Spicy Pepper Chicken Stir Fry is a hot and spicy, ridiculously easy, delicious aromatic South Indian dish.Best paired with chapati’s/roti’s or with steamed rice and dhal.Made with just a handful of basic ingredients, this dish is perfect for a rainy days and during cold winter as it packs a punch.
If you are looking for juicy tender chicken in a rich, aromatic and smoky flavor, this Spicy Pepper Chicken recipe would fit perfectly.
It can be served as a starter, or as a dry, greasy side dish with steamed rice and Indian flat breads like chapati/roti/naan.Loaded with healthy lean protein, this dish is sure to entice your taste buds.
What makes this dish hot and spicy?
Spices are such an integral part of Indian cuisine. They come in all shapes and forms and are widely used in Indian cooking. Be it as a whole spice or in its ground version, sometimes even in a paste form, Indian cooking is nothing without these flavorful aromatic spices.
The spices added, gives this dish its flavor and the spicy touch.
What spices are used in preparing this dish?
One of the things that people find intimidating about cooking Indian food is the vast array of spices used — both whole and ground, which are often combined into complex spice mixes.
This dish, like the name suggests has an ample portion of the spice, black pepper in it. Read all about the spice black pepper in my post here.
Apart from black pepper other spices like
are also added in this dish. In short, this dish is greatly influenced by blooming of the spices.
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What is meant by “Blooming” spices?
Spices are naturally fragrant, but to reach their full flavor potential, they need our help. Cracking and grinding spices is part of the equation. But it’s heat that really wakes up the aromatic oils in the spices. Toasting (dry heat) and blooming in oil (moist heat) are classic techniques.
Blooming is a technique where spices are added to hot oil, to release and amplify the flavor of the spice.It is important to remember that most of the flavor of spices is carried by the essential oils present in them.
How to bloom whole spices?
- Heat the oil over medium heat until it’s hot but not smoking.
- Add the whole spices and cook until very fragrant and little bubbles form around the spices. Don’t let them brown.
- You can then add other ingredients to the hot pan and proceed with your recipe.
In this dish, I have used whole spices mostly, but if you are using ground spices make sure that you simmer the heat, since ground spice can get burnt easily and turn bitter.
Read all about Indian spices, storing them and the various techniques involved in Indian cooking in my post on The Complete Beginner’s Guide to Indian Spices, here.
How to make Spicy Pepper Chicken Stir Fry?
South Indian cuisine is very diverse. Each region in a state has its own twist to the flavors in a dish. This Spicy Pepper Chicken recipe originates from the Kongu region in the state of Tamil Nadu.
This dish can be prepared in a dry greasy form or as a curry, according one’s preference.The difference between the two is in letting the curry cook until the water evaporates to form a dry, greasy chicken dish.
The key to this succulent signature dish from the South lies in the use of freshly ground black pepper. The black pepper, is what adds heat, while the red chili powder aids in the spiciness of the dish.
Whole Black Pepper is bloomed along with the other spices mentioned earlier and ground into a fine paste.This spice paste is then added to the chicken and allowed to cook in its own steam.
This dish the Spicy Pepper Chicken is unique in that it uses less amount of spices compared to my other chicken curry dishes, yet it is one of the most flavorful dishes in my collection of chicken recipes and a hot favorite at home.
Spicy Black Pepper Chicken Recipe
- Amount Per ServingCalories1606
- % Daily Value *
- Total Fat 36g 56%
- Saturated Fat 26g 130%
- Cholesterol 1mg 1%
- Sodium 88mg 4%
- Potassium 2764mg 79%
- Total Carbohydrate 431g 144%
- Dietary Fiber 271g 1084%
- Sugars 19g
- Protein 25g 50%
- Vitamin A 46%
- Vitamin C 315%
- Calcium 510%
- Iron 250%
* The % Daily Value tells you how much a nutrient in a serving of food contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
List of my Chicken recipes (dry preparations)
Do check out my other recipes with chicken (dry preparations) by clicking on any of the recipes in the list below.
- Chicken Satay Kebabs/Shish Taouk
- Chicken Ghee Roast (Mangalorean Style)
- Baked Chicken Drumstick
- Chettinad Chicken Roast
- Glazed Honey Lime Sriracha Chicken
- Sweet n’ Sour Lychee Chicken
- Thai Style Spicy Chicken Fry
- Spicy Hoisini Chicken
- Chicken Khoresh (Persian Style)
- Chicken Vindaloo
- Chicken Shawarma
- Chicken Chettinad in Lettuce Wraps
- Spicy Pepper Chicken Stir Fry
The Bottom Line
If you are someone who loves spicy succulent chicken this dish is a must try. The dish, the Spicy Pepper Chicken Fry, brings the authentic flavors from the South of India.
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