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Pepper Chicken | Black Pepper Chicken

Pepper Chicken is a hot & spicy dry curry made by cooking chicken with crushed pepper and tempered onions, tomato & spices. Pepper Chicken is a good choice of curry for flatbread like roti, naan, chapati &rice meal and could be relished as a starter as well. Pepper Chicken recipe is explained in this post with step by step pictures.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time30 mins
Total Time40 mins
AuthorSharmilee J


To roast and grind

  • 1 and 1/2 tsp pepper corns
  • 1/2 tsp fennel seeds

To temper

  • 1 tsp cumin seeds
  • 1/4 inch cinnamon
  • 2 nos cloves
  • 1 no cardamom
  • 10 nos curry leaves
  • 1 no green chillies


  • Dry roast the ingredients under the list 'to roast and grind' till slightly browned and grind it to a coarse powder (I used my hand motar pestle to do that). Keep aside.
  • In a pressure cooker heat oil - add onion and ginger garlic paste and saute till slightly browned.
  • Then add tomato and fry till its mushy and raw smell leaves.
  • Add the turmeric, red chilli, coriander and half of the coarse pepper powder along with chicken pieces and fry well till raw smell leaves. Saute till chicken is well blended with the spices.
  • Then add water till immersing level say 1 cup along with salt and pressure cook for 4 to 5 whistles.
  • Meanwhile heat oil in a kadai and add the items under 'to temper' then add pressure cooked chicken.
  • Add the remaining pepper fennel powder and saute till it becomes semi dry. Taste and adjust salt. Add chopped coriander leaves and switch it off.
  • Pepper Chicken is a spicy curry and I served it with rice and chicken kuzhambu. I love it with rotis too.


  • This is a dry curry and suits well with rice or even rotis.
  • Adding freshly ground pepper powder gives a nice flavour but check the spice level before adding it.
Nutrition Facts
Pepper Chicken | Black Pepper Chicken
Amount Per Serving (150 g)
Calories 386 Calories from Fat 216
% Daily Value*
Fat 24g37%
Saturated Fat 7g44%
Trans Fat 0.1g
Polyunsaturated Fat 5g
Monounsaturated Fat 10g
Cholesterol 113mg38%
Sodium 127mg6%
Potassium 620mg18%
Carbohydrates 13g4%
Fiber 4g17%
Sugar 4g4%
Protein 30g60%
Vitamin A 1286IU26%
Vitamin C 215mg261%
Calcium 125mg13%
Iron 3mg17%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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