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Chettinad chicken curry is a South Indian dish loaded with coconut, spices and curry leaves.
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chettinad chicken curry

Chettinad chicken curry is a delicious South Indian coconut based chicken curry that anyone can make.
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time50 mins
Total Time1 hr 5 mins
Course: Main
Cuisine: Indian
Keyword: chettinad chicken curry
Servings: 4
Calories: 670kcal
Author: romain | glebekitchen


  • 2 onions thinly sliced
  • 3 Tbsp coconut or vegetable oil
  • 3 Tbsp garlic ginger paste - recipe link below
  • 20 fresh curry leaves - optional but very nice
  • 8 skinless chicken thighs
  • 1 15 oz can coconut milk
  • 1/2 cup diced tomatoes

Spice Mix

  • 4 tsp restaurant curry powder - recipe link below
  • 1-2 tsp kashmiri chili powder
  • 1/2 tsp turmeric
  • 1 tsp coarsely ground black pepper - more if you like
  • 1/8 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 1/2 tsp salt


  • Heat a large pot or dutch oven over medium heat.
  • Add the coconut or vegetable oil and cook the onions, stirring occasionally, until they are a soft, light brown mess. Think French onion soup. You want these onions melting. This step takes a long time. 20 minutes or more.
  • Add the curry leaves if using.  Now add the garlic ginger paste and cook, stirring constantly until the spluttering stops (you will understand when you do it).
  • Add the spice mix and cook, stirring constantly, for about 30 seconds.
  • Stir in the coconut milk and tomatoes and bring to a simmer.
  • Add the chicken and simmer until the chicken reaches an internal temperature of 160-170F, about 20-25 minutes. Use your instant read thermometer!
  • Spoon off any excess fat (or don't if you are OK with a few calories - the fat is loaded with fat-soluble spices and flavour) and serve with rice.


Indian restaurant spice mix recipe can be found here.
Garlic ginger paste recipe can be found here.


Serving: 4servings | Calories: 670kcal | Carbohydrates: 15g | Protein: 47g | Fat: 47g | Saturated Fat: 27g | Cholesterol: 214mg | Sodium: 1151mg | Potassium: 1032mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 6g | Vitamin A: 500IU | Vitamin C: 110.3mg | Calcium: 91mg | Iron: 5mg