cook for about 4-5 minutes on medium heat.
  • Add the already prepared Chettinad masala paste into it and stir well.
  • Add salt 1/2 tsp, water 3/4 cup, and stir well.
  • Cover and let it cook for about 15-20 minutes on medium heat.
  • After, your Chicken Chettinad is ready to serve.

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  • You could also use frozen shredded coconut instead of freshly shredded coconut.
  • Fresh curry leaves could be also used instead of dry ones.
  • Use the salt according to your taste and flavor.

Nutrition Facts

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4 servings per container


  • Amount Per Serving% Daily Value *
  • Total Fat 21.5g 34%
    • Saturated Fat 5.5g 28%
  • Cholesterol 82mg 28%
  • Sodium 709mg 30%
  • Amount Per Serving% Daily Value *
  • Potassium 660mg 19%
  • Total Carbohydrate 9g 3%
    • Dietary Fiber 3.4g 14%
    • Sugars 2.4g
  • Protein 660g 1320%
  • Calcium 5%
  • Iron 20%

* The % Daily Value tells you how much a nutrient in a serving of food contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.

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