Spicing It Up: A Delectable Green Chilli Chicken Recipe

Written by: Najma A.



Time to read 5 min

If you're a fan of spicy and flavorful dishes, you're in for a treat! Green chilli chicken is a mouthwatering, vibrant, and aromatic dish that will awaken your taste buds and leave you craving more. This recipe is a perfect blend of tender chicken pieces and the fiery heat of green chillies, and it's a favorite in many Indian households. In this blog, we'll walk you through the steps to create this delightful green chilli chicken recipe that will impress your family and friends. So, let's get cooking!

Ingredients for Green Chilli Chicken Recipe

For the Marinade:

  • 500g boneless chicken, cut into bite-sized pieces
  • 1/2 cup yogurt
  • 1 tablespoon ginger-garlic paste
  • 1/2 teaspoon turmeric powder
  • 1 teaspoon red chilli powder
  • Salt to taste

For the Green Chilli Paste:

  • 10-12 fresh green chillies
  • 1 small onion, roughly chopped
  • 4-5 garlic cloves
  • 1-inch piece of ginger
  • 2 tablespoons of water

For the Green Chilli Chicken:

  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 1 teaspoon cumin seeds
  • 2-3 green cardamom pods
  • 1-inch cinnamon stick
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 2 medium onions, finely chopped
  • 1 teaspoon cumin powder
  • 1 teaspoon coriander powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon garam masala
  • Salt to taste
  • Fresh coriander leaves for garnish
  • 1 lemon, cut into wedges (for serving)
  • 2-3 green chillies, slit lengthwise
Ingredients for Green Chilli Chicken Recipe

Step-by-Step Recipe

  1. Marinating the Chicken: In a large mixing bowl, combine the chicken pieces with yogurt, ginger-garlic paste, turmeric powder, red chilli powder, and salt. Mix everything well and let it marinate for at least 30 minutes. You can even marinate it overnight for more flavor.
  2. Preparing the Green Chilli Paste: In a blender, add the green chillies, chopped onion, garlic cloves, ginger, and water. Blend until you have a smooth green chilli paste. Set it aside.
  3. Cooking the Green Chilli Chicken: Heat vegetable oil in a large, deep pan or skillet over medium heat. Add the cumin seeds, green cardamom pods, cinnamon sticks, and bay leaf—Sauté for a minute or until the spices become fragrant.
  4. Add the Onions: Add the finely chopped onions to the pan and sauté until golden brown. This can take about 8-10 minutes.
  5. Green Chilli Paste: Now, add the green chilli sauce to the pan and cook for another 5-7 minutes, stirring frequently. This step is crucial for the flavor, so cook the paste thoroughly.
  6. Spices: Add cumin powder, coriander powder, garam masala, and salt to the pan. Cook for a couple of minutes, allowing the spices to blend with the green chilli mixture.
  7. Adding Marinated Chicken: It's time to introduce the marinated chicken to the pan. Cook the chicken for about 10-12 minutes or until it's cooked and the oil separates from the masala.
  8. Simmer and Garnish: Reduce the heat to low and let the chicken simmer for 5 minutes, allowing the flavors to meld together. Garnish the green chilli chicken with fresh coriander leaves and slit green chillies for an extra kick.
  9. Serving: Your green chilli chicken is ready to be served! You can serve it hot with steamed rice, naan, or roti, along with lemon wedges on the side for a tangy freshness.
Step by Step Method for Green Chilli Chicken Recipe

Tips and Variations

1. Adjust the Spice Level: 

Green chilli chicken's heat level can be tailored to your preference. To reduce the spiciness, remove the seeds and membranes from the green chillies before making the paste. Conversely, if you're a spice enthusiast, choose hotter varieties of green chillies or add extra chillies to the paste. Adjusting the heat allows you to customize the dish to your taste.

2. Dairy-Free Option:

If you're lactose intolerant or prefer a dairy-free version, replace yogurt with coconut milk or a dairy-free yogurt alternative. This substitution doesn't compromise the creaminess and flavor of the dish and makes it accessible to those with dietary restrictions.

3. Vegetarian Version:

Green chilli chicken doesn't have to be just for meat lovers. You can create a vegetarian version by substituting the chicken with paneer (Indian cottage cheese) or tofu. Follow the same marination and cooking steps, ensuring that the paneer or tofu absorbs the flavors for a delightful meatless alternative.

4. Healthy Twist:

For a healthier twist on green chilli chicken, opt for boneless, skinless chicken breast. Instead of pan-frying, you can grill or bake the chicken. This method reduces the oil content while preserving the dish's deliciousness. It's an excellent choice for those looking to cut back on calories and fat.

5. Serve with Sides:

Green chilli chicken pairs wonderfully with various side dishes. Consider serving it with cooling options like raita (yogurt with spices and herbs) to balance the heat. For a heartier meal, enjoy it with naan bread, roti, or steamed rice. Remember to accompany your meal with a simple salad for added freshness. Experiment with different combinations to discover your favorite accompaniments.

6. Make It Vegan:

To create a vegan green chilli chicken, replace the meat with plant-based protein, such as seitan, tempeh, or jackfruit. Marinate and cook your chosen ingredient as you would with chicken. The green chilli sauce and spices infuse the vegan protein with delightful flavors.

7. Fusion Flavors:

Give this traditional Indian dish a global twist by incorporating elements from other cuisines. For a Mexican-inspired fusion, add black beans, corn, and avocado as garnishes. To explore an Asian twist, combine soy sauce, sesame oil, and vegetables like bok choy. Experimenting with fusion flavors can lead to exciting and unique dishes.

8. Pick Your Greens:

If you enjoy the earthy taste of greens, consider adding spinach or fenugreek leaves to your green chilli chicken. Chop the greens and stir them into the dish during the final minutes of cooking for a nutritious and flavorful addition.

With these tips and variations, you can transform your green chili chicken recipe to suit your dietary preferences and culinary creativity.

Whether you're adjusting the spice level, exploring meatless options, or experimenting with fusion flavors, this versatile dish provides ample opportunities for customization. Enjoy the journey of culinary exploration as you create a green chilli chicken that's uniquely yours.

Tips and Variations for Green Chilli Chicken Recipe

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Green chilli chicken is a dish that celebrates the bold and vibrant flavors of Indian cuisine. With the perfect blend of heat, spice, and creaminess, it's a crowd-pleaser that will impress your family and friends. Whether you're a spice enthusiast or want to try something new, this recipe is a must-try.  So, get your apron on and embark on a culinary adventure as you whip up this delectable green chilli chicken dish. With the right balance of spices and a burst of green chilli goodness, you'll have a restaurant-quality meal right in the comfort of your home. Enjoy the journey and the delicious destination it leads to!

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