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Chettinad chicken fry

  • serves 4
  • Easy

Maunika Gowardhan's super-simple version of chettinad chicken flavours thigh fillets with ginger, turmeric, fennel seeds, cinnamon and dried red chillies


This Chettinad chicken fry recipe comes from Maunika Gowardhan. She says: “I’ve adapted the fennel, pepper and dried chilli flavours of a classic Chettinad chicken curry for this quicker, simpler recipe. Ginger works as a great tenderiser when marinating the chicken. You can marinate this for just 20 minutes or overnight, if you have time.”



  • skinless chicken thigh fillets 500g, cut into bite-sized pieces
  • ginger coarsely grated to make 1 tbsp
  • ground turmeric ½ tsp
  • kashmiri chilli powder or mild chilli powder ½ tsp
  • fennel seeds ½ tsp
  • cinnamon stick 2cm piece
  • dried mild red chillies 2
  • black peppercorns ½ tsp
  • vegetable oil 3 tbsp
  • black mustard seeds 1 tsp
  • curry leaves 8-10
  • onion 1, thinly sliced
  • tomatoes 2 small, chopped
  • coriander a handful, chopped
  • rotis or parathas to serve


  • Step 1

    Put the chicken in a large bowl along with the ginger, turmeric and chilli powder. Stir well and leave to marinate for 20 minutes.

  • Step 2

    Use a pestle and mortar to lightly bash the fennel seeds, cinnamon, dried chillies and peppercorns, and set aside.

  • Step 3

    Heat the oil over a medium heat in a wok or large frying pan. Add the mustard seeds and, when they begin to pop, fry for 10 seconds. Add the crushed spices and fry for a minute. Add the curry leaves and, as they splutter, add the onion. Fry for 7-8 minutes, stirring often. Add the marinated chicken and turn the heat up slightly, frying for 4 minutes. Season with a little salt.

  • Step 4

    Lower the heat, cover and cook the chicken for 10 minutes, stirring halfway through.

  • Step 5

    Add the tomatoes and continue cooking uncovered for 4-5 minutes. Sprinkle over the coriander and serve with rotis or parathas.

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Nutritional Information

  • Kcals 250
  • Fat 12.6g
  • Saturates 1.7g
  • Carbs 5.7g
  • Sugars 3.8g
  • Fibre 2.2g
  • Protein 27.4g
  • Salt 0.3g