Chicken Chettinad is a culinary gem from the Chettinad cuisine and is known for its traditional south Indian flavors. Chicken Chettinad is a chicken curry recipe with aromatic Indian spices and coconut flavor.

We at JOOS Food brings to you a healthy chicken chettinad without compromising on the taste so you can gorge on it without any guilt.

This recipe will make you crave for more and make it on every occasion possible for your friends and family.

Chicken is known to be the best source of protein which are the building blocks of the body.

Do let us know in the comment section below on how you like the dish.

Healthy Chicken Chettinad

Chicken Chettinad

Course Main Course
Cuisine Indian


  • 1 tbsp oil
  • 2 tbsp yoghurt
  • 1/2 tbsp red chilli powder
  • 1/2 tsp turmeric
  • 500 grams chicken
  • 1 tsp salt

Dry Chettinad Masala

  • 3 dried red chillies whole
  • 1 tbsp coriander seeds
  • 3 cardamom
  • 1/2 tbsp cumin seeds
  • 1 tbsp fennel seeds
  • 3 cloves
  • 6 peppercorn
  • 2 tbsp poppy seeds
  • 1/2 cinnamon stick

Wet masala paste

  • 2 onion
  • 1/2 inch ginger
  • 5-6 cloves garlic
  • 2 small tomato
  • 1/2 cup coconut freshly grated
  • 2 tbsp water


  1. Clean chicken thoroughly and add 1/2 tsp salt, red chili powder, turmeric and yogurt keep it covered in the refrigerator for 30 minutes
  2. Dry roast all the ingredients for dry chettinad masala till they start to emit the aroma.
  3. Allow it to cool and grind to make powder masala. Keep it aside
  4. Dry roast the coconut and grind together all ingredients of wet masala paste and set aside
  5. Heat oil in a thick bottomed pan and add wet masala paste in it.
  6. Cook it on medium heat till masala starts sticking to the bottom of the pan
  7. When masala is cooked, add marinated chicken pieces to it mix well.
  8. Cover and let it cook 5 minutes
  9. Add dry chettinad masala powder and stir the content of pan so that chicken is coated well with the masala. Finally, add water and 1/2 tsp salt.
  10. 10. Cover and cook chicken for 15-20 minutes. Keep stirring in between to prevent chicken from sticking to the bottom

Recipe Notes

JOOSy Tip: Mixing the coconut continuously will make sure it is roasted evenly.

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