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Chicken Chukka Recipe

It is a pretty famous dish in South India. With bright red color on display, you will be totally intrigued to see the chicken chukka recipe.
Course Chicken
Cuisine Indian
Keyword chicken chukka
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Marination Time 2 hours
Total Time 55 minutes
Servings 4 people
Calories 415kcal
Author Fareeha


  • 1 chicken cut into small pieces

For Marination

  • 1 tsp salt (or to taste)
  • 1 tsp garam masala powder
  • 2 tsp kashmiri chili powder
  • 1 tsp red chili powder
  • 2 tbsp ginger garlic paste

For preparing Chicken Chukka recipe

  • 3 tbsp oil
  • 1/2 tsp mustard seeds
  • 2 sprigs curry leaves
  • 2 green chilies slit
  • 2 onions finely sliced
  • 2 tsp coriander powder
  • 1 tsp roasted cumin powder
  • 4 tomatoes finely chopped


  • Marinate the chicken in ginger garlic paste, kashmiri chili powder, red chili powder, and salt for at least 2 hours or overnight.
  • Heat oil in a pan and add the mustard seeds. When they start spluttering, add the curry leaves. 
  • Next, add in the onion. Fry till the onion turns translucent.
  • Add the coriander powder, green chili, and roasted cumin powder. Saute for a minute. 
  • Add the tomatoes and marinated chicken. Close the lid of the pan and cook on low flame till the tomato is cooked. Stir occasionally to prevent the masala from getting burnt.
  • Cook till all the water from the chicken has dried up. Roast the chicken well stirring frequently. 
  • Switch off the flame when the masala has been coated well with the chicken. Serve hot garnished with coriander leaves and lemon wedges.



  • You can add in food coloring for bright red color if you prefer. 
  • The cooking time will vary according to the age and quality of the chicken. So please adjust accordingly. 
  • Though water will not be necessary, you can add in some water if your chicken is too hard to tender. 
The following are estimates and not actuals: