How to Make Chicken Chettinad - Recipe on FirstCry Parenting

Chicken Chettinad

Chettinad is a place is Tamilnadu known for the eclectic choice of spices and rich flavours infused into their cuisine. Try out the luscious Chicken Chettinad known for its fiery taste. Chicken Chettinad tastes best with rice and goes well with rotis, naan, dosas, appams as well.

Serves Preparation Time Cooking Time
3 People 15 – 20 Minutes  30 – 35 Minutes


  • 500 g Chicken
  • 2 onions, chopped
  • 1 tomato, chopped
  • 2 tbsp ginger garlic paste
  • 2 tbsp oil
  • 1/2 tsp turmeric powder
  • Coriander leaves for garnishing
  • Salt to taste

Chettinad Masala Ingredients

  • 3 tbsp Coriander seeds
  • 4 to 5 dry red chilli
  • 2 tsp fennel seeds
  • 1 tsp cumin seeds
  • 1 in cinnamon stick
  • 2 tsp black pepper corns
  • 3 to 4 cloves
  • 1/3 cup fresh coconut


Step 1

Marinate the thoroughly washed chicken in salt and turmeric for about 20 minutes.

Step 2

Meanwhile, dry roast all the spices except coconut and grind to a smooth paste and keep aside.

Step 3

In a deep pan, heat oil and saute chopped onions in it. Add the ginger garlic paste and fry for a minute.

Step 4

To this, add chopped tomatoes, fry for another minute and add the chicken.

Step 5

Next, add the ground masala, mix well and close the pan.

Step 6

Cook on low flame so the chicken pieces absorb the masala well. The meat is soft to eat only when cooked on low flame.

Step 7

Alternatively, you could carry out the entire process in a pressure cooker and cook the chicken for 3 to 4 whistles on low flame.

Step 8

Garnish with coriander leaves and serve.

Nutritional Information

Calories 540 K cal
Proteins 42.1 g
Fats 14.8 g
Carbohydrates 6.9 g
Cholesterol 23 mg
Sodium 82 mg
Potassium 326 mg
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