Pepper Chicken Curry – Madras Style Spicy Pepper Chicken Curry

Pepper Chicken Curry

Written by Mullai

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    1. Mullai

      Hello Thomas,
      As such you can double the recipe, if you prefer less gravy then follow the same recipe with 1 kg chicken with 2 additional green chili + 2 teaspoon coriander powder + 1 teaspoon black pepper powder. If you can handle spicy, include about 1/2 teaspoon plain red chili powder. Adding 1 more onion will get you more masala on the side. Hope this helps. Thanks!

  1. ambigasrk

    Hi Mullai,

    I tried this recipe and turned out little sweet. I used yellow onions (not the sweet ones) for cooking. Can you please tell me the reason ? I would really appreciate if I get an answer.

    Thanks a lot for the wonderful recipes

    1. Mullai


      May be you used too much tomato or chicken, thats my guess.  The spice level mentioned ( 2 green chilies and 2 tsp pepper powder along with chili powder) should be perfect for 1/2 kg chicken. Adjust accordingly and you should be good. Apart from that I don't see anything which could possible go wrong.


  2. Priya10

    Hi Mullai, I stumbled into your site looking for idli recipe. I have to say your site is like a treasure box . All the recipes are so authentic and traditional. Kudos to you on sharing and maintaining such a great website. I have tried the Pepper chicken recipe yesterday and it was delicious. My husband and kids loved it. They were saying it's heavenly 🙂 I don't use fennel seeds that often , I think that really gave a new taste to the curry. I'll keep trying more of your recipes. The photo links for some of the ingredients really helps. Thanks a lot! Priya

  3. Ron

    Hi Mullai Akka,

    You are simply grt…JUst made this recipe and i started to lick cant wait for my hubby. Its so simple to make ,yet delicious.
    Can u post me the recipe for panang curry(veg. version).
    Had once in a Thai restaurant and i want to make at hme wth our indian spices.

    Thanks in advance

  4. Devikarani


    Hi i have tried many dishes from this site. but this pepper chicken cameout very well.pepper chicken became my husbands most favourite dish. Thankyou very much.

  5. Jayashri

    Dear Mullai, I am a great fan of ur site… But for the first time i prepared chicken for a party we had yesterday … Trust me it came out very delicious… and everyone praised me for such a mouth watering & delious dish , as i am new cook … ur recipe gave me a confidence that i can be an excellent cook wenever i make ur recipes … Thanks a lot once again…. 🙂 .. I know all their aplauses belongs to U…

  6. jlakshmi


    I had to try this the second time with same ingredients, came out so yummy , same color, sure to be of same taste.

    Jaya Lakshmi

  7. recipetrack

    Hi Mullai,

     I joined here today and see lots of mouth watering recipes.I liked this recipe and thinking of trying this.But I have one doubt about cumin is it a dark black cumin(karunjeera) or regular cumin.Please let me know. Thanks for your recipe

  8. shruthi

    hi there
    i’m so happy to log on to ur site…..
    seeing the revieews given by ur fans i badly wanted to try out this dish… that’s pepper chkn…. let me tell u… it’s dam good.. yummy… no words to explain it. well i’m too young to cook but i had loads of compliments come my way….
    thanks a lot dear….

  9. jlakshmi

    This is my second time trying this dish and it’s my kids favorite dish. We just love it. Today I added some cubed potatoes also to that. Looks so yummy for steamed Rice

  10. Kirthika S

    Dear Mrs.Mullai

    I tried this recipe for the first time today and it turned out to be awesome! Thanks a lot for all the efforts to share your recpies. Wish you all the very best!


  11. RamyaM

    i tried ths n chickn frid rice.the combination was very gud.we enjyd like anythng.
    i’ve becom a gud fan of u,startd tryng many recipes of urs evryday.
    i wonder myself,is it me who cooks such a delicios fud.all credits to u mullai.thanx a lot

  12. suriyaa

    hi i tried this ,it came some new recipes , i am trying all ur recipes mullai,reallly they r of gud taste.thank u.

  13. Visitor

    Hi Mullai
    Im a great fan of your amazing recipes.You are doing a good job and we get to learn some of them.
    In this recipe when i made the second time,became little sweet.Im not sure what went wrong.
    Can you help.


    1. Mullai

      Dear Maha,

       This is supposed to be very spicy, and there is no way for it to become sweet. Tomatoes onion ratio is also less which won't make it sweet. Try using fresh ground black pepper, store bought powders are very mild and may not suit for this recipe. Apart from that I don't see anything at all to go wrong. Better luck next time.

    2. Visitor

      may be bcoz u might have used more cardomom and cinnomon. i also had same problem , so i guess its bcoz of that only..

  14. Jothi

    I have been referring youe site regularly and it is in my
    favorites list…

    Your receipes are simply ‘SUPERB’…
    Keep up the good work…

    Happy Cooking 🙂

      1. Jothi

        Just curious to know whether you have done any course on cooking ?
        basically how do you cook so well ?
        from your mom ?? which part of india are u from ?

        1. Mullai


          I am just a home cook, didn't go for any cooking class. I try all the family recipes passed on to me, learned some from my friends and relatives. Whenever I happened to taste something new, never hesitated to ask for the recipe, at least would get an general outline and work on it. Of course it takes quite a lot of attempts before the recipes make there way here.  Still in the process of learning….

          1. Jothi

            Oh ..Good…I asked that because I saw some pattern in your receipes…so thought u did ur degree in that line …
            anyway , thanks for the info…

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