The Spicy Chettinad Pepper Chicken is juicy and succulent, and the masala sticks nicely enough to it that you need no more. It’s a blend that tempts you to wish it cooked faster. And all of that is in those herbs, so don’t skimp on them when you try it out!
Use curry leaves and whole spices, if you are trying this out. Don’t get lazy and swap coriander powder with coriander seeds because that just won’t cut it. If you have to or order them online, make a trip to the store but take my word, the effort is worth it.
Even if you’re a vegetarian, don’t get upset, please. Make this recipe with potatoes or mushrooms and it should work just as well.
Ingredients for preparing Spicy Chettinad Pepper Chicken
- Skinless chicken thigh fillets 500g, which will be cut into bite-sized pieces
- 1 tbsp of ginger, coarsely grated
- ½ tsp of ground turmeric
- ½ tsp of Kashmiri chili powder or mild chili powder
- ½ tsp of fennel seeds
- 2cm piece of cinnamon stick
- 2 red dried chilies
- ½ tsp of black peppercorns
- 3 tbsp of vegetable oil
- 1 tsp of black mustard seeds
- Curry leaves
- 1onion, thinly sliced
- 2 small bulb of tomatoes, chopped
- A handful of coriander, chopped
- Rotis or parathas to serve
Method of preparing Spicy Chettinad Pepper Chicken
- Put the chicken and the ginger, turmeric, and chili powder in a large bowl. Stir well, and leave for 20 minutes to marinate.
- Use a pestle and mortar to beat the seeds of fennel, cinnamon, dried chilies, and peppercorns gently and set aside.
- Heat the oil in a wok, or large frying pan, over medium heat. Add the mustard seeds, then fry for 10 seconds until they start popping. Add the spices crushed, and fry for a minute.
- Add the curry leaves, and add the onion as they splutter. Fry for 7-8 minutes, always stirring. Add the marinated chicken and gently switching the heat on, frying for 4 minutes. Season to a touch of salt.
- Lower the heat, cover the chicken, and cook it for 10 minutes, stirring halfway through.
- Add the tomatoes and cook 4-5 minutes uncovered. Sprinkle over the coriander, and serve with parathas or Rotis.
Where to buy Chickens in Akwa Ibom State
Since chicken is the only meat that has no negative health conditions, you can always use it to prepare any local and continental dishes of your choice. In Akwa Ibom State of Nigeria, you can buy chickens from sofreshchikens.
Uyo, The Akwa Ibom State capital:
Number 215 Udo Umana Street opposite Akpan Andem Market, Uyo
Oron, Akwa Ibom State:
Number 27 Market Square by Aba Street, Oron, Akwa Ibom State
Eket, Akwa Ibom State:
3 park road, opposite Chinese market, Eket.