Pepper Chicken Curry

Another one of our family favorite chicken curry that I regularly prepare is a pepper chicken curry which is a simple, straight forward recipe with all the basic ingredients that go into making a normal chicken curry and yet tastes quite different from the routine simple chicken curry flavor.

This recipe calls for freshly ground pepper powder and fennel seeds (saunf) powder which enhances the flavor of the curry tremendously. The spice of the pepper chicken curry comes from fresh green chillis and freshly ground pepper powder. This curry goes well with both white rice, biryani and rotis. It makes a great curry with dosas/vadas too.

Pepper Chicken Curry Recipe

Recipe source: From my recipe files

Prep & Cooking Time: 35-40 mts

Serves 5-6 persons

Cuisine: South Indian



1 kg chicken, washed and cut into medium sized pieces

2 large onions finely chopped

1 tbsp ginger-garlic paste

3-4 green chillis slit length wise

1 large tomato finely chopped

1/2 tsp turmeric powder

1 tbsp coriander powder

1 tsp freshly ground fennel seeds pwd (saunf)

3/4 tsp to 1 tsp freshly ground pepper pwd (add according to your spice level)

1 tsp garam masala (1″ dalchini, 1 green cardamom, 4 cloves finely ground)

fresh coriander leaves for garnish


1 1/2 tbsp-2 tbsp oil

1 Heat oil in a cooking vessel, add the onions and saute till pink. Add the green chillis, ginger-garlic paste and saute further for another 4-5 mts on medium heat.
2 Add the cleaned chicken pieces and cook on high heat for 4-5 mts, combining once in a while.
3 Add the turmeric pwd, coriander pwd, fennel seed pwd, pepper pwd and salt, combine well.
4 Reduce heat to medium, cook covered for another 4-5 mts.
5 Add the chopped tomatoes and let it cook for 3-4 minutes without cover. Combine well and cook till oil separates.
6 Let the chicken cook in its own water, covered for 4-5 mts. Add half a cup of water and cook covered for another 4-5 mts or till you get the desired gravy consistency.
7 Finally add the garam masala pwd, combine well and garnish with fresh coriander leaves.
8 Serve hot with white steamed rice or chapatis.

Pepper Chicken Curry

  Prepare time:
 Serves: 2

 Main Ingredients:

  •  chicken


  • Prreetii

    Looks Yummy..Surely got to try…Thanks Sailu..

  • Radha

    Looks gr8, My husband loves chicken. I have to give it a try, as usual nice pics.

  • Orchidea

    Nice to see you back. I like chicken curry a lot an d this is a very nice recipe… I will try it soon.

  • shaheen

    Pepper as the base is so good with chicken. A must try for me. thanks!

  • Pam

    Sounds and looks wonderful!!

  • lakshmi

    nice twist for a chicken curry. will give this also a try Sailu.

  • Jeff

    Whole chicken, eh? I’d contemplate chicken thighs for my adaptation ๐Ÿ™‚

  • mandira

    yummy chicken curry, i have been looking for a chicken curry recipe with pepper. Thanks for sharing Sailu!

  • Padmaja

    never tried this recipe, will definitely do this weekend!! thank you!!!

  • priya S&S

    Nice recipe Sailu, seems to be very easy.
    BTW I tried your pappu pulusu couple of weeks back. Its the ultimate comfort food, definetely a keeper.

  • Sangeeta

    This recipe looks wonderful. Thanks – I will definitely give it a try tonight ๐Ÿ™‚


  • Lux


    I am a vegetarian but make chicken and fish recipes for my husband. Will surely try this out. Seems to be a very easy method to make pepper chicken.

  • Jayashree

    simply great recipe ,chicken curry with pepper is one of my fav ..

  • Ramkumari

    Hi sailu,
    This is my first visit to ur blog/site. I absolutly love it it’s so…u know with the songs …makes u peaceful ๐Ÿ™‚
    Good recipe and nice pic …

    take care

  • Preethi

    hai sailu,
    tried ur pepper chicken with chicken briyani.its very very yummy.a perfect side dish for briyanis.thanks for the receipe

  • Nancy

    Hi Sailu.
    Awesome recipe, The final resut was so yummy. Thanks

  • Prakash

    Hello Sailu Mam,

    In my opinion the following changes may give a better flavor to the curry:

    instead of adding ginger-garlic paste at Step 1,if Ginger paste only is added in Step-2 and garlic paste is added during step-4, gives a better flavor.

  • Asha

    Hi Sailaja! Just wanted to wish you ‘Happy Thanksgiving’:))

  • n.b

    Really nice recipe. I found it on talkr main page. Thanks for sharing.


  • shuba

    This is the best pepper chicken I have tasted.. Bravo!!! and thanks

  • saralragu

    yesterday i tried ur pepper chicken reciepe…it’s simply superb..ur step by step method is very helpfull to me…thanks a lot…u have done a nice job
    one request-do u know any special reciepe for kids?if u know about it please write about it

  • Anjana

    Chicken with Pepper..sounds yummy. I am going to delight my hubby. Thanks !!

  • delia

    Hi Sailu,
    I’ve cooked this dish over the weekend. Yours seems to look a bit red in color but mine turns out brownish. Any thing wrong with mine? I followed the recipe to the T. Nevertheless, it taste nice and will definitely cook it again.

    Delia, I don’t know why the color difference if you followed the recipe as it is. But then you liked the flavor and that’s what matters.:). Sometimes the afternoon light (when I took that picture) can have an effect on the color of the curry.

  • Maninas

    wonderful recipe. i tried it tonight and we loved it.

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  • deepa

    A ery tasty’re one of the few bloggers who mention what exactly goes in the garam masala..which in my opinion can alter the final taste to a great extent..thanks!!

  • deepa

    A very tasty’re one of the few bloggers who mention what exactly goes in the garam masala..which in my opinion can alter the final taste to a great extent..thanks!!

  • Shalini

    Hi Sailu,

    I tried the pepper chicken recipe yesterday——it turned out amazing. My husband said it is the best chicken curry I have made till date. Thanks alot for sharing!!!

  • Savi

    hey Sailu..

    great recipe ..and can u believe it..i tried this without the saunf..was still so good:)
    am making this again later the next week for guests,this time with saunf..
    thanks so much..keep up the good job

  • Siv

    It tastes so good. Thanks Sailus. I would give 4/5.

  • Madhu

    Hi Sailu,

    I tried out this curry and it turned out to be very delicious. I made it without saunf, and still it was very tasty. Thanks a lot for such nice recipe.

  • Karuna

    This was the best dish i’ve ever made.
    Thank you so much for this awesome recipe.
    3 Cheers to Pepper Chicken Curry.
    WOhhooooo! ๐Ÿ˜€

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  • Munni

    Wow, I’m so glad I tried this recipe, its simple & straightforward, thankyou so much. Everybody just loved it at home. Will cook it again.

  • Gauree

    Chicken looks really delicious….

  • Bubbles

    Thanks for the recipe. I tried it out today, and it came out really well.


    Last night dinner was pepper chicken. North indian dabha taste and delicious.

  • LikeItSpicy

    This is my first recipe from your site and the recipe came out excellent! Thank you.

  • Sheen Stanly

    delicious curry..we liked it so much..thanks a lot for the new taste

  • raaz

    hi sailu,

    very recent times i’ve been trying ur cooking and im really loving it.

    thanks. keep going

  • Deepak L

    Hi Sailu,

    I’ve just started cooking and your recipes are super easy to follow. This one in particular turned out amazing. Thanks alot for sharing. The site is attractive and easy to read. Keep up the good work…..

  • Limpetz Trollik

    Wooohooo!! I only 18yrs old and I made my first successful pepper chicken curry!!!

    Thanks ๐Ÿ™‚

  • V0leti Srinivasa Rao.

    I tried this recipe yesterday only. Really liked it. very simple, easy preparation and different in taste. People who bored with regular style of masala chicken, should try this. Thanks to Sailu food.
    V.Srinivasa Rao, Surat.

  • V0leti Srinivasa Rao.

    I tried this recipe yesterday only. Really liked it. very simple, easy preparation and different in taste. People who bored with regular style of masala chicken, should try this. Thanks to Sailu food.
    V.Srinivasa Rao, Surat.

  • Nisha Ashith

    really good recipes i really tried and loved it delicious

  • BAM

    I tried this recipie yesterday and it came out very good….My hubby loved it ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚

  • foodie gal

    Just tried the recipe today for Sunday’s lunch! Pleasantly surprised. impressed my family with this lovely recipe.

  • Aditi

    Hi, I was looking for chicken curry recipe and found this blog pretty trustworthy reading your followers comments. Just finished making this recipe and it tastes amazing. Thank u so much. I am new here and I am sure will be trying out all your recipes. Just one addition I made to this recipe was added the kaju/cashew paste along with onion and ginger garlic paste. Thanks so much !!!! Much love ๐Ÿ™‚