Pepper Chicken Recipe

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Pepper chicken is a popular South Indian chicken preparation. Chicken is cooked with onions, curry leaves, green chillies till tender and tossed with freshly ground black pepper which gives its unique taste. When served with rice or roti, this spicy pepper chicken is quite addictive. Learn how to make pepper chicken at home with step by step pictures, instructions and video.

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About Pepper Chicken Dry Recipe

Now coming back to today’s recipe, it is a chicken recipe and my favorite one. I have already posted chinese style pepper chicken recipe in my blog before. This is my Indian version of it. It has lots of Indian masala and stuffs in it. I love this one when served with naan or hot rice.

Chicken cooked in sauted onions, spices, green chillies, curry leaves and crushed black pepper which gives the unique taste and colour to the pepper chicken. Pepper chicken is a dark brown coloured dry dish usually served with rice, roti or naan.

Pepper Chicken Ingredients

Spicy pepper chicken uses basic ingredients which you already have on hand. This version of pepper chicken is dry. So you have to adjust the water quantity as required.

Fresh Produce

The curry is made with Onions which are sliced thinly, green chillies, curry leaves as the base.


I prefer to use one whole chicken which is cut into small pieces. Bone-in chicken results in juicy and tender chicken dish. But if you want you could use boneless chicken thighs.


The predominant flavor in a pepper chicken is black pepper. Use freshly roasted, coarsely ground black pepper for maximum flavour. I dry roast whole peppercorns for 2 to 3 minutes and allow them to cool. Grind them in a food processor or mortar and pestle till coarse. Add ground pepper only in the end of the cooking.

How to Make Pepper Chicken Dry

Making base

Heat oil in a kadai. Add in fennel seeds and let them crackle. Now add in onions, curry leaves and green chilli. Saute for 5 to 10 mins till it turns light golden. Now add in ginger garlic paste and saute for a min. Add in all the spice powders and salt and mix well.


Now add in chicken and toss well with the masala. Cover the kadai and let it cook for 30 to 40 mins till the chicken is cooked. Now open the kadai and cook on a high heat and let the masala gets dry. Add in fresh ground pepper and toss well.


Squeeze in some lemon juice and coriander leaves and mix well. Serve with rice or any bread.

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