Chicken Chettinaad

A South Indian delicacy.

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Chicken Chettinaad
Main Ingredients Chicken, Oil
Cuisine Tamil Nadu
Course Main Course Chicken
Prep Time 16-20 minutes
Cook time 26-30 minutes
Serve 4
Taste Spicy
Level of Cooking Moderate
Others Non Veg

Ingredients list for Chicken Chettinaad

  • 1 kilogram Chicken skinned and cut into 12 pieces
  • 4 tablespoons Oil
  • 6-8 Dried red chillies
  • 1/2 cup Coconut scraped
  • 2 teaspoons Poppy seeds (khuskhus/posto)
  • 1 teaspoon Coriander seeds
  • 1/2 teaspoon Cumin seeds
  • 3 Green cardamoms
  • 2 Cloves
  • 1 inch stick Cinnamon
  • 1/2 Star anise
  • 1 teaspoon Fennel seeds (saunf)
  • 1 inch piece Ginger chopped
  • 10 cloves Garlic chopped
  • 1 large Onion chopped
  • 10-12 Curry leaves
  • 3 medium Tomatoes chopped
  • 1 teaspoon Red chilli powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon Turmeric powder
  • to taste Salt
  • 1 tablespoon Lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoons Fresh coriander leaves chopped


  1. Heat one tablespoon oil in a pan and roast the red chillies, coconut, poppy seeds, coriander seeds, cumin seeds, green cardamoms, cloves, cinnamon, star anise and fennel seeds till fragrant.
  2. Cool and grind to a paste along with the ginger and garlic. Heat the remaining oil in a thick bottom pan, add the onion and sauté till golden. Add the curry leaves and the ground paste and sauté for two to three minutes.
  3. Add the tomatoes, red chilli powder and turmeric powder and sauté for further two to three minutes. Add chicken, mix well and sauté for five minutes. Add two cups of water, salt and lemon juice and mix. Cover and cook till the chicken is done.
  4. Serve hot, garnished with coriander leaves and accompanied with boiled rice or parantha.

Nutrition Info

Calories 2415
Carbohydrates 38.2
Protein 268.4
Fat 132
Other Fiber 22.3gm