Chicken Chettinad Recipe Video

Chicken Chettinad (one of the few ways to get the "authentic" flavour)


Preparation Time40 MinCooking Time40 Min
Ready In1 Hr 20 MinDifficulty LevelMedium
Health IndexJust EnjoyServings4
DishMain Ingredient


 Whole chicken1 1⁄2 Kilogram, skinned, chopped (with the bones)
 Chicken fat3 Ounce, divided (For the onion paste, For the chicken chettinad)
 Onion1 Large, chopped into cubes (For the onion paste)
 Turmeric powder2 Teaspoon, divided (For marinating, For the chicken chettinad)
 Regular salt1 Teaspoon (For the chicken chettinad)
 Lime juice1 Teaspoon (For marinating)
 Olive oil2 Tablespoon, divided (For the onion paste, For the chicken chettinad)
 Chili powder1 Teaspoon (For the onion paste)
 Coriander powder1 Teaspoon (For the onion paste)
 Chicken masala powder1 1⁄2 Teaspoon (Everest chicken masala powder, For the onion paste)
 Black cardamom2 (For the chicken chettinad)
 Cardamom2 (regular cardamom, For the chicken chettinad)
 Star anise3 (For the chicken chettinad)
 Clove7 (For the chicken chettinad)
 Cinnamon sticks5 (For the chicken chettinad)
 Cumin1 Teaspoon (For the chicken chettinad)
 Fresh fennel1 Teaspoon (For the chicken chettinad)
 Green chilies4 Small, chopped finely (For the chicken chettinad)
 Ginger paste1 Teaspoon (For the chicken chettinad)
 Garlic paste1 Teaspoon (For the chicken chettinad)
 Nutmeg powder1 Teaspoon (For the chicken chettinad)
 Tomato1 Large, chopped finely (or 2 tablespoon of tomato paste, For the chicken chettinad)
 Water1⁄2 Cup (8 tbs) (For the chicken chettinad)
 Mint leaves4 Small (For the chicken chettinad)
 Bay leaf3 Small (For the chicken chettinad)

Nutrition Facts

Serving size

Calories 1162 Calories from Fat 788

% Daily Value*

Total Fat 88 g134.7%

Saturated Fat 24.1 g120.5%

Trans Fat 0 g

Cholesterol 299.3 mg

Sodium 929 mg38.7%

Total Carbohydrates 19 g6.4%

Dietary Fiber 6 g23.8%

Sugars 5.6 g

Protein 73 g145.7%

Vitamin A 28.7% Vitamin C 55.1%

Calcium 14.7% Iron 39.7%

*Based on a 2000 Calorie diet


1. Marinate the chicken pieces in turmeric powder and lemon juice. Keep it aside for half an hour.

2. To prepare the onion masala: In a pan heat olive oil, put three pieces of the chicken fat and fry for 3 minutes until it melts completely.
3. Add in the chopped onions and stir fry for 30 seconds on high heat.
4. Stir in the chili, turmeric, coriander, chicken masala powder and mix well for 3 - 4 minutes on medium heat. Switch off the heat and let the masala cool.
5. After the onion masala has cooled, puree it and set aside.
6. On a chopping board, crush the black cardomom, regular cardomom and star anise into a coarse powder.
7. In another pan, heat olive oil, melt 3 pieces of the chicken fat completely. Add in the cumin, fennel seeds, chopped green chilies, ginger and garlic paste. Stir well.
8. Add in the coarse powder mixture of black cardomom, regular cardomom, star anise, cloves and cinnamon sticks. Stir gently on medium heat for 1 minute.
9. Transfer the marinated chicken pieces into the above pan, stir on medium high heat and cook for 5 minutes. Add in the nutmeg powder and stir for 1 minute and let it rest on medium heat.
10. Add in the tomato and oinion paste, mix well and cook it for about 3 minutes on medium high heat.
11. Add water, stir gently and cook for a few minutes. Add in the mint and bay leaves and let it simmer covered for 20 minutes.

12. Garnish the chicken chettinad with chopped cilantro, parsley and curry leaves, and serve it along a bowl of white rice or tandoori roti.