Spicy Chicken Fry

There are probably hundreds and thousands of different variations of a chicken fry recipe but this is definitely one of our favourites. It is a hot, spicy and delicious dish usually served with rice and curd or sambar.


  • 750 Gms Chicken
  • Oil (for deep frying)
  • 1/2 Tsp Poppy Seeds
  • 1 Cinnamon
  • 1/2 Tsp Coriander Seeds
  • 1/2 Tsp Pepper Corns
  • 10 Cloves
  • 1 Tsp Shahi Jeera
  • 1 Tsp Cumin Seeds
  • 2 Tsp Turmeric Powder
  • 8-10 Green Chillies
  • Handful Curry Leaves
  • Handful Garlic
  • Salt as required
  • Chilli Powder as required
  • A pinch of red food colour (optional) 
  • 1 Tsp Coriander Powder
  • 1 Tsp Ginger Garlic Paste
  • 1 Tsp Lemon Juice
  • Water as required (around 5 tbsp)


Prep: 15 minutes
Cooking: 45 minutes

  1. For the spice mix, in a pan, heat a teaspoon of oil and dry roast poppy seeds, cinnamon, coriander seeds, peppercorns, cloves, shahi jeera and cumin seeds. Then add them to a blender and make a fine powder.
  2. Rinse and drain the excess water from the chicken.
  3. Heat oil in a pan/kadhai and add a teaspoon of turmeric powder to reduce the splattering of oil.
  4. Now add chicken and fry until cooked completely. Remove from oil once the chicken gets a nice golden-brown colour.
  5. In the same oil, fry green chillies and curry leaves till they become crispy. Remove from oil and put aside.
  6. In a bowl, add fried chicken, spice mixture, salt, chilli powder, food colour, turmeric powder, coriander powder, ginger-garlic paste and lemon juice and mix well. Add water as needed while mixing, to ensure that all the chicken pieces are coated uniformly.
  7. Now, in a pan, heat 1 tsp of oil and add chopped garlic. Fry for 2 minutes.
  8. Then add spice coated chicken. Mix well and cook for 5-10 minutes on medium flame (add water if needed).
  9. Add a teaspoon of lemon juice and mix thoroughly.
  10. In the end, add fried green chillies and curry leaves.