Chicken is the first meat I have eaten as a child. I bet every vegetarian turned non-vegetarian out there claims the same. I like everything about chicken-from succulent chicken legs to the healthy all time protein provider, the breast. Generally my inclination is towards spicy, sizzling and crazy hot versions of it, thanks to my super spice tolerance taste buds. However, I am aware that there are many people out there who would enjoy the strong and vibrant flavour that goes into a classic South Indian spicy chicken fry recipe.
There could be many variations to this dish based on different regions in India. I have tasted many varieties of chicken fry among our extended families, friends and restaurants. After enjoying this dish for years in different forms….my love for chicken lead me to this mouth-watering and super addictive hot but simple chicken fry. I have tried my share of experimenting and I will be sharing my final touch to this simple but oozing with flavour South Indian spicy chicken fry.
Easy Steps to prepare South Indian Spicy Chicken Fry:
Once you have the ginger garlic paste handy, its super easy to prepare. I always have it ready in my refrigerator….it’s a must in my kitchen. I’m sure you don’t have it, so grab all the ingredients required and make the paste. Or why don’t you try my version of Ginger garlic paste?
Let us move on to the process in making this Simple chicken fry / South Indian Spicy Chicken Fry.
- Marinate the chicken with ginger garlic paste, red chilli powder, turmeric and salt. Leave it for 20 minutes. See the recipe card at the end of this post for measurements. The longer you marinate, the better the spices blend into the chicken. I’m in a hurry, so I’m just leaving it for 20 minutes. You can marinate directly in the pan in which you are going to boil the chicken.
- Heat the pan with the marinated chicken over medium heat and cook till soft and tender, if required you can sprinkle some water while cooking if the chicken doesn’t release enough moisture.Cook chicken till all the water evaporates. This takes about 10 minutes.
Let’s shallow fry chicken:
- Heat oil in another large nonstick pan over medium heat. Add onions, sauté for a minute.
- Now transfer the above chicken mixture and mix well, add curry leaves and adjust salt if needed and continue to fry.
- Roast for about 10 to 15 minutes till the chicken is coated well with all the spices and gets a nice golden brown texture. I can already feel the taste and aroma…yummy.
- It’s time to add the garam masala, crushed pepper and green chilies, stir fry for 2 to 3 minutes and turn off the heat.
- Garnish with coriander and serve hot.
- South Indian Spicy Chicken Fry is a perfect go with Coconut milk rice and Onion Raitha or with Rasam over steamed rice or Rotis or Parathas.
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A Quick Summary:
- 1 kg Chicken skinned cut into medium sized pieces
- 2 Tablespoons ginger garlic paste
- 3 teaspoons Red chilli powder
- ½ teaspoon turmeric
- Salt as required
- 2 Tablespoons vegetable oil
- 2 large onions sliced lengthwise
- Few curry leaves
- ½ teaspoon garam masala
- ½ teaspoon crushed black pepper
- 3 green chilies slit lengthwise
- 2 Tablespoons finely chopped coriander
- Marinate chicken with ginger garlic paste, red chilli powder, turmeric and salt for 20 minutes in a medium sized pan,
- Cook marinated chicken over medium heat till soft and tender, if needed add a little water while cooking. Let the water in the chicken evaporate. This takes about 10 minutes.
- Heat oil in another large nonstick pan over medium heat. Add onions, sauté for a minute and transfer the cooked chicken, add curry leaves and adjust salt if needed and fry.
- Roast for 10 to 15 minutes till the chicken turns golden brown in colour and coated with all the spices. Now add garam masala, crushed pepper and green chilies, stir for 2 to 3 minutes and turn off the heat.
- Marinate chicken before you start the rest of the process.
- The longer you marinate, the spices blend better into the chicken.
- Make sure water is almost evaporated while boiling the marinated chicken.
- Spice levels can be adjusted with red chilli powder.
- Roast it an extra 3 to 5 minutes at the end to get a nice crispy texture, but don’t burn it.
Many more to come!!…..STAY TUNED!!
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Editor’s note: This post was originally published in November 2014 and has been updated for comprehensiveness and freshness.
Happy Cooking 🙂