Chicken Chettinad

Chicken Chettinad


Chicken Chettinad is another authentic south Indian dish. Chettinad is a very special and popular style of cooking in Tamilnadu. They are known for a variety of dishes and Chettinad Chicken has to be the king of them. You’ll find this listed in almost every South Indian restaurant menu . The chicken is cooked with some distinct ingredients such as poppy seeds , fennel seeds, coriander seeds that give a very special aroma to the curry. Chettinad is known for its culinary delicacies. Chettinad food, now is one of the many reasons why people get to know Chettinad.


  • Chicken :800gm (with bone)
  • onion: 1 1/2 (medium) (finely chopped)
  • Tomatoes : 2 (finely chopped)
  • Oil : 2 tbps
  • Salt : required to tatse
  • water : 1 1/2 cups
  • Turmeric Powder : 1/4 tsp
  • Curry leaves : 4 to 6
  • Lemon juice : 1tsp

For Masala Paste:

  • Coriander seeds: 1 tsp
  • Cumin seeds : 1tsp
  • Fennel seeds : 1tsp
  • Poppy seeds : 1 1/2 tsp
  • Whole red chilies : 6 to 8
  • Coconut : 4 tbsp (grated)
  • Cinnamon : 1″
  • Cloves and cardamom : 2 each
  • Ginger and garlic : 2 tsp (finely chopped)

Method of Preparation :

  1. Roast all the ingredients in a little oil except ginger and garlic. Let it cool for few seconds.
  2. Grind them all together with ginger and garlic. Grind it in to a smooth paste.
  3. Heat oil in a vessel and add bay leaves and onions fry them till onions turn in to golden brown.
  4. After that add the ground masala paste, curry leaves, turmeric powder and fry them for like 5 minutes and then add the chicken in to it.
  5. Mix it all together so the masala blend with chicken and cook them for 3 to 4 minutes in medium heat.
  6. Now add the tomatoes and required salt.
  7. Close the lid and let it cook for 3 minutes in medium heat.
  8. After that add 1 1/2 cups of water into it and close the lid .
  9. Boil the gravy for like 8 minutes in medium heat or till the oil separates in the top.
  10. Finally add the lemon juice on top of it and garnish with coriander leaves.

Serve it hot with chapathi, dosa and rice. :-)

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27 Responses to Chicken Chettinad

  1. Happy Cook April 8, 2008 at 12:07 pm #

    Wow looking to the pic itself i am drooling and then you were talking about the chettinad food, makes me want to make these.
    Will try them and when i do i will let you know.

  2. dhivya April 8, 2008 at 1:35 pm #

    wow!wonderful recipe!!!!looks so yummmm

  3. Seema April 8, 2008 at 2:06 pm #

    Looks yum!! These are a big favourite if mine…Looks good!

  4. Kalai April 8, 2008 at 2:07 pm #

    One of my all time fave chicken dishes! Like your version and will try sometime! :)

  5. Meeso April 8, 2008 at 4:04 pm #

    I have made this before but I want to try your version really soon…will let you know when I do, it looks delicious!

  6. sagari April 9, 2008 at 7:46 am #

    never tried this recipe till now shriya , looks soooooo good

  7. Vaishali April 10, 2008 at 12:40 pm #

    Shriya, in my ominvore days I’d often cook chicken chettinad which was one of my hubby’s favorites. I now make a version with mushrooms that’s also quite delicious.

  8. Homecooked April 11, 2008 at 5:24 am #

    Wow…love your pic.It looks so rich and delicious!

  9. Meera April 11, 2008 at 9:01 pm #

    Chettinad chicken looks so yum!!

  10. anuzi April 16, 2008 at 11:54 am #

    Wow Chicken chettinad! Looks spicy and soooo delish. Man I wish I was living around your way…I totally would have invited myself over for a meal ;o)

  11. Cynthia April 18, 2008 at 11:41 pm #

    I often heard of this dish but never had it.

  12. shibani April 22, 2008 at 5:23 am #

    Hi Shriya, This is one of my favorite curry.I loved ur curry and hard to resist the picture.

  13. shankari April 22, 2008 at 3:18 pm #

    That pic makes me want some right away. The slut bread intrigues, I have to take a look at it.

  14. shriya April 24, 2008 at 9:55 pm #

    Thanks HC. I am fond of chettinad foods too. Let me know if you try this.

    Thanks for your lovely comments kalai, dhivya,sagari, seema, Homeccoked,Cynthia and meera.

    I’ve tried different versions too meeso but trust me this tastes really good.

    Its of my hubby’s fav too vaishali and I never tried with mushrooms , next time I’ll give it a try.

    Thanks for your comments shibani.

    You are welcome to have it shankari. Good to see you again. thanks for your comments.

    Hi anuzi, You are mostly welcome. Its so nice of you to say this. :-)

  15. Divya Vikram April 25, 2008 at 9:39 pm #

    Hi thanks for dropping by my blog..U have many wonderful recipes here..And the fortune cooking contest is a wonderful theme indeed

  16. Meera April 29, 2008 at 5:02 pm #

    Chicken Chettinad looks wonderful.

  17. Arundathi April 30, 2008 at 1:32 pm #

    thats really great – i guess mine is similar except for the poppy seeds. thats a great idea. thanks!

  18. Swapna February 10, 2009 at 12:51 pm #

    dish looks yummy. Will try soon.
    but can you mention in the ingredients,how many bay leaves are needed?
    By the way thanks for this wonderful recipe.

  19. gfhdtrhj April 18, 2009 at 8:13 am #

    this is amazing

  20. mangkish May 16, 2010 at 6:24 am #

    The taste of the dish was really superb!!!!

  21. MJ July 10, 2010 at 10:59 pm #

    Hi Shriya,

    Thanks for your recipe and detailed instructions.But doesn’t chicken chettinad have pepper in it also? It’s right now sitting on the stove.I might just add and see.

  22. Sarita December 8, 2010 at 11:03 pm #

    Hello Shriya,

    This chicken curry is awesome!

    It had a good balance of spices. It was a big hit with the family(young and old). We enjoyed it with chapatis. Since the red chilies that we get in stores do not have much heat, I added half a spoon of pepper to the dry ingredient as well.

    Thanks for taking the time and posting the receipe online for all of us to enjoy.


  23. debanjan April 15, 2011 at 5:53 pm #

    hey Shriya,
    m gona gv my bdy trt wid ur recipe 2 my frnz! D pic alrdy sems so yum, m sure de gona lyk it.. Thnx:) bt, cn u tl me d bngli trm 4 poppy n fennel sids? Plz rply, m lukn 4wrd 2 it! Bye, tkcr..

  24. Supriya July 1, 2011 at 5:23 am #

    Thanks for this wonderful recipe shriya. Tried this yesterday night and it tasted so good. Thanks once again.

  25. Supriya July 1, 2011 at 5:25 am #

    Thanks for sharing this recipe. Tried it yesterday night and it tasted great. Thanks once again.

  26. shasi February 12, 2012 at 12:43 pm #

    Very nice recipe. Just tried for the first time and it came out great. Thank you.

  27. vini December 18, 2013 at 6:22 pm #

    I made this..its yum.Thanks for an awesome recipe. Only thing i did different is added tomato before chicken and did not add water.


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