Pepper Chicken Recipe (Murg Kali Mirch)

Pepper Chicken Recipe (Murg Kali Mirch)Pepper Chicken Recipe (Murg Kali Mirch)

Pepper Chicken (Murg Kali Mirch) is one of the most popular and tasty recipes from the world of Chettinad cuisine.

This is one of my signature dishes which my family and friends absolutely love. They just can't have enough of this recipe and always want more. This is one of the fairly simple recipes to cook requiring few ingredients and yet it is so very delicious.

Pepper Chicken Recipe Ingredients:

  • Chicken - 1k.g/2.2lb
  • Garlic cloves - 10-15
  • Onions, chopped - 1/2 (medium sized)
  • Green Chili  - 4
  • Curry leaves - 25 individual leaves
  • Soya Sauce - 1 1/2 tablespoon (for dark Soya Sauce) or 2 tablespoon (for light colored Soya Sauce)
  • Pepper Powder - 1 or 1 1/2 tablespoon
  • Lime or Lemon juice - 1 teaspoon
  • Ghee - 1 teaspoon
  • Oil - 1 teaspoon
  • Turmetic powder - 1/4 teaspoon
  • Salt to taste
  • Coriander or Cilantro for garnish
Preparation Time: 5 minutes
Cooking time: 30 minutes
Servings: 4-6 people

Cooking Method:

1. Heat oil and ghee under medium heat in a deep frying pan or khadhai.
2. Add crushed garlic cloves. Saute and stir for 2 minutes
3. Add onion, green chillies (vertically sliced) and curry leaves to the mixture. Stir the ingredients for 2 more minutes
4. Then add chicken and mix the contents of the pan.
5. Now lower the heat and cover the pan with a lid. Allow the chicken to cook for 10-15 minutes.
6. Add tumeric, salt to taste and mix it thoroughly
7. Put the lid back over the pan and cook for 5 more minutes
8. Add soya sauce and wait for 2 additional minutes
9. At this moment all the liquid in the pan should have evaporated which indicates that the chicken is fully cooked.
Note: If there is some liquid left you can increase the heat a little and cook until no liquid is left.
10.When there is no liquid left in the pan add pepper powder, lemon juice and mix well.
11.Garnish with coriander leaves and serve hot.
Please follow the method for preparing this recipe exactly in the same sequence as mentioned above for great tasting pepper chicken. Happy cooking!


  • Manjula said:  

    I made your pepper chicken my family liked it ....
    it is simple and tasty bharathi thankyou for your recipe.

  • natasha said:  

    Yummy bharthi yummy its was so damn good my god u won beleve it .. it was so delicious.. hmmmmmm

  • Asmita said:  

    i made this pepper chicken it was very easy & tasty my hubby likes it very much thanks bharathi

  • Anonymous said:  

    made this today, came out very fact, prepared with only 1/4 kg, but used a whole medium onion and 4 green chillies.. For 1 kg, I suppose u shld be adding more than 1/2 onion which would give u more masala, which is xtremely yummy! didnt knw chickn wld taste so well with such few ingredients...thnx to you, am sure to try ur other recipes too..

  • Rahmath said:  

    hello,Thanks for this recipe. its so precise and simple and has all the required details. Made it today and it turned out great.

  • Anonymous said:  

    i tried today, with a twist. i added a tomato, to get more gravy, added carrot and potato as well. cut them into small pieces. it's a complete dish and the end product was awesome. thanks for sharing! from Malaysia - Chitra

  • Anonymous said:  

    its hot n awesome.....thnx

  • bij said:  

    We tried it, and needless to say its A-W-S-O-M-E. We loved it a lot many many thanks,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,

  • Anonymous said:  

    v.gud recipe

  • Anonymous said:  

    Do you use white pepper powder or black pepper powder?

  • Bharathi said:  

    Please use black pepper powder in this Pepper Chicken recipe.

  • Anonymous said:  

    Should water be added after adding chicken?

  • Sid said:  

    Great recipe. Thanks! tried it today and came so nice. Paired it with my favorite red vino (casillero del diablo) and was awesome!!!

  • dileep said:  

    wow that was really good..thanks a lot...

  • aparna said:  

    hey it was wonderful receipe..... very easy and simple... i added tri color CAPSICUM at the end before adding pepper and lime juice... it gave a wonderful flavour.... just try out that

  • Anonymous said:  


    This is a brilliant recipe! I followed it to the tee and I got laid 'cos my girlfriend loved the chicken I made.


  • surabhi harish said:  

    It was superb..... i did one more thing to enhance the taste. at last i heated 1/2 teaspoon ghee and added 1/2 teaspoon crushed pepper corns and curry leaves in that.. and added to the chicken. it was really really good....

  • Akash said:  

    Excellent dish. Thanks so much

  • Anonymous said:  

    going to try out today , everyone welcome to taste

  • Raj Arien said:  

    let me know if it's boneless chicken or with bone.. if it's with bone what will be change in cooking time !

  • Bharathi said:  

    It is not boneless chicken. Cooking time should be cut by a couple of minutes if you are using boneless. Important to note is when you are cooking the chicken (boneless or with bone) on low heat, if all the liquid in the pan has evaporated that indicates the chicken is fully cooked.

  • chronicwriter said:  

    i made pepper chicken.. my wife has gone for her delivery.. and i have taken pictures of the chicken preparation.. it was yummy.. thank you so much bharathi

  • Anonymous said:  

    Thank you! Now I know the 'Name' of the dish I had done oh-so-many-times. Before it was simple and plain 'Chicken Fry' from now onward it will be named "Chili Chicken" with a ting of style. and ya I do with Ginger-Garlic paste. But I think with chopped Ginger-Garlic it would taste much better. Thanks for the idea.

  • Anonymous said:  

    One word "yummy"

  • Anonymous said:  

    Really very thanks for sharing a lovely recipe...i made it today and it was really yum!...when i was preparing it i didn't think my daughter would eat it...she is a very picky eater...when she had it the first word came out from her mouth is "yum"...give mme more:)

  • Anonymous said:  

    my mom and i wanna try this recipie but we found the CHETTINAD CHICKEN PEPPER chicken and we are from south india so we like chettinad food :) :)
    Seeing the comments this seems really good so we will defentely try this next but i wud recommend this to someone else (friend, relatives etc..)
    Stay tuned for an other person to try ur gr8 recipie :) ;)
    Tessa(daughter which is me) and Tissa (mother)

  • Uma said:  

    I tried this and it came out really good. Very simple yet tasty!Thank you for this wonderful recipe.

  • Anonymous said:  

    i dont find curry leaves. can i cook without curry leaves? plz let me know.

  • Bharathi said:  

    Curry leaves is a main ingredient in this recipe. It adds a lot to the flavor of the recipe. But if you cannot find it you can still leave it out. Let us all know how it turns out.

  • Anonymous said:  

    Tried this recipe today. It turned out awesome. I added more soya sauce that recommended in the recipe and also altered the quantities of few of the other ingredients. All in all, it turned out very good. Plan to add capsicum to the recipe next time.

  • Anonymous said:  

    When do you add pepper .. you have not mentioned that

  • Bharathi said:  

    Adding pepper powder is mentioned in step 10. Let us all know how it turns out.

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